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Grimm Brothers The Griffin Blood Orange Hefeweizen

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"Let's name our brewery after the Brothers Grimm, but we will reverse the name to make it OURS!"
"That's a great idea, Bob. Is that legal?"
"We're in The International House of Pancakes. This is international territory. EVERYTHING is legal!"
"Bob, you're drunk."

The head is the most interesting thing about this beer. It is like slightly thick soda bubbles in the way they are all so big and they go away almost as quickly. Points of nucleation keep a steady stream of smaller bubbles rising to the top, but they die almost immediately upon reaching the crest of the bronzed orange beverage. The aroma is ... you know, I don't actually know what a blood orange smells like, but I bet that is exactly what it is. It's kind of a cross between mandarin oranges and regular oranges with maybe some tangerine and grapefruit tossed in.

First sip is about as tart as you can get. It's so tart that it seems to start to sour. Presumably bl…

Honky Tonk LeBrown James Barrel Aged Brown Ale

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I'm not going to lie to you - this brewery has been quite the surprise since the word go. So far, I've only had two of their beers, and they were both 4/5. Now, anyone who knows anything about my ratings knows that this is a very, very good score on my scale, so I'm expecting even the brown ale (not my favorite style) to be tremendous. The fact that it is barrel aged will no doubt help.

Brown. Deep, dark brown. I mean - you thought you knew brown, but this isn't the lame UPS or cardboard-style brown. This is a deep, cosmic brown. Like all of the Honky Tonk beers, this has a substantial head and it takes a while to go down. Even settled, this has a good .25 to .35 inches covering across the top, and (while not sticky) it is lovely. The aroma is strangely a little chocolate, nutty, and woody.

First sip is sweet, woody, bitter, coffee, chocolate, and nutty. There's a lot is what I'm trying to say. No, it isn't the world's absolutely most complex beverage, …

Mill Creek Batch No. 1 Dark Strong

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Mill Creek has been solidly better than average with all of their beers so far, and I am expecting a delightful Belgian Ale to really be the break-out hit. These Nashville guys have been coming strong with the mixture of beers, and I would expect the very good DIPA to be my favorite, but I'm okay if this one is better - I won't discriminate.

A spotty, clumpy head leaves some lacing as it adorns this brown beer with a slight amber hue. The aroma of yeast, caramel, and spices light up the night and entice the drinker to stop writing in his stupid blog that very few people ever come to and just drink the beer like he (and it) knows he wants to. I shall not be rushed, Mr. Beer.

First sip is like freebasing Belgian yeast. Well, I say it's like that, but I don't actually know what freebasing entails, so I don't even know if you can taste whatever you're freebasing, but in my imagination it is something like this where the effect is amplified. So, in that sense, it…

Honky Tonk Simple Man 2X Double IPA

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The Badonkadonk was very, very good (4/5). But this here isn't a barrel-aged beer or even a stout. this is my new favorite style of beer - the Double IPA. I had been told that pale ales and IPAs are the easiest beers to make, as the hops tend to cover up a multitude of errors, but the malt-heavy DIPA, I imagine, does not have that kind of grace period. Let's find out if these guys need it.

The hazy bronze beer has a very sticky head that is the kind of dense foam that every beer should strive to have. Seriously - everyone else, take note of this Nashville-area brewer and this fantastic head! The aroma is citrus (lead by oranges) and some pine hops. Mostly, though, it's the citrus.

First sip is strong and crisp but very smooth. It's oranges backed with grains that are a lot heavier than I had expected. But, they are mixed pretty damn well, and that means that yes, I really kind of like just sipping this beer. Is that the Honky Tonk way? Maybe, but it's not my way.

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Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Barrel-Aged Stout

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I was happily surprised by how much I liked Yee Haw, despite the overtly redneck name. This one comes from here in Nashville, so they will likely earn the Honky Tonk name, and (being a local brewer) I will likely be trying others of their wares, assuming this one isn't undrinkable.

The beer is so dark brown that it may as well be black, and the head is a very pleasing and soothing shade of light tan. Eventually, the very little bubbles boil down to a thin pepperoni pizza across the top (there are a lot of small circles of bubbles on top that are fairly regularly spaced). The aroma is thick with unexpected chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and wood.

First sip is a little more watery than I expected, but it seems to work in its favor. It takes what is normally a syrupy, heavy beer and kind of makes it mild and refreshing. Well, refreshing for a given amount of refreshing, I guess. I mean, this isn't going to beat an All-Day IPA for it, but it's actually not bad just to sip.

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Braxton Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout

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Is this what I've become? Am I the guy who orders a black raspberry chocolate milk stout at the bar because the regular raspberry chocolate milk stout is so passé. Let's go ahead and assume that the brewers in Covington, KY have won over enough people to get their beer canned and then distributed, so maybe they are onto something I don't know about.

She's a very dark beer with a bit of that raspberry purple/red coming through. The head took a bit of coaxing to come out to play, and it fizzles down to a lumpy patch in the middle and a requisite ring around the sides. The aroma is quite potent, and it conveys chocolate, scorched wood, vanilla, and a little sweetness. I'm kind of surprised that we don't have berries in the smell, but I guess it'll be in there when I taste it.

First sip says very loudly, "There are raspberries in here!" Mind you, there is chocolate and even a bit of the charring, but I don't really taste the wood that I thought I …

BrewDog Punk IPA

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My third BrewDog beer, and the last one I had was fantastic. I hope we're starting a trend. Either way, I'm pretty sure this is the last of the BrewDog beers that I have in the fridge, so I want them to go out on a high note. Were all three of these IPAs? Wait - one was a DIPA, wasn't it? Surely they couldn't all have been... Yup, they were all IPAs.

The brassy-gold beer has a head that could use a bit more stickiness, but it has some lacing going on, so let's just accept what we have and say that it could be worse. The aroma is a dusty citrus and sourdough bread. It's not a bad start, and these guys can make magic happen.

First sip is a taste explosion! Actually, it's not that, but I'm pretty sure I read that on the can or something. Instead, it's a strong taste, but it is strangely dusty without being bitter up front, but bitterness hits in the end. It has citrus and a light caramel malt doing the work of solidifying the whole thing. I don't k…