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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

OSKAR BLUES RUM BARREL-AGED TEN FIDY | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

The first of the two new releases is Rum Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy, a 14.2 percent ABV imperial stout aged in for six months in Jamaican rum barrels. Versions of the barrel-aged stout have been released as draft-only options since 2013, but this is the first time the variant has been packaged. Read More »

Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

As Fall turns to Winter, and the temperature begins to drop, we look forward to our Winter Variety Pack. This Winter marks the return of Old Fezziwig Ale and Chocolate Bock, two old favorites, as well as two new, soon-to-be classic beers: Hopflake White IPA, and Ginger Beer. Read More »

Trillium IWANTTOBU DOUBLE IPA (Zero IBU Beer) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This past August, we were fortunate to be a part of the inaugural Forever Summer Festival, hosted by The Veil at their brewery in Richmond, Virginia, where JC met owner/Head brewer, Matt Tarpey. Matt’s approach to brewing breaks from conventionalism by pushing boundaries and methodologies. IwanttoBU blends Trillium’s techniques and house character, with The Veil’s unique brewing style to create an incredibly flavorful and aromatic hop forward beer with no kettle hop additions. IwanttoBU is a 0 IBU beer with no hop additions in the kettle. A large whirlpool addition of El Dorado, Simcoe, Citra and Citra Lupulin Powder, plus a massive dry hop (4 lbs per barrel) of Citra and Simcoe. The nose is filled with notes of pine needles, citrus zest and plum. Flavors of lemongrass and citrus emerge on the palate, complimented by a dank, piney character. The beer finishes with ... Read More »

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea Imperial Porter | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This Peppermint Victory at Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish. Read More »

Lagunitas High West-ified Coffee Imperial Stout 2016 | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

A rich, malty Imperial Stout brewed with Dogfather’s Roar coffee beans from Petaluma Coffee Co., then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels. Read More »

Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday (Green Flash Version.. Still Bad?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Truth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true. 69 IBU 5.25%ABV Read More »

Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea Imperial Porter | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This Coconut Victory at Sea takes our popular Imperial Porter to another place. We added sweet roasted coconut to our robust perter brewed with Caffe Calbria coffee and vanilla, the perfect compliment to this beer’s subtle roasty intensity. A favorite at our Victory at Sea Day, but it’s worth enjoying anytime you need to be transported. Read More »

Stone Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut (Best or Worst of 2016?!) | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews

Weakness Is worn on the sleeves. Boldness Is within the heart.This intensified blend of barrel-aged Double Bastard Ale is all heart baby. The weak will find it to be a telltale heart. It knows of your fallibility. It smells your fear. The heart of this beer disdains you, as it disdains all things homogenized, wimpy and uncultured. You do know the truth of yourself, no? If you hesitated to answer that, if even for a split second, that in and of itself is telling. If you aren’t capable of knowing the reality of yourself, this beer can and will take the responsibility of informing you of what you should already know. (And it you’ve lost your way in this text already and no longer are clear about what I am saying, your reading pace has exceeded your comprehension pace. Go back, slow down and ... Read More »

Firestone Walker 20th Anniversary Ale | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews

http://facebook.com/beergeeknation http://www.beergeeknation.com 20 Anniversary Ale Firestone Walker 13% ABV Beer Geek Nation Rating: A+ Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in New Oak and Bourbon Barrels (40% of final blend) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout OG=30P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (20% of final blend) English Barley Wine OG=27P FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=34 / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (17.5% of final blend) Traditional Oatmeal Stout OG=15+P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Willamette Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (12.5% of final blend) Imperial Brown Ale OG=26.5 FG=3.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings Helldorado (13.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon (10% of final blend) Blonde Barley Wine ... Read More »

Trillium SIGTEBRØD DOUBLE DRY HOPPED IPA (Best Trillium Beer!?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

http://www.twitch.tv/beergeekgaming http://facebook.com/beergeeknation http://www.beergeeknation.com http://www.twitter.com/beergeeknation Trillium Cutting Tiles SIGTEBRØD DOUBLE DRY HOPPED IPA 6.8% ABV Beer Geek Nation Rating: A+ Our latest collaboration with our Scandinavian friends at Amager Bryghus. Inspired by traditional Danish wheat bread, this beer incorporates stone ground whole wheat flour in the mash to create a rustic, bready character. For layered complexity, we added tangerine peel and raw wildflower honey into the whirlpool followed by a double dry hop of Citra/Amarillo. Candied orange, lemon and freshly baked bread permeate the nose. Flavors of tangerine peel, grape and rustic bread emerge on the palate, rounded out by a crisp and balanced finish. Read More »