Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - American beers above 6% ABV is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.

American beers above 6% ABV

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006
73A complex but not particularly satisfying barley wine. Not a patch on the same brewery's outstanding Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Deschutes Hop Henge
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Imperial IPA - Winner Recommended - Winner

Deschutes Hop Henge
80A fine, typically challenging US IPA, this time from Oregon. Perfect for hop heads, but too intense for drinkers with more delicate palates.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
80The balance is great but this is a formidable drink that smacks you between the eyes. A good example of the current US trend towards potent, robustly hoppy ales.

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
80A full and satisfying strong brown ale, made in part with caramelised brown sugar. Perhaps a touch too strong for its own good: the alcohol detracts a little from the complex dark malt character.

Dogfish Head Raison D'etre Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Raison D'etre
83The label declares it is ‘brewed with Belgian beer sugars, green raisins and a sense of purpose'. The result is a very nicely balanced ale that is not over-fruity and all too quaffable for its ABV.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
83Aged in Bourbon casks, this impenetrably dark beer from Chicago pours like engine oil. You anticipate deep flavours and are not disappointed.

Goose Island Imperial IPA Editors Choice - Winner

Goose Island Imperial IPA
88A stunner. A joy on a cold night when you don't fancy a malty warmer. The label suggests pairing the beer with the saltiest blue cheese you can find.

Goose Island Matilda Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Matilda
83A big-flavoured, fruity beer, a successful homage to the classic Belgian Trappist ale Orval and just as challenging, though not as dry. Brewed in part with wild yeasts.

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Rogue Brutal Bitter
78A robust, chunky beer featuring just one hop – Crystal. A little less alcohol would work to its benefit.

Rogue Chocolate Stout Recommended - Winner

Rogue Chocolate Stout
80A beer for chocoholics, containing natural chocolate flavouring, but still very much a beer.

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Recommended - Winner

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve
80Big flavours – as always at this Oregon brewery – with hops taking over what is initially a malty beer. If you like bland beers, stay away.

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