Careful Man, There’s a Beverage Here and Fall Saints, Exit 18 and Boris the Crusher Reserve

Fall Saints by Kane Brewing Company, Ocean, NJ
Exit 18 Baltic Porter by Flying Fish
Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here, White Russian Imperial Milk Stout by Pipeworks Brewing Company
BORIS the Crusher Reserve by Hoppin' Frog

Careful Man, There’s a Beverage Here by Pipeworks Brewing

Tasting: November 10, 2017
Style: White Milk Stout
Beer #: 1,117
ABV: 10.5%
Line from the movie, Big Lebowski. The reddish brown color of Careful Man, There’s a Beverage Here threw me for a minute but a double take on the label does say white stout. Looks more like a barley wine and tastes a bit like a barley wine. Boozy, caramel sweet, and mellow vanilla coffee flavor. This unique beer grew on me as I worked my way through but still a so-so beer, 86 points.

B.O.R.I.S. Reserve by Hoppin’ Frog

Tasting: November 11, 2017
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,118
ABV: 10.4%
Called a reserve for the use of better, darker grains. I guess regular B.O.R.I.S. uses crappy grains. Lots of roasted grains, mellow chocolate underneath. A tad boozy. All-in-all ,92 points.

Read about regular old B.O.R.I.S.

Fall Saints by Kane Brewing

Tasting: November 19, 2017
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,119
ABV: 9.4 %
A few sips in and I’m reminded why I don’t like pumpkin beer. Well in this case, butternut squash beers. Spices give this a chemical flavor. Not enjoying this at all, 70 points.

Exit 18 by Flying Fish

Tasting: December 9, 2017
Style: Baltic Porter
Beer # 1,120
ABV: 9.5%

Another release in the series named for New Jersey Turnpike exits. This time, Bergen County’s Exit 18. It’s noted that the Baltic reference is a tribute to the many Baltic residents in the county. That’s Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. A pretty broad brush. Frankly, this beer should have been named for the Hudson River as it’s quite demure in watery flavor. Offers up some boozy burn. Very disappointing. 72 points.
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Lizard King by Pipeworks

Lizard King Pale Ale by Pipeworks Brewing, Chicago, Illinois

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Lizard King Pale Ale

Tasting: November 5, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 836
ABV: 6.0%

Lizard King, if nothing else, is a pretty cool beer can. It reminds me of my earliest beer hobby – collecting beer cans. I was probably about fifteen years old and I recall mail ordering cans from the breweries; collecting half rusted gems from along the roadways and asking my dad to buy certain beers because of the cans. I remember him complaining about the terrible beer he had to endure just to satisfy my hobby. How funny that comment is to me now considering he was a Budweiser man. I was drawn to collecting cans because each package was a work of art. Up in my attic sits more than a thousand beer cans waiting to be displayed (ah – someday).

I bought this can of Lizard King as part of a Pipeworks pack at Cable Beverage…one can of Lizard King, One can of Ninja vs. Unicorn 92 points and one bottle of Amarillo.

Lizard King pours a very light straw color and has a wonderful herbal aroma. The flavor is crisp and has a fresh taste. I pick up black tea, lemongrass. Has a tart and clean finish. Lizard King tastes like a sessionable ale in that there isn’t this undertone of juicy sweetness but that’s okay. This is a first class pale ale – 93 points.

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