(from best to worst)
Excellent, Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Poor, Undrinkable
|Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu
An 8% spiced beer reportedly inspired by a beverage found in clay posts
in China around 9000 years ago. In keeping with historic evidence,
Dogfish brewers used pre-gelatinized rice flakes, Wildflower honey,
Muscat grapes, barley malt, hawthorn fruit, and Chrysanthemum flowers.
Grape and honey sweetness in the nose; taste is quietly sweet and slightly
acidic with noticeable floral and light herbal characteristics. It finishes
with notes of yeast, grapes, and honey. Interesting beer but not quaffable.
Overall rating:- above average
|Brooklyn Cuvee Noire
This is a Belgium style strong (8.7% ABV) dark ale. It pours
black, with a negligible head and light carbonation. Some
roasty malt, smoke, and dark fruits appear in the nose and at
first sip. By mid-taste raisin and fig notes appear as the
smokey malt moves into the background. A light bitterness in
the finish compensates somewhat for a surprisingly thin body.
Overall Rating - average
|Allagash Hugh Malone
This Belgium IPA (8.5% ABV) pours a golden
yellow color with smells of orange zest and
spice. At first sip orange, pineapple and
light pine appear. Some hop bitterness sets
in by mid-taste along with light grass,
Belgian yeast, and hints of orange. The
finish moves away from a craft version of
Blue Moon as pepper, wheat, coriander, and
an emerging flavor of alcohol take over.
Overall rating - good