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2 at 5% or 1 at 10%

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by anglagard1, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (255) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    W.C. Fields said something to the effect that he'd rather have 2 women at 20 years old than one at 40. On a slightly related note, do you normally prefer two 5% stouts over nursing a RIS, or are you into the really intense experience. As for me, I would never drink anything over 8% in a social situation (well I have, but I've learned from it). If I am to drink a KBS, I'll do it in the privacy of my own home or on the rare opportunity to drink with a real bear lover. I know the whales get the talk around here, but is that what everybody here is drinking in an ordinary session? As much as I love some of the 10% beers, I leave them for special occasions.
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  2. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    3 @ 10%

    unless they're small format, in which case 6
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  3. I'll drink the 10% in my crib.
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  4. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (620) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    I usually save high gravity big bottles to share with a friend. Otherwise, it just depends on the mood and what I'm doing at the time.
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  5. I'll take 2 at %5 eight days a week, in every situation both public or private.
  6. So a high gravity big bottle could be had at any moment.
    Well done.
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  7. That's a pretty tough, yet thought provoking, question. I would have to say that it depends on what I may have or not had yet, and what I am in the mood for at that time. I agree you don't want to drink something in a social setting that will set you on your ass or help you make an ass of yourself.
    I do most of my beer drinking in the comfort of my own home where I can control my environment.
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  8. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (620) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    Oh, hell ya.
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  9. Considering I seem to favor Imperials over every other beer type. I guess 1 at 10! Unless its black tuesday...then 1 at 18?
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  10. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (255) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    I'm not saying I limit myself to 1 or 2, just that I usually prefer drinking twice as much beer.
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  11. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (395) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010

    The brewer at my local brew pub makes a Baltic Porter which is my favorite beer they make. They recently got the Big Eddy Baltic Porter on tap and it was a dead ringer for theirs when we did a side by side. Even the brewer said it's the same except the fact that theirs is 7% and the Big Eddy's is 10%. The reason I mention this is because I don't care really about the alcohol as much as I do taste. I love beer. I love drinking beer. The reason I drink big stouts/porters is because they taste awesome but it comes at a price because you give up volume for taste but if I can drink a Baltic Porter that's exactly the same as one with more alcohol and be able to drink 3 or 4 and not be sauced why wouldn't I unless your just in it for the booze I don't see the point.
  12. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Savant (470) Illinois Nov 14, 2012

    1 @10 for sure. I had a bcbs at the bar the other day and I had to remind myself that it was 15% and I probably shouldnt drink it as fast as my friends were drinking theirs (and I'm glad I did). But if we're going with your original quote about women, probably 2 @ 20 :D
  13. On a typical friday or saturday night, I might have 1 imperial beer. Usually I will have 2-3 craft beers/homebrews in the 5-7% range. I will then proceed to drink a variable ammount of 4.2% AAL or liquor.

    On weekdays I only drink on days I do a long run (once or twice a week) on those days I have 2 craft beers, otherwise I dont drink Monday-Friday.

    Big beers are quite tasty but I have them pretty rarely. Holidays and maybe once or twice a month, part of this is due to the fact that they often only come in bombers/750ml.
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  14. I prefer something in the middle. The best beers for me fall in the 6.5-8.5 range
  15. 2 at 5% or 1 at 10% depends on what I'm in the mood for.

    I find my drinking speed is tied to the size of the glass. If I pour a 10% beer in a pint glass I'll probably tank it faster then if I poured it into a goblet.
  16. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (255) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    I guess for me the deciding factor is variety rather than quantity. I'd rather have a stout, an IPA and an Amber than just one of either.
  17. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Savant (490) Indiana Jan 4, 2012

    5% to cleanse my pallet between higher abv brews.
  18. What the hell is this about? What does an 8% beer have to do with social settings? What social settings do you find kbs served? Clearly, I'm the drunk in the room but I either drink everything or nothing depending on the situation and or location if that's what this thread is about.
  19. KBS at a social setting...
    [​IMG]
  20. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (375) New York Apr 7, 2011

    ABV is almost never a concern of mine. A buzz is nice, but I drink what i'm in the mood for.
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  21. Figure in alcohol tolerance, and this is a tough question to answer. I'd also imagine that my 2 impy stouts are much more dehydrating than 4 Taddy Porters.
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  22. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Savant (325) Colorado Dec 22, 2012

    If I'm at a baseball game and it's 100°, I'd take the two lower ones. Otherwise, I'd go higher ABV. You might as well be drinkin' sodas otherwise.
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  23. Awesome, what bar is this? I get up to boston 3-4 times a year. Let me know and I'll be sure to check it out.
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  24. cyraschris

    cyraschris Aficionado (180) Florida Dec 15, 2012

    Definitely depends on what's available. If I'm driving. What I've eaten recently. What I'm eating currently. I'll take taste over % always though. I'm never drinking to get drunk.
  25. I wish more higher ABV beers came in 12 oz bottles. I have a cupboard full of high ABV 750 ml bottles that I'm sitting on until I have someone to share them with... So I guess for non social settings i am the two at 5% guy, then for social settings i am the 10 @ 10% guy...
  26. It was Green Street in Cambridge, a few places get it but you never know when they will release it. A facebook/twitter post of "we just put on a keg of KBS" and we all go running for it like a bunch of suckers.
  27. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (410) California Dec 20, 2012

    I don't even take the % into consideration. I'm limited on how often I can drink, so when it comes time, I will drink whatever I most want at the time. I only begin paying attention to the % if I start to feel substantially affected by the alcohol.
  28. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (255) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    If I go to a party and it's BYOB, I aint bringin' the barleywine--it's rare for me that it will be appreciated. I understand that some people are able to socialize for hours and nurse a single beer, but I'm not that guy. So basically what I'm asking is, is everybody on BA a whale lover, or are they beer lovers and this is the one place whales can easily be discussed? It just seems like 10%+ beers get all of the attention while many fine 5% beers are ignored
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  29. Just ask about session beers, plenty of support on BA for them.
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  30. Actually sound like Kenny.
  31. ediaz

    ediaz Savant (315) Florida Nov 23, 2011

    Not sure where this conversation skewed to beer, but where did the 2 20 year olds go?
  32. With pics....
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  33. Well tonight I went with 2 big beers.
    Backwoods Bastard 10.8%
    Breakfast Stout 8.2%
    and I don't think I'm done
  34. Sounds like you just got started;)
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  35. Just warming up
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  36. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (410) California Dec 20, 2012

    I think most people are just beer lovers, but the most memorable and tale-worthy beers are usually the really big, aggressive, unique, or rare ones. I was just reading a post here that mentions a lot of session beers and it sure seems like most people consume a lot more middle ground alcohol beers on a regular basis. It's just not really a good story: "So I just had my 36th Robert the Bruce of the year. It tasted fantastic... You know, just like the last 35 times I told you about it."
  37. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (510) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    not anymore
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  38. I know what your saying and I agree in some ways, but if you make a thread about session beer they will come out and the others will ignore. I appreciate all types of beer, actually posted a pic od a BCBS poured in a NERAX(New England Real Ale eXhibiton) Snifter today.
    Cheers!!!
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  39. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (515) California Sep 13, 2009

    10% all day every day

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