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Just got back from the store with a nice haul.

I tried the lukcy bastrd last ngith and though it wasn't as good as oaked or double, but it was pretty awesome

Just out of curiosity, what is keeping you from branching out to other brands? Sam Adams makes a good beer and is a good brand to use as an introduction to craft beer. But you live in Michigan, one of probably the top 5 states for craft beer in the country. There's so many good breweries in the mitten, what's stopping you from patronizing them?

I'd love it if I could get Bell's, Founders and Short's (among others) at my grocery store. I've seen a couple of the MBC/Celis beers here in Texas, but that's it.

agreed, I had Bell's Batch 10000 last night, it has a ridiculous list of hops and fermentables, it wasn't a huge mess, but it wasn't anything amazing, just a solid beer.

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Review for Winter Lager -

Poured into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, deep ruby color. Thick head which dissipates after a while, and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S - Malty with subtle notes of hops and spices. This is gonna be a great one.

T - Very robust flavor of malt with notes of spices and a bit of citrus. Subtle hop notes as well.

M - Full bodied and bold, perfect for winter. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D - A very nice session beer.

Just out of curiosity, what is keeping you from branching out to other brands? Sam Adams makes a good beer and is a good brand to use as an introduction to craft beer. But you live in Michigan, one of probably the top 5 states for craft beer in the country. There's so many good breweries in the mitten, what's stopping you from patronizing them?

I've had several local craft brews from around here and while they're pretty good, SA is usually what I fall back on.

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Review for SA Chocolate Bock -

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Pours a deep, dark brown. My pour featured a pretty minimal head, not too much lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of chocolate, with subtle notes of roasted coffee and nuts.

T: Hints of malts, with a very pleasant chocolate flavor - thankfully, not overpowering. Aftertaste is a bit more on the malty side. Slightly sweet, and I also detect some toffee as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth.

D: You'll have no problem with a few of these. If I had more of this, I could see myself doing so.

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Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

Brilliant. Over 11% and you'd never know it. It tastes like what Guiness wishes it tasted like with a hint of yummy and a dash wonder!

Super hard to get. Only made once a year. Think you can only score a case or two if you call the company directly.

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Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

Brilliant. Over 11% and you'd never know it. It tastes like what Guiness wishes it tasted like with a hint of yummy and a dash wonder!

Super hard to get. Only made once a year. Think you can only score a case or two if you call the company directly.

nice, one of my top 3 beers, There is a bar near me that always has it for 12$ a bottle, but I just wait for march when it is bottled and get a couple of bottles for the year at 5$

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Picked up a case of SA Cherry Wheat, brewed with Traverse City, Michigan cherries. Review -

Poured into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Poured a bit of a cloudy amber color, but the cloudiness is normal for a wheat beer. Pretty light head that fades after a short while, not too much lacing left behind.

S: Wonderful scent of Michigan cherries makes you look forward to the taste.

T: Cherries! Not overpowering whatsoever. Certainly not anything like cough syrup, in my opinion. Also, a nice balance of hops and malt and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Very smooth with a nice, dry finish. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability. You'll definitely want to have a few of these.

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nice, one of my top 3 beers, There is a bar near me that always has it for 12$ a bottle, but I just wait for march when it is bottled and get a couple of bottles for the year at 5$

You guys reminded me that I still have a few '08 bottles down in my basement, with the old style labels. s*** I checked, and I still have two bottles of '07 Backwoods Bastard down there too!

I'll have to crack one open soon!

Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy beers that expensive these days, but I still have a little stash of stuff in the basement from back when money was less tight.

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Review for SA Holiday Porter -

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a light brown head. Very thick and foamy and lingers for a long time before finally dissipating. Plenty of lacing, and I mean plenty.

S: Roasted caramel malt along with faint biscuit, toffee, and hints of chocolate, coffee, and spice. Very inviting.

T. Very complex and rich. Very similar to the scent - roasted malts with hints of toffee, chocolate, coffee, and faint hops.

M. Smooth while full bodied.

D: This is an impressive porter. Just one will be enough, in my opinion. Not a chugging beer - sit back and enjoy this one.

Edited by Hockeytown0001

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Just received two bottles of Yuengling Traditional Lager at a Christmas party tonight. This is from America's oldest brewery.

it is also one of the worst beers, on par with a budweiser, and a skunky green bottle to boot

Edited by jollymania

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I got a sampler case of Left Hand Brewing Company featuring their Black Jack Porter, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Sawtooth Ale, and Jackman's Pale Ale. I'm not huge on IPA's, but the 400 Pound Monkey is enjoyable and isn't overtly hop-py. I'm a porter and stout guy, so Black Jack is my favorite - though far from my favorite porter. The other two ales are good, but somewhat forgettable.

Can't complain about free beer, though, especially when it's quality.

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