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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Stone 17th Anniversary Ale

An American Double IPA from Stone means it just has to be well
made and it is.  The nose brings light bittering hops and a
touch of sweetness typical of Stone's bigger brews.  It opens
with grassy and herbal hop flavors  mixed with pine, caramel
malt , orange, grapefruit, and tangerine notes.  Finish is
crisp with just a whisper of alcohol (9.5% ABV).

Overall rating:-  Very Good
Bass Stout

This 4.2% ABV English stout opens with light flavors of roasted
coffee and hints of chocolate.  Thin wisps of toast, dry roasted malt
and grain lead to  a touch of bitter hops at the finish.  More
reminiscent of a dark lager than a true stout.  Overall leaves you
wishing it wasn't so thin in mouthfeel and taste.  Still it is balanced
and quaffable.  There are worse stouts out there.

Overall Rating - Average
Having sampled nearly 4,000 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!  

Beers Reviewed
Goose Island Oktoberfest

This marzen comes in at 6.4% ABV, typical
of the style.  Expect nicely layered flavors of
caramel, toasted malt,  sweet toffee and
some nuttiness. Hints of floral hops and
fresh toast emerge near the clean finish.  A
very solid example of the style; better than
many of the usual suspects that make their
appearance every autumn.

Overall Rating: Good
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