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Tasting Party - what would you pick?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RunningIPA, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. RunningIPA

    RunningIPA Zealot (95) Illinois Dec 5, 2010

    Having a small tasting party this weekend, but having trouble choosing the beers. It is going to be 6 people. Out of the beers listed below, what would your lineup be and what order would you serve them?

    • Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium - American Double / Imperial Stout - 9.0
    • Hellhound on My Ale - Dogfish Head - American Double / Imperial IPA - 10.0
    • Smoking Wood (Aged in Rye Barrels) - The Bruery - Smoked Beer - 13.0
    • Old Stock Ale (2011) - North Coast - Old Ale -11.9
    • Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre - American Double / Imperial IPA - 8.0
    • Lambicus Blanche - Timmermans - Lambic - 4.5
    • Fruet - The Bruery - Old Ale - 15.5
    • Mein Cuvée Barrique - G. Schneider & Sohn - Weizenbock - 9.5
    • Double DBA - Firestone Walker - American Strong Ale - 12.0
    • Saison Rue - The Bruery - Saison / Farmhouse Ale - 8.5
    • Mischief - The Bruery - Belgian Strong Pale Ale - 8.5
    • Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks - American Double / Imperial Stout - 10.5
    • Straight Jacket - Revolution - American Barleywine - 13.0
    • Very Mad CowRevolution - Milk / Sweet Stout - 9.5
    • Bourbon Country Brand Coffee - Goose Island - American Double / Imperial Stout - 14.0
    • Firestone Walker - §ucaba (Abacus) - English Barleywine - 12.5
    • Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard - Rye Beer - 12.0
    • Flower Child - Pipeworks - Berliner Weissbier - 3.5
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  2. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Advocate (670) New York Jan 11, 2010

    I guess it depends on what kind of styles people like, if there are special beers people want to try, if there is anything you'd like to compare to other beers, etc., but I'd go with roughly the following in this order:

    • Flower Child - Pipeworks - Berliner Weissbier - 3.5

    • Bourbon Country Brand Coffee - Goose Island - American Double / Imperial Stout - 14.0


    • Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre - American Double / Imperial IPA - 8.0

    • Straight Jacket - Revolution - American Barleywine - 13.0
    • Firestone Walker - §ucaba (Abacus) - English Barleywine - 12.5

    • Lambicus Blanche - Timmermans - Lambic - 4.5

    • Double DBA - Firestone Walker - American Strong Ale - 12.0

    • Fruet - The Bruery - Old Ale - 15.5

    That or course also depends on how much people want to drink. I would try and do things like Straight Jacket (which is great by the way) next to §ucaba as they are both BA barleywines, and DDBA and Fruet together, and break them up with things like the sours and IPAs to refresh your palate. BCBCS is probably my favorite beer on that list and you have a lot of heavy hitters on the list, so I'd probably drink that towards the beginning before the other BA and high ABV
    beers change your palate. Sounds like a good time.
  3. Why don't you ask the 6 people attending which beers interest them?
    Or, are they relative noobs and won't know the difference and you just want a solid lineup to represent craft beer?
  4. RunningIPA

    RunningIPA Zealot (95) Illinois Dec 5, 2010

    They all have interest in most of what is listed. They are beer drinkers but most have never done a tasting party.
  5. The new belgium imperial coffee stout is really damn good.
  6. I agree it depends on the styles.
    I've been to tasting where its all belgium then all stout then all IPA.
    That's fine if that's what you want to do but personally I don't like repeating styles back to back.
    Going from belgium to stout to IPA to stout etc... seems to work well at getting your pallet back in check. IMO
    I'd do with that and keep going till its gone!

    Double Daisy Cutter!! Been wanting to try that one.
    Have a good time!
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  7. Do all of them.
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  8. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Champion (815) California Jan 15, 2009

    100% agree that you should do them all.

    In fact, you might want to think about adding more wild ales/sours/gueuze/lambics. I admit that I go kind of crazy at my tastings when I do a "cellar reduction" tasting (and I'm due for one in a couple of months if I can find the time).

    Someone, without my knowing it, put two of my tastings on You Tube I think. They used to be there in any event. I don't know how to put links on here but it used to be under "Richard's Tasting" or "Tasting at Richard's" If it's still on there you can see the number of bottles I've broken out of the cellar for about 25 people. It's crazy but great fun.
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  9. 4-6 beers
    Option A:
    1.) Mischief
    2.) Double Daisy Cutter
    3.) Hellhound on My Ale
    4.) Rye-on-Rye
    5.) Smoking Wood Rye

    Option B:
    1.) Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
    2.) Very Mad Cow Revolution
    3.) Coffee Break Abduction
    4.) Bourbon County Brand Coffee

    Option C:
    1.) Flower Child
    2.) Lambicus Blanche
    3.) Weizenbock
    4.) Firestone Double DBA
    5.) Firestone Sucaba
    6.) Fruet
  10. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (625) Illinois Jan 7, 2011

    • Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium - American Double / Imperial Stout - 9.0
    • Hellhound on My Ale - Dogfish Head - American Double / Imperial IPA - 10.0
    • Smoking Wood (Aged in Rye Barrels) - The Bruery - Smoked Beer - 13.0
    • Old Stock Ale (2011) - North Coast - Old Ale -11.9
    • Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre - American Double / Imperial IPA - 8.0
    • Lambicus Blanche - Timmermans - Lambic - 4.5
    • Fruet - The Bruery - Old Ale - 15.5
    • Mein Cuvée Barrique - G. Schneider & Sohn - Weizenbock - 9.5
    • Double DBA - Firestone Walker - American Strong Ale - 12.0
    • Saison Rue - The Bruery - Saison / Farmhouse Ale - 8.5
    • Mischief - The Bruery - Belgian Strong Pale Ale - 8.5
    • Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks - American Double / Imperial Stout - 10.5
    • Straight Jacket - Revolution - American Barleywine - 13.0
    • Very Mad CowRevolution - Milk / Sweet Stout - 9.5
    • Bourbon Country Brand Coffee - Goose Island - American Double / Imperial Stout - 14.0
    • Firestone Walker - §ucaba (Abacus) - English Barleywine - 12.5
    • Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard - Rye Beer - 12.0
    • Flower Child - Pipeworks - Berliner Weissbier - 3.5


    Crossed out the ones you shouldn't drink/should drink later on your own. The order isn't as important as people make it out to be. Just vote on which one everyone wants to drink and crack it

    Nice lineup! Cheers!
  11. russmann

    russmann Aficionado (135) Idaho Oct 3, 2007

    You are located where? And what time do we start? I'll bring some chips and dip :)
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  12. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (440) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    I like some continuity in my tastings. So I'd consider tasting the 4 stouts; from lightest to heaviest. Could add the Barleywines too.
  13. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Savant (420) Indiana Oct 19, 2006


    • Fruet - The Bruery - Old Ale - 15.5
    • Firestone Walker - §ucaba (Abacus) - English Barleywine - 12.5
    • Old Stock Ale (2011) - North Coast - Old Ale -11.9
    • Straight Jacket - Revolution - American Barleywine - 13.0

      • Double DBA - Firestone Walker - American Strong Ale - 12.0
      • Bourbon Country Brand Coffee - Goose Island - American Double / Imperial Stout - 14.0
      • Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks - American Double / Imperial Stout - 10.5
      • Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium - American Double / Imperial Stout - 9.0

    • Very Mad CowRevolution - Milk / Sweet Stout - 9.5
    • Rye-on-Rye -
    Boulevard - Rye Beer - 12.0
    • Smoking Wood (Aged in Rye Barrels) - The Bruery - Smoked Beer - 13.0

    • Mischief - The Bruery - Belgian Strong Pale Ale - 8.5
    • Mein Cuvée Barrique -
    G. Schneider & Sohn - Weizenbock - 9.5
      • Saison Rue - The Bruery - Saison / Farmhouse Ale - 8.5

    • Hellhound on My Ale - Dogfish Head - American Double / Imperial IPA - 10.0
    • Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre - American Double / Imperial IPA - 8.0
  14. RunningIPA

    RunningIPA Zealot (95) Illinois Dec 5, 2010

    Thanks for all the recommendations!
  15. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (555) California Dec 12, 2009

    I think that one sucked!! It tasted like old coffee grounds to me, but thas just like my two cents yo!! :cool:
  16. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    Can I come?
  17. Fruet was one of the most surprisingly good beers of the year for me.
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  18. We would probably just open them all.
  19. Taste is always subject to personal bias, and I am a huge NB fan.
  20. Yeah we all know you Palo Alto guys would open up all of them. That is why I miss the bay area. HA.
  21. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (555) California Dec 12, 2009

    Word!!!

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