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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout

Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado… 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado... 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout 2015-12-09 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review No-Li Rise Up Stout - 90 90 …

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Dogfish Head Alehouse Off-Centered Beer Dinner

Last week was American Craft Beer Week and so the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax had a special beer dinner for the occasion. It was a five-course dinner, each one paired with a beer, and each pairing off-centered. What does that mean? It means that the food was a little off the wall and the beer pairings were not quite what you would expect for the dish. Here’s a quick review of each of the five courses. First Course: The Great Grapefruit Salad with Aprihop The Great Grapefruit Salad consisted of fresh spinach, chopped grapefruit, walnuts, sliced radish, and feta cheese, tossed with a grapefruit vinaigrette. The salad was actually served in half grapefruit rind. The salad had a nice subtle citrus flavor, slightly bitter but not overwhelming. The subtle citrus brought out a citrus in Aprihop that usually isn’t there. The feta offset the bitterness of the citrus and …

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Beer Review: Lost Abbey Deliverance

 Lost Abbey Deliverance Producer: Port Brewing Company; San Marcos, CA Beer Name: Deliverance Ale Style: Blended Stout Price Range: $15-25 / bottle (375 ml) ABV: 12.5% Appearance: Pitch black, small white head Aroma: Bourbon, brandy, cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, roasted malt Virginia Pour House Review: This beer from Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey is a blend of bourbon-barrel aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy-barrel aged Angels Share. It packs a punch at 12.5% ABV and the aroma is strong with bourbon and brandy notes. There is also some cocoa, roasted malt, and even a little dark fruit coming through in the aroma for me. The beer pours a pitch black with a small white ring of head that quickly dissipates. The first sip is mostly brandy for me, with some hints of cocoa nibs and roasted barley in the finish. On subsequent sips I get a little bourbon as well, but the brandy …

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Beer Review: Founders Big Lushious

While I was out picking up my 2 bottles of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Extra, I noticed a Founders box behind the counter at Total Wine. In it, was a gem called Big Lushious, their latest limited release. Review ahead! (And yes, I know how to spell the word “luscious” but apparently Founders was going for something else.) Founders Big Lushious Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, Michigan Beer Name: Big Lushious Style: Stout, Fruit Beer Price Range: $12-15 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 7.8% Appearance: Black, opaque, viscous, foamy tan head Aroma: Cocoa, chocolate, faint raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: Founders has always done a great job with their one-off beers, what they sometimes call their “Backstage Series”, featuring some of their best one-off beers in a “brewed-once” fashion. These beers are usually rare and hard-to-find and I just so happened to find myself at Total Wine on a Tuesday and scored one …

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

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. …

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

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 …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Bell’s Cherry Stout (Day 1)

Day 1: Bell’s Cherry Stout Producer: Bell’s Brewing Company Beer Name: Cherry Stout Price Range: $3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Black, not cloudy, very thin off-white head Aroma: Cocoa, black licorice, cherry Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a clear black with almost no head. The aroma is rich with cocoa, black licorice, and lots of cherry. The taste is rich with the same, with a lot of sour cherry and hints of dark chocolate. The middle is silky smooth, with the sour cherry twist in the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty smooth despite the 7% ABV, although the body is a little thin. Still, this is a great beer and one of my favorites of the season. Day 1: Bell's Cherry Stout Producer: Bell's Brewing Company Beer Name: Cherry Stout Price Range: $3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Black, not cloudy, very thin off-white head Aroma: Cocoa, black licorice, cherry …

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