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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Firestone Double Jack

The 9.5% ABV of this Imperial IP  is apparent in the nose which brings
notes of alcohol, bread, honey, and grapefruit,. First sip has a touch of
bitterness quickly followed by floral, tropical, and tangy hop notes.. Some
malt and caramel sweetness appear near mid-sip and carry over to a smooth
hop based finish.  Perhaps a tad too chewy and syrupy but overall a
very well made representative of this style.  

Overall rating:-  Very Good
Bear Republic Black Bear Stout

Dark chocolate, light espresso and liquorice smells greet you as you
pour this deep black liquid into a glass.  The alcohol (8.3 ABV ) is
well hidden as first sip brings coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla
and some oak. Medium bodied, this beer is reminiscent of a
strong porter.  The finish bring a hint of sweetness, light malt, and
nicely placed hops A fruity caramel lingers in a nicley smooth finish.

Overall Rating -  good
Having sampled well over 3,750 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
St. Paulie Girl Special Dark

This "special" dark ale pours a deep brown
with a red tinge.  The aroma brings malty
caramel, grain, and skunky notes associated
with most green bottle brews.  First sip
brings a malt sweetness that overwhelms
the hops in the background.  The finish
shouts toasted grain dark dry malt.  A
watery no taste lager.

Overall rating -  below average
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