Widmer Brothers Brewing Pitch Black IPA Secondary review by D.P.

Widmer Brothers Brewing
Pitch Black IPA
ABV – 6.5%

Appearance – Very dark,  reddish hue when held to the light.  Generous head.
Smell – Smells like a freshly cut grapefruit.
Taste – Sweet and citrusy at first,  followed by burnt things and a bitter bite at the end.  Obvious hop presence.
Mouthfeel – Thick.
Drinkability – Pretty pleasant,  even my burps taste good.  Yes,  I would drink another,  but not right away.
Notes – This is probably the most impressive Brussel’s Lace I have yet beheld.  It looks like a massive Rorschach Test lining the inside of my glass.  I see an intertwined mass of well endowed ebony skinned nymphs writhing in sensual silence in a moonlit glade.  Can someone interpret that for me?
My call – 3.5

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Newcastle Brown Ale Secondary Review by D.P.

Newcastle
Brown Ale
ABV – ?

Appearance – Reddish brown.  Head like the top of a chocolate shake.
Smell – Skunk…..a malty skunk
Taste – Caramel with the most remote suggestion of honey.  Sharp,  quick bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Somewhat phlegm inducing,  I want to clear my throat and spit.
Drinkability – Okay,  but not something I’d want to drink on a regular basis.
Notes – Think reggae music….. it’s okay,  but a little bit goes a long way.
My call – 2.5

Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock Secondary Review by D.P.

Einbecker
Mai-Ur-Bock
ABV – 6.5%

Appearance – Nice medium amber color.
Smell – Malty,  almost caramelly scent with hints of pineapple.
Taste – I taste caramel.  Bitter finish and flowery aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – I really don’t like the feel of this beer.  To me,  it’s a bit oily.
Drinkability – I kind of like everything about this beer except for actually drinking it.
Notes – All I can say is that this beer is like a clever thief who sneaks into your house and steals only your worthless trinkets…….you figure it out.
My call – 3.0

Tsingtao Beer Secondary Review by D.P.

Tsingtao Beer
Tsingtao Beer
ABV – ?|

Appearance – Very light,  almost clear.  Very little bubble action,  not much head,  no lace.
Smell – I could smell skunk a foot away from the glass….this is no exaggeration
Taste – Not much taste,  just hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel – A bit cloying.
Drinkability – Green bottle,  possibly outdated,  I don’t know.  Based on this bottle,  I wouldn’t bother with another.
Notes – They could have named this, “Skunk in a Bottle”.  In all fairness, however, this might be a halfway decent drink when it’s fresh.  Right now  I’m burping skunk which is rather unpleasant.
My call – 1.0

St. Druon French Abbey Ale Secondary Review by D.P.

St. Druon
French Abbey Ale
ABV – 6%

Appearance – Light honey color,  ample head.
Smell – A little fruity sensation with malt.
Taste – Sweet on the lips,  kind of hot on the middle of the tongue.  I’m sensing spice of some sort for the finish.  A lengthy, mild honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Comfortable,  just a touch sticky
Drinkability – Enjoyable.  They’re not revealing their secrets,  but I suspect honey and maybe clove in the mix. Not what I expected in an abbey.
Notes – C’est bien, ça!  Nothing spectacular but nothing offensive either.  Let’s call it the high point of neutrality.
My call – 3.0

Einbecker UR-Bock Dunkel Secondary Review by D.P.

Einbecker
UR-Bock Dunkel
ABV – ?

Appearance – Beautiful, like buffed copper.
Smell – Malty
Taste – Nothing much really.
Mouthfeel – Oily! What a bummer.
Drinkability – I couldn’t finish it.
Notes – I don’t know what UR-Bock Dunkel translates to,  but I’m pretty sure it means “motor oil”.
My call – 1.5

Dixie Blackened VooDoo Lager Secondary Review by D.P.

Dixie Blackened VooDoo Lager
Dixie Brewing Co.
ABV – ?

Appearance – Dark,  like brewed tea.
Smell – Crisp,  clean malty smell.
Taste – Honey first,  then  a strong caramel flavor and a touch of coffee.  Sweet finish and abrupt burnt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Smooth, but the finish seems to generate some phlegm on the sides of the throat.
Drinkability – Very complex,  pretty tasty overall,  I never would have guessed this was a lager.
Notes – Drinking this beer is like finding a bunch of change under the couch cushions.  I was pleasantly surprised.
My call – 4.0