1000 Bottle of Beer.com is a personal beer adventure - a 'Tasty Experience' if you will.   My goal is to sample 1000 bottles of beer over the next 2-3 years and have a resource for people to read a description of beers they might like to try.  Of course, these are my own personal opinion, and my palate is fickle as the next person's.  Sorry if you don't agree with some of my tasting notes, but they are what they are... Cheers! - Oliver in Portland


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Tasted on: 7/6/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Alpine Beer Co. Pure Hoppiness
Brewery: Alpine Beer Co.  
Location: Alpine, California 
Beer Name: Pure Hoppiness 
Beer Style: Double IPA 
ABV: 8%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Golden to light amber hue with a frothy large off-white head. Aroma is big juicy grapefruits and tangerines, a touch 'hot' from the alcohol. Flavor is a bit nutty, citrus medley of orange peel grapefruit and lemon. Good hop bitter but not overpowering - very nice balance. Finish is dry - almost crisp, but not quite. Lemony would be a better term. 
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Tasted on: 7/2/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Brouwerij De Molen Rasputin
Brewery: Brouwerij De Molen  
Location: Bodegraven, Netherlands 
Beer Name: Rasputin 
Beer Style: Russian Imperial Stou 
ABV: 10.7%  
IBU:81.7 
Tasty Notes: Deep mahogany color with a medium to thick brown head. Aroma is rich caramel and toffe, a touch hot from the alcohol, and a bit of leather and figs. Body is rich and creamy. Flavors are initially lightly sweet - rich chocolate covered caramel and lightly burnt (toasty), then dries a bit and the alcohol warms in the finish. Layers of figs, plums, coffee, toffee and caramel keep appearing as this beer warms a bit. Outstanding! 
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Tasted on: 6/29/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Baird Brewing Angry Boy Brown
Brewery: Baird Brewing  
Location: Shizuoka-ken Numazu-shi, Japan 
Beer Name: Angry Boy Brown 
Beer Style: English Brown Ale 
ABV: 6.2%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Copper hue with a midum light-tan head. Aroma is malty, a touch earthy. Flavor is fairly balanced, on the hoppy (bitter) side - not sweet. Some earthy/woody notes, pretty dry finish. Some citrus like qualities in the mouth, but not very pervasive. Pretty decent take on this style.  
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Tasted on: 6/29/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Baron Brewing Seven Swabians
Brewery: Baron Brewing  
Location: Seattle, Washington 
Beer Name: Seven Swabians 
Beer Style: Eisbock 
ABV: 13%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Amber hue with a thin ivory head. Light fruity (apricots and peaches) aroma. Flavor is decidedly not malty. A bit grainy, kind of flat on the flavor - not a bock-type flavor to me. Wow, couldn't finish this one. Really not worthy. I have had some other really great beers from Baron Brewing but this just totally missed the mark for me. 
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Tasted on: 6/29/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Brewery Ommegang Ommegeddon
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang  
Location: Cooperstown, New York 
Beer Name: Ommegeddon 
Beer Style: American Wild Ale 
ABV: 8%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Golden hazy color with medium to thin white head. Aroma is decidedly Belgian (yeast) in style - lightly spicy, grassy, fruity and a touch of malty sweetness. No real tart nose here. Flavor is lightly fruity, but very very dry - as if from spices. I assume it is from the brettanomyces. Hmmm - not a winner for me, but it is quite interesting. 
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Tasted on: 6/26/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Orkney Brewing Red MacGregor
Brewery: Orkney Brewing  
Location: Orkney Island, Scotland 
Beer Name: Red MacGregor 
Beer Style: Scotch Ale 
ABV: 4%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Crystal clear copper ruby hue with a medium tan to ivory head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and floral & spicy hops. Flavor is lightly sweet, some earthy/grainy notes, light caramel, slightly fruity. Finish is light, creamy, delicious and leaves you longing for another taste! A really well made beer, especially at 4.0% ABV! 
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Tasted on: 6/26/2009 Bottle and fresh glass of Deschutes Brewing 2008 Black Butte XX
Brewery: Deschutes Brewing  
Location: Bend, Oregon 
Beer Name: 2008 Black Butte XX 
Beer Style: American Porter 
ABV: 11%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Surprisingly light on the nose - touched with coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Black opaque color with a medium dark-brown head. Good creamy mouth - very pleasant beer, not overly anything, but good rich dark stone fruits, coffee, molasses, toffee, chocolate and some bourbon in the finish. Really quite nice. 
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Tasted on: 6/25/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Brouwerij der St.Benedictusabdij de Achelse 2006 Trappist Achel
Brewery: Brouwerij der St.Benedictusabdij de Achelse  
Location: Hamont-Achel, Belgium 
Beer Name: 2006 Trappist Achel 
Beer Style: Dubbel 
ABV: 8%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Amber brown color with chunks of lees and a medium to thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet-n-sour, like a Flemish style. Fruity berries and cherries and tart sourness. Flavor is surprisingly un-tart. Wow, I was really expecting a bit of a puckerfest. Lightly sweet, rounded caramel, toffee, hints of apple and pear. Not rally a sweet beer, but not tart. Defies the senses. Really a nice beer - wonder where the tart nose comes from?!? Maybe the two years in the bottle? 
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Tasted on: 6/25/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of  Innstadt Brauerei Kapuziner
Brewery: Innstadt Brauerei  
Location: Passau, Germany 
Beer Name: Kapuziner 
Beer Style: Doppelbock 
ABV: 7.2%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Rich brown color - hint of red, with a huge but fast dissipating off-white head. Aroma is caramel with a touch of dark cherries. Flavor is a nice dopplebock - lighter in flavor than Celebrator, but very nice nonetheless. Some good black cherry and caramel notes. 
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Tasted on: 6/24/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Port Brewing Old Viscosity
Brewery: Port Brewing  
Location: San Marcos, California 
Beer Name: Old Viscosity 
Beer Style: American Strong Ale 
ABV: 10%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Black opaque color with a medium to thick dark brown head. Aroma is big black cherries, a touch of bourbon and mission figs. Flavor is rich roasted grains, a nice subtle bourbon layer, and chewy black strap molasses (but not sweet). Fairly dry but quite lingering finish as layers of fruit, tar and coffee show through. 
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Tasted on: 6/23/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Flying Dog Gonzo
Brewery: Flying Dog  
Location: Denver, Colorado 
Beer Name: Gonzo 
Beer Style: Imperial Porter 
ABV: 7.8%  
IBU:85 
Tasty Notes: Color is - black! Head is fairly thin dark brown in color. Aromas of rich molasses, black tar, currents/raisins and alcohol. Flavor is wonderful - not a bit sweet, but barely astringen - hardly noticable. Chewy black leather, dates and a hint of coffee. Very rich. Good carbonation 
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Tasted on: 6/21/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Avery Brewing Company Fifteen (15)
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company  
Location: Boulder, Colorado 
Beer Name: Fifteen (15) 
Beer Style: American Wild Ale  
ABV: 7.68%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: "Ale brewed with spices, hers and figs"... Color is golden with a slight off-white head. Aroma is a bit of chewy stone fruits with an earthy quality. Not sweet or tart. Flavor is a little funky - fairly flat beer, a bit of bell-pepper like 'quality' that is not very appealing. Prolly a decent beer to others, just not my cup of suds... 
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Tasted on: 6/19/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)  De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Aurthur)
Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)  
Location: Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium 
Beer Name: De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Aurthur) 
Beer Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale 
ABV: 8.5%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Golden color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is Belgian - yeasty, spicy, almost a little bit nutty. Flavor is - yummy malts and just the right amount of spices. Tends to cleanse and dry the palate toward the finish like hops do. Orange comes though a bit later after the finish. Yum! 
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Tasted on: 6/19/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Great Divide Hurcules
Brewery: Great Divide  
Location: Denver, Colorado 
Beer Name: Hurcules 
Beer Style: Double IPA 
ABV: 9.1%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Clear amber color with a medium ivory head. The aroma is citrus and grassy. Flavor is lemony, malty, very nice balance, not too chew on the hops like the aroma would lead you to believe. Wonderful - my idea of a perfect Double IPA! 
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Tasted on: 6/18/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Avery Brewing Company Hog Heaven
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company  
Location: Boulder, Colorado 
Beer Name: Hog Heaven 
Beer Style: Barleywine 
ABV: 9.2%  
IBU:100 
Tasty Notes: Big orange crunch on a malty nose. Color is a light brown amber color with a thin light-tan head. Flavor is malty, but plenty hoppy to keep the sweet at bay. Good citrus resiny profile on the hops. Very nice juggling act - balance is superb! This should age nicely for 6-24 months. 
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Tasted on: 6/19/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Moylans 2007 White Christmas
Brewery: Moylans  
Location: Novato, California 
Beer Name: 2007 White Christmas 
Beer Style: Belgian Style WitBier 
ABV: 6.5%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Shimmering gold color with a thin off-white ivory head. Aroma is light, yeasty, slight honey and a bit floral. Flavor is a touch grainy, lightly sweet, a touch spiced (though nice and not over done) and some floral notes. Very well made and well balanced - might have suffered a bit from 6-8 months in storage (root cellar) but still very nice flavors, if a little under carbonated. 
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Tasted on: 6/16/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Dogfish Head ApriHop
Brewery: Dogfish Head  
Location: Milton, DE 
Beer Name: ApriHop 
Beer Style: American IPA  
ABV: 7%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Light amber honey-like color with a thin light-tan head. Aroma is fruity - apricots and a little touch of sour. Flavor is also a bit sour, with a good apricot presence, but not as predominant as the aroma. Behind that is a lightly bitter IPA-style beer. Decent, but not a favorite beer for me. They make a lot of beers that I appreciate far more. 
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Tasted on: 6/15/2008 Bottle and fresh glass of Russian River Brewing Redemption
Brewery: Russian River Brewing  
Location: Santa Rosa, California 
Beer Name: Redemption 
Beer Style: Belgian Blonde Ale 
ABV: 5.65%  
IBU:23 
Tasty Notes: Clear effervescing golden color with a medium fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly spicy, a touch of malt, but fairly clean. Flavor is very crisp drier than I care for, but not really bitter either. Definitely a crisp clean beer. Malt is light, fairly subdued, with some hop flavor possibly Saaz or Hallertau? 
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Tasted on: 6/13/2009 Bottle and fresh glass of Wild River Double Eagle
Brewery: Wild River  
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon 
Beer Name: Double Eagle  
Beer Style: Imperial Stout 
ABV: 7.9%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Deep, dark mahogany color with medium to thin light-brown head. Aroma is roasted, nutty, blackstrap molasses and chocolate. Flavor is very nice rounded caramel and bittersweet chocolate, but not really a very sweet beer. Good lingering finish very slight astringency from dark roasted grains, but hardly noticeable. Cheers! 
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Tasted on: 6/13/2009 Bottle and fresh glass of Russian River Brewing Damnation (batch 32)
Brewery: Russian River Brewing  
Location: Santa Rosa, California 
Beer Name: Damnation (batch 32) 
Beer Style: Golden Ale 
ABV: 7.75%  
IBU:Unknown  
Tasty Notes: Clear deep golden color with a scant off-white head. Aroma is fruity sweet - somewhere between apricots and peaches, and slightly floral - like orange blossoms. Flavor is nicely balanced - good hop presence but not overpowering in the least. Sweet flavors of orange and honey, almost kind of herby - like savory. Finish is nice and lingering but not dry or sweet. 
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