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Alaskan Brewing Co. 2014 Smoked Porter

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $9

ABC’s vintage-dated smoked porter is always a superb selection, year after year, and one that’s incredibly deserving of a spot in your beer cellar. The 2014 release is currently young and aggressive, with forward scents of smoked malt and campfire that are grounded in notes of fig, prune, tobacco leaf and chocolate. The mouthfeel is big and bold, yet smooth and…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
95
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Nouvelle-Orléans Absinthe Supérieure

  1. $100

Grab your corkscrew to open a bottle of this absinthe, a tribute to distiller T.A. Breaux’s hometown, New Orleans. The light jade liquid louches to cloudy pale green, releasing gentle fennel, rosemary and fresh basil accented with lime zest and white pepper, plus a long, gentle anise finish. Although it’s easy-sipping when louched, the undiluted spirit is ideal for…

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
94
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Brevans HR Giger

  1. $80

This pretty jade absinthe louches to shimmering opalescent, with a hint of sea-foam green. Relatively bold, the pungent anise scent is echoed on the palate, perked up by lively hints of fresh basil and lime peel. Finishes long and rounded, with an earthy Dutch licorice twang.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Jade 1901 Absinthe Supérieure

  1. $100

To make this bottling, T.A. Breaux analyzed vintage absinthe, dated circa 1901. It’s burnished gold in the glass, louching to opalescent light gold, and scented with bold notes of anise and licorice. The flavor is mild at first, but shows more anise on the long, rounded finish.

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Alaskan Brewing Co. Pilot Series Double Black IPA

  1. $9

This is a big, bold black IPA that isn’t shy on aromas or flavors. Jet black in color, assertive notes of roasted malt, coffee, toasted bread and chocolate abound, with additional hop accents of pine resin, orange rind and grapefruit zest adding verve and lift to the otherwise rich, dense profile and medium-weight mouthfeel. The finish is long and laced with…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
91
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Butterfly Classic Absinthe

  1. $85

The backstory is a little complicated: first made in Boston circa 1902, it’s now been resurrected in Switzerland, thanks to a Boston-based historian. The absinthe itself is more straightforward. It louches to cloudy pale yellow, releasing a mild, citrusy aroma. On the palate, the star anise flavor is assertive and bright, even when diluted with water, and backed by…

 — K.N.  (3/1/2015)
90
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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Big Cone American Black Ale

  1. $9

The clever name suggests what to expect in the glass: Bold, assertive hop characteristics. The bouquet delivers on that promise, with forward scents of grapefruit peel and pine resin alongside supporting aromas of chocolate malt and freshly roasted coffee bean. The palate is initially malty and full, with a creamed coffee flavor and smooth texture, while the finish…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
90
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High Water Brewing Aphotic Imperial Porter

  1. $8

This is a clean, balanced and straightforward American porter, offering attractive notes of chocolate malt, roasted coffee bean and a hint of dried fruit, like plum and fig. It’s opaque black in color, with a thick tan-colored head that lingers nicely. The palate is rich and creamy, with thick bittersweet chocolate and black coffee flavors that linger on the finish…

 — L.B.  (3/1/2015)
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