Stone Xocoveza: 3.5 – Oh god the amount of coffee and mocha there is obnoxious. A coffee flavored beverage can often be okay, but this bitter and dark-chocolate, and spiced monstrosity is for people who want to appear to drink beer. The problem being those people hate beer, and now we’re catering to them. The small number of points here is purely for a serious coffee lover would enjoy this enough to balance the score a little.

Price Average: Stone Xocoveza $16 for 6-pack

Website: http://www.stonebrewing.com/

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So we’ve actually done 4 different Laphroaig reviews. (The Select, Three Wood, An Cuan Mor, and 15 Year); however despite having bought this very whisky multiple times in the lounge – it recently came to our attention it hadn’t been properly reviewed. Time to solve that. Laphroaig’s 10 year is most notably for being a constant companion in the Buffalo Lounge, not a year goes by without it gracing the shelves for a few short months, and that alone is a true marker of quality more than the other transient spirits in the lounge.

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Ta Henket: 5.5 – It’s kind of bland – especially for a Dogfish Head but it does have some unique character to it via the citrus zest and a bit of spice. Overall though it’s nothing special aside from the aesthetic.

Price Average: Name $13

Website: http://www.dogfish.com/

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The Hum Low Frequency Porter: 7.0 – It is a delicious porter. It’s got the right amount of depth of flavor, it doesn’t lean too far in a single direction, it has an aftertaste that linger but it’s very muted to give it almost a clean finish. It’s certainly not standard due to how average porters are often like, but then it’s not exactly award winning either.

Price Average: The Hum Low Frequency Porter $8

Website: http://www.mystic-brewery.com/

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So as those of you might recall we’ve previously had another entry from the Explorer’s Club Collection – The Spice Road. However as shown we had 2 slightly different takes one by The Buffalo, and the other Justice. Now historically Justice has been a lot more forgiving in scotch reviews which was shown in his entry. We therefore decided for this top-tier entry to meet up and discuss as a group.

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East Coast Common: 5.0 – This is a really pale and hoppy lager. Not a huge fan of it, and while it has some other aspects its overpowered by the hoppiness that it’s merely a standard pale lager

Price Average: East Coast Common $8

Website: https://smuttynose.com/

 

Sylph Farmhouse Ale: 6.0 – It has a bit of real tartness that is very prevalent. It otherwise though is simply a delicious farmhouse ale.

Price Average: Sylph Farmhouse Ale $13

Website: https://twitter.com/deciduousbeer

Once again we have a distiller’s edition that feels worse than the original, costs more, and you sort of feel that maybe scotch shouldn’t be done by a committee – but at least more than 1 person. Distiller’s edition’s have always baffled us, because it’s usually done more as an experiment, or to take what is often a more ‘generalized’ product and make it niche, jack up the price, and go. The problem is that they become novelty to buy once, when it really should be something better.

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