10% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Black with a medium tan head. Decent amount of lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate and coffee, with some roasted senses.
Taste: Some smoke and bitter chocolate flavors, as well as a slight roasted malt profile.
Mouthfeel: Medium to strong bodied; very creamy.

Fat Lad is a big, robust Russian Imperial Stout. But while the dark chocolate and smoky flavors showcase its heavy mouthfeel, the 10% ABV is rather hidden with the balance of this brew. It’s drinkable than most imperial stouts, but the qualities you’d expect are still definitely there.

8.7% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla and caramel.
Taste: Strong maple and vanilla flavors. Sweet, but the flavors work very well together.
Mouthfeel: Smooth but strong bodied.

Founders’ Panther Cub, an exclusive for the brewery’s Black Party that took place Saturday, is a smooth, sweet barrel aged brew with lots of character. Aged in maple syrup barrels for a year, this brew features lots of vanilla, as well as the maple flavors that Founders has made famous with its highly exclusive CBS. The smaller ABV makes it a bit more drinkable than your typical barrel aged brews, but the qualities and warmth that define much of Founders’ specialty brews is certainly present in Panther Cub as well.

7% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Gold with some brown hues; no head.
Aroma: Immediate hop scent. Some floral as well.
Taste: Bitterness throughout, but not over the top. Maltiness helps level it out.
Mouthfeel: Crisp yet creamy. Light to medium bodied.

Singapore is slightly less hoppy when compared to most IPAs — the malts help create excellent balance. Its sweet aftertaste is carried by the malty balance, making for an enjoyable yet flavorful IPA.

6.6% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Wheat smell, with some rye and roast.
Taste: Dark chocolate, some grape and caramel. Pretty balanced; not a ton of wheat present.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Midnight Wheat is a black wheat with flavors that you might typically find in stouts or porters. Dark chocolate screams throughout this beer, adding a bit of bitterness at the backend, accompanied by grape and caramel. Overall, though, this is very balanced, and the wheat isn’t overpowering or even that noticeable from what I could tell. Very easy drinking for a dark beer.

12% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Caramel colored with a small head.
Aroma: Primarily fruit with a hint of bitterness.
Taste: Fruitier than most double IPAs, malty with a medium amount of bitterness. Some earthy flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Smoother than expected. Medium bodied.

For a double IPA, Dark Horse certainly gets its Double Crooked Tree right. Peaches and other fruit help balance out the bitterness (not to mention the high ABV) of this beer, while earthy, piney flavors give it a bit of a crispness at the back of the tongue. All in all this is surprisingly balanced, and one of the better DIPAs I’ve had.

4.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Darker pink to purple hue; very clear with large bubbles.
Aroma: Raspberry tartness up front with a slight malt character.
Taste: Sweeter than the aroma lets off, but it has a rather tart twist at the end. This brew is mainly a high dosage of raspberry with some light maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and easy drinking. The larger bubbles give it some cider-like qualities, but it is crisp and clean overall.

Perrin certainly delivers the raspberry flavor so many fruit beer drinkers search for. The grains are subtle in the background, but this brew doesn’t seem like just some fruit explosion (though it borders closely). I’d have a hard time having it multiple times because it’s a bit on the sweet side, but the sour tones help it go down easy. A great spring/summer choice.

5.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Pours with a medium off-white head. Burnt orange with plenty of bubbles.
Aroma: Immediate malts, sweet with a hint of hops. Has a yeasty character as well.
Taste: Mildly sweet with a honey-meets-caramel flavor. Slight roast qualities are covered easily by the malt profile and hinted sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy but crisp; a lighter medium body. The head has high retention, leaving a lasting creaminess with each sip.

The fact that Bell’s Amber isn’t overly sweet, yet still contains the best qualities of a traditional amber ale, makes this beer a winner. It’s light enough to throw back a few on a spring day, but Bell’s doesn’t skimp on flavor, per usual. It’s certainly near the top of my list for amber ales, and it should be for anyone looking for balance.

5.8% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Pours with a medium off-white head. Burnt orange with plenty of bubbles.
Aroma: Immediate malts, sweet with a hint of hops. Has a yeasty character as well.
Taste: Mildly sweet with a honey-meets-caramel flavor. Slight roast qualities are covered easily by the malt profile and hinted sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy but crisp; a lighter medium body. The head has high retention, leaving a lasting creaminess with each sip.
The fact that Bell’s Amber isn’t overly sweet, yet still contains the best qualities of a traditional amber ale, makes this beer a winner. It’s light enough to throw back a few on a spring day, but Bell’s doesn’t skimp on flavor, per usual. It’s certainly near the top of my list for amber ales, and it should be for anyone looking for balance.

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