Defacto - No-Li Brewhouse

9.8 - Outstanding

While I’ve enjoyed No-Li’s brews many times before, I hadn’t noticed this one at all until fellow reviewer Derek Mesford showed up at my door with a bottle. I’ve only had one barrel-aged imperial IPA before, and that was Founders Brewing’s incredible Doom, so this beer has some stiff competition to live up to.

Damon Scott, Brewery Operations Manager for No-Li, describes Defacto as “essentially a blend of Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey and Triticale Whiskey barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout and Jet Star Imperial IPA.” That statement contains quite a few words that make my mouth water, so let’s get into the review!

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BeakTweaker Citrus IPA - Black Raven Brewing

8.4 - Excellent

Built on a firm base of barley and rye malts, the BeakTweaker features bold citrus flavors and aromatics. A firm bitterness combines with citrus hop characteristics accented by the addition of black lemon, orange peel and lemon peel. – Black Raven Brewing

I had this beer during last year’s release, and remember really enjoying it. I’m a big fan of citrus IPAs in general, and can’t wait to try it again. Let’s get into a glass of the 2015 release!

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Second Sight - Black Raven Brewing

9 - Outstanding

It’s no secret that Black Raven is one of my favorite breweries in the Seattle area.

Located in Redmond, the tap room offers a friendly, clean, and warm environment with great nearby food you’re welcome to bring inside and some damn good beer on tap.

It’s my weekend coffee shop any time I get the opportunity to head that direction, and a great place to sit with my laptop for a while coding, writing, or just relaxing.

Second Sight is a beer of theirs I haven’t had before; while I don’t have much experience with scotch ales, I have faith in Black Raven and can’t wait to give this one a try.

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