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  • Lost Nation Mosaic

    I do not drink beer solely for the taste. I also enjoy the effect of the alcohol. The right combination of the two is one of the things I love about IPAs, tripels & quads, and especially DIPAs. That 7-9% ABV is kind of the sweet spot…I no longer crush beers like I did in my youth, but a couple strong DIPAs are enough to put a little glow on my face. I think you see where I’m headed with this. 5.5% is a little low for my liking…at least within the context of my favorite/highest scoring brews. Really good flavor, though…a great session IPA for me personally, even though it may be technically on the high side to be called such. If I could ever find it around here, that is. Thanks to FOB for finding it for me, and thanks for a great 2017 competition…very well done. And so the sun sets on this year's beery ride through PA, Europe, Vermont and points beyond. Cheers!—by Spencer

    8.5

    2 Cheers

  • Rochefort 8

    Rochefort 8 scored this one for me. As did Rochefort 10 last year (although I was a miser with my 10's...I think I gave it a 9.5). So thank you, Rochefort, for a really tasty brew, and thank you for making the scoring easy for me.—by Spencer

    8.0

    1 Cheers

  • Wizard

    It's funny how the white and blue Wizard can reminded me of the old generic cans/packages from back in the day. Granted, their design is much more creative, but the Wizard struck me a sort of a generic version of the awesome Vermont IPAs. Which is still a really good beer, but doesn't measure up to some of the others.—by Spencer

    8.0

    1 Cheers

  • Focal Banger

    I enjoyed the Focal Banger after a skating session with my son on a Friday evening, the night after the 2SP event. We laid on our backs on our longboards, gazing up at the sky, and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. I gave him a taste, but at 11, he hasn't quite developed the appreciation for and subtleties of a great IPA yet. He shrugged and said, "It tastes like beer." I agreed, but let him know that it's a very good beer. This was our Focal view.—by Spencer

    9.5

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  • Sip of Sunshine

    The only thing that could have been better about this beer would have been if I could have enjoyed it with a lawn chair at this moment after 358 miles though and around Death Valley on Thursday. It would have made that last 100 miles that much sweeter.—by Spencer

    10.0

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  • Crusher

    I crushed the Crusher prior to last week's event at 2SP. Okay, I didn't actually crush it, but I did crush on it during and after drinking it. Exxxxccccellleeennnnt...—by Spencer

    9.5

    1 Cheers

  • Chimay Blue

    I love Chimay Blue. I first tried in Brussels about 17 or 18 years ago, and it's been a favorite ever since. There's nothing I'd change about this beer. 10.—by Spencer

    10.0

    1 Cheers

  • 90 Minutes

    I've got nothing bad to say about Dogfish 90 Minutes. Except to admonish myself for not having drank (drinked? drunken? drunk? all of the above?) more of it, and for not having visited the brewery yet. Now, I've only lived here for two and half years, so I do think I have a somewhat relevant excuse. Both situations will be addressed this Spring, which is apparently already here. If you have a motorcycle and care to join me, then…figure out a way to. I really wanted to make the Analog-A-Go-Go last year, too, but couldn’t pull it off, damn it. Maybe this year. I digress. 90 Minutes is definitely one of the better readily available DIPAs, IMO.—by Spencer

    8.5

    1 Cheers

  • Weistephaner Hefe

    I like the Weihenstephaners...Vitus last year, Hefe this year...I pick them up from time to time, they're (an occasional) part of the rotation. As the only wheat beer in the lineup this year, it represented well, and true to it's name (albeit we're mixing languages here), like a boss.—by Spencer

    8.5

    2 Cheers

  • Samiclaus 2015

    It gets a 5 because of the buzz. But the high abv is probably a big component of low score. So it's a bit of a dichotomy, yeah? Glad I got to try it, but don't think I'll be a repeat customer.—by Spencer

    5.0

    0 Cheers

  • Orval

    Let me just start by giving Phil, and whomever else provided input, props for a great lineup and layout of weeks for FOB '17. Very well done! I'm digging the diversity of Belgian week, and still get to look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final week. Orval is not something I'd be stocking the cellar with and drinking often (okay, I couldn't afford to), but it's definitely something worth having a few stashed to share with a fellow beer lover. Very unique, with just perfectly subdued amount of sour to accompany the other more familiar notes of a trappist ale. I quite liked it. Cheers to the FOB crew!—by Spencer

    8.5

    0 Cheers

  • Heady Topper

    Sorry about that piss-poor picture. Fixed here.—by Spencer

    9.0

    1 Cheers

  • Heady Topper

    How about last weekend's weather? Good stuff! Just like the venerable Heady Topper. I have to say, though...last year's HT, the last time I enjoyed one (thanks, FOB!), seemed better. Maybe it was because I'm not very good at following directions...as you can see from the picture, I drank 2/3 of it from a glass. Exposure to the waning sunlight and unseasonably warm air surely allowed essential taste and olfactory molecules to escape into the atmosphere, alas, never to grace anyone's willing lips. Next time I will be sure to heed the can's instructions, and fully maximize my Heady Topper experience.—by Spencer

    9.0

    0 Cheers

  • Rodenbach Grand Cru

    I picked the wrong time to drink the Grand Cru. Ridiculously warm out for mid February, had just finished some yard work and decided to reach into the FOB case to quench my thirst. And guess what I pulled out? That's right, a sour beer. Not ideal for the circumstances, but I'll be damned if I'm not developing an appreciation for sours. Nice, complex flavor profile...one that I would no doubt have appreciated more in the dark of night, while writing my memoirs. As it were, I was outside enjoying the sun and Mother Nature decided to shine her approval on the Grand Cru...so I shall respond in kind with a somewhat confused but ultimately pleased 7.5.—by Spencer

    7.5

    3 Cheers

  • MadTree Chocolate Raspberry

    This was a tasty little stout. I probably would have scored it a 7, but wifey loved it and drank most of it, so I'm bumping it up a half point. It's more of an after dinner, dessert-y brew for me, which is not in high demand nella mia casa. I tend to prefer eating the chocolate and raspberry combination, as opposed to drinking it. That said, I may have to track some of it down to keep the her happy and me lucky. —by Spencer

    7.5

    0 Cheers

  • Big Black Voodoo Daddy

    I see no reason to deviate from last year's score & review of Big Black Voodoo Daddy. He may be a year older, but Big Black still got it going on.—by Spencer

    8.0

    1 Cheers

  • Bell's Hopslam

    This was a really good beer. Not a "holy shit, that's good!" beer, but really good. I understand it's rather hard to come by and can cause a bit of a ruckus when it's available. But interestingly enough, at a bar the other night I opted for Two Hearted, when Hopslam was available. Yeah, the fact that I would have paid more and got a smaller glass when all I wanted was a pint with my meal was a key factor in that decision. But still, it underscores the point that Hopslam didn't blow me a away like I had hoped it would. HOWEVER! It earns an extra half point from me for giving me an excuse to post an Onyx gif and to say...SLAM!!! Da da da, da da da...let the boys be boys!!—by Spencer

    8.5

    3 Cheers

  • Ommegang Rosetta

    If we were calling this a cherry cider, I'd probably bump it up a couple of points. I’m not exactly sure what constitutes an ale, a cider, a sour, or even what classifies a beverage as a beer. But if said beverage calls itself one of those, there are some expectations (for me) that come along with it. So from that standpoint…as an "ale aged on cherries", the Rosetta disappointed. However, as a cider, cherry flavored malt beverage, or something along those lines, it was rather enjoyable! Doesn't make much sense, I know…but making sense has never been my strong point. And either way, she ain't my cherry pie.—by Spencer

    5.0

    3 Cheers

  • Xocoveza

    As a beer experience, this was a good time. Strange, yes. But strangely good. Very festive. Someone else mentioned more pepper/less cinnamon would be better, and I'd agree with that sentiment...something I never thought I'd say about a beer! Drinking this on Christmas Eve with some cookies and chocolate would totally make sense. In fact, even though my kids are in middle school now and no longer believe in Santa Clause, I think I can still convince them that leaving out some Stone Sho-co-vay-za with a little high quality dark chocolate (preferably chili pepper infused) would be a wise move. Santa says...not too fucking bad.—by Spencer

    8.0

    0 Cheers

  • La Trappe Quad

    You know, I thought I'd like this one more than I did. It reminded me of a boozier Weiheinstephaner Vitus, what with all the banana and clove wafting up upon pour. But I actually think it works a little better in the aforementioned brew, maybe because of the lower abv? Nevertheless a solid quad, one that I would not kick out bed. In fact, I'd keep her on the booty call speed dial, but with a clear understanding that we're just FOB FWBs. And that I’d have to spend a few bucks on her to keep the benefits flowing.—by Spencer

    7.5

    2 Cheers

  • Troeg's Chocolate Stout

    This is perfect on a cold winter night. I let it warm a bit and enjoyed the smoothness and the subtle chocolateyness. Followed it up with some Lindt chocolate. There goes the diet. —by Spencer

    7.5

    0 Cheers

  • Enjoy By 2.15 Coffee Chocolate

    Alright, I went a little out of order here, but allow me to explain. It was like 62 degrees yesterday, and a lovely day. So I fired up the motorcycle and hit the roads. A few hours later I'm headed towards home and in the vicinity of The Whip Tavern. Naturally, I stopped in for a beer and a handful of sweet & spicy peanuts. Would have been wrong not to. I check the chalkboard to see what's on tap, and whaddaya know - Enjoy by 2.14.17 is on there! Done. Loved it. Pretty unique...chocolate coffee IPA? Sounds weird, tasted good. As does any beer after 100 miles on a motorcycle, so that does bear consideration...but I drank the FOB Enjoy By after I got home to confirm that I did, indeed, enjoy it. Confirmed. And with days to spare. —by Spencer

    8.5

    3 Cheers

  • Conshy Type A

    Conshy Type A just didn't do much for me. Except make me want to drink a beer that I knew I'd enjoy more. I do think it's appropriately named, though...because I find that type A personalities can be useful, but also a little irritating. Kind of ironic, given the piney/skunky weed aroma that wafted up to my nostrils and triggered a pavlovian response when I cracked it open. I've Never been to the brewery but I'll try it again on draft there if I ever make it in. Won't be buying otherwise. Next.—by Spencer

    6.0

    1 Cheers

  • 2SP Bellcracker

    I enjoyed the 2SP Bellcraker...it struck me as a sort of masculine DIPA, less flowery and citrusy than most of the great ones, while still being hop forward with plenty going on for the palate to appreciate. And while I love those great ones as much as everyone else, but Bellcracker was a refreshing change for me. I can see myself bringing more of this home, and I'm looking forward to checking out the operation in Aston and trying some more of what they've got going on down there. Glad to see the most local (to my house) brewery in this year's lineup step up with a solid effort. —by Spencer

    8.0

    0 Cheers

  • Sunday Morning Stout

    So this was my first beer of FOB 2017, and that alone would probably earn it an 8.0, which in this case it actually did. Because my score actually came in at 7.832. I enjoyed the coffee, vanilla, and bourbon notes...little hints of chocolate. Quite tasty, and a nice start to this year's contest. —by Spencer

    8.0

    3 Cheers