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Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series)

Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) 2015-10-04 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Lost Rhino Cerise Acide - 92 92 92 Points Lost Rhino's Genius Loci series delivers another solid sour, this one with tons of cherries. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA

Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA 2015-10-02 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA - 93 93 93 Points This big, citrusy hop bomb from Mikkeller is surprisingly drinkable and surprisingly American for a foreign IPA. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous

Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous 2015-09-28 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Founders reDANKulous - 94 94 94 Points Founders delivers a deliciously sweet and hoppy red ale that won gold at GABF. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Lickinghole Creek Nuclear Nugget

Producer: Lickinghole Creek Brewery; Goochland, VA Style: Imperial IPA Price Range: $15 / bottle (25.4 oz) ABV: 10.5% Appearance: Deep golden, foamy white head Aroma: Pine, earthy, honey, citrus Virginia Pour House Review: Lickinghole Creek Brewery in southern Virginia releases a hop bomb every summer called Nuclear Nugget. I picked up a bottle at my local beer shop a couple weeks back and thought it would be perfect to drink this beast on National IPA Day. This thing checks in at a hefty 10.5% and 105 IBU, and is brewed with tons of Centennial and Nugget hops, along with local clover honey to attempt to take the bite off the hops a bit. The beer pours a deep golden color with a healthy, foamy, white head. The aroma is earthy and piney, with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The big earthy notes of the Nugget hops burst forth immediately upon …

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Quick Pour: Stone/Ecliptic/Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA

Stone’s latest entry in their collaboration series includes contributions from Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, Oregon and Wicked Weed in Asheville, North Carolina. It is not clear by the description what each brewer contributed to this beer, but it is highly complex. This is a blend of two beers: a hoppy double IPA and a Belgian tripel. The tripel was transferred into barrels that originally housed red wine and were subsequently used to age tequila. After four months, the tripel was blended with the freshly-brewed IPA at one-fourth tripel to three-fourths IPA. It is definitely unlike anything I have ever heard of. Onto the review! Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA; Ecliptic Brewing; Portland, OR;  Wicked Weed; Asheville, NC Style: Double IPA/Belgian Tripel/Barrel-Aged Beer Price Range: $10-12 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, deep golden, small white head Aroma: Grass, straw, spice, coriander, grapefruit, orange, wheat Virginia Pour House …

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Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot (2015)

Producer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; Chico, CA Style: Barleywine Price Range: $15 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 11.9% Appearance: Clear burgundy, foamy white head Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale is one of my favorite barleywines. So when I saw that they were releasing a barrel-aged version this year, I got excited. This is their big, bold seasonal barleywine aged in Kentucky whiskey casks for nearly a year. The beer pours a deep burgundy but is clear with a healthy white head that dissipates upon sitting. The aroma is faint, but some malt and dark fruit stands out. The first sip is big and bold. It attacks the palate with big bitter whiskey notes, with some bitter dark malt in the middle and a lingering overall bitterness. Subsequent sips aren’t quite as alarming and more of the flavor pops through. There’s a lot of whiskey flavor here, …

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Beer Review: Founders Blushing Monk (2015)

Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, MI Style: Belgian Style Fruit Ale Price Range: $15-20 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 9.2% Appearance: Deep, bright red with a small fizzy white head Aroma: Raspberry, faint grass and straw Virginia Pour House Review: Founders Blushing Monk is one of the brewery’s seasonal releases that you pretty much have to get lucky in order to find. I did just that, spotting a bottle in the wild while picking up a keg. It is a Belgian-style ale fermented with pure raspberries. It pours a bright red with a fizzy white head and smells mostly of raspberry, with faint hints of grass underneath. The first taste is mostly raspberry and there’s a nice sourness to the berries. Upon subsequent sips, the raspberry is almost more apparent and the sourness really shines through. I could also discern some of the characteristics of the Belgian malts, with some …

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Beer Review: FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout (Buffalo Trace)

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FIFTY FIFTY ECLIPSE (BUFFALO TRACE) Producer: FiftyFifty Brewing Company; Truckee, CA Beer Name: Eclipse Imperial Stout (Buffalo Trace) Style: Imperial Stout Price Range: $35 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 11.9% Appearance: Solid black, foamy tan head Aroma: Dark malt, cocoa, whiskey, faint honey sweetness Virginia Pour House Review: Light bitterness from dark malts, cocoa and coffee notes with nice blend of whiskey in the middle. Some bitterness and slightly boozy from whiskey but blends nicely with the dark chocolate and cocoa notes. Very faint sweetness from the honey, but almost indistinguishable. Nice mouthfeel, not thin and very little bitterness in the aftertaste. More honey notes come through the longer I sip. This is one fantastic beer. FIFTY FIFTY ECLIPSE (BUFFALO TRACE) Producer: FiftyFifty Brewing Company; Truckee, CA Beer Name: Eclipse Imperial Stout (Buffalo Trace) Style: Imperial Stout Price Range: $35 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 11.9% Appearance: Solid black, foamy …

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Beer Review: Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout

SUNDAY MORNING STOUT Producer: Weyerbacher Brewing Company; Easton, PA Style: Imperial Stout Price Range: $3-4 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 11.3% Appearance: Pitch black with a small coffee-colored head Aroma: Mostly coffee and roast, with a hint of bourbon Virginia Pour House Review: Weyerbacher hails from just about an hour away from where I grew up in PA. Their beers are mostly hit or miss for me, as mentioned in my review of their Maple Mistress Pumpkin Ale. So, how does Sunday Morning Stout stack up? It pours a pitch black color with a small foamy coffee-colored head. The aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted malts underneath and just the slightest hint of bourbon. The first taste bursts with rich bourbon, mixed perfectly with dark-roasted coffee and bitter black roasted barley notes. This beer is also viscous, leaving a coating behind in the finish. Subsequent sips are just as …

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Beer Review: The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

10 Commandments Producer: The Lost Abbey; San Marcos, CA Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Price Range: $12-16 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 10% Appearance: Brownish-black with a healthy, creamy head Aroma: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, honey, raisins, cranberry, rosemary Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours an opaque, mostly black with a healthy creamy beige head. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly sour, and notes of sour fruit come through. I get hints of cranberry, but the raisin is also present, along with the sweetness of honey and savory aroma of rosemary. The first sip is quite sour, with lots of raisin and dark fruit coming through. Notes of fig, cranberry, and blackberry come through early while the honey sweetens the middle, leaving a spicy rosemary finish. The mouthfeel is silky smooth in the beginning of the sip and it leaves the palate coated with a sourness in the …

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