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November 2018 - Best: Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty–Malt, Hop & Hybrid

November 2018 - Best: Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty–Malt, Hop & Hybrid
This month's Beer feature is Best: Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty–Malt, Hop & Hybrid

Best: Barrel Aged, Gluten Free, Specialty–Malt, Hop & Hybrid Reviews

Lift Bridge Beer Company Silhouette Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
98 points
Rich mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherry cordials, walnut confection, cocoa powder, artisan cola, well-aged bourbon, and soy sauce with an oily, vibrant, spritzy, fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, very long smoked toffee, charred nuts, mocha creme cookies, and vanilla truffles finish. A viscous, voluptuous monster of an Imperial stout that conjures memories of Italian Amaro and the finest chocolates.
Revolution Brewing Straight Jacket Barrel-Aged Barleywine
94 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of raisins in caramel, butterscotch, candied yams, molasses cookie, coffee liqueur, and chocolate bundt cake with a satiny, crisp, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of candied orange peel, carob, and marzipan finish. A complex and balanced barrel-aged ale that offers port-like fruit and a whiskey-like brawn; luxurious.
Uncle Billy’s Shrieking Eel Dry Hopped IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Complex aromas of fresh sneakers, basil, citrus melange with mint and honey, flint, and jerk seasoning with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry medium-full body and a smooth, complex, very long dense bread, dried peach and pineapple, geranium, savory bread pudding with kale, watercress, and mole finish. A robust, balanced and dinner-friendly IPA that will be a great match for rich foods.
Unibroue 2014 17 Grande Réserve Dark Ale
94 points
Dark burnt sienna color. Complex aromas of fine chocolates, red bean confection, cola-nut, mandarins in whipped cream, and chrysanthemum with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long cafe latte, white chocolate, tobacco, hoisin sauce, carrot cake, and baked plums finish. An excellent Belgian-Style Ale with a myriad of flavors; try with east-Asian cuisines.
Ahnapee Brewery Cherry Wood Aged Baltic Porter
93 points
Ebony color. Smoky aromas of smoking autumn leaves, carob, spruce, dried fig, coconut, and spiced apples with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long dark chocolate bread pudding, honey gelato, rosemary, peanuts in caramel, and toffee finish. A toasty, slightly smoky ale that with big character and appeal.
Harpoon Brewery Rec League Hazy Pale Ale
93 points
Cloudy gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange pith, mango pit, eucalyptus, and cucumber salad with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish evoking notes of tangerine gelato, papaya custard, baklava with orange flower water, and coriander finish. A bold, hop-forward ale with a very attractive brightness.
Boyne Brewhouse Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
89 points
Ebony color. Aromas of chocolate biscuits, molasses, shortbread, and vanilla cola with a satiny, bright, petillant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long leather, toffee-coated peanuts, gingerbread, dark toasted croissant, and salty espresso finish. A dry and nutty Imperial stout best served with robust beef dishes.
Damm Brewery Daura Gluten-Free Märzen
88 points
Amber color. Aromas of lemon balm, rice cracker, and corn husk with a soft, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, breezy nickel, pepper, navel orange pith, and light caramel finish. A great gluten-free beer that has a clean, slightly bitter finish.
Unibroue Raftman Belgian Smoked Ale
85 points
Murky deep amber color. Aromas of corn pudding, shrimp, banana bread, raisin bread with clove, paprika, and apples with a supple, shy, petillant, dryish thin body and a brisk corn tortilla with a hint of lime finish. A nice Belgian-inspired ale with pillowy malt.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery The Jeffrey Kream Ale
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas of maitre d butter, jasmine tea, floral swiss cheese, and plantain with a satiny, crisp, petillant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length underripe papaya, tangerine pith, white grapefruit, celery relish, and sweet sticky rice finish. A hop-centric cream ale in a juicy style.