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Lateralus 12-21-10 09:35 AM

The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hops!
 
Tried over the weekend:

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale B+

Widmer Brothers Brrrrrr F -- Tastes like an evergreen tree!

Droptop Amber O B

Bells Christmas B

Founders Breakfast Stout A

Troegs Java Head A

VinVega 12-21-10 09:36 AM

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I like the thread title. :D:up:

steebo777 12-21-10 10:55 AM

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Excellent title!

If anyone is free in SE Michigan today (12.21) or tomorrow (12.22), Kuhnhenn's Brewing Company is doing their Winter Solstice all day both days. Always a blast!

Numanoid 12-21-10 01:41 PM

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More hops? Count me out. :yack:

Hiro11 12-21-10 04:35 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
Now serving:
Bear Republic Racer 5
Left Hand Fade to Black

statcat 12-21-10 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Numanoid (Post 10555082)
More hops? Count me out. :yack:

haha feel the same way

Liver&Onions 12-21-10 04:41 PM

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So - amongst the brewers here...anyone have a good recipe they use or have developed? My keg runneth dry, and while i might want to continue tweaking my current (tasty) NWPA, i'm always open for more :)

Jackskeleton 12-22-10 03:55 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
I'm currently drinking the '10 Double Bastard. Like it a lot more than the Lucky Bastard that I cracked opened earlier. But that's to be expected since.. well, I hear it's just a melding of the brews.

Picked up a Port Brewery Santa's little helper. Though I'll probably drink that tomorrow.

Thunderball 12-22-10 04:06 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
I managed to snag 4 bottles of Victory's limited run of Dark Intrigue.

Quite delicious.

I guess the only problem I have with it, is a 'me' problem, because I've had some of the BEST Bourbon aged beers in Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders, Bourbon County from Goose Island, and on and on...

Bourbon Barrel Aged Storm King seemed like an amazing idea, and in reality, it tastes good. It just isn't up to THOSE standards. I'm going to let the other bottles sit for a bit, and have one a year or so, and let them just age and see where it takes them.

Xander 12-22-10 08:55 AM

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Anyone else tried the Schell's 2010 Snowstorm yet? Had some last night and it was pretty damn tasty! :)

grrr 12-22-10 09:51 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
I'm taking a couple of hours off tomorrow to scout the local liquor stores for holiday porters & stouts to go with my homemade chowder. Santa's Butt is high on that list for novelty's sake, but I'd love other suggestions from my fellow left-coast beer enthusiasts.

Oh, and I'm cracking open a batch of my homemade gingerbread stout (bottled in July). I'll let everyone know how that goes. :)

Decadance 12-22-10 04:21 PM

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I got two boxes of beer in today that got me close to tearing up.

1 6er of Troegs Scratch 37
1 6er of Troegs Scratch 38
2 Terrapin Wake N Bake
1 Terrapin Moo Hoo
1 Lancaster Winter Warmer
1 Stoudt's Winter Ale
1 East End Homewood Reserve (1 Quart Bottle)
1 White Birch Barrel Aged Tripel
1 Victory Dark Intrigue
1 Troegs Splinter Black

I love my trading partner.

Gilgamesh1082 12-22-10 05:28 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
Finally cracked open one of these last night:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/...444f08ce60.jpg

Much better after having aged 6 months. Its ALL smokiness and peat with the booziness pretty much gone. When my friend got one, we opened it about a week after it arrived and you could smell the alcohol the moment it was opened. 6 months of aging does wonders for it. Well worth the premium I paid for it.

gryffinmaster 12-22-10 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Gilgamesh1082 (Post 10557015)
Finally cracked open one of these last night:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/...444f08ce60.jpg

Much better after having aged 6 months. Its ALL smokiness and peat with the booziness pretty much gone. When my friend got one, we opened it about a week after it arrived and you could smell the alcohol the moment it was opened. 6 months of aging does wonders for it. Well worth the premium I paid for it.

Talk about wanting to try a beer just based on the name. :lol:

In case any of you are like me and don't know anything about the brew, here's the article I read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr...gest-beer.html


Brewery launches Tactical Nuclear Penguin, 'world's strongest' beer

A Scottish brewery, with a history of controversy, claims to have made the world's strongest beer.

The drink, named "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" is so strong that it should be served in small measures usually reserved for spirits.

Its maker, BrewDog brewers of Fraserburgh described the 32 per cent proof tipple as its "most audacious and ambitious project to date".

But its launch comes amid a high profile debate in Scotland about an epidemic of alcoholism in the country. The devolved SNP administration is considering introducing minimum pricing in an attempt to curb problem drinking.

BrewDog, which describes itself as making "progressive, craft beers" was previously responsible for an 18.2pc drink called Tokyo which it claimed had been "banned" by the Portman Group, the industry body which runs a voluntary code of conduct.

It also made a low alcohol brew which it mockingly name "Nanny State".

Hiro11 12-22-10 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Gilgamesh1082 (Post 10557015)
Finally cracked open one of these last night:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/...444f08ce60.jpg

That shit's hard to find in the States.

tofferman 12-22-10 09:08 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by Lateralus (Post 10554668)
Tried over the weekend:

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale B+

Widmer Brothers Brrrrrr F -- Tastes like an evergreen tree!

Droptop Amber O B

Bells Christmas B

Founders Breakfast Stout A

Troegs Java Head A

Widmer Brothers Brrr an 'F'? I look forward to that beer's release every year and find it one of the best mass-produced winter warmers available in the Pacific Northwest. I also recommend Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale.

The Beer Advocate gave it a B+: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8/45454

:beer2:

Numanoid 12-22-10 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Lateralus (Post 10554668)
F -- Tastes like an evergreen tree!

You're the one that wanted more hops.

Gilgamesh1082 12-23-10 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Hiro11 (Post 10557145)
That shit's hard to find in the States.

I've found a few places that sell it.....for like $170 and Sink The Bismarck for around $200. I ordered mine off their website and they shipped it to me. Both TNP and StB for $120.

Lateralus 12-23-10 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by tofferman (Post 10557227)
Widmer Brothers Brrr an 'F'? I look forward to that beer's release every year and find it one of the best mass-produced winter warmers available in the Pacific Northwest. I also recommend Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale.

The Beer Advocate gave it a B+: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8/45454

:beer2:

I have to admit while drinking it I felt like I was walking through the wind blown snowy mountains just as I happend to stop and take a bite of an Evergreen tree and ruin the mood. No sir, I did not like it.

I'm usually in agreement with Beer Advocate but not this time, Brrr reminded me of Colt 45's "Cool Colt" which I did not like either. Somebody must have liked it as the keg got kicked rather quickly. Maybe if I see it again next year I will try it again and see if I was wrong.

Lateralus 12-23-10 09:25 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by Numanoid (Post 10557229)
You're the one that wanted more hops.

I don't like hops eiether but I had to think of a snappy title rather quickly. I saw that VinVega closed the first thread and I knew it was an honor to start "Part 2" of the thread and I had to take it before somebody else did.

I have a good title saved up for "Part 3" if I ever have the opportunity to start that! :lol:

tbone 12-23-10 06:46 PM

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Just picked up this:

http://www.washingtonlife.com/wordpr...m-bottle1.jpg0

Sam Adam's Infinium. Anyone try it yet? Gonna crack it open this weekend.


Edit: Guess I'm retarded cause I can't pic to display.

Pointyskull 12-23-10 07:22 PM

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Enjoyed a 2010 Darklord the other night from my secret stash.
Tasty awesomeness that has aged very well since April...

stevevt 12-23-10 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by tbone (Post 10558329)

Edit: Guess I'm retarded cause I can't pic to display.

You just have to in order for it to work.

statcat 12-23-10 07:48 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by tbone (Post 10558329)
Just picked up this:

http://www.washingtonlife.com/wordpr...m-bottle1.jpg0

Sam Adam's Infinium. Anyone try it yet? Gonna crack it open this weekend.


Edit: Guess I'm retarded cause I can't pic to display.

no because I can't find it and it's too expensive anyway but I'm sure it's good if Weihenstephan helped

shizawn 12-23-10 08:11 PM

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Currently enjoying a glass of Schneider Weisse.

tbone 12-23-10 08:34 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by statcat (Post 10558378)
no because I can't find it and it's too expensive anyway but I'm sure it's good if Weihenstephan helped

Too expensive??? $18 plus tax. Similar to a good bottle of wine (it is packaged in a 750mL wine bottle).

Got mine at Binny's here in Illinois. Hot commodity though. At my local store they burned through 5 cases.

andicus 12-24-10 04:24 AM

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Originally Posted by shizawn (Post 10558395)
Currently enjoying a glass of Schneider Weisse.

A quality brew! I'm a big fan and have to remember to pick up a case tomorrow.

grrr 12-25-10 12:15 AM

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Picked up my local store's last couple of bottles of Pliny the Elder last night. Not the world's biggest fan of hop bombs, but this is an amazing brew that has made for a very merry x-mas eve.

Decadance 12-25-10 12:17 AM

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I finished my night with a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Amazing.

Pillowhead 12-25-10 12:54 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
Had a few bottles of Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. Pretty tasty!

A friend bought me some beers for Christmas.
Full Sail Wassail
Lagunitas - A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Stone 10-10-10

Raul3 12-25-10 02:26 AM

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I bought a six pack of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin, great recommendation from here.

I also bought one bottle of Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. It's really great.

Jackskeleton 12-25-10 02:30 AM

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You should try Little Sumpin' wild. A bit different but still amazing tasting. And at about $5 for a bomber, a bargain.

Raul3 12-25-10 02:33 AM

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I just read a few reviews and it sounds interesting.

The Bus 12-25-10 06:27 AM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 
I had a few drafts of <a href="http://www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com">Evolution</a> beer the other night: their Exile ESB and the Shelter Pale Ale. Pretty good but not knock-down-their-door spectacular.

They have some rum-barrel-aged beers releasing in Spring 2011... I'd be interested in those.

Renee 12-25-10 10:34 AM

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We'll be drinking a Barrel Aged Frosted Frog, a Short's PB & J, and a 2009 Anchor's Our Special Ale today. Cannot wait!

SterlingBen 12-25-10 06:00 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by tbone (Post 10558414)
Too expensive??? $18 plus tax. Similar to a good bottle of wine (it is packaged in a 750mL wine bottle).

Got mine at Binny's here in Illinois. Hot commodity though. At my local store they burned through 5 cases.

To be fair to statcat for the same price you could get 12 individual bottles of different beers so yeah $18 for one seems a bit high

My pain threshold for individual beers is about $10 unless it is either something I really want to try or it was a really awesome bottle. Like my Morimoto Imperial Pilsner in a ceramic bottle. Easily the nicest bottle I have ever purchased even if I didn't like the beer.

tbone 12-25-10 07:16 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by SterlingBen (Post 10560238)
To be fair to statcat for the same price you could get 12 individual bottles of different beers so yeah $18 for one seems a bit high

My pain threshold for individual beers is about $10 unless it is either something I really want to try or it was a really awesome bottle. Like my Morimoto Imperial Pilsner in a ceramic bottle. Easily the nicest bottle I have ever purchased even if I didn't like the beer.

Morimoto...is that from Rogue; like the Morimoto Soba Ale?

tbone 12-25-10 07:18 PM

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Yup. Just answered my own question searching on google.

Tried the Soba Ale in the past, and I loved it! So, now I'll have to look for their Imperial Pilsner.

The Dude 12-25-10 10:43 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by tbone (Post 10558329)
Just picked up this:

http://www.washingtonlife.com/wordpr...m-bottle1.jpg0

Sam Adam's Infinium. Anyone try it yet? Gonna crack it open this weekend.


Edit: Guess I'm retarded cause I can't pic to display.

My dad picked me up a bottle of this for Xmas, hadn't heard about it, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try.


Originally Posted by Jackskeleton (Post 10559739)
You should try Little Sumpin' wild. A bit different but still amazing tasting. And at about $5 for a bomber, a bargain.

Mmmmm...a bar down the street from me serves that (at $5 a pint, unfortunately), but that's some tasty brew.

As for normal, everyday drinking, I've been consuming the Sierra Nevada Celebration just about as fast as they can make it.

Numanoid 12-25-10 10:55 PM

Re: The Official "Great Beer" thread. Part 2; Same great taste but this time more hop
 

Originally Posted by SterlingBen (Post 10560238)
To be fair to statcat for the same price you could get 12 individual bottles of different beers so yeah $18 for one seems a bit high

$1.50 a beer? Twelve bottles of PBR, maybe.


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