Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

  1. $12

Lost Abbey’s beers are never shy on flavor or intensity, and this certainly lives up to that expectation. It’s a big, bold, black beer that opens with forward scents of roasted malt, fudgy chocolate, raisin, prune and licorice. Those notes carry through to the flavorful but surprisingly approachable palate, with light carbonation and a pleasing astringency that…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
95
points

Founders Imperial Stout

  1. $12

Brewed with 10 varieties of malted barley, this is a well-balanced and complex stout that manages to go down smooth and (almost too) easy despite the high alcohol content. It pours dark as night, opaque black in color, with a serious mocha-colored head that shows excellent staying power. Rich, bold, dark-roast coffee aromas lead the bouquet, alongside notes of…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Odell Woodcut No. 07 Russian Imperial Stout

  • Cellar Selection

The latest release in Odell’s Woodcut line is a strong, bold and cellar-worthy selection. Oak aged—like all the Woodcut releases—in new American oak barrels, it opens with intense aromas of bittersweet cocoa powder, roasted malt, charred wood, s’mores, raisin and sweet baking spice. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a slight boozy warmth that carries through…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
92
points

Smuttynose Big Beer Series Imperial Stout

  1. $8

This bold, flavorful selection pours a dense, opaque black color, with a medium mocha-colored head and soft lacing. Upfront aromas of roasted malt, toasted spice, raisin, fig and dried black cherry lead the nose, with additional notes of resiny hop and charred brown bread in the background. Those notes continue through to the creamy, medium-bodied palate, with…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
90
points

Stone Coffee Milk Stout Ale

  1. $2

Okay, Stone aficionados—get ready for something completely different. From the brewery that typically focuses on hop-fueled selections of great power and intensity comes this light, accessible, easy-drinking milk stout, the lowest-alcohol bottled beer Stone’s released in 15 years. Brewed with roasted coffee beans, it still offers ample aromas and flavors of black…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
90
points

Elysian Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout

  1. $12

Elysian teamed up with Pacific Northwest-based roaster Stumptown Coffee for this lush, creamy, immensely attractive stout. As expected, it is brimming with rich and seductive notes of milk chocolate and espresso, while hints of Turbinado sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate-malt balls dance in the background. The texture is full, yet fluffy, like frothed 2% milk. A…

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
88
points

Côté Mas NV Brut Rosé Sparkling (Crémant de Limoux)

  1. $16

The aromas of this pretty, refreshing rosé are delicate and subtle at first. Faint scents of white cherry, raspberry and red-apple skin build strength and concentration on the medium-weight palate. The mouthfeel is bright, juicy and mouthwatering, while a toasty, spicy accent unfolds on the finish. Drink now.

 — L.B.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Founders Centennial IPA

  1. $10

Thanks to an abundance of dry hopping, this is an assertive IPA that really emphasizes what the style is all about—intense hop aroma and flavor in overall balance. Earthy hop aromas are coupled with dense, sweet citrus and resiny pine on the nose, and they continue to shine through on the medium-weight, creamy palate. They’re happily supported by a caramel malt…

 — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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