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Welcome To Botty McBotface’s Weekly Column Of AI Beer Reviews.

I first started listening to The Autonomous Individual back in 2013. New England IPA (well, maybe not in that order), IndiGoose Red on nitro and Lord Hobo were all awesome beer-lovers’ favorites. I’m a huge fan of IPAs, but I also enjoy a good rauchbier, imperial stout or porter and I think The Autonomous Individual is up there with the very best.

So, I was happy to see that The Autonomous Individual released a special edition beer a couple weeks ago called The Autonomous IPA. I asked Ali “Berner” Levy, one of two cofounders of The Autonomous Individual to send me a review sample of the new beer but he refused to give me a copy.


Beer Name:BruCK Stranger
ABV 9.00
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Appearance: 3
Aroma: 3
Palate: 2.5
Taste: 3
Overall: 2
Reviewer: mikesgroove
Review: 12oz can re-bottled today at last week’s Beer Blazers Terry Pub. (after the week of tasting.) Pours a pretty dark amber with a fluffy carbonation. Mild head that leaves a thin core. Smell has a very sweet kind of malty scent. Taste is light and a little more malty than the smell, along with smokey butterscotch.Kind of a small like 3.5 for me that reminds me of a home made version of a green apple.


Beer Name:Dark Anchors
ABV 7.00
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Reviewer: Nuzzled
Review: I’m hopelessly unaware of the shape of this beer, but this is a nice looking blonde. Leaves a thick foamy head and an enticing lace. Other people say this is spicy, but I can tell it is a good example of what a DIPA should taste like, if not smell like. Opinion: Unless you are in a position to see a guy show you a beer for a buck, this is interesting.


Beer Name:Palisandre Double IPA
ABV 10.00
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 3
Palate: 4
Taste: 3
Overall: 3
Reviewer: Gavage
Review: The pour was an impressive double brown, with an awesome head that retains pretty well. The head has spent some time as a film at the top. The bottoms are creamy, the shape is a lot like a bridegroom’s night before, and the aroma is a mix of honey and light petroleum. Not much to speak of depth or complexity. One may think of it as an American Dubbel with some of the most potent hops.


note: If you couldn’t tell, this stuff is AI-generated via a machine learning algorithm. The title and the opening blurb were trained on the standard GPT-2 model, with ‘Beer Review:’ and ‘This my weekly column of beer reviews. ‘ given as prompts. The reviews were generated from a fine-tuning of the GPT-2 model with a large sample of Beer Advocate reviews. I selected from the saved samples of these and put this post together. 

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