857. Four Hands Brewing – Chocolate Milk Stout
Apr30

857. Four Hands Brewing – Chocolate Milk Stout

After my review earlier today, I spent the evening cleaning up my kids rooms. It was definitely time for another beer. My sister sent this beer a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been looking at it every time I open my fridge. So, I decided to go ahead and crack it open this evening. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~150 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color,...

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838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Jan10

838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout

It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things today, Monday. There was a beer club meeting tonight, but had to miss it because I had work to catch up on. Now that I finished it up, I thought I’d crack open this beer and watch the national championship college football game on TV. My sister brought this beer back from her trip to Arizona a few weeks ago. It looked interesting, especially after I had the Peanut...

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834. Spiteful Brewing – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Milk Stout
Dec21

834. Spiteful Brewing – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Milk Stout

I’m on a mission to make some space in the beer fridge, so I’m doing another review. After the chocolate milk stout I had last night, I found another two in the fridge. I picked this one up during A work trip up to Chicago. I’ve had a couple of beers from Spiteful that were pretty good, so I thought I’d give this one a try, especially with the Chicago connected name. The bottle says it’s batch #27....

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833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Dec20

833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

To our surprise, school was cancelled today. So I ran back and forth between home and work a couple times to check on the kids and my father-in-law who was watching them. Now that work is finished, I decided to have a beer. I picked this beer up a couple weeks ago when it caught my curiosity at the liquor store. I brewed a peanut butter cup imperial stout once and wanted to see how this one compared. Location: Poured into a large Sam...

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810. Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Stout
Mar19

810. Breakside Brewery – Salted Caramel Stout

It’s Friday night and it’s been a pretty good week. I spent most of the week following SXSW happenings online. Then the NCAA tournament started yesterday. Tonight, my wife and I went out for happy hour and had a couple of Hop Slams at Joe’s Stationhouse Pizza Pub. Right now, my wife is preparing for my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow. Even though I’m still on my diet, I decided to cheat and have this...

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779. SoMe Brewing – Whoopie Pie Stout
Sep09

779. SoMe Brewing – Whoopie Pie Stout

My wife got a work trip to Boston, and we decided to take a beer tour of the city with Boston Brew Tours. After stopping at Sam Adams Brewery Tour and Down East Cider House, we went to  Meadhall for lunch. Since I mentioned to our guide that I like barrel aged imperials, he suggested this beer as one of the six they were offering with the lunch that was paid for with the tour.  The lunch consisted of meatloaf, chicken wings, fries, a...

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773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jun27

773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

It’s Friday, and it’s been a very bizarre day. The best part of it was that my wife passed a test and now we get to go to Boston this fall. We celebrated with a nice dinner out with the kids. After a quick trip to Lowes, to buy some baseboard for my weekend project, I decided to crack open this beer for dessert. I bought it a few weeks ago, because it looked good, and my friend Jonathan is a Brewer at Perennial Artisan...

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729. Green Bay Brewing – Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout
Sep14

729. Green Bay Brewing – Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

My birthday was yesterday and we went out for some Mexican food for dinner. I didn’t really get a chance to try a good beer, so tonight I thought I’d pull one out of the beer fridge. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer. I thought maybe it was one of the beers my sister brought me back from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina last year but since it’s from Wisconsin I think I may have gotten it...

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714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout
Aug07

714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout

We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint. Location: On tap and...

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680. New  Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout
Mar08

680. New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout

We’ve got our home on the market, and we had an open house this morning. This afternoon has been pretty relaxing, catching up on several beer reviews. After editing a few, I had a craving for one. So as I sit here during halftime of the Mizzou basketball game, I went out to the garage to grab a beer. I forgot to mention that the beer fridge is now gone, in storage while we move. So, all the beer is boxed up in the cold garage...

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678.  Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout
Feb28

678. Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout

I finished the Goose Island Night Stalker and was feeling pretty good. So, I thought I’d go out to the beer fridge and find another big Stout to finish off the night. It’s been that kind of week, and I think I deserve it. And, since were moving soon, I thought I’d get rid of some of the bigger bottles out of the beer fridge. I picked up this beer as part of a special three pack at Sam’s Club right before...

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624. Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo Stout
Nov23

624. Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo Stout

My son’s 9th birthday party was last night, and he had three of his friends spend the night. They were up late, so I’m a bit groggy today. We’re cleaning up before the family party tonight, and I took a break and grabbed this out of beer fridge. As I sit here, it’s beginning to flurry outside. I don’t remember where or when I got this bottle, as it may have been on a trip up to Kalamazoo a while ago. The...

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614. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout
Oct11

614. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout

Today is my second day in Atlanta, and my friend Joe and I spent most of the day working on his new house. So, as a reward for helping him, he’s promised to take me to a few nice bars and microbreweries tonight. Our first stop is the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. They had some nice sounding brews on the menu, but this seemed to be one of their specialties and it came recommended by Joe. The menu said it contained a cold-pressed Java...

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580. Left Hand Brewing – Milk Stout Nitro
Jul13

580. Left Hand Brewing – Milk Stout Nitro

Our usual pizza and craft beer place – Flinger’s Pizza Pub – closed down a few weeks ago and we were craving pizza and beer. We’d been told to try this place out – Firehouse Pizza. They had a decent beer list and a good variety of pizzas. The pizza sauce was pretty sweet, and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t our favorite pizza. This was the only beer they had on tap I hadn’t added to the...

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577. Broadway Brewery – Milk Stout
Jun01

577. Broadway Brewery – Milk Stout

I’ve been to this brewery a couple times on previous visits to Columbia, Missouri, and had decent experiences with their Pale Ale and their Nut Brown Ale. However, It’s been a couple years since I been back here and I wasn’t too impressed with the barley wine I just had. The milk stout looked interesting and was served on a nitro tap, although, I found out from the bartender that it was just a tap and not actually...

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572. Highland Brewing Co. – Black Mocha Stout
May26

572. Highland Brewing Co. – Black Mocha Stout

This beer was sent to me by my sister’s friend several months ago. Unfortunately, there was no date on the bottle and I’ve lost track of when my sister gave it to me. The bottle says, “Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and a moderate hop...

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528. Samuel Adams – Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout
Jan22

528. Samuel Adams – Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

I’ve been home all day today with the kids, and it’s been great having the day off work. In fact, at lunch, I had 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass. Tonight, I saw this beer in the fridge, which was part of a special holiday 4 pack of Sam Adams beers at Sam’s Club. Since I knew it had spices in it, I knew I couldn’t let it sit in the fridge until next Christmas, so I thought I’d have it tonight. Location:...

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507. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Milk Stout
Dec29

507. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Milk Stout

We’ve been enjoying the holidays by working around the house, doing a little bit of cleaning, but mostly enjoying some of our new toys and tech.  After having the Highland Kashmir IPA, and noticing the date on it was from 2/22/11, I figured I’d better check some of the other beers given to me by my sister’s friend.  I grabbed this one and noticed the bottle was marked with a 7/11 date, and figured I’d better...

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504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s
Dec22

504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s

We’re in St. Louis for the holidays and went out with my friend Joe and his wife to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game (I went to Mizzou and my wife went to Illinois). After meeting at Perennial Artisan Ales (hoping they’d have some TVs to watch the game, or some Abraxas I could buy – they had neither), we went to the International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the game. My friend Joe had this one...

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467. Elysian Fields – Dark O’ the Moon
Oct02

467. Elysian Fields – Dark O’ the Moon

As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed Elysian’s Blight Pumpkin Ale, I’m in Seattle this week for work.  My first stop after landing was Elysian, because it was between the airport and my hotel downtown.  As a fan of great pumpkin beers, I tried to order their Great Pumpkin Ale, but they were out.  So I went with their Blight Pumpkin Ale first.  When it came time to order another beer with my meal, I went with...

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