Flying Buffalo Bourbon Barrel Aged Mole by Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Greetings and salutations friends! John here wishing you thirsty readers a happy Humpday! The weekend is almost here! Last weekend the wife an I took a little trip to visit good friends of ours in Michigan.  The four of us went to Birmingham at a place called The Clubhouse BFD for some drinks and dinner.  This was my first beer of the evening and I went with a big boozy bastard to start off with and I can’t complain.  Flying Buffalo Barrel Aged Mole Russian Imperial Stout is that beer.  Heres the review!

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I apologize for the blurry picture

The Brewery:

griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Birmingham, Mi

ABV:

12%

IBU:

55

The Pour:

Now I didn’t see the bartender pour the beer, but when I got my beer it was dark as a black hole.  There was no light coming through this one. From what I’ve read this beer comes with a thick fluffy head in a khaki colour.  I wish I would’ve gotten a picture of it.

The Aroma:

First off this smells bloody amazing! Intense chocolate and coffee up front.  There were definitely big vanilla notes in there. There’s also a punch of bourbon in there that makes you want to get into this beer asap.  On the back end, you get a little bit of pepper heat.  As I said this smells amazing!

The Flavour:

First of all, this one was an experience! Like I said in the nose there are intense coffee and chocolate.  Don’t worry its not too sweet, its just right.  The coffee helps balance that out.  The vanilla was just as potent as it was in the nose and it was fantastic.  The boozy bourbon comes in to warm you up and add that kick.  I did pick up caramel undertones which are always nice.  The pepper comes in at the very end to add a little bit of heat.  Don’t worry its not a ton of heat just enough to compliment everything.

The Body:

Flying Buffalo is a big heavy of a beer.  It’s motor oil thick in the mouth.  It’s very smooth and creamy all the way through.  The booze has a little bit of burn, but its just right! It definitely has a great body!

Overall:

Well, as you might’ve of guessed it I really enjoyed this one! Flying Buffalo is probably one of the best bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts ive ever had! My wife and I cant wait to go back to Michigan and hopefully we can visit the brewery and pick up a couple of bottles from Griffin Claw.  Just a hands-down fantastic stout that I can’t recommend enough! Cheers and thanks for reading!

John

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Clandestine Brewing Tipsy Hipster New England Style IPA

I know the week just started and morale can be low this early in the week, but I am here with new beer to lift your spirits! Jack from The Intoxicated Review writing today about another fantastic beer from the brewers at Clandestine Brewing in San Jose, California. Today’s beer is a New England Style Hazy IPA call Tipsy Hipster. I have had this one before, so I can tell you that this is a great beer! Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Clandestine Brewing

APV:

6.8%

THE SHEET:

Hops: Simcoe and Chinook.

THE POUR:

Tipsy Hipster is a very opaque hazy brew. It has a darker golden color it. The head forms at three eighths of an inch, but does hang around long. It almost disappears all together.

THE AROMA:

This beer has an amazing hop aroma thanks to the addition of dry hops during brewing. The hop smell is not overpowering, but rather pleasant.

THE FLAVOR:

The brewers said that oats were added to make this beer smoother. I agree, this is a quite smooth beer. Up front there is a subtle hoppy flavor, which combines well with the citrus and pine flavors. On the back end, the beer has a crisp and smooth finish.

THE BODY:

Despite the New England Style hazy features, this beer is lighter than I expected it to be. The body is just light enough to enjoy a second, but heavy enough to give you a good example of New England Style IPAs. I rate the body at medium.

OVERALL:

Friends, I know we do a lot of IPAs on this review, but it seems that there is a new version every week and I personally find this a review not only a good reason to try them, but to try something new. This is a great beer and I highly recommend it. Great flavor, feel and easy to drink.

Thank you very much for paying us a visit today and everyday!

See you again soon!

Jack

Craft Lager by Muskoka Brewery

Greetings and salutations friends! I hope all of you had a great weekend and here’s hoping that your week goes fast! Tonight I’m staying with a familiar brewery that we all know and love on this site.  Craft Lager by Muskoka Brewery.  I’m actually shocked that I haven’t reviewed this one yet, but hey we go!

craft lager

The Brewery:

muskokabrewery.com

Bracebridge, On

ABV:

4.8%

IBU:

13

The Pour:

Craft Lager pours in a clear straw colour with a nice half inch of head that goes away pretty quickly.

The Aroma:

This was pretty straight forward in the nose.  Sweet biscuit aroma with a hint of spice and caramel malts.

The Flavour:

Craft Lager practically follows the nose all the way through.  You get the sweet biscuit flavour up front, the spice kicks in to tame it then the caramel malt comes in right at the end.  It’s pretty enjoyable!

The Body:

This is definitely a light beer.  Its smooth, crisp and refreshing.  It does finish a little grainy.

Overall:

Now, friends, I will be the first to admit that I’m not a big lager fan.  But, I really enjoyed this one! I also think it would be a good intro beer to people interested in craft beer since the majority of people have been drinking lagers there entire drinking life.  I just this beer to be light, crisp and refreshing and sometimes that’s all you need.  Cheers and thanks for reading!

John

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Luponic Distortion No. 10 IPA

Hello and welcome back to The Intoxicated Review! Well, Sunday is upon us and what better way to mourn the weekend ending than with beer! Jack writing in today about Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Luponic Distortion No. 10. This is a rotation release. The recipe changes every ninety days. The base beer remains the same, but each new release features a different hop blend. Definitely keeps me interested! Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

APV:

5.9%

THE POUR:

This version Luponic Distortion is slightly transparent and has a bright golden color to it. The head forms at almost one half of an inch, but it will settle to about three sixteenths of an inch, where is hangs out for the remainder of the experience.

THE AROMA:

So, at first smell I can smell citrus, more specifically grapefruit. I can also smell sweet as in candy as well as some mango. There is also a very subtle hoppy smell, but it is outweighed by the fruity aromas. Smells amazing!

THE FLAVOR:

Oh man this thing is smooth! At first sip I can taste mango creamsicle and grapefruit. On the way to the backend the bitterness from the citrus turns sweet like candy. The beer has a clean and refreshing finish to it.

THE BODY:

I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink, but it does have some body to it. I rate the body of this beer at medium. Just a little bit of body making it easy to drink.

OVERALL:

Friends, this is a great beer! Great flavor, easy to drink, and quite refreshing. I highly recommend this beer! You might want to hurry out and get this one because I think they’re moving onto number 11 soon.

Friends, thank you as always for reading and I’ll see you again soon!

Jack

Ebb & Flow Session Sour by Muskoka Brewery

Greetings and salutations friends! Happy Saturday and I hope the weekend is long for all of you! Today I have a session sour from Muskoka Brewery to share with you guys. The name of this one is Ebb & Flow Session Sour. Here we go!

The Brewery:

Muskokabrewery.com

Bracebridge, On

ABV:

2.4%

IBU:

5

The Pour:

Ebb & Flow pours in pale straw colour. There’s about a half inch of lively head. This beer is definitely bubbly.

The Aroma:

On the first whiff I definitely picked up grapefruit, lime and tropical fruit. It has a decent pop to it.

The Flavour:

This is where it kinda lost me. I was a little disappointed in this one. You can pick up the grapefruit,lime and tropical fruit, but I was picking up a club soda flavour that I couldn’t get past.

The Body:

This is definitely a light beer. Probably the lightest beer ever on the site. It’s very crisp, carbonated and tart.

Overall:

Friends, as you may have figured out I’m not the biggest fan of this one. It happens. I know there’s a market for session sours, but I just can’t get past the club soda flavour. But, one beer out of there entire lineup that I didn’t enjoy doesn’t mean it’s a bad brewery. Muskoka Brewery makes amazing beers and this one just isn’t for me. Cheers and thanks for reading!

John

Corralitos Brewing Company Super Hazy IPA

Hello and Happy Friday! Welcome back to The Intoxicated Review! Jack writing to you today about a beer from the brewers at Corralitos Brewing Company in Watsonville, California. Today’s beer selection is their Super Hazy New England Style IPA. I have never had this one before, but I’ll try a beer once. Plus, I have never never had a bad beer from Corralitos. Here’s the review.

BREWERY:

Corralitos Brewing Company

APV:

6.4%

THE POUR:

Super Hazy has a dark yellow color to it. In fact it’s almost orange. This beer is quite opaque given the hazy characteristics of the beer. The head forms around one half inch, but will settle to about one sixteenth of an inch.

THE AROMA:

This beer has a fantastic aroma. I can smell the hops and pine, which smells amazing with the sweet smells of fruit juice.

THE FLAVOR:

This is a pretty smooth and easy to drink beer. Up front you can taste the hoppy pine flavors. The back end is where the fruit juices show up. The beer has a crisp, clean finish to it.

THE BODY:

New England Style IPAs tend to have a heavier body to them. Their hazy nature tends to give them more character. I rate the body of this beer at medium heavy.

OVERALL:

Friends, I found this to be an amazing full-flavored brew! I have really become a fan of hazy IPAs recently and this is a great one! I highly recommend this beer!

Thank you very much for reading and enjoy your weekend!

Jack

Hops! Belgo-New England IPA by Black Bellows Brewing Co.

Greetings and salutations friends! John here with a brand new beer for you hop heads! This is I find to be interesting because it’s a style you really don’t see. Which is a Belgian New England IPA…anyways let’s get to it!

The Brewery:

Blackbellows.com

Collingwood, On

ABV:

6.3%

IBU:

30

The Pour:

Hops! Pours in a hazy juicy apricot colour with a good amount of healthy white head.

The Aroma:

Up front you get that sweet Belgian yeast, but a big pop of citrus and even pine comes in. It’s pretty balanced on the nose.

The Flavour:

It’s definitely has an interesting flavour. I found it to be a have a tame sweetness to it which is from the Belgian yeast. This is practically all the way through. The citrus and pine comes in midway with a nice tang at the back end.

The Body:

Hops! Is definitely a medium bodied ale. I would even say this is pretty juicy. Also, this beer is not even hoppy. So for you hop heads expecting some big hop pop you won’t be getting that here. But, I know a lot of people who don’t like hoppy beers and would definitely enjoy this.

Overall:

Friends, I really enjoyed this beer. It’s just a unique beer and the first of its style I’ve had. I would definitely get this one again! If your in the Collingwood area then head to the brewery and grab this! Cheers and thanks for reading!

John