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Friday, February 24, 2006

Ah yes. It's Friday. It's time for 10 beers in my fridge. Grab some pretzels and a bottle opener, it's time to tie one on.

1) Brouwerij Westmalle Tripel. This is perfect. It has replaced Duvel as perfection. This is the quintessential Tripel. You will not have a better Tripel, let alone a better beer. 12/10.

2) The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. Dark brown, color, similar to black walnut. Creamy and smooth. Like a cafe au lait, perhaps. Some bitterness in the aftertaste to cleanse the palate and leave a clean feeling in the mouth. 7/10.

3) The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Rabid Duck Imperial Stout. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick chocolate-colored head. Smells strong and potent, lots of dark wine and cherries, some dark-roasted malt. Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate and burgundy flavors with a slight sweetness and a very faint hoppy element. Solid beer. 8/10.

4) Great Divide Brewing Company Yeti Imperial Stout. Pours black, with a chocolate brown head. There is a heavy roastiness, strong dark roast, stong hop bitterness present as expected from the "75 IBU" claim. Smooth and very rich, a chocolate-espresso syrupy bottle of bliss. 8/10.

5) Great Divide Brewing Company Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. See above, but way more mellow, with an undertone of vanilla from the oak. Smoooooooooth. Chocolate-vanilla. Gods. 9/10.

6) Dragonmead Microbrewery Final Absolution Tripel. Hazy amber with copper hues, topped with a snapping white foam head. Smelled of cloves and...white pepper. Thick mouthfeel, very sweet. A little caramel, lots of honey. Cloves strenghten as the beer warms. Slight bubblegum in the end. Quite complex, but pales in comparison to the Westmalle Tripel above. 7/10.

7) Dragonmead Juggernaut Double Red. Dark ruby red, tan head and lacing. Syrupy, sweet candied fruit taste, raisins, molasses. Slightly grfainy, but very smooth. 7/10.

8) Brasserie de Rochefort 8 (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). Smells of rum, ripe banana and maybe pear. Silky smooth, slightly spicy at first, mellowing to something close to brown sugar and brownies. Amazing. 9/10.

9) Founders Brewing Company Frangelica Stout. Holy crap. Wow. This is a Founders-style stout (heavy on the chocolate and coffee), brewed with Frangelica. The result, a 10% abv stout that tastes like hazelnut coffee. I wept. 9/10.

10) A first! This is a PROSPECTIVE review. This weekend is the Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Founders Brewing Company is releasing their limited Kentuckey Breakfast Stout. This is their Breakfast Stout, which is alllll coffee and dark toasted bread, which has been aged for a year in Jim Beam barrels. I can't wait. It ought to impart a strong burbon twang to the coffee flavors, making it like a coffee-and-burbon, and it may add a little vanilla and bonfire aromas and flavors. I am predicting a 9/10. I will post on Monday what it actually is.


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