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  2. Hey Fuj. FYI Next Lionheart Beer Social.

    The Lionheart Pub would like to invite you to our Southern Tier Beer Social on Thursday, November 21st at 5:00PM . This Beer Social will feature 24 Southern Tier beers on draft. Some of these beers are new to the area and some are discontinued items that Southern Tier is not currently producing at this time. Complimentary, cheese and crackers will be provided. We will offer flights for sampling and growler service for most of the beers. All beers will be specialty priced. Below, please find a beer menu for the event. Come out and support this great New York State Brewery. I hope to see you there. Thank you.
    Lionheart Southern Tier Beer Social 2013

    Jah-va Imperial Coffee Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 12%
    Three thousand feet above sea level in the misty mountains of Jamaica, some of the world’s finest Arabica beans are hand picked on their way to becoming Blue Mountain Coffee. Halfway around the world, plump spring barley grows to maturity in the loamy soil of North America while aromatic hops are cultivated to exacting standards. Here in our kettles, these three special ingredients are blended to create a heady mixture of sweet sugar, dark roast, and complex flavor. Ratebeer: 99

    Choklat Imperial Chocolate Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 11%
    The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brewing house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bitter-sweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses & renew the power & interrelation of history in every bottle. Ratebeer: 100

    Mokah Imperial Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 11%
    It is through similar cooperation that the simple bitter cocoa bean is transformed into a sweet treat. As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Ratebeer: 100

    Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 11%
    This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly.
    Ratebeer: 100

    Back Burner Imperial Barley Wine Barley Wine ABV. 10%
    Long ago, British farmhouse brewers made special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the tradition of days past. At Southern Tier this long awaited brew is placed on the back burner until the start of the new year. Back Burner Barley Wine is a celebration of things to come and things remembered. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The process starts early in the morning and ends late into the night. We hope this rare brew reignites your spirit for another trip around the sun. Ratebeer: 98

    Crème Brulee Imperial Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 10%
    We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; it’s all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition. By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crème Brûlée, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. Ratebeer: 98

    Oak Aged UnEarthly Imperial IPA Imperial IPA ABV. 9.9%
    “an uninhibited infusion of hops & oak”
    At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with an aggressive offering. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste of this oak aged brew into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Cheers! Ratebeer: 99

    Gemini Imperial Blended Ale Imperial IPA ABV. 9%
    High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as “the twins,” or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two in a program named after the celestial pairing. At Southern Tier, we have our own fraternal twins, Hoppe & Unearthly. Blended together & placed in this vessel, the mission of our Gemini is to travel high & take passengers on a journey far into the heavens.
    Ratebeer: 99

    Krampus Imperial Helles Lager Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils ABV. 9%
    St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children. Dark malts and aromatic hops create the diabolical spirit of this brew. It is finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days. This Imperial Helles Lager will warm even the darkest hearts.
    This season, replace the cookies with a bottle of Krampus. If he happens to pay a visit, toast to him with this devilish brew. Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!
    Ratebeer: 96

    Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale Imperial Vegetable Ale ABV. 8.6%
    Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly. Ratebeer: 98

    2Xmas Double Spiced Ale Spiced Christmas Ale ABV. 8%
    Swedishflags are a fairly common sight in our part of the country. Holiday parties often have warm concoctions of spices and booze at the ready to knock the ice off of toes while raising spirits. We were inspired by a “Glögg” party, deciding on the spot to brew a beer that pays tribute to this Nordic tradition. 2xMas Ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glögg, we recommend serving this one chilled. Brewed in the Tradition of Swedish Glögg. Ratebeer: 92

    Southern Tier 2X IPA Imperial India Pale Ale ABV. 8.2%
    An India Pale Ale kicked up a notch to form a true Double IPA: feverishly hoppy with a malty back¬bone and higher-than-standard alcohol content. Citrusy hops tease the senses with aromatics and lingering bitter¬ness, while just the right balance of malts disguises 2XIPA’s extra gravity. Double your expectations, this is an ale that demands reverence. Ratebeer: 97

    Southern Tier IPA India Pale Ale ABV. 7.3%
    The India Pale Ale we brew is our version of a brewing legacy. IPA’s name hails from its colonial roots. British soldiers in India didn’t have access to good beer, and all the malty ales they attempted to take on the boat with them would go stale. The addition of a generous amount of hops to their already popular pale ales created a drinkable brew that could better survive the heat and motion of the sailing ships, and a new style was born: ale with a vigorous hop profile, well-balanced malt background, and medium body. At Southern Tier, our IPA is an intrepid ale, triple-hopped on its journey to your glass for a truly aromatic experience. Ratebeer: 96

    Old Man Winter Ale Old Ale ABV. 7.7%
    Our winter offering is here to quell your shivers and get you through the coldest of nights. A rich marriage of hops and barley to cast light upon the evening and melt your mind out of the snowdrifts. Old Man Winter’s earthy hue and thickness lace around the glass, inviting you to linger in its warmth and share the spirits of the season with your friends and family. A deceptively strong brew, it’s best to sit and ponder with this old man, sip by sip. Ratebeer: 91

    Harvest Ale Premium Bitter/ESB ABV. 6.7%
    Our celebration of the change of the seasons, a deeply comforting ale to usher in the sunset as the evenings get cooler. In salutation to that special moment in time when the year’s harvest is a gracious cornucopia before us, we take a combination of fresh English hops, cracked barley, and hard work to brew a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Let Harvest’s deep ruby color take you away to a bright autumn mountainside where a warm sweater, a good beer, and the gratitude for the seasons are all you need. Ratebeer: 95

    2X Stout Sweet Stout ABV. 7.5%
    Milkstout, also called ‘cream’ or ‘sweet’ stout, is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer. Milk stouts have been claimed to be nutritious, and were marketed as such in the early 1900s with claims that would make the FDA wince. One ad read, “Ideal for nursing mothers, for the healthy, for the invalid, and for the worker.” Surely! Of course, we couldn’t stop at a traditional milk stout. Ours is a double, an addition to our 2X line, and at 7.5% abv is every bit as delicious as it sounds. To your health! Ratebeer: 96

    Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 8.6%
    Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own and also to counterpoint our Imperial Ale, Pumking. Make your own black magic by carefully pouring this Imperial Stout into a goblet.
    Dark and mysterious, the Blackwater Series is serious about high gravity. Reanimate your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character, moderate carbonation and spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Ratebeer: 97

    Imperial Compass Belgian Strong Ale ABV. 9%
    We rely on age-old tools in the brewery despite being surrounded by high technology. As a sort of compass, we use the six pointed brewer’s star to help navigate uncharted brews. The cardinal points of water, malt, grain, yeast, hops and a brewer make the baseline. From there anything goes. Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination.
    You’ll notice a slight bitterness in Compass derived from our use of rose hips accentuated by high effervescence. Drink it cold from a fluted or tulip glass. And by all means, avoid sea serpents. Ratebeer: 95

    2X Steam California Common ABV. 8%
    Brewed with 2 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts. ABOUT THE BEER STYLE: Double Uncommon BREWED SINCE: 2013 ABV: 8.0% FERMENTATION: Lager yeast at ale temperature, two varieties of hops, three varieties of malts COLOR: Deep Gold EFFERVESCENCE: Light carbonation NOSE: Earthy, woody, slight mint aroma FLAVOR: Lightly toasted malts with woody and earthy hops, subtle but firm bitterness BITTERNESS: Low BODY: Low-medium. Ratebeer: 74

    Iniquity Imperial Black IPA ABV. 9%
    Southern Tier Iniquity is an Imperial Black IPA, which is also called an Imperial India Brown Ale. This is a style that seems to be increasing in popularity. The hexagram talisman has been used around the world for centuries to invoke magic and good luck. Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewer’s creative to yield dramatic results. We carefully chose the name for this Imperial IBA, Iniquity – a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one might expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly. Some may consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Iniquity weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume. It uses four different hops and 2-row pale malt along with debittered black malt in it’s brewing.
    Ratebeer: 95

    Plum Noir Imperial Porter ABV. 8%
    Plums are a diverse group of species, with somewhere between 19 & 40 varieties depending upon whom you ask. We’re using what we consider to be the best to brew with. the Italian plum has beautiful dark skin & the flesh is perfect for fermentation. Plum Noir’s mild sweetness is derived no necessarily from the many malts we use. A bit of plum flavor is present as well as earthy, toasted grains, & hints of caramel with mild coffee overtones. Ratebeer: 94

    2X Rye Specialty Grain ABV. 8.1%
    What is rye? Rye is a cereal grain historically grown in our region. It has been cultivated since the time of the early settlers due to the scrappy and hearty ability to withstand harsh climates and poor growing conditions. Did you know George Washington grew rye and used it to ferment whiskey? Were pretty sure that is a fact. You will notice the distinct notes of rye, a slightly spicy and grainy aroma not lost in the shuffle of hops and the four other malted grains we use in this fine seasonal addition to our 2X line. Ratebeer: 95

    Live Pale Ale Pale Ale ABV. 5.5%
    Strong citrus hops balanced with malt breadiness. This is new take on our Pale Ale.
    Ratebeer: 96

    Porter Porter ABV. 5.8%
    Hearty malts meld with a subtle balance of hops to create a dark and nurturing ale of comfort and complexity. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and espresso fill the tongue, finishing with just a touch of smoke. Not too sweet or filling, this versatile dark ale dissuades the notion that a darker beer is a stronger beer. Five varieties of roasted malts are the source of Porter’s dark color and rich taste, while two varieties of hops bring a mellow bite to this deep toasty ale. Ratebeer: 89

  3. Lionheart Pub Winterfest Beer Social Thursday, Feb. 6th 2014 at Lionheart Pub Beer Menu has been addended to include:

    Cask Conditioned Bourbon Barrel Aged Mendicino Imperial Stout ABV. 10%
    Mendocino imperial stout is fantastic on its own…. Rich and bold with tons of cocoa and espresso …lots of body and boozy finish, let it rest in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels for about 18 months and you have something really special..allow it to cask condition and you have pretty much a one of a kind never to be tasted again beauty….only at the lionheart pub…Our Imperial Stout is an impressive, ebony black beer with gorgeous ruby hued highlights. Brewed with several kinds of rich caramel and roasted malts, this robust, full-bodied stout is packed with sensuous chocolate and coffee flavors. The complex roastiness of this brew is interwoven with rich toffee, subtle dark fruit and a hint of anise to round off the malt experience. The intense maltiness is balanced with a floral hop flavor and the aroma from Cascade and Golding hops. With an immense original gravity of 23 Plato, this opulent beer finishes at 10% alcohol by volume. Imperial Stout is a lavish blend of sumptuous flavors, it is silky smooth and deceptively strong.
    VINTAGE RARITY $8 10 oz./$4 5oz. Ratebeer: 93

    2008 Hochland Bio Honig Bock Heller Bock ABV. 9%
    Brauerei Hofstetten – Krammer Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis, Austria
    This special Bock beer was brewed in March 2008. Since the Honigbiersud is on the yeast in our deep vaulted cellars to nachzugären and mature. The variety of complex flavors in this beer takes a lot of time in to develop, so this beer is filled in August by hand in bottles. then it stored in our cellar, closed with a cork to in November 2008 for the first time in the sale to go! Soft wax flavors combine with flowery with light raspberry tones and the finish of honey Bock warms the palate and soul and brings sunshine into the dark winter days.Recommendation by our master brewers: Store your beer standing at max. 6 degrees for another year in your basement and you will be surprised in the next winter anew by this powerful beer. This beer has been with raw materials from certified organic agriculture brewed, the heart of the goat of the bog honey from the Haslauer Moor in the northern Waldviertel is, which was harvested from the highlands beekeepers in 2007. Starting in early November this noble Bock beer is available in the online shop or at the sale of the ramp Hofstetten brewery. Make sure you get your bottle soon, because there are only 3000 bottles filled. enjoyment Recommendation: Give this beer enough time to develop its flavors. Open the bottle 20 – 30 minutes before you pour it. At best, use the highland honey jar and you will notice that the honey flavors from minute to minute are intense and constantly come up with new floral flavors. A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!
    HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY $7 10 oz./$4 5oz. Ratebeer: 92

    Rogue Mocha Porter Porter ABV. 5.1%
    Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish. Mocha Porter is made from Northwest Harrington and Klages; 135-165, 95-115, and 70-80 Crystal; Beeston Chocolate, Black, Munich and Carastan malts. Perle and Centennial hops. $6 pint/$4 10 oz./$20 growler Ratebeer: 95

    Featured Beers
    2010 Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizen Bock ABV. 7.7%
    Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Freising, Germany
    A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!
    HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY Ratebeer: 98

    2010 Kulmbacher Eisbock Eisbock ABV. 9.2%
    Kulmbacher Brauerrei (Schorghuber) Kulmbach, Germany
    The ice bock, also known as “Bayrisch Gefrorns”, owes its discovery to a coincidence. According to the chronicles of the Kulmbacher brewery, some time around 1900 an apprentice forgot on a cold winter day to carry two barrels of bock beer into the brewery cellar. The barrels stayed outside, were covered by ice and snow and weren’t discovered until the following spring. The barrels had burst and the apprentice was reprimanded. But the carelessness was a stroke of luck because under the thick ice coat, a bock beer extract remained, strong tasting and high in alcoholic content.
    Even if the dark, tasty speciality is not produced in this spectacular way anymore, the chance that gave birth to this beer became a tradition. Today this beer rarity is brewed in a modern brewing and freezing process, but the incomparable taste is still the same and can always be enjoyed in winter months. Ratebeer: 99
    HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY

    Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter Belgian Strong Ale ABV. 8.5%
    Scheldebrouwerij Meer (Hoogstraten), Belgium
    Hop Ruiter (Hop Rider) has a full, almost rustic malt body, and pairs Belgian yeast-driven flavors with American assertive hoppiness. It is dry hopped, with two noble varieties which add complexity, delicacy and a bit of funk. Ratebeer: 91

    Castelain Grand Cru Biere de Garde ABV.7.8%
    Tiny Benifontaine (pop. 272) owes its name “good fountain” to the quality of the local water. Artisan Brasserie Castelain has produced classic Bieres de Gardes here since 1926. GRAND CRU is their richest, most full bodied version of this classic French style. Delicately hopped and accentuating the nutty sweetness of the local Pas de Calais malt, it is delicious with roast chicken, country sausages and assertively flavored cheeses.
    BeerAdvocate: 84

    2003 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine ABV. 9.6+%
    Gold Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival (Ales: Brown, Bitter and Pale 1987, Barleywine 1988,1992,1995). Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is an award winning example of the English Barley Wine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.
    HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY Ratebeer: 99

    2009 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 10+%
    This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. Ratebeer: 100
    HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY

    Stone Imperial Russian Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 10.5%
    “There’s no question that Stone Imperial Stout is revered among enthusiasts,” states Stone CEO Greg Koch. “I know, because I’m one of ’em and I can hardly wait for it to come out each year!” Some may think that a late Spring release for a special brew of this sort is an odd time for it to come out onto the market. Koch justifies this with the rationalization “What better than a warm time of year to come out with a brew that tastes great as it warms up!” That’s because “ice cold” is certainly not the appropriate way to serve the beer. Nearly without exception, the darker, richer and more alcoholic a brew is, the warmer the serving temperature should be. The Stone Imperial Stout label describes the brew as being “intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate…expect this mysterious brew to pour like used motor oil and taste even heavier! Serve at 55 degrees.” Ratebeer: 100

    Einbecker Dopplebock Dopplebock ABV. 7.5%
    Einbecker Brauhaus, Einbecker, Germany
    Based on a doppelbock from 1878, this beer is a deep garnet red with an intense malt character and a firm bitterness in the finish. The perfect blending of nine different malts combined with the generous use of noble hops create a complex malt backbone with a sturdy bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The first beer in our draft only Anniversary Series. The original from the home of bock beer. Strong in flavor, malty in character, and rich in flavor yet – the special benifit to winter time. Brewed under the German Purity Law of 1516. Ratebeer: 80

    Harpoon Leviathon Belgian Quad Belgian Strong Ale ABV. 11.75%
    Leviathan Quad was fermented with a blend of two traditional Trappist yeasts. A mixture of two-row pale malts, caramel malts, and special aromatic malts gives the Quad its richness and texture. The subtle hop flavor imparted from Brewer’s Gold hops lingers in the background and provides just enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. The addition of imported Belgian Dark Candi Syrup rounds out the beer, giving the Quad its full body and deep auburn color. Expect notes of honeyed dry fruit with peppery phenols in the aroma, a velvet-like mouthfeel, and a superbly drinkable beer. Ratebeer: 93

    2012 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 15+%
    “I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it.” Brewmaster Greg Hall.
    ` Ratebeer: 100

    2012 Flying Dog Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter ABV. 9.5%
    Hunter S. Thompson once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Consider this our professional version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. Aged and seasoned for three months in wood barrels from our neighbors at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, this ale has a well-balanced taste and abundance of character. The taste will remind you of sweet chocolate, dry oak, and smooth whiskey with a memorable, velvety mouthfeel.
    Ratebeer: 99

    Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA ABV. 8.3%
    Racer X is an uncommon Double IPA – a bold ale that follows English traditions with a California twist. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X is balance in a bottle.
    Ratebeer: 100

    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Indian Pale Ale ABV. 6.8%
    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.
    Ratebeer: 98

    Sothern Tier Old Man Winter Ale Old Ale ABV. 7.7%
    Our winter offering is here to quell your shivers and get you through the coldest of nights. A rich marriage of hops and barley to cast light upon the evening and melt your mind out of the snowdrifts. Old Man Winter’s earthy hue and thickness lace around the glass, inviting you to linger in its warmth and share the spirits of the season with your friends and family. A deceptively strong brew, it’s best to sit and ponder with this old man, sip by sip. Ratebeer: 91

    Crossroads Black Rock Stout Stout ABV.7.3% Black Rock Stout is a dark and robust, full bodied foreign style stout that bursts with flavor. Roasted barley and chocolate malt combine with sweet and fruity fermentation flavors to create the rich body of this full flavored brew. American hops help balance out the robust malt flavor and the high alcohol content adds a touch of sweetness and warming sensation on the palate. This ale is not for the faint of heart. Ratebeer: 87

    Brooklyn Fire & Ice Porter Smoked Porter ABV. 7.2%
    Most beer was once smoky and we think smoke is still delicious. Brooklyn Fire & Ice is a robust porter that wraps beechwood smoke around a silky core of oatmeal and roasted malts. Wood is cut in the beechwood forests surrounding Bamberg, Germany, and our maltsters use it to dry their smoked malts, which form the basis of this beer. Together with a blend of roasted malts, it creates a beer that is gently smoky and beguilingly chocolaty, with notes of coffee and caramel. Beer Advocate: 81

    Bells Christmas Ale Scotch Ale ABV. 5.8%
    The basic inspiration for Bell’s Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them. Beer Advocate: 81

    Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau Premium Lager ABV. 4.5%
    Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a “Session Lager,” as we once again brew a lager in a beer style of its own. $5 pint/$16 growler Ratebeer: 94

    Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter English Style Porter ABV. 6%
    100 Barrel Series #44
    We worked with our friends at Equal Exchange to brew this English style Porter. Specialty malts provide caramel and dark chocolate notes and a sweet, smooth body, while coffee beans grown in the Mexican El Triunfo biosphere yield roasted, bittersweet notes that compliment the malty sweetness. The result is a balanced beer that showcases the flavors and aromas of both beer and coffee – a fitting equal exchange. Ratebeer: 94

    Ithaca Cold Front Belgian-Style Amber Ale ABV. 7.2%
    Cold Front is our Belgian-style Amber Ale brewed in autumn to keep us inspired as the days grow shorter and the nights colder. It’s brewed with European Malts and hops and fermented with a legendary Belgian “Farmhouse” yeast. Savor its deep russet color, rich flavor accented by slight herbal hoppiness, and definite spicy yeast character. Bundle up!
    Ratebeer: 82

    Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock Doppelbock ABV. 7.5%
    This is a true dopplebock and Dark Horse Brewing’s only publicly distributed lager. It was so normal that we couldn’t stand it so we made it into a coffee dopplebock. Ha, take that Germany, with your Reinheitsgebot purity law! Anyway, we use fair trade organic coffee from our friends at The Ugly Mug Cafe in Ypsilanti, MI We did a label contest and opened it up to the public for this beer. We had so many awesome entries that we couldn’t just pick one winner so we have 2 labels for this beer. We stagger the bottles in the six packs but with no order in mind. Ratebeer: 90

    Goose Island Nut Brown Ale Brown Ale ABV. 5.3%
    Our Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale of unusual complexity. Subtle notes of chocolate, honey and fine tobacco give this ale an enjoyable and satisfying “nutty” finish. Ratebeer: 91

    Heavy Seas Winter Storm English Strong Ale ABV. 7.5%
    Our “winter warmer” ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued “Imperial ESB” in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February. Ratebeer: 92

    Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale American Strong Ale ABV. 7.85%
    This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over…
    So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor. Ratebeer: 99

  4. FYI: Hey, Fuj. Here is my next Beer Event Thursday March 6th. Bells. In case you care. Thanks.

    Bells Hop Slam Imperial India Pale Ale ABV. 10%
    Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repetoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style. Ratebeer: 100

    Bells Third Coast Old Ale Barley Wine ABV. 10.2%
    A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years. Ratebeer: 100

    Bells Expedition Stout Imperial Stout ABV. 10.5%
    One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages. Ratebeer: 100

    Bells Cherry Stout Stout ABV. 7%
    This unique ale begins its life as a powerful and richly sweet stout to which Michigan tart cherries are added. The resulting black brew is complex, sweet and tart with a distinct cherry finish. It will improve with cellaring. Ratebeer: 91

    Bells Java Stout Stout ABV. 7.5%
    The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra’s best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer. Ratebeer: 99

    Bells Special Double Cream Stout Stout ABV. 7.5%
    Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Ratebeer: 99

    Bells Kalamazoo Stout Stout ABV. 6%
    This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque. Ratebeer: 100

    Bells Amber Ale Amber Ale ABV. 5.8%
    Made from mostly pale malt and some Munich and caramel malts. These add a little sweetness, which is balanced by more hops. The result is a rich color and fruity flavor.
    Ratebeer: 88

    Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale Specialty Grain ABV. 6%
    Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.
    Ratebeer: 88

    Bells Le Batteur Biere de Garde ABV. 5.8%
    The first in a three-part series of interpretations on the French Biere de Garde style, Le Batteur leads with a distinctive yeast aromatic character mixed with light bready notes. Noticeably dry, the finish is crisp with a mild, refreshing acidity. The French term for a drummer, Le Batteur takes its name from a component of a classic jazz trio.
    Ratebeer: 83

    Bells Porter Stout ABV. 5.6%
    A dark ale for all occasions. A blend of dark malt gives this beer flavors of coffee and chocolate with some smokey roasted notes. Ratebeer: 97

    Bells Two Hearted Ale India Pale Ale ABV. 7%
    India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma. Ratebeer: 100

    Bells Midwestern Pale Ale Pale Ale ABV. 5.3%
    A refreshing, blond colored pale ale. Bell’s pale ale is made almost exclusively from pale malt. It expresses a spicy floral hop aroma and taste. Ratebeer: 70

    Bells Winter White Belgian White (Witbier) ABV. 5%
    A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classic Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors. Ratebeer: 85

    Bells Oarsman Berliner Weisse ABV. 4%
    Designed as a flavorful session beer, Oarsman Ale uses a classic German brewing technique to impart a light, refreshing tartness. Oarsman Ale grew out of a desire to explore the tradition of session beers, trading intensity for finesse while still creating a worthwhile experience for the taster. The grain bill includes a healthy portion of wheat, while light hopping lend citrus & herbal notes to the aroma. Fermented with Bell’s house ale yeast, Oarsman comes in at 4.0% alcohol by volume. Rather than being the dominant flavor note, the tartness in Oarsman takes on more of a palate-cleansing role, making it perfect with meals or purely on its own. Ratebeer: 50

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