89 Samuel Adams Boston Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 5.1% ABV (4/08)
Amber color. Bread crust-like nose with notes of caramel and sweet nougat. Soft and frothy on the palate. Malt notes of nougat, nuts and fresh baked dark rye bread. Balances nicely against the clean slightly citrus kiss from the hops. A well put together session beer to try with grilled sausages and peppers.
88 Tsuyama Draft, Tago Brewery Co. (Japan). 5% ABV (2/07)
Hazy amber color. Tangy cocoa and dried apricot aromas. A silky entry leads to a dryish medium body of golden raisins, dry caramel and toasted nut bread flavors. Finishes with a long, tangy citrus and caramel apple fade with dusty earthy hops. A round and very tasty beer.
87 Eugene City Alt Beer, Eugene City Brewery (OR). 5.5% ABV (5/06)
Dark copper color with a faint head. Nutty aromas with a hint of mocha follow though to a medium-bodied, roasted malt palate with roasted nuts, citrus peel and dark toast flavors. Finishes with a roasted nut and lemon zest fade. Even and balanced in flavor, but could use a little more carbonation.