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Your Favorite Character-Building Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by PatriotsRule, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Early yesterday before the blizzard got real here in MA, I walked down to my local beer store to get some snow-in treats. The place was packed, and I saw an old classmate of mine picking up Ruthless Rye. He said he "had to get it because the label is so metal." What are your favorite hardcore, gnarly, wicked brews? Arrogant Bastard, Homunculus, and Two-Headed Beast come to mind for me.
  2. I'm given to understand Devil Dancer would be character building for me, but see the "$ is too much to justify" thread.
  3. Insanity. Without a doubt.

    Or, if you want to turn the hardcore up a notch, Samael. Like an Insanity on steroids. Very boozy steroids.
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  4. This has a pretty outrageous label and name. Not sure it would make me consume the contents. :eek:
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  5. Of all the names I could think of for a BSDA...

    That ain't one of them.
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  6. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    We definitely have different ideas about the term "Character Building" I'm thinking becoming a better person. You on the other hand seem to be thinking of building a character like Spider Man. Please correct me if I'm wrong or just ignorant.
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  7. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Savant (420) California Mar 22, 2011

    Duck Duck Guava, because after I drank it, I spent 3 hours in a bathroom stall vomitting acid (First experience with Sour Beer). Made me think that cute little duck with devil horns on the Lost Abbey T-shirt wasn't just for kicks....
  8. Who wouldn't like to experience a radioactive spiderbite-like transformation upon drinking a single brew?
  9. luwak

    luwak Savant (405) Arizona Mar 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Your first sour was Duck Duck Guava?!...was Helen of Troy your first girlfriend?
  10. dasenebler

    dasenebler Savant (490) Maine Jan 26, 2008

    Flavor-wise, Celebration Ale is definitely gnarlier than Ruthless Rye. And Celebration was one of those IPAs that totally kicked my ass (and palate) 5+ years ago in the winter of 2007-08. It's one of my most memorable beers, mainly because it taught me to love and respect craft beer.
  11. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (845) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Beer Trader

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  12. Triple Bock.
  13. whatsgoody

    whatsgoody Savant (290) Vermont Nov 16, 2012

    Schlenkerla Urbock is a real game-changer, especially straight from the tap.
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  14. broodog

    broodog Savant (395) Illinois Jul 18, 2009

    First beer I drank after my vasectomy. =)
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  15. Wake and Bake.
  16. Cottzilla

    Cottzilla Savant (310) Ohio Dec 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Jester King: Black Metal

    Thread is closed.:cool:
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  17. The End Of History, but only of you eat the squirrel.
  18. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Savant (355) California Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    The first time I got to try Black Tuesday, my friends who agreed to share it with me had no interest after a taste. I ended up taking on the whole bottle myself. That built some character.

    Similar story happened with a half bottle of Tac Penguin. I couldn't store it because it had already been poured, but half of the people interested initially turned it down after a sip. More character built.

    As I look back, I am starting to feel that there is an inverse correlation between quality of liver function and level of character...
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  19. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    If you're drinking beer to build character, you might be doing it wrong.
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  20. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (565) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    I ain't sure what "hardcore, wicked and gnarly" means.
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  21. bump8628

    bump8628 Advocate (530) Oklahoma Feb 21, 2008

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  22. I like drinking Sucaba when I am developing my characters and power leveling. One time I drank 2 bottles of Sucaba while playing Skyrim and developing my character and I blacked out super bowl steeze, woke up and I was a member of the thieves and mages guild

    I developed the fuck out of my character.
  23. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poobah (1,040) California Nov 29, 2006 Beer Trader

    It looks like you've been enjoying some of those snow-in treats.
  24. LiquidCucumber

    LiquidCucumber Savant (370) Ohio Dec 18, 2009 Subscriber

    Elevator Ghost Scorpion Lager. My favorite because I only know of a select few that can handle more than a sip, and I count myself among them.
  25. MrOH

    MrOH Advocate (550) Maryland Jul 5, 2010

    Dirty Bastard and Eddy Fitz
  26. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (595) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Aecht Scherlenka Beers
    Double Black
    High IBU bitter stuff- the Bastard series, Bigfoot etc.
  27. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Victory Golden Monkey, and Chimay Grande Reserve. In my craft beer infant days those were the gnarliest of the gnarly when all I had enjoy to that point was an American Heff. My how things have changed.
  28. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    Character building beers? I don't get it.
  29. Trying to comprehend the thread title and what the OP is trying to get at. If they are referring to beers that define my character, they would be Jester King Black Metal, Surly Darkness, Furious, any of the De Molen 666 series of beers, and many others...
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  30. Hair on your chest.
  31. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    I wasn't aware drinking held any correlation to my chest hair. My eyes are open now.
  32. What exactly is the point of this thread?

    Whacky label art?
    Big beers like Barleywines, Stock Ales, Strong Ales?
    Beers with odd ingredients?
    Beers with high ABV?
    Imperial anythings?

    Where are we going here?
  33. davey101

    davey101 Champion (860) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Just story telling I think.
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  34. luwak

    luwak Savant (405) Arizona Mar 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    I actually found Samichlaus Dopplebock to be borderline undrinkable the first time i tried it.
    That's a good place to start.

    I'd also say Glacier Brewhouse's Ice Axe is well named: the challenge to drink more than a few ounces feels akin to hiking some horrific mountain trail wherein an ice axe is of more value that your wits.

    Oh and the abominably awful Whisky Aged Storm from Brew Dog...that was like drinking shellac (no not in the way adoring salacious fans of Steve Albini might hope). It takes a lot of swagger to throw this one back.
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  35. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Champion (875) North Carolina May 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Cigar City bourbon barrel aged Big Sound on tap. Probably the most boozy/malty/astringent thing I've ever tasted. I could only bear a few sips as my friend who ordered it struggled for 45 minutes to finish the snifter.
  36. Earthquake 12% tall cans for $.99

    edit: though it is my least favorite
  37. Stone Double Bastard. So much flavor, so much burn.
  38. Iron city
  39. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (725) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I'm right there with you! I'd have to throw in DFH 120min as a close second. Before I got into the world of beer, these were down unpalatable for me.
  40. You got it. Hair on your chest, becoming a better person, having your entire life turned upside down like the fresh prince, they are all hilarious phenomena that may or may not be associated at all with excellent beer... but it can't be entirely coincidental! The character built is most likely often an accident imho
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