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  • Rochefort 8

    Maybe the best Belgian I have ever had. Just terrific. Pours heady, boozy aftertaste, burn is enjoyable, banana forward. Reminds me of high school dates. :) What a way to end the 2017 FOB. Thanks, Phil, and thank you everyone for your enjoyable reviews. Incredible experience.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • Wizard

    This beer suffers from geographic giants. I wanted this to be sooooo good, but the bitter citrus taste is too much. One BA reviewer referred to it as flour feeling aftertaste, and I think that is a great observation. Overall quite serviceable, but I wanted Focal Banger Part 2.—by Mark McCreary

    7.0

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  • Rodenbach Grand Cru

    Really solid selection with this grand cru. Enjoyed when the weather was warm this week, enjoying a sour definitely added to the score. Nice addition.—by Mark McCreary

    8.5

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  • Orval

    Nice Belgian, really enjoyed this one. The score suffers from me just not being the biggest Belgian fan.—by Mark McCreary

    7.5

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  • Samiclaus 2015

    Rare isn't always the best. Alcohol was just too strong in this beer for my taste, although I understand the attraction.—by Mark McCreary

    6.0

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  • 90 Minutes

    It really is easy to forget just how great, world class, 90 Minute is because we are lucky to have such easy access to it. The beer may have too much kick at 9% to make it a daily driver, but extremely well done.—by Mark McCreary

    8.5

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  • Chimay Blue

    World class Belgian style. I did not know the history of it coming to the US through Monk's, but that just adds to its mystique. There may be better Belgians out there, but Blue is one of the best.—by Mark McCreary

    8.0

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  • Focal Banger

    My. Favorite. Beer. Ever. What else can I say? You like The Alchemist the best? You are wrong. Sip of Sunshine? So close, but THIS is the beer. THIS IS THE BEER. Getting this beer again is worth the price of admission alone.—by Mark McCreary

    10.0

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  • Crusher

    Read the back of the can. This is precisely Dylan in 1965. I love this beer, my top five of all time.—by Mark McCreary

    9.5

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  • Sip of Sunshine

    Perfect. Perfect.—by Mark McCreary

    10.0

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  • Weistephaner Hefe

    PURE! This is a freakin' beer! As German as Heidi Klum eating schnitzel and listening to Rammstein and wearing a dirndl dress. Fantastic selection, really expands the options.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • Lost Nation Mosaic

    In a world of big IPAs (that I love) and milkshake experiments, it is so refreshing to have a straightforward, easy going IPA with the east coast profile and only 5.5% ABV. Really enjoyed this and their Galaxy IPA.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • MadTree Chocolate Raspberry

    Certain people of a certain age know the Afghan Whigs. Those people that love the Afghan Whigs get it. Those people also know that Cincinnati is famous for two things: birthing that amazing band and Sudsy Malone's. Now they have Madtree, and I am digging their chocolate/raspberry stout. With family in Louisville I look forward to trying more of their stuff.—by Mark McCreary

    8.0

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  • Xocoveza

    Look, I am a Stone man. They have never steered me wrong and I am a sucker for the Enjoy By series. But I was worried about this one, and the early reviews seemed to confirm that. My fears were unfounded, this is terrific. While not a fan of sweet beers, the spice backing it up is amazing. I can only hope this beer is accessible next fall and winter.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • Ommegang Rosetta

    I have given this beer a few goes and still not finding it to achieve its reputation.—by Mark McCreary

    6.0

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  • Bell's Hopslam

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale was my gateway drug. Prior to that post-softball game brew, IPA's were "bitter" and not my thang. Bell's changed that. And they continue to not disappoint. I have wanted to try Hopslam, but seem to miss the chances. This was my first and not disappointed. Oily and piny, a true heavily hopped creation. Really enjoyed and will keep my eyes peeled every late-January for this nice, BIG beer.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • Enjoy By 2.15 Coffee Chocolate

    Stone's Unfiltered Enjoy By ranks in my top 3 DIPA's ever. Period. In PA we get every other one, and I get a case every time. Except this time because the tangerine was a little iffy. This one is a straight up miss. That's okay, I like experimentation, I just do not like this one. I hope Stone keeps up the great work, but this is a one and done.—by Mark McCreary

    6.0

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  • Heady Topper

    The Phantom Menace. As a Star Wars child, there is no movie ever that I was look forward to more than Phantom Menace. And it sucked. SUCKED. Jar-Jar Binks? Are you freakin' kidding me. I learned then that those things that are hyped never live up to the hype. Almost never. Heady Topper is in that rarified air because it meets and exceeds. Always a transcendent experience for me. Exactly the profile I love. Just perfect! I have two beers I like more (one is part of FOB this year), but it is in the hundreds of a second more.—by Mark McCreary

    10.0

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  • Sunday Morning Stout

    Weyerbacher, your imperial pumpkin made me not drink any pumpkin beers this year. As passe as pumpkin beers may be, I LIKE THEM! But you redeemed yourself. Several times over. I love this, which I have dubbed SMS. "Some 'Mazing Stout." In the stout category, this hangs with the best of the best.—by Mark McCreary

    9.0

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  • Conshy Type A

    One of my fellow reviewers said it perfectly (to paraphrase): in a field with less worthy options, Type A would kill it. Drank out of the can, because it deserves that respect, and I am a big fan of Type A. Would love to see this more readily distributed, but I respect "The Process." The rating is reserved to make room for later beers, but Conshy gets my respect. Happy to make that short trip from my home to get growler fills often.—by Mark McCreary

    7.5

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  • La Trappe Quad

    Tai: Who's Elton? Dionne: Oh, my God. He's way popular. He's like the social director of the crew. Cher: Yeah, and his Dad can get you into any concert, and I noticed him scoping you out. Tai: He was looking at me? Cher: He said you gave him a toothache. Tai: How'd I do that? Cher: It's an expression. It means he thought you were sweet. Tai: Yeah? Cher: Yeah. Tai: Wow. This beer gave me a toothache. A raisin backboned toothache that I was not expecting and did an amazing job of hiding the alcohol below. Kudos to Trappist. But I like my Belgian's like my homemade bread: yeast forward.—by Mark McCreary

    7.0

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  • Big Black Voodoo Daddy

    "How about a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?" This is the ashtray, it's real, and it's fabulous. Best stout I have had this year (not counting a few of the finest from Founder's or Goose Island).—by Mark McCreary

    8.0

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  • 2SP Bellcracker

    You spent a year at college, met new and different women. They were better than the high school girls, and you were happy. You go home for the summer not excited about the prospects. But Sara went to college, too. And she has changed, learned new things, exciting again. Sometimes you find something new in familiar places, and this is Bellcracker. Local brewery that has reliable and worthy brews makes one worth reminiscing over and putting in the rotation. Well done Sara...2SP. You continue to not let me down.—by Mark McCreary

    7.5

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  • Troeg's Chocolate Stout

    My first FOB beer/review!!! so glad to be here. Smooth to drink, little to know bitterness, which is missed. Nice chocolate aftertaste, but too sweet for my taste. Would not pass up in the future, but there would be many beers in front of it.—by Mark McCreary

    6.5

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