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BrewDog Elvis Juice IPA

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I'll admit to being one of the few people who tuned into the TV show Brew Dogs that featured the guys who founded Brew Dog on their jaunts from country to country, brewing odd beers in strange ways with complicated, contrived time elements. The reason BrewDog is known internationally is that they brew beers with very high percentages of alcohol. This has a pedestrian 6.5% ABV, so they aren't breaking any records that way.

The copper beer has a stark white head that is nice and sticky, clumping together into an uneven mat across the top of the beer while managing to leave a webwork of lacing on the sides. The aroma is very, very distinctly grapefruit, but it's a sweet grapefruit like one that has had some sugar sprinkled across the top. Presentation of this beer is pretty fantastic.

First sip is delightfully grapefruity, but there is a heavy malt that is taking away the tartness and sourness that you might expect from the abundance of grapefruit. I had wondered why they wou…

Evil Twin Double Barrel Imperial Biscotti Break

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I don't normally look at price when I buy beer. It's not that I'm made of money, but I look for the styles and labels I haven't tried yet, and they tend to get more expensive. It's easier for me if I don't put too much thought into the whole affair. I would probably avoid Evil Twin, but Jeremy (of City Sliquors fame) went out of his way to point out that he got very few bottles of this, and it was the most expensive bottle he's ever sold. That's not true, but I went for it anyway.

The brown-to-black beer has a thin head that is pretty dense and very brown. After a bit, the head is almost completely gone, leaving just a quarter of a ring around the side of the glass. The aroma is heavy with bourbon, wine, and wood. I wonder if there is beer under there. I wonder because I can't smell it at all through the other scents.

First sip is tart, bitter, and even sour. It adds that to the aforementioned bourbon and wood, but the wine is pretty light. Instead,…

Off Color Dino S'Mores Imperial Stout

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What the hell? I hadn't ever seen a s'more-based beer until a few weeks ago, and now I'm looking at my third. It was like when I had those peanut butter and jelly beers or when Armageddon and Deep Impact came out. It might even be like when White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen came out. Someone heard about something in the works and said, "I can do that!" Well, let's see if they can.

She's a pitch black beer that loses the head pretty quickly, and it loses it completely. I mean, there is nary a bubble atop this sucker - like a cider, really. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, maple, and some soft wood. Its smell is probably the best of the s'mores beers so far; I wonder if the taste will follow.

First sip is nothing like s'mores. That said, it tastes like a very good imperial stout. It's sweeter than most stouts, but it definitely has that smoky, okay taste to it that both they and most porters sport. I wonder if the middle is smooth and milky…

Bearded Iris Ever Clever Double IPA

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I can't go on about Bearded Iris anymore. Much like my love of Lagunitas (haven't had a new one of those in quite some time) I think I need to stop my effusive gushing of love for them in these reviews and just get on to business. They aren't always the best beers, but they are very interesting, and that'll get you somewhere.

The delightfully very hazy and brassy-gold beer has a very nice head that boils down to a patchy mass with gobs of lacing left on the sides as if the head didn't like to be taken away and left its claw marks. The aroma is a strong citrus (orange and grapefruit) with bitterness right on the nose, but a flaky malt is somewhere under that.

First sip is a beer that asserts itself and lets everyone in the area know that it is not to be taken lightly. Hops bounce around like they own the place, and the orange and grapefruit are at the fore. Some pine join the mix, but the malt is really the story. It's not loud like the hops, but it is handling …

Dogfish Head-Victory-Stone Saison Du Buff Ale

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I'm not sure I could pick three better craft breweries to combine efforts to make a beer. However, I don't know what to make of the resulting ale. It says that it's "brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary & tyme." It was they who used all of these spices and no Oxford comma. Attention to detail, then, might not be at the fore.

The very light gold (verging on yellow) beer has big bubbles (with some teeny tiny ones hovering around it) that leave more than enough lacing for this... ale? I mean, it's not a pale ale, IPA, APA, DIPA, or anything like that. It just says it's an ale. The aroma is all kinds of spices and flowers, and that isn't surprising considering what they printed on the label.

First sip is an odd one. I'm definitely tasting the various spices, a bit of sourness, and some flowers. I can't say this is hitting me over the head with awesomeness. In fact, were I out and about and only having a few, I would definitely not get another o…

Hi-Wire Aerialist Summer Lager

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Well, as I write this, summer is about on us, so I'm grabbing a beer and enjoying the company of my puppies. Today, I have a beer from Asheville, NC. As I have found, beers brewed in the South can totally go toe-to-toe with the big names from the North and the even bigger ones out West. Let's see if this holds up.

That is one hell of a bright yellow beer. It carries a very thick, big-bubbled head that is fluffy and sticky. It leaves a nice patchwork of lacing down the sides of the glass and emits an aroma of light, fanciful hops of the citrus variety, but they aren't heavy like an IPA.

First sip is very, very nice. It's crisp and smooth at the same time - a rare occurance as far as I can tell. It has very nice, light hops forward with citrus, peach, and (as the bottle proclaims and may have influenced me on) apricot. There's a nice biscuit and cracker malt that has a backing with some grains. I could sip this all day, but I'm not going to.

Tip-in is very malty,…

Prairie Artisan Ales Paradise Imperial Stout

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The absolute best that Prairie Artisan can probably hope for in this review is somewhere in the 2.0 to 3.0 range. Fact is, they've only had one beer that was above a 2.0, and that got a 2.25. The way my rating system works, anything between a 2.0 and a 3.0 should be about average. For the specific brewer, it seems like an average beer is the best they can do. This is especially disappointing as they are a craft brewer who appears to want to break out of the mold, but they simply seem to lack the ability. Maybe that'll change with this beer.

The black beer has a thick dark tan head that winds up as one big, thin lily pad on top of the beer. The aroma is thick, and it's filled with chocolate, coffee, coconut, vanilla, and sweetness. There's not a whole lot of smoke in the smell, and that seems unusual for an Imperial Stout. But, these guys like to do their own thing, and that's why we have different brewers that brew the same style. Variety is in the nuance.

First si…