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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Grimm Light Year

This is 8% ABV Double DIPA from a highly regarded brewery in
Brooklyn.  It brings aromas of berries, fruit, mango, and grass.
Flavor have grapefruit and orange leading the way, with notes of
mango, pine, candied white grape, pineapple, rock candy, and
sweet melon not far behind.  A well made hazy,  tropical, and
citrus forward beer that is quite drinkable despite being 8%.

Overall Rating: Very Good+
Lawson's Fayston Maple Imperial Stout

This is10.1% ABV stout pours a clean black body with mahogany
hues around the edges.   Nose brings big roasted malt tones
softened by maple with hints of chocolate, and caramel. Taste
brings cacao nibs, oak, blackberry/blueberry, dark fruit bin front off
caramel, butterscotch, maple and graham cracker notes.  Finish
brings light hops and a touch of sweetness. A complex brew.

Overall Rating: Good+
Having sampled over 7,000 different beers in my
capacity as a fully certified taster I can promise
honest, thoughtful, and careful evaluations.  However,
remember that these reviews are totally subjective.  
Consider this column an informative resource only.  
The bottom line is to trust your own judgment and
keep drinking!  

Sandy
Beers Reviewed
Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin

This is an 5.5% ABV milk stout.  It opens
with aromas of aromas of coconuts, dark
malts, lactose, and chocolate.  The taste
features sweet roasted malt over vanilla,
coconut, chocolate and coffee tones.  Finish
brings caramel, milk, and lightly sweet
cream.  Coconut is subdued throughout.
A solid example of the style.

Overall Rating: Good
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ov. 2019