Samichlaus Classic (Castle Brewery Eggenberg/ Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg)

Style: Dopplebock/Malt Liquor? 14.0% ABV Bottled In: 2012 Brewed In: Vorchdorf, Austria Brewer’s Note:  “Brewed only once a year on December 6, Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling.  This specialty is perhaps the rarest in the world.  Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come.  Older vintages become more creamy warming finish.” This beer’s label is very German in feel, with some … Continue reading Samichlaus Classic (Castle Brewery Eggenberg/ Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg)

Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen (Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen 6.0% ABV   The bottle has a little more going on in it than other ocktoberfest beer’s from Germany that I have reviewed, though it still has a slightly stuffy early 20th century feel to its design.  I like the monk’s head company logo and the marching beer wenches with arms full of steins.  The text is alright, nothing too exciting, though the … Continue reading Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen (Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG)

Snowed In Stout – 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Double/Imperial Stout 9.0% ABV   This bottle and all the bottles from Beer Camp are nice.  As the color is the only difference in the bottles I will only be doing one visual review for the Beer Camp labels, but I will be reviewing all of the beers.  I like the woodsy, cut-paper feel of the label, and the scrolls with the beer title … Continue reading Snowed In Stout – 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Style: English Yorkshire Dark Brown Ale 5.9% ABV 38 IBU’s Brewer’s Notes: Hop Variety: if you can taste any let us know Malt Variety: all of the primary malts for this beer come from Thomas Fawcett & Son, Yorkshire Color: deep reddish brown in the light, brown to black on the bar   I love everything that Pretty Things does, so naturally I love this bottle.  The red and blue … Continue reading St. Botolph’s Town (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 5.5% ABV Classy bottles make lovely shelf decorations, and this bottle is very classy.  I love the Celtic cross and the simplistic red poppy graphic.  The text for the beer name and brewery name is superb and a perfect meshing of classy and simplistic.  The text that describes the beer is a little boring, though, and does take away from the … Continue reading Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter (Berkshire Brewing Company)

Style: American Coffee Porter 6.2% ABV 36 IBU’s Bottle Type: 22 oz. Bombers Brewing Notes: Takes BBC’s popular Drayman’s Porter and adds Dean’s Beans organic coffee to the mix The bottle has a nice classic Berkshire look with a light milk chocolate color mixed with some golden toffee borders.  I feel similarly to this bottle as I did about the Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale—it … Continue reading Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter (Berkshire Brewing Company)

Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)

Style: American Amber /Red Ale 5.5% ABV 35 IBU’s   I like the red, almost coca-cola-like color of this can, and the map of Russia on it is interesting and stylistically appeasing.  The fonts are all great, though the flowing script that describes the beer clashes slightly with the “Amber Road” font.  The can is a little cluttered with text, but overall fairly balanced, and … Continue reading Amber Road (Baxter Brewing Company)

Collaboration No. 3 (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project and Boulevard Brewing Company)

Style: Stingo English Style Sour Ale 8.5% ABV 35 IBU’s Color (EBC): 76   The bottle has old classy vibe emanating from it, which I love.  It reeks of the classic Kansas City style found on auction posters and handles of whiskey, and which Boulevard has wonderfully and appropriately adopted as their style.  I always love a good corked beer and the labeling on the … Continue reading Collaboration No. 3 (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project and Boulevard Brewing Company)

Dreamweaver (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Style: Hefeweizen 4.8% ABV 15 IBU’s Color (SRM): Golden, Cloudy Malts: Pilsner, Vienna Wheat: 55% Wheat Hops: German Northern Brewer Yeast: German Wheat Bottled On 4/11/12 This bottle is neat.  I like the bottles that Tröegs make.  The tree and wheat field design is wonderfully cartoonish while still holding an artsy edge.  The bottle is a little crowded on the edges with text which does … Continue reading Dreamweaver (Tröegs Brewing Company)