Wow. That's pretty sweet to find something like that that you can trade up, though. Just picked up a recent trade from my apartment office this morning, so...
New to the fridge. Good stuff. One German, two Canadian, one Japanese, one from Delaware, a couple from California and one from Colorado. Not a bad spread.
The three beers on the left are part of that big list I'm working through and I've been meaning to have a Chicory Stout this year for a while now.
The Regal and Espresso Stout are part of a gift for a friend (along with a Fade to Black). I've had the Espresso Stout (pretty awesome and this bottle has some age on it, so I'm curious how it'll hold up) and Fade to Black (obviously), but haven't tried the Regal. Might have to grab another bottle and give it a try, as I do like a good strong Pilsner.
Drinking this now. Don't know why, but I expected it to be darker with more dark fruit flavors, like Trois Pistoles or something. I had it in my head that it was a quad, I guess. It's good, but Belgian styles just aren't my favorite. However, this stuff is SERIOUSLY easy to drink considering the ABV. Drinking it far too fast, haha.
Pretty cool, man. Two banks of 11 taps up front and two behind the bar. I've never seen even close to this many beers from one brewery on tap anywhere else. All those tap handles looked impressive, too. Had pints of 825 State Stout, Imperial IPA, Copper Cone Pale Ale and a ton of samples. Ended up trying just about everything, actually, and came home with a few bottle openers. And all of that cost me $10 (my brother bought me one of my beers). GOOOOD stuff.
Was going to go with the Chicory Stout, but decided to drink something a bit more special. Well, special to me, seeing as how Three Floyds doesn't distribute anywhere remotely near Arizona.
It's good, but not great to me. Just another beer that's not really my style (Scottish Ale).
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Had Hopslam on tap and then rolled down to Total Wine & More (after a call to make sure they had some) to get a 6 pack!
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Drank a Sierra Nevada Porter earlier and drinking this now.
Definitely a very solid IPA, but nothing overly special about it, IMO.
There are 2 bottle shops owned by the same guy out here. The newer one which is more convenient for me since I can stop easily on my way home from work, just closed down. I am sad. I now have to drive an extra 10 miles out of the way to access the good selection at the original store.
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Went to a tasting yesterday and had:
Epic Utah Sage (draft, TONS of sage)
Epic Bag Bad Baptist (draft, TONS of coffee)
Epic Pfeifferhorn Lager (draft, pretty much your standard lager)
Dogfish Head Ta Henket (not awful, but very bland and nowhere near worth the money)
Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre (very solid)
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (really enjoy this beer, but not a regular beer due to cost)
Odell Woodcut No. 03 Oak Aged Crimson Ale (great and at almost $30 a bottle and two years old, was real happy to try it again)
Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale (same as Ta Henket)
Was a pretty fun, paid event where I got ~3-4oz samples of all of the above for $10 total. The Pfeifferhorn was probably more than that, as it was served as a palate cleanser between beers. After all those beers, a friend there bought a bottle of 120 and shared that, too, so I probably had another 5 or 6 ozs of it. All in all, it was good. Ta Henket and Faithfull Ale were very mediocre, but I expected that. Tasted a bit like a weak pilsner with a little fruit at the end.
Drinking this now. It is a 2010 bottle, though, so probably like 14 months old? Surprised by how much it's changed, actually. Just had it on tap a couple weeks ago and I'm actually tasting a lot of dark fruit and the coffee flavors have faded SLIGHTLY. Definitely oxidized a bit and virtually no head. A little when poured, but zero head now that it's about half gone. Still, I'm definitely enjoying it, it's just very different now. Surprised by how much it's changed in a relatively short amount of time.
EDIT: Just went digging through my closet and realized I actually have another (2010) bottle of this. What can I say? I'm kind of ridiculous...
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One man thread going on here, I know, but I picked this up a while back and never mentioned it.
I like a good cider, Crispin makes good cider, it's a cool looking bottle and, most importantly...
Just thought it was kind of cool. And I know Nick Cave is far from the only person to record "Stagger Lee", but it's how I really know the song and I'm a big fan of his music in general. I also realize it's more than a song and that the story has been talked about for 100+ years.
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I like Samuel Smith's, but that one has never really appealed to me.
Drinking this right now. Don't really know how old it is, but I believe it's from late 2009. It's not BAD, but I can't say I'm impressed, either. Never had it fresh, but have a feeling age hasn't really helped it, if not hurt it just a bit. Has a lot of flavors that kind of remind me of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but without some of the better aspects of the Samuel Smith's. Get quite a lot of dark fruits and not much roastiness from it. As I drink it a bit more, I do actually like it more, though.
The real odd thing about this one, to me, is that under that gold foil is a twist-off cap.
Had the 2012 SN Hoptimum last night...massive hop bomb. Almost over the top. COuld stand to chill out just a bit.
Also had the 2012 Central Waters Illumination...another great DIPA. Also picked up the Central Waters Bourbon Cherry Stout, and the NG Cherry stout for a little side by side.
Finally saw SN Torpedo in cans too...gonna be a good boat beer this summer.
I've been wanting to try Hoptimum. I've seen it on tap a few places around town, but haven't seen any bottles. Also saw Long Stem on tap, which I'd never even heard of.
Just finished this on friend's suggestion. Picked it up a while ago and wonder if age has effected it more than I expected (bottle is about 19 months old). It's good, but I really get virtually no pumpkin or spruce. Almost all I get is the typical roasty flavors of an imperial stout. Don't know that I'd buy it again, but it isn't bad. If I see it on tap some time I'll try it again to compare.
Just finishing off this, my second can. Feel a bit selfish, as I didn't share either of them, but I kept wanting to get together with friends and it just didn't happen. Still, don't feel too bad about it and, honestly, it's in the top ten beers I've ever had. I think it's very possibly my favorite IIPA, and that's saying something. If I could get this regularly I would drink a LOT of it. The only IIPA that I feel like I've enjoyed as much is Port's Mongo on cask, which has stuck in my head more than any other beer I've had. We talking just about bottles/cans, I think I like it better than Hopslam, Pliny, Ruination, Gubna, Myrcenary, all the Port hopbombs, etc... it's just so, so good and I could drink a four pack of them in one sitting and be very happy to do so.
had this last weekend:
i don't know why i keep buying and trying these types of beers when i KNOW i don't like them. it was very tasty and aromatic, but i cringed every time i sipped it. and the only reason i finished it was because i paid $17.00 for it. just not my style considering i don't like bourbon at all. i am retard.
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