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    1. 08-22-2012 11:12 PM #3746


      This is really nice. I love imperial stouts, but never really loved whiskey barrel aged beers (don't really like whiskey) unless the aging in those barrels is more of a complement to the beer rather than a dominating flavor. This is a mix of barrel aging and that aging really adds to the complexity here.

      One other beer I had that was this memorable was a barrel-aged Alesmith Decadence at Alesmith brewery. That was just in whiskey barrels, but done so for a shorter time where it really was a subtle complimente to the original beer.

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      08-22-2012 11:57 PM #3747
      Firestone Walker is good stuff. I was super impressed by their DIPA (and I really like the quality of their labels ).

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      08-23-2012 02:48 PM #3748

      Nice smooth flavor, slightly sweet. Very warming feel going down. Nice ruby color.

    4. 09-03-2012 11:26 PM #3749
      I really liked the Firestone Double Barrel Ale. I had it on tap and thought it was great:


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      09-04-2012 12:45 AM #3750
      I've been back home in CA for a few days and not really drinking but I had Victoria by Inland Empire Brewing. Very unique good beer. And I got my Firestone double barrel fix tonight.

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    7. 09-06-2012 07:51 AM #3752
      Went to santa barbara brewery on vaca and had cry baby ipa. god damn[img]http://www.**********/zamz8.jpg[/img]

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      09-07-2012 09:32 PM #3753
      grabbed a sixer of Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin the other day. it was a great beer, and i actually like it more than Oktoberfest.

      i'm glad you can get it without having to buy the whole sampler pack now.
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      09-08-2012 03:55 PM #3754
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      grabbed a sixer of Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin the other day. it was a great beer, and i actually like it more than Oktoberfest.

      i'm glad you can get it without having to buy the whole sampler pack now.
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      09-08-2012 04:21 PM #3755
      This. And it's very good.



      The other day. My last bottle (;_.

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      09-08-2012 10:06 PM #3756
      I would love to try that Sonoran Imperial Stout, never heard of it. Let me know if you need any Mpls brews (Surly, Indeed, Steel Toe, Lucid, Fulton, etc...)

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      09-08-2012 10:14 PM #3757
      Quote Originally Posted by pat_ernzen View Post
      This. And it's very good.

      Good stuff, for sure...

      FOr the fans out there...New Glarus Belgian Red is no longer being produced this year..due to cherry shortage. Get it while you can..won't be made again until next year.
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      09-09-2012 10:42 AM #3758
      Quote Originally Posted by rconn14 View Post
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      i really like Shipyard, and i'm lucky if i can get their basic pumpkin ale here during the fall. the beer you posted sounds great, as well as the others listed on their site i never tasted.
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      09-09-2012 09:50 PM #3760
      Just won a bottle of Stone Best By (which didn't go to AZ) and FFF/Mikkeller Risgoop. **** yeah.

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      09-10-2012 10:30 AM #3761
      Man, I haven't posted in this thread in forever!

      In the last little while I've had some interesting beers.

      I had the Stone Drink By both on tap and from the bottle. It's good stuff, but not as good as the Ruination 10th. I do prefer the Drink By over the Stone 16th though. They're all roughly 10% beers and I really don't think they need to be. I think I'd like them more if they were in the 7-8% range.

      I also split a Bruery White Chocolate last weekend with a couple friends. It's good and definitely tastes just like white chocolate, but at 14+% there's no way anyone's drinking a whole bottle themselves. It's way too righ. 4oz was plenty for me.

      I've also been drinking a lot of 2 new to me Mexican beers lately too. One's called Vistoria (No relation to VB from OZ) and the other is called Indio. Victoria is readily available in liquor stores and grocery stores, but the Indio I've only seen in a couple liquor stores and in Mexican supermarkets. I like them both a lot more than my standard Mexican lagers, Tecate and Modelo Especial.

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      09-10-2012 10:33 AM #3762
      i was introduced to crabbie's ginger beer the other week -- it's actually freaking fantastic. never thought i would pour a "beer" over ice and add some lime, but it is really great.


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      09-14-2012 03:28 PM #3763
      Just discovered this thread

      My buddy got me hooked on this:



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      09-14-2012 08:54 PM #3764
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      09-14-2012 09:29 PM #3765
      Quote Originally Posted by LinkATX View Post
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      09-16-2012 08:25 PM #3766
      This stuff is amazing.

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    22. 09-17-2012 12:45 AM #3767
      Quote Originally Posted by Max Rebo View Post
      This stuff is amazing.

      Bahasa, I just drank that at lunch today with sushi. Will agree, a fine brew.

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      09-17-2012 12:11 PM #3768
      had this yesterday, it was super tasty. i love spiced beer!


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      09-18-2012 12:41 AM #3769
      picked up a sixer of this:



      so far it's pretty good. fairly sweet aftertaste, almost like pumpkin pie, but not as spicy. overall, it's great, but i wouldn't want to drink more than two or three at a time.

      my local place also has a you-pick-six for $9.99 and they always have a great selection. decided to grab a mix instead of another sixer of a random oktoberfest.



      i've had the Ichabod before, but i really liked it, so i grabbed it again.
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      09-18-2012 12:23 PM #3770
      Some stuff that's new to me that I've had over the past week:

      Founder's Breakfast Stout
      New Glarus Hometown Blonde
      New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
      New Glarus Raspberry Tart
      New Glarus Staghorn
      New Glarus Thumbprint Enigma
      New Glarus Thumbprint Saison
      Short's Huma Lupa Licious
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      Most all of this was pretty awesome, with the Huma Lupa Licious, Staghorn and Saison being my least favorite on the list. I was also a little underwhelmed by the Breakfast Stout, too, but I think it may have just been my tongue at the time and my glass smelled a little funky. Have a feeling future bottles will be better (still have three).

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      09-18-2012 12:52 PM #3771
      Quote Originally Posted by rconn14 View Post
      x2..Since Pumpkinhead is my favorite I pretty much knew I'd love this too.
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      09-18-2012 01:38 PM #3772
      had another one of these this weekend


      ive had the smashing pumkin & pumking and i like the long trail alot more, smashing comes in 2nd. honestly, i didn't even like pumking after half the glass probably the worst pumpkin ale ive had yet but that is just my opinion

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      09-18-2012 10:13 PM #3773
      Quote Originally Posted by pat_ernzen View Post
      Some stuff that's new to me that I've had over the past week:

      Founder's Breakfast Stout
      New Glarus Hometown Blonde
      New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
      New Glarus Raspberry Tart
      New Glarus Staghorn
      New Glarus Thumbprint Enigma
      New Glarus Thumbprint Saison
      Short's Huma Lupa Licious
      Sixpoint Resin
      Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12

      Most all of this was pretty awesome, with the Huma Lupa Licious, Staghorn and Saison being my least favorite on the list. I was also a little underwhelmed by the Breakfast Stout, too, but I think it may have just been my tongue at the time and my glass smelled a little funky. Have a feeling future bottles will be better (still have three).
      The regular Breakfast Stout is solid...but its no KBS. Pretty much your typical stout...
      The Staghorn was one of my gateway beers long ago (early 90's)..still one of my favorite octoberfest/fall type beers. Really need to drink it on its own..and several at a time
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      09-24-2012 03:10 PM #3774
      Quote Originally Posted by kweetech View Post
      The regular Breakfast Stout is solid...but its no KBS. Pretty much your typical stout...
      The Staghorn was one of my gateway beers long ago (early 90's)..still one of my favorite octoberfest/fall type beers. Really need to drink it on its own..and several at a time
      I do really want to try both KBS and CBS, but that may not happen anytime soon. Though, I can probably get a bottle of KBS in a trade I'm working on (an '07 or '08 bottle)... not sure, though. Think I may go for something else instead, though. The beers we're talking about are pretty awesome in general, including an older New Glarus Unplugged beer. Speaking of that, I wasn't crazy about Staghorn, but I generally don't like that style of beer. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to give Laughing Fox a taste, the only NG beer I saw there that I didn't try or buy. They didn't have it on tap at the brewery and since Wisconsin Belgian Red isn't being produced again until next year, they didn't have that on either, sadly.

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      09-24-2012 04:19 PM #3775
      I love the regular breakfast stout and Imperial stout. I still have a 4 pack of KBS in the fridge from earlier this year, I can't stand the stuff.

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      09-24-2012 05:59 PM #3776
      Not exactly recent, but in April I tried a new local brewery's offerings, Revolver Pale ale and Bock. Both were good, but the Bock better bounced off my palate that day. The brewery officially opens up later this October, and their first production beer will be Blood and Honey, a blood orange and honey concoction. One of the owners is a former Boston Brewery master brewer.

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      09-24-2012 07:12 PM #3777
      Quote Originally Posted by Shawn O View Post
      I love the regular breakfast stout and Imperial stout. I still have a 4 pack of KBS in the fridge from earlier this year, I can't stand the stuff.
      Interesting. I would really like to try KBS, but considering the other offerings and my current fascination with sour beers, I'll likely have to wait.

      Just got back from Wisconsin and Texas and brought these back.



      My Wisconsin/Texas haul, minus a few. Rodenbach Grand Cru, New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, NG R&D Sour Ale (x4), NG Unplugged Abt (from 2008, I believe), NG Thumprint Enigma (x3), NG Thumprint Saison, Founder's Breakfast Stout (x2) and Hoppin Frog DORIS the Destroyer. Left behind three Enigmas, one Breakfast Stout and a Three Floyds Mikkeller Risgoop. Didn't have luggage space, sadly, but will get them at a later time and wanted to age them, anyway. Oh well. The Rodenbach may seem like an odd choice, but we sadly don't get them out in AZ and I've been wanting to try it for a long time. That coupled with the price made it my choice from Texas.

      These are a few of my favorite things. Whole lot of New Glarus goodness in my fridge/cellar after my haul.



      That R&D Golden Ale and those Sour Ales I'm especially happy to have. Was hoping they still had the Golden Ale when I visited the brewery, but wasn't so lucky. Plan on drinking that Saison and new Belgian Red very soon and aging the rest. Had Raspberry Tart on tap and have had everything else aside from the Abt. The Enigma and Sour Ale are AWESOME beers. I drank so much New Glarus while in Wisconsin this time... mostly Moon Man, but also had three Saisons, two Enigmas, one Sour Ale and a bunch of their regular stuff. I'd say I likely had at least a gallon of their beer while there, haha. Just figure I should get as much of it as possible while I could.Wisconsin Belgian Red x2 R&D Golden Ale x1 R&D Sour Ale x4 Unplugged Abt x1 Thumbprint Enigma x3 Thumbprint Saison x1 Raspberry Tart x1 I have another three Enigmas tucked away back in Wisconsin, too. Have had most of these beers and the Sour Ale and Enigma are some of the very best sours I’ve ever had.

      And, finally, the Stone Enjoy By. Really happy to have tried it, but preferred Ruination 10th. I did like it quite a bit more than 16th, though.


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      09-24-2012 08:05 PM #3778
      Finishing this off now.





      Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine (Two-‘Aught-11) with a no-frills PBnJ.

      Not my first time having this beer, but it’s been a while. Have had this bottle in the fridge for quite some time, then I heard people saying that it doesn’t age well and decided to crack it. It’s good, but I do think it’s faded. Did go pretty well with the PBnJ, too. Not my favorite barleywine or Lagunitas brew, but a good one. I’m going B+
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      09-29-2012 10:13 PM #3780
      I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier Pumking while I was out and about today. Been wanting to try to GOOD pumpkin beer ever since I had Dogfish Head Punkin Ale a while back and picked this up since it's highly-ish rated.

      UGH.

      It smells awesome, but I'm ready to pour it down the drain. Maybe I got a bad bottle?

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