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Anyone seen Bell's the Oracle in Bottles Yet?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by kdmcguire10, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Bummer. Had a neighbor set to grab some this weekend. Oh, well. 'Start trolling beermenus for anyplace in Chicagoland that gets this.
  2. da_bulls

    da_bulls Savant (260) Illinois Jun 7, 2012 Verified

    Oracle is on tap in Chicago at Clark Street Ale House on Clark (der) south of Chicago Ave.
    forrestbetts likes this.
  3. DarkMagneto

    DarkMagneto Savant (260) Illinois Apr 17, 2007

    It's on tap at Firkin in Libertyville.
  4. Dude, you get around more than Pippen
  5. Okay, so it's been a little while since I've had FW Double Jack, but if I recall correctly, this years Oracle tastes very similar...Which, in my book, is a great thing! Oh, and bottles have landed in Ann Arbor, thanks for the heads up @iceicebaby
  6. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Savant (375) Michigan Apr 24, 2005 Verified

    As of Monday Fabiano only has draft Oracle.
  7. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    Really? Double Jack is more an English DIPA than anything else -- balanced and a bit malty. I'd always heard Oracle was more over-the-top hops. Is this incorrect?
  8. crossovert

    crossovert Champion (810) Illinois Mar 29, 2009

    I went zombie dust, oracle, zombie dust on tap yesterday and the oracle just wrecked my palate for that second zombie dust.
  9. crossovert

    crossovert Champion (810) Illinois Mar 29, 2009

    I disagree, it reminds me more of hoptimum
  10. I'm trying to remember...but if I recall, Double Jack had a killer hop profile - citrusy & piney hops, with a bit of malt, but not over the top (I would personally not say it's an English DIPA). Again, it has been awhile and I didn't write notes down, but I can see the hoptimum comparison as well, even though I feel like Oracle is more complex.
    szmnnl99 likes this.
  11. crossovert

    crossovert Champion (810) Illinois Mar 29, 2009

    along with like 9 other ipas and dipas
  12. NSaad23

    NSaad23 Aficionado (220) Michigan Dec 13, 2011

    thanks for the info!
  13. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Advocate (565) Michigan Dec 16, 2011 Verified

    Siciliano's just posted that they have some. $2.99 per bottle, 3 bottle limit.
  14. StoutIrish

    StoutIrish Savant (375) Indiana Jan 16, 2012

    Tapping tonight at Dickie's in Fort Wayne
  15. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Wish i would have made it to the brewery (never been) just to get a case of Oracle..so amazing
  16. k, as luck would have it. I tried them side-by-side the other night:

    Oracle's hops are more piney and the beer is more malty than Double Jack, they taste nothing like one another. Hoptimum is a much better comparison, even though, I still strongly believe that Oracle is a more complex and better beer. Double Jack is better than both. imo of course.
  17. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    Holiday in Royal Oak had some and is now out. Drinkin one now and am quite enjoying it.
  18. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Champion (765) Michigan Apr 3, 2006 Verified

    Haven't had them side by side but I thought Hoptimum was sweeter and/or less hoppy than Oracle. Oracle is a great balance for my palate.
  19. iceatalamo

    iceatalamo Aficionado (235) Michigan Dec 13, 2011 Verified

    Got one bottle, I guess better then nothing.
  20. travMI13

    travMI13 Savant (400) Michigan Jan 7, 2012 Verified

    Went through my small allotment by drinking 3 and sending one out as an extra in a trade. Sad panda.

    Bottle limits blow. I hope Bells can make more next year with the expanded brewing capacity.
    evilc likes this.
  21. From a guy who got none, no guess is needed. I'd like just one bottle. Last year I got one, the year before a sixer. So goes craft right now.
  22. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Savant (355) Michigan Dec 9, 2008 Verified

    Same here man got none. I expected it so not surprised at all. Oh well...ill remember it next time I'm at the store deciding between two hearted and crooked tree. I know who will get my money.
  23. GrueLurks

    GrueLurks Aficionado (190) Michigan Jul 21, 2008

    I almost feel guilty getting two six packs. Almost. But some of those are for a trade and I did leave a couple bottles behind at a store in Lake Orion. As much as I love this beer I figured it would be good karma to leave some for somebody else.
  24. GrueLurks

    GrueLurks Aficionado (190) Michigan Jul 21, 2008

    Famous Market in White Lake, MI. has a few bottles left. $4 each.
  25. psykosis

    psykosis Savant (415) Indiana May 21, 2009 Verified

    BevCo in TC has a few six packs at $17 each, singles for $3 each.
  26. psychotia

    psychotia Savant (395) Minnesota Jun 27, 2009

    Anyone in WI seen this?
  27. GrueLurks

    GrueLurks Aficionado (190) Michigan Jul 21, 2008

    Holiday Market in Canton had literally just put a 6 pack on the shelf this afternoon when I walked in. $4/bottle and were still there when I left at 6pm tonight.
  28. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    ....and you Sir are a Gentlemen and Scholar! In the fridge now - I am going to drink it palate fresh - ie NO BEER that day before it, for a proper experience! Thanks so much!
  29. travMI13

    travMI13 Savant (400) Michigan Jan 7, 2012 Verified

    Anytime, man. Hope you enjoy it. Bells just needs to make more of this brew, period.

    And you know what? When Oktoberfest returns to bottles, they need to make more of that too.
  30. Scrounged 6 bottles between 2 stores, so I'm good with that. And yes, they need to make more of this. The stuff's fantastic, and if they made it in the volume of Hopslam, that would be awesome.
  31. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Advocate (550) Illinois Jun 12, 2012 Verified

    In kzoo for the day, hit up several stores and called a few, no luck. Anyone know of a store in portage or kzoo that might have even just one sweet bottle?
  32. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    Sad, but I was told from my local bottle shop that Bell's production was too low and we're not getting any here in WI.
  33. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    For you Wisconites, if you want to take a cruise, we have plenty of bottles at the Fitz in Eagle River, and we will tapping a keg this Thursday...along with a keg of Batch 10,000 on Friday at noon and Black Note at 8...just a thought.
    SteveKotajarvi likes this.
  34. whodeyvols

    whodeyvols Aficionado (165) Ohio Sep 2, 2012

    If anyone is able to track some down in the Cincinnati area please let us know.
    MajorBuckeye likes this.
  35. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poobah (1,230) Michigan Sep 23, 2011 Verified

    I finally got the call from my local bottle shop today; they have a case waiting for me! :D
  36. crossovert

    crossovert Champion (810) Illinois Mar 29, 2009

    Got some in St. Joseph on monday.
  37. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (605) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Verified

    Come on now, couldn't you have just lied :D to us and said you got the call that the greatest guy, you know live it up a little, at your local bottle shop and he has done an outstanding, once again living it up a little, job setting aside 2 or 3 bottles, downplaying the whole case thing. ha ha ha that'd make me feel "hey good for us, one victory." Instead, now I have nothing but jealousy - just kidding! Enjoy!!!
    Zaphog likes this.
  38. NSaad23

    NSaad23 Aficionado (220) Michigan Dec 13, 2011

    Took Fabiano Brothers long enough!
    Zaphog likes this.
  39. Thanks for reminding me, I've been wanting to pick some Oracle soon.
  40. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Savant (375) Michigan Apr 24, 2005 Verified

    Who's so generous that they're selling you their allocation? I'm not sure any store got more than one case, a couple may have got two.