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  • Weistephaner Hefe

    The best so far. And more validation that doing FOB, like a liberal arts education, broadens one's perspective. Before the Weistephaner, I would avoid the Hefe's as a class. The others I've had were just too sweet and lightweight -- relegated to an occasional summer indulgence. The Weistephaner, by contrast, is so full bodied and crisp that it's soon to be one of my year round go-to's.—by Tom Peacock

    10.0

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  • Samiclaus 2015

    Whoa -- heavy on the caramel sweetness and 14% ABV! My lips are numb and I'm slurring my words. Good thing this prosthesis is handy so I may have a chance at speaking intelligibly tonight. —by Tom Peacock

    6.0

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  • Ommegang Rosetta

    Mikey is of age now, and even though he's still fussy, I'm sure he'd go for Rosetta. I was predisposed not to like this, but trying it opened up a whole new world. A little sour, a little sweet, playing in perfect harmony. Kudos to Phil and his FOB conspirators for putting this in the case.—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Heady Topper

    If not for the machinations of the DNC, he'd be our president. And we'd be drinking for just the pure joy of it -- instead of also drinking to blunt the embarrassment (and fear) brought on by the behavior of the whiny, little bitch who now occupies the house where Lincoln once hung out. We'd be dancing under the tree on which all the free stuff Bernie promised would be growing. Too political for a beer tasting contest? I dunno. I kinda think that the 10 ratings for Heady may be more about the politics of the craft beer aficionados than the inherent virtues of this beer. I'm not questioning my fellow FOBers' rights to rave about Heady -- it's a great IPA, complex, balanced and smooth. I just think there are other candidates out there as good or better, and maybe more deserving of the top rating. —by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Bell's Hopslam

    My nephew grew up in Michigan, went to Michigan State, still lives in Michigan and brings me Hopslam when he comes out here for Eagles games (he has season tickets). This could be him in my back yard. Love how the honey moderates the bitterness of the hop profile. And at 10%, it doesn't take many to end up like this guy.—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Xocoveza

    Proust had his madeleine and it evoked memories to fill seven novels. Succinct he was not. Xocoveza evokes a memory of 1987, when Jill and I were in heat, eating at Topolobambo in Chicago and savoring their Mexican coffee after an incredible meal.Shared the Xocoveza with her. 30 years later, those flavors are still magic.—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • MadTree Chocolate Raspberry

    The foreshortening in this photo creates depth that the preciously named Rubus Cacao doesn't deliver. C'mon, you guys are from Cincinnati, home to the best chili in America, and you're taking on airs and getting all Latin-y on us? Truth be told, I'm not wild about chocolate and raspberries together. When chocolate torte served in a bath of raspberry coulis is on the desert menu, I always ask that whipped cream or crème anglaise (see what I did there?) be subbed for the coulis. I like the can, though. And I’m way into letting unconditional love flow. —by Tom Peacock

    6.0

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  • Enjoy By 2.15 Coffee Chocolate

    The emperor has no clothes and this Enjoy By has no coffee and no chocolate. The label presents alternative facts. And although those may be dangerous in public discourse, in the case of this beer -- it doesn't matter to me. This beer's good taste and refined character give it license to tell a couple fibs.—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Conshy Type A

    Lest you think this is a gratuitous picture of my bike (well, one of my bikes), here are the connections: there's a bike on the Conshy logo, the brewery is on a bike path, this bike has been to that brewery, there's water near the brewery, there's water (Lake Michigan) in the background of this picture, there's drinking at the brewery, this picture is at a vineyard where drinking also happens. Ride your bike, drink your beer, life is good. Oh, and Type A is a solid citizen in IPA nation. And isn't that bike a beauty to behold?—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

    3 Cheers

  • Conshy Type A

    Lest you think this is a gratuitous picture of my bike (well, one of my bikes), here are the connections: there's a bike on the Conshy logo, the brewery is on a bike path, this bike has been to that brewery, there's water near the brewery, there's water (Lake Michigan) in the background of this picture, there's drinking at the brewery, this picture is at a vineyard where drinking also happens. Ride your bike, drink your beer, life is good. Oh, and Type A is a solid citizen in IPA nation. And isn't that bike a beauty to behold?—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • La Trappe Quad

    Great first week for FOB. High ABV beers with diverse flavors. Banana and cloves in this classic Belgian. Dat is goed!—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Big Black Voodoo Daddy

    Big. What's not to like? Subtle chocolate, figs, prunes, licorice, burnt wood. Big ABV nicely subsumed by complex flavor profile.—by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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  • Troeg's Chocolate Stout

    My score is more a reflection of my favorable bias toward the stout style than the quality of this beer. Not enough chocolate, not enough body, not boozy -- and it didn't get any better as I let it warm up. But that said, I'd drink it again.—by Tom Peacock

    7.0

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  • Sunday Morning Stout

    Stouts may be my favorite style, especially at this time of year. This aged SMS poured as dark as motor oil with a one finger tan head that dissipated a lot faster than I expected. That didn't take away from the taste, though. I nursed this over about a half hour, enjoying every sip as more complex flavors released as the beer warmed up. I really liked the subtlety of the bourbon background. A great FOB selection.—by Tom Peacock

    9.0

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  • 2SP Bellcracker

    Smooth, refreshing, nicely balanced. Didn't feel like an 8.7%.—by Tom Peacock

    7.0

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