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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

Rodenbach Grand Cru | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 165

The grandfather of the Flanders Red style, Rodenbach stands as one of the easiest most accesible beers in this style to come by. Does its relative ease of acquisition make it a no brainer to pick up? Find out in the review! A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine. Read More »

Firestone Walker Abacus Barley Wine | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 164

As you guys know Firestone Walker produces 2 of my top 5 beers of all time with 14 and Parabola. Can they keep the streak going with Abacus? Watch and find out! Abacus is a barrel aged Barley Wine. Four barrels in total were selected for the blend. The base of this year’s offering was aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 3 years! The resulting beer is strong yet extremely elegant and smooth. Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. Abacus pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses. Read More »

Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 163

The last few Port beers I have had just haven’t done anything for me. Im used to them producing high quality west coast hop bombs and their recent releases have just fallen short of that. But can Mongo save the day?! Check the review to find out. A tribute beer brewed to honor the memory of our fallen solider, Columbus (a brewery kitten we knicknamed Mongo), who used each of his 9 lives in a short – but brazen – 10 months on this planet. Let’s just say the little dude lived a hard life. Only, he wasn’t so little. In fact, he was the largest of five kittens born at the brewery in 2009. Mongo was so large in fact that his brothers and sisters kicked him out of the litter. I told you dude had it rough. Read More »

Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 162

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the first drain pour that I have had since starting BGN. Let me know if im completely off on this one. Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning Mikkellers goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer – in the heavyweight category. Read More »

North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 161

Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a one-time, small batch, limited release that has been aged in oak whiskey barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity. A memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a completely unique offering. Read More »

Brooklyn Black Ops | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 160

Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles. Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly, “Black Ops” was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. They say there are only 1000 cases. We have no idea what they’re talking about. Read More »

Bells Expedition Stout | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 159

I have only ever had this beer on tap so I decided to finally review a bottle of it. What ensued was a big “meh” fest. See what I mean in the review. Cheers The darkest beer we make; this Imperial stout contains double the malt and five times the hops of our Kalamazoo stout and is perfect for cellaring as its complex character will evolve over time. Available October-March. Read More »

Unibroue Trois Pistoles | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 158

This is a beer I have been meaning to get to for months but just haven’t had the chance until now. Another beer from our friends up North this beer is proof that Belgian style beers do not need to come from Belgium to be spot on to the style. Cheers! Strong Belgian type ale similar to a Port wine ! Is as dark as can be, mellow in taste with an aroma of ripe fruits. It can be compared to an old porto and is brewed from well roasted malt. Read More »

Samuel Smith Yorshire Stingo | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 157

This is one of the only beers I have ever scene receive a perfect 100 point score in Draft magazine so I knew I had to try it. See if it lived up to that rating! Let me know what you think. Cheers Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith’s date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle. Read More »

Stone Brewing Old Guardian Belgo | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 156

Look im a sucker for Stone beers. And this one is riddled with controversy so I had to review it! What did I think? Find out below. When our illustrious brewing team spiked a few barrels of the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine with our Belgian yeast strain last year, we absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that we knew we needed an excuse to make more. So, in our unending quest to constantly challenge the status quo (even our own), we came up with Odd Beers for Odd Years, a program to release odd beers – e.g. Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine – in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015…). It was met with a bit of resistance (to say the least) since we weren’t originally offering the traditional Old Guardian alongside it, but we’ve mended our ways and decided to make ... Read More »