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12 Beers of Christmas: Flying Dog Double Dog (Day 10)

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Back-to-back Maryland beers, as Flying Dog’s flagship double IPA makes the list! Flying Dog Double Dog Producer: Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, MD Beer Name: Double Dog Style: Double IPA Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 11.5% Appearance: Bright amber, nice foamy white head Aroma: Malty and earthy with some pine notes Virginia Pour House Review: Ah, Flying Dog. Despite their hit-or-miss potential, they remain one of my favorite local breweries, hailing from Frederick, Maryland. Their flagship beers are usually pretty spot on, and there is a special place in my heart for their Bloodlines Blood Orange IPA. Double Dog is a massive double IPA, checking in at a whopping 11.5% ABV. It pours a clear, bright amber with a nice white head that retains a bit upon sitting. The aroma is malty, with earthy undertones and some pine notes, but is not very strong overall. The taste, however, is. There is ... Read More »

12 Beers of Christmas: Evolution Rise Up Stout (Day 9)

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The 9th day of Beermas features a local Maryland stout brewed with coffee. Evolution Rise Up Stout Producer: Evolution Brewing Company; Salisbury, MD Beer Name: Rise Up Stout Style: Stout Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.7% Appearance: Solid black, small tan head Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, bitter, cocoa Virginia Pour House Review: Evolution Brewing Company is a small brewery out of Salisbury, Maryland. Their beers have generally been hit or miss for me, but this one is pretty highly reviewed on Beer Advocate and I am a fan of coffee stouts, so here goes. The beer pours a solid, opaque black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is strong with bitter malts, chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. The taste is slightly bitter but smooth overall, with hints of cocoa and light-roast coffee. The coffee is most prevalent in the finish and lingers for a bit on the palate. ... Read More »

12 Beers of Christmas: Schlafly Christmas Ale (Day 8)

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Day 8 features another festive, spiced ale from Schlafly. the latest in their Special Release annual series. Schlafly Christmas Ale Producer: Schlafly Brewing Company; St. Louis, Missouri Beer Name: Christmas Ale Style: Spiced Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Clear brown, thin foamy tan head Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty Virginia Pour House Review: Schlafly Brewing Company rotates seasonal limited-release beers in their Special Release series. These include Tasmanian IPA, Pumpkin Ale, and the latest, Christmas Ale. This one pours a deep, clear brown, roughly chestnut-colored, with a thin, foamy, tan head. The aroma is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasty nuttiness behind it. At first taste, the spice blends very nicely with the roasted malts. There is some cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe even a hint of ginger, but a nice backbone that has a subtle roasted flavor. There is not a hint of booziness despite ... Read More »

12 Beers of Christmas: New Belgium Frambozen (Day 7)

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The 7th of 12 Beers of Christmas is a fruity, festive beer from one of the largest craft brewers in the country. New Belgium Frambozen Producer: New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins, CO Beer Name: Frambozen Style: Brown Ale; Fruit Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.5% Appearance: Clear reddish, brown, no head Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: The bottle of this beer proclaims that “Frambozen” is Flemish for “raspberry.” There is certainly a lot of raspberry in the nose of this beer, to accompany the rich roasted malt and chocolate notes. The beer pours a reddish brown, almost mahogany and is perfectly clear with almost no head. Raspberry takes center stage in this one, but it’s a nice balance between sweet and sour. There are hints of roasted malt and very faint chocolate near the finish, but it it mostly raspberry. The fruit is not ... Read More »

12 Beers of Christmas: Green Flash Double Stout (Day 6)

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The sixth day of Beermas features an enormous, tasty stout from the West Coast! Green Flash Double Stout Producer: Green Flash Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Beer Name: Double Stout Style: Stout Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8.8% Appearance: Solid black, almost no head Aroma: Roasted malt, sweet, milky Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a solid black with a very small tan head. The beer smells of dark malts but is also sweet and milky. There are golden oats that lend an almost honey-like aroma as well. The first thing I notice about this beer upon tasting it is that it’s thick. It’s not a stout for the faint of heart. There is some light bitterness in the middle with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, but very faint. These flavors are more present as the beer warms up. Overall it’s very smooth for being such a ... Read More »