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I’m going to try to post some quick reviews periodically on YouTube and tonight is my first attempt. I look like a fucking beached whale and Ruby already told me my angle was all off. I’ll work on that! The beer is Float On from Begyle and I enjoyed it a lot.

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January 13 Episode Available Now!

The latest episode is available now. This week, I’ll have a Duvel that was way too over-carbonated! I’ll talk about some great beers from Saugatuck, Hop Butcher, Haymarket, and Tangled Roots.

I’ll share my opinions on my least favorite F-Word, Founders and there are plenty of Jagoffs this week!

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4 Hands Brewing Absence Of Light

Today I took my Lactaid pill and am having Absence Of Light from 4 Hands in St Louis, Missouri. This is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout. I’m lactose intolerant so I usually try to avoid this type of beer, not because I want to……

I picked this up a few months ago in a mix pack supporting The Chicago Brewseum. This is a terrific beer that frankly I’m pissed I didn’t try before. The aroma is terrific and I really get the peanut butter notes, maybe a tick of chocolate but the peanut butter is the dominant smell for me. The taste is just as good, and I get a good balance with the chocolate and peanut butter here. Nice smooth aftertaste as well, Absence Of Light is a winner, grab this as a nice change of pace from the norm!

I know for me, sometimes I get in a beer rut where I’ll limit myself to the styles I know and enjoy, I’m glad I branched out and had this one. I feel it’s worth your while.

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More Brewing Company Partially Cloudy

For the 1st beer of 2021, I’m having Partially Cloudy from More Brewing. This is a dry hopped lager and is fantastic! They use the same hops on this as they do in Burst Of Sunshine which was in my Top beers of 2020 so I was excited about trying this one. This has a perfect light golden color to it. The aroma is decent at first and to me fades away. The taste is outstanding here, you get the combination of the Amarillo, Citra, and the Motueka hops with the clean lager backbone. Great carbonation here and this has a nice clean finish. Partially Cloudy is listed at 5.1% ABV and is easy drinking, this is no doubt one you should try. It should please the hop heads and Lager fans as well. 2021 already is looking up after having this as the first beer of the year!

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Liquid Spiritual Delight 2nd Shift Brewing

Today I’m having a great Imperial Stout Liquid Spiritual Delight from 2nd Shift Brewing in Saint Louis, Missouri. After consuming a lot of barrel aged stouts lately, it’s nice to just have a good old fashioned Imperial Stout! LSD has a wonderful color, the aroma hits you with the dark malts and the taste is fantastic! I get the malt up front and a little bitterness in the back and the 11.5% ABV says hello to you at the end. The IBU’s are not listed, but it’s very balanced for my tastebuds. Not one component jumps in front of the other here, everything about this stout fits just right for me. The carbonation is spot on here, and according to the can this is chewy, that’s a perfect description of this! The more I have of this, the more I like it, the second half of this is better than the first! This was canned on 11/5/2020 and I purchased it at (you guessed correctly) Beermiscuous. Liquid Spiritual Delight is a terrific Imperial Stout and by all means if you’re a fan of the style, you won’t be disappointed! I gave it an 8.8.

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Riverlands Brewing Co Amber’s Soul

Amber’s Soul is a Black IPA from Riverlands Brewing Company in St. Charles, IL and this is a winner! I’m a big fan of a Black IPA and a Rye Ale, so I was looking forward to this one. This has a good aroma but the taste is terrific! I get the dark malts with the rye kick and almost a very subtle smoky taste, then the hops hit you. Amber’s Soul uses Citra, Amarillo, and CTZ all of which I’m a fan of. This has a good mouthfeel to it, it’s very balanced between the malt and hops with only a slight bitter aftertaste. This is an 8.2% ABV and the IBU’s aren’t listed, but it’s hoppy so regular IPA people don’t shy away from this. I rated this a 9.2, and grabbed it today from Beermiscuous. It was canned on 10/29/20 so it’s 2 months old. If you’re a Black IPA fan, and if not, don’t sleep on this style, grab this! Riverlands website shows this on tap and in Crowlers. Amber’s Soul was created by an employee named Amber, so Amber, thanks for your soul! This is a great beer and I highly recommend it!

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Just Use Your Wings Phase Three Brewing

Tonight I’m having Just Use Your Wings from Phase Three Brewing in Lake Zurich, Illinois. This is listed as a Winter Double IPA and is rock solid! The picture is lighter than it actually looks, it is a wonderful clear dark amber color. The aroma is good as well showcasing the three “C” hops: Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade. The taste is terrific! Nice dark malt flavor balances well with the hops. To my tastebuds, it is not overly hoppy like you might expect in a double, but the more I sip this the more I like it and wish I grabbed more of it! It’s listed at a 7.5% ABV. This was canned 11 days before I’m consuming this so it’s fresh, I picked this up from Beermiscuous and hopefully it’s still available as I would definitely have this again! I rated this a 8.6 and as long as you don’t live near me, you should grab it while you can!

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December 10, 2020 Great Lakes Christmas Ale

The new episode is available wherever mediocre podcasts are hosted. This week the Beer In Front is the Christmas Ale from Great Lakes. I’ll also have beers from El Segundo, Brooklyn Brewing and Half Acre! Get this, the Jagoff Of The Week is a Democrat! This is what happens when my Soros/Antifa check comes late!

Beers This Week

BeerStyleBreweryLocationRating 1-10
Mad ManateeIPABold City BrewingJacksonville, FL7.5
Black Chocolate StoutRussian Imperial StoutBrooklyn BreweryBrooklyn, NY8.92
Isolation AleWinter WarmerOdell Brewing CoFt Collins, CO7.2
The 105 IPAIPAEl Segundo Brewing CoEl Segundo, CA8
Barrel Aged Vanilla Big HugsCoffee StoutHalf Acre Beer CoChicago, IL9.2
Chocolate Stout NitroStoutRogue AlesNewport, OR5
Freedom Of ExpressionFruited SourRevolution BrewingChicago, IL8
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Half Acre Big Hugs Barrel Aged Coffee and Vanilla

Tonight I’m having the fantastic Vanilla Barrel Aged Big Hugs from Half Acre. This is outstanding! I love everything about this. Great color, the aroma for me is more of the vanilla and bourbon than the coffee. This had good carbonation initially and a wonderful taste. The vanilla blends well with the barrel aging and coffee making this very smooth up front, towards the end you get more of the barrel taste. This is almost too smooth for a 12%, I could see this sneaking up on you!

The 2nd half of the beer warms up nicely. The aroma to me has almost a biscotti like smell to it and everything about the taste is that much better. Truly a terrific beer, I gave this a 9.6.

The bottom of my can is imprinted with “The Long Night Is Over” and this would be a great nightcap beer to have with some dessert. I’ve made in the past a bourbon/caramel topping for a cheesecake I made. I could see using this for something like that! HMMMMMM…….

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El Segundo The 105 IPA

Tonight I’m having The 105 IPA from The El Segundo Brewing Company. This was sent to me from Oscar at The Everything Show Podcast, thanks Oscar! This has a good color and aroma to it. The 105 is an IPA brewed with Idaho 7 hops and you get the piney/tropical taste with this up front. It has a bitter piney aftertaste that maybe could be dialed down a tick if they brew this again. Looking at their site, I don’t see this in cans anymore, on on tap in their taproom. I scored this a 7.7 and would drink this again and would hit up the brewery if I’m in town.

Note: The aftertaste was 100% better towards the end as it warmed up a bit.