ABV: 8.5%

Color: Golden Amber

The nose on this is very fruity with a sweet maltiness.  Much like the nose this starts off with a smooth malt and fruit notes with a light alcohol that hits in the middle, but not warming, then finishes with a hint of bitterness.  This is a good tripel that is a good drink now and could be something special with some aging.

Recommendation: Seek it out and set a few back.

Rating: 9/10


ABV: 9%

Color: Dark amber

A great sweet caramel nose with a hint of hops in the background.  A slight sweetness that breaks into a malty grainy flavor that leaves a slight bitterness and yeasty aftertaste.  A nice higher alcohol beer that does not have any alcohol warmness.

Recommendation: Get it while you can.

Rating: 9/10

ABV: 10.5%

Color:  A nice cloudy dark golden.

A rich hoppy nose with notes of malt on the nose.  A sweet malt, a nice smooth bitterness and a warm alcohol.  This is a good sipping beer something that I would not recommend for the summer.

Recommendation: If you find it give it a try.

Rating: 7/10

Anchor Porter

May 21, 2008

ABV: 5.6%

Color: Black with a nice caramel head.

A rich roasted coffee and chocolate nose.  A smooth roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate and coffee coat the tongue and leave you with a nice coffee aftertaste.

Recommendation: Seek this one out.

Rating: 8.5/10

ABV: 8.8%

Color: Brown

An interesting nose with raisin, olive and citrus hops.  A heavy front of alcohol with a chocolate middle with the alcohol just comes back.  Overall a nice sipping beer that has it’s place.

Recommendation: Worth a try.

Rating: 7.5/10

ABV: 9%

Color: Brown/Dark Amber

A rich nose of roasted malt.  A smooth drinking beer for 9% with a nice caramel and raisin flavor with a hint of buttery oak and you can tell there is a bourbon flavor but nothing that crushes the taste of the beer.  I would say one of the best balanced Bourbon Barrel beer I have had so far.

Recommendation: If you can get this try it.

Rating: 8.5/10

Orval Trappist Ale

April 12, 2008

ABV: 6.9%

Color: Golden with a huge white head.

A nice earthy musty nose with hints of hops.  A beautiful light sweetness with earthy cellar like flavors with a nice hop background with no hop bitterness at all.  This is a nice drinking beer that isn’t for everyone but everyone should experience.

Recommendation: Seek it out and get a case.

Rating: 9.5/10