Beer Review: The Haven ‘Special 70’ Ale


Beer: The Haven ‘Special 70’ Ale
Brewer: Notch Session Ale / The Haven Pub
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments:  Boston’s first Scottish pub has introduced this wonderful 70 shilling Scottish Ale.  It’s a deep, dark brown with a thick head.  The scent is faint but the taste is warm and sweet with a hint of caramel.  A really nice, unique beer for the area.

I should mention that The Haven is a cozy pub with great food, great beer, and a friendly staff.  Owner Jason Waddleton is particularly personable.  I’ve only been there  twice but I want to make it my “local.”

Beer Review: The Bük


Beer:  The Bük
Brewer: Wormtown Brewing Co. / Bukowski Tavern
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.9 of 10)
Comments: A special beer being offered by Bukowksi’s, one of my favorite beer bars in Boston & Cambridge.  It’s a clear, golden-orange beer with a thin head.  There are light, fruity aromas that oddly remind me of freshly-sharpened pencil shavings.  The beer is well-balanced between hops & malt, sweet & bitter with hints of fruit and a basic earthiness.  The head vanishes but leaves a light lacing on the glass.  Overall this is a tasty & hearty, well-balanced brew.  Nice job, Bukowski’s!

Official description of the beer from the beer list:

“THE BUK” IS A COLLABORATION WITH WORMTOWN BREWING CO., AND THE STAFF OF BUKOWSKI TAVERN. IT IS A HOPPY RYE PALE ALE HOPPED WITH CENTENNIAL, FUGGLE, CITRA, AND CHINOOK HOPS. A STRAW-COLORED BREW WITH A HOPPY CITRUS NOSE, SLIGHT MALT SWEETNESS THROUGH THE MIDDLE WITH A SPICY HINT OF RYE AND A DRY BITTER FINISH.

Beer Review: Hofbräu Oktoberfest


Beer:  Hofbräu Oktoberfest
Brewer: Staatliches Hofbräuhaus
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: A golden, bubbly beer with a thick head, this Oktoberfest special gives of a musty, yeasty and grassy aroma.  The taste is a smooth balance of grain and cream which is refreshing and light.  Some lacing appears on the glass and the head abides while the beer is quaffed.  A nice German beer for the autumn season

Beer Review: Baby Tree


Beer: Baby Tree
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: The beer is reddish-brown with a thick head, although the head quickly dissipates and does not leave lacing behind.  Sweet malts dominate the flavor with hints of fruits and kind of a caramel & alcohol aftertaste.  The aroma is a bit too sickly sweet which is a little off-putting, but otherwise this is another brilliant beer from Pretty Things.