Smuttynose Baltic Porter

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Baltic Porter Review   Dark as an empty movie theater, this porter sports a nose of Raisinets and buttered popcorn. On the palate, it turns into fresh figs with walnuts and dried blueberries. The finish turns up the dark malts with espresso, dark chocolate and licorice. The hops give a hint of rich earth to the whole affair. A rich and smooth brew that feels effortless on the palate....

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Coopers Best Extra Stout

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Export Stout Review Just as dark and scented as a freshly pulled espresso. A full bodied stout with rich milk chocolate on the palate . Strands of smoky molasses and saltwater taffy develop on the mid-palate  The finish turns veers to charcoal and coffee beans and ends with a nice clean bit of malted barley.

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout Nitro

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Last St. Paddy’s Day, I implored you to forgo Guinness and other mass-produced Irish imports for local brews that pack more freshness and flavor. One year on, my opinion hasn’t changed, and our local beer scene continues to improve and evolve. My first choice, in fact, on everyone’s favorite drinking holiday would surely be Victory’s Donnybrook Stout. Donnybrook, however, like many other Irish-style stouts, is one of those creamy, distinctive beers that is only available on...

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Lunch by Maine Beer Company

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American IPA Review Toast and lemon curd on the nose, with a whiff of lavender and blood orange. Those aromas follow through on the palate, along with butterscotch and tree fruits. Flavors develop into the juiciness of ripe pears and melon. Sweetness rises on the finish along with apple flavors and freshly ground spices.

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Double Sunshine IPA by Lawson’s Finest Liquids

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Imperial IPA Review Vibrant hop aromas push into an ozone-like freshness along with a bit of green grass. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit and melon predominate with floral notes and toasted malts in the background. On the finish, notes of pine forest and tropical fruits come forward. Good carbonation and a mid-weight body offer a creamy yet crisp finish to this wonderful beer.

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Heady Topper by The Alchemist

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An Imperial IPA Review Impressive aromatics of citrus, highly vinous aromatics of grapefruit, lemon rind and caramel. On the palate, the complex fruit flavors continue. Rich and dry, with mango, citrus, peaches, and pineapple all playing a part in the swirl of flavors in this extraordinary beer. A layer of malt and pine resin turn into perfume underneath the fruit flavors. Under the finish of juicy richness comes a deep hoppy bitterness that twirls into caramelized...

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La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue

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  The more I taste beers from Canada’s rising micro brews  the greater my respect. They embrace the quality of North American grains and hops, and at the same time executing old school brewing styles. It’s a winning combination they share with some New England brewers, but few others.  La Fin Du Monde -the end of the world- is a great place to start. A tone-perfect Trapist Tripel, is rich in ester scents, ranging from Bartlett pear to nectarine....

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Jaipur IPA by Thornbridge Brewery

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Despite is august-sounding name,  Thornbridge is a relatively new British brewery (it was founded in 20005).  Their beers tend to hew close to classic styles, but cleaner and fresher.  This India Pale Ale is a very good example of their tailored style. Fresh apple and toast aromas are intertwined with a touch of freshly mown field. On the palate, the beer turn floral with hops and richer in malt. The low alcohol and tight carbonation keeps the brew classy and in control....

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