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Clinical lab scientist by day, beer geek by night.

New Belgium Vrienden Wild Ale | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 168

Get a Belgian Brewmaster and a master of Belgian brewing together and theres sure to be spontaneous imagination that leads to micro-organisms mingling in fermentation. Allagash and New Belgium are pleased to offer you our collabeeration brewed with the slightly fruity hibiscus flower, the aromatic Brettanomyces, and the flavor-boosting Lactobacillus. We recommend pairing it with creamy, soft cheeses and charming Vrienden- that’s ‘friends’ in Flemish. Read More »

Flying Dog Garde Dog | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 167

A seasonal entry from a Maryland brewery. Can this often confusing style unmuddle its way to a good score? Check out the review to find out. “Garde Dog” Biere de Garde is unfiltered with a hazy, deep golden to light copper appearance. Brewed with domestically grown French Hops and German Pilsner Malts, it gives craft beer drinkers a very enjoyable, light-bodied, subtlety sweet beer with toasty malt undertones. Garde Dog is the perfect compleiment to lighter fare such as seafood, salads, cheese and Middle Eastern and Indian foods. Read More »

Dogfish Head Aprihop | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 166

This is a beer that I had previously reviewed almost a year ago and didn’t think to highly of it. I wanted to review it again just to see if year makes a difference on my palette or not. Check out the review to see what I thought. It is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Cystal malts massively hopped in in the continuous fashion. The flavor is complimented by the addition of Apricots. After fermentation the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer is hoppy in the aroma with the apricots playing a supporting complimentary role. The flavor is rich with late hop flavors and it’s bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots. This is one of our most popular seasonal beers and we’ve been brewing it ... Read More »

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 »