2 at 5% or 1 at 10%

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  1. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (527) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Thread without poll < Thread with poll
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  2. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    Post with good point > Post without :slight_smile:
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  3. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Two at 5% or even 3 at 3.4% every time.I never lose track of the fact that beer is a drink.It's one where the law of diminishing returns sets in with a vengeance.Even using the same ingredients a 10% beer won't have twice the flavour of a 5% one.By selection of ingredients the difference is even less.I can name from the top of my head two well known beers approaching 10% with less flavour than some of half the strength.
    But it isn't all about flavour anyway, it's about enjoyment.If your view of enjoying beer is sitting at home with a tiny 12 ounce bottle then good luck.If ir's about drinking in company in congenial surroundings then something more accessible is required.I don't want to be blown away, I want to be gently seduced.I want each mouthful to be better than the one before, not numbing to the palate.I want to go back for another and another after that.
    An analogy. I have a big, modern state of the art car which is frighteningly capable. One of my other cars is a 40 year old two seater with 40 year old performance, handling and braking, all woefully inferior to my new car.No contest then.Except that the old one is more fun and more rewarding to drive.I can use all its performance and drive it to the limit. I have to actually be able to drive rather than operate the controls.
    Back to beer, I want to drink it, be able to fully explore it and have lots of it.
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  4. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    2 @ 20
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  5. ColinStClaire

    ColinStClaire Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Washington

    This is me too. It depends on what I want. I almost never drink 5% beers, only because the beers I like are usually 6%-10%. I'll pay attention if I have to drive though.
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  6. taez555

    taez555 Poo-Bah (1,588) Dec 9, 2002 Massachusetts

    Why would anyone want to drink 2 light beers?
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  7. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Depends on the style and brewer...Went to the Grand Canyon earlier in '12 w/friends we ate @ a restaurant there, hot day everyone's going w/H2O or lighter beers due to the heat, I ordered 2 Starry Night stouts from Grand Canyon Brewing. Good stuff, no regrets, great choice heat be damned.:sunglasses:
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  8. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    But all those extra calories:rolling_eyes: Lol it's like a person @ a buffet ordering a diet soda, REALLY?!
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  9. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Initiate (106) Sep 20, 2012 California
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    10%. If I wanted to simply drink more liquid I'll have another.
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  10. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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  11. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I think the answer depends. If I'm at home or we're going out to dinner, I'll take the stronger beer. If I'm hanging out with friends or watching a game I'd take the two 5% only because I tend to drink more when I'm in a group of people.

    Back in August I learned this lesson the hard way. We had our fantasy football draft and for some reason I brought over Heady Topper. It is very easy to forget that Heady comes in 16 ounce cans and is 8%. Every time someone asked if anyone needed a refill, I would raise my hand like everyone else. 6 cans later, I fell asleep on the floor during the last round. They ended up giving me Mark Sanchez.
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  12. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,045) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Came here to post 3 at 3.33%. This post expresses my feelings...with a slightly different but perhaps analogous car analogy. I just returned this past week from Germany where I got a great deal on a rental car (BMW 330). On various trips down the Autobahn I was passed by a U.S. muscle car, a Maserati, and a blacked out Bentley. Thought to myself each time that I'll take the smooth, steady precision of the BMW over any of these over-the-top, "look-at-me" autos. Same applies for me with beer: I'll settle in with the lower ABV, subtly precise beers every time before being distracted by the flash of the new and extreme.
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  13. BMitch

    BMitch Initiate (170) Jul 10, 2012 Virginia
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    What I was going to say. Most of my favorite beers typically fall in that % range, and usually closer to the 10% side of it.
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  14. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Aspirant (259) Feb 14, 2011 California
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    I think your making the rules of drinking beer a little complicated than you should be.
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  15. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (389) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    The way this question is posed assumes that the big beer I'm drinking has come in a 12 oz format, when in practice most of the 10% ABVs in my life are only available as bombers, so the question would come down to whether I prefer two 5% beers or close to two 10% beers.

    Regardless, I typically favor the lower over the higher ABVs because I like knocking back a variety of brews in any given session and by nature I suppose I'm more of a quaffer than a sipper.
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  16. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Somewhat related, and for the record I choose whatever I'm in the mood for, but I noticed that I can pretty much drink a 10% as fast as a 5%, which is scary. If the flavor is really good, I drink fast.
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  17. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,441) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I would rather drink 6 or 7 at approx. 7.5% abv., the range within which 80% of my favorites fall.
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  18. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    2 at 5% every time
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  19. chuft

    chuft Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 Florida

    I dislike bitterness so I have a hard time finding low alcohol beers that have enough flavor for me. I have ended up drinking sweet stouts, wee heavies and strong Belgians and quads almost exclusively. Sweet stouts/vanilla porter usually weigh in around 5% or 6%, but everything else is north of there, often way north. If I could only drink one type of beer (or one beer a day) it would be Unibroue strong Belgians. I am always on the lookout for lower alcohol/calorie beers since having just one beer makes me sad, but they are hard to find (sweet stouts are not known for their low calories).
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  20. dcgunman

    dcgunman Crusader (748) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    2 @ 5. or 4 @ 5. 6 @ 5?
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  21. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    I love drinking with bear lovers...but ursinologists are even better.
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  22. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    I agree with W.C Fields.
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  23. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (226) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    It all depends on what tastes better. ABV is never really a factor, nor social setting. Each beers have their place and if you're going to drink a 10% beer like a session, changes are that you're not really enjoying it anyways.
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  24. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    5% beers are light? That's news to me....
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  25. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    What about two 40 year old women vs. one 20 year old? I think I would still go for the one 20 year old personally. Same applies to beer. Quality = Age ≠ ABV
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  26. ASUBeer

    ASUBeer Aspirant (212) Nov 4, 2011 North Carolina
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    If the 5% are Cantillon then ill take two all day long.
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  27. DaKur

    DaKur Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    No matter what 2 girls are going to be better than 1.
    It all depends on my own mood when it comes to beer though. The social situation dont really make a difference for me.
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  28. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    My point exactly.
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  29. RickS95

    RickS95 Poo-Bah (1,515) Mar 19, 2004 Indiana

    I'll go for the one at 10. On the weekends, I like to knock back about 20% total and I'd rather do it in a bomber rather than 48 ounces.
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  30. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

    It depends on my work schedule. If I'm working in the evening (2nd shift) and having beers for dinner I will limit myself to <4 5%'ers. If I work the day shift and have beer for lunch I try to limit myself to 2 imperials. It also depends on what surgeries are scheduled and if the Chief of Medicine is attending.

    If I'm scheduled for ER Duty it's no holds barred on 10% because they usually don't have insurance anyway.
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  31. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (521) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    So should I expect to see you in Provincetown this summer?
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  32. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Some of the higher alcohol beers dont taste more alcoholic than the lighter beers and go down like water. Ive been having trouble handling my alcohol lately, due to less frequent drinking. I prefer the higher alcohol beer but must I say this means I must exercise caution!
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  33. Doppelbockulus

    Doppelbockulus Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Florida

    A large portion of my stash of beer is 7% or more, and most of the time I split that with my roommate or another good friend of mine, TKEbeerman. It's a mix of anything between 11.2 oz and 750mL. Once beer gets opened, it's not unusual to go through three or more bottles. I suppose on the occasion when I'm the only one home watching TV or something I'll do two 10% or less beers, 12 ounces a piece.
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  34. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    Who said anything about a bar. He said at a social setting. A party or gathering at a private residence is a social setting. Maybe you don't have any friends. I've had Black Tuesday served at social settings.

    for the thread...
    whichever... there are plenty of 5% brews I enjoy quite a bit, but I don't any 5% stouts that I enjoy at all. A 5% 'stout' is an oxymoron to me.
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  35. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    2 at 5% before the 1 at 10%
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  36. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    I think it depends on if i am actually trying to get drunk or if i am just lounging around drinking. If i am starting the night and trying to get my night in order, itll be things 8 and above every time.
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  37. GrandpaGeorg

    GrandpaGeorg Champion (870) Oct 9, 2004 Maryland

    Definintely a 2 @ 5% guy. Sorry. I know. Lightweight.
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  38. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Depends which brew it is, which bottles I happen to pick up, and what I am in the mood for. If I am hoping to get nice and ham ham, I'll easily crush a couple of fancy high abv bombers. Tonight, it is a chill Sunday, and I'm kicking back with a 22 of #9 to start my process of self-lubricating. Delectable!
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  39. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    2 @ 5% of I'm going out, 1 @ 10% if I'm relaxing at home.
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  40. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Aspirant (215) Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    Oops. I am from Chicago, though, so I'd rather drink with a Bear lover than a Packer lover : )
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