Alesmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mmikey8, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aug 2, 2012 California
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    Tickets go on sale April 22nd. I'm not a HUGE fan of reg. Grand Cru, but this one sounds worth seeking out - just wish it didn't break the wallet :eek:

    Barrel Aged Grand Cru is our Belgian-Style Ale that has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer!
     
  2. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Is this the only one releasing this time around? Really hoping they bottle the Vietnamese speedway soon
     
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  3. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Dec 21, 2011 California
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    Finally an Anvil newsletter I wasn't excited about!!! My wallet was relieved.
     
  4. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aug 2, 2012 California
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    Yes, only 1 release this time around :( . I'm hoping Vietnamese gets bottled as well and released SOON! Would be awesome if they are Barrel aging it..
     
  5. heatwaves

    heatwaves Oct 17, 2009 California
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    I really like Grand Cru, but I'm not sure how I feel about the red wine barrels. Seems like an odd choice for the flavor profile of Grand Cru. That being said, I will be buying three.
     
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  6. heatwaves

    heatwaves Oct 17, 2009 California
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    I'm pretty sure that this is racist.
     
  7. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    Anyone able to say what is on at the tasting room presently?
     
  8. Tieman

    Tieman Oct 16, 2007 California

    I'm pretty sure when I stopped in on Sunday they listed a cask of vanilla nut brown getting tapped today.
     
  9. cocoapuph

    cocoapuph Mar 4, 2011 California
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    Also BA Numbskull
     
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  10. kojevergas

    kojevergas Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    I'll be skipping this one meself. Still, I do like to see that Alesmith is playing around with red wine barrel aging. This bodes well for the future.
     
  11. Grant35

    Grant35 Jul 7, 2012 California

    Wait, what?!!! BA numbskull is on tap right now???
     
  12. cocoapuph

    cocoapuph Mar 4, 2011 California
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    From FB today: Nut Brown Ale with Vanilla is on the beer engine today! Plus, we've tapped one more keg of Barrel Aged Old Numbskull to put on tap (tasters only until it's gone), we've got Lactic Lil' Devil back on tap and Wee Heavy is on nitro! All in limited quantities... hurry on by before you miss out!
     
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  13. Grant35

    Grant35 Jul 7, 2012 California

    #drool.
     
  14. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This would be flat out ridiculous. I cant wait for the BA Vietnamese vs BCBCS vs KBS threads.
     
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  15. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Feb 9, 2011 California
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    Please do not insult Speedway variations with comparisons to KBS
     
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  16. JMagee

    JMagee Jan 2, 2013 New York
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    Hey Jack...hey.
     
  17. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    is it weird that when I hear Vietnamese Speedway all I picture is stout with Pho flavors in it? and I am ok with that.

    ok sorry... now back on topic.
     
  18. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    For some reason, they pulled the Lactic Lill' Devil off. Not sure if they ran out or if something else was going on, but since it was around 4:30 that I noticed this I suspect it is the case of the latter. They did put up a new Speedway variant in its place - Speedway with Arabian Mocha Java coffee. I liked this one - strong coffee kick without the lingering bitterness.

    The nitro Wee Heavy sucks, by the way. It's awful. Save yourselves and don't get any. I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and work on it myself.
     
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  19. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    You would be mistaken. It's a glorious creamed coffee aroma and smell.
     
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  20. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    haha ya I know, I also know Pho flavored beer would be weird as hell.... but judging by the reviews it sounds absolutely splendid...
     
  21. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Anyone got a link? Brown paper tickets I assume?
     
  22. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    ISO: Growler of Vietnamese Speedway (if its still on tap)
     
  23. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    Is it so difficult to follow a Facebook page? This isn't exactly secret information.
     
  24. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Nov 29, 2006 California
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    But how are the flavor and the taste?
     
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  25. MikeTen

    MikeTen Apr 3, 2009 California

    Like pho, obviously.

    Barrel-aged Grand Cru, pass. What a meh beer. It's going to taste infected like BA Decadence 08.
     
  26. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    A) I rarely use Facebook
    B) Vietnamese speedway hasn't been mentioned by them on Facebook since March 12
    C) I apologize if my post bugged you. Seriously
     
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  27. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    B: There is a reason for that - it isn't up. And usually when it is up, it is only for 4 oz. tasters because it is a pin keg. Very seldom they allow "grumbler" fills, but I've never ever seen them fill growlers of it. Think you'll need to wait for the bottle release.

    C: I wasn't bugged. I was incredulous that information that is readily available wasn't being heeded. Even if it wasn't clear, all you'd have to do is ask on their page.
     
  28. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    :eek:
     
  29. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Jan 4, 2013 California
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    FIGHT! FIGHT!!
     
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  30. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    Sorry, it wasn't that at all. Just me being snarky.
     
  31. PG2G

    PG2G Dec 26, 2011 California
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    I actually got a grumbler of Vietnamese Speedway in Feb when I went down to pick up my Kopi Luwak and BA Old Knumbskull.
     
  32. vacax

    vacax Jun 3, 2008 California
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    Interesting thought, the last bottle of that I had was absolutely incredible. I may have to buy these.
     
  33. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Feb 14, 2011 California
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    I have an extra BAkopi speedway stout. If someone in San Diego has an extra 2010 or 2011 Black Tuesday I would be willing to do an in person trade. If its 2011 I would need an extra bonus like a package of pop rocks or a burnt copy of Tyler the creator's Goblin cd
     
  34. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Someone fall on this grenade and report back please.
     
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  35. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    You don't see this ending well, eh?

    They are having the release party this coming Sunday. You could go by for a taster and limit your exposure. I suspect the keg will probably not be kicked and will still be around the following Tuesday, but I've been wrong before when assuming stuff like that.
     
  36. heatwaves

    heatwaves Oct 17, 2009 California
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    For the amount of quality beers that Alesmith churns out, it's puzzling that this one isn't being given the benefit of the doubt before anyone has actually tasted it.
     
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  37. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    It's still available for sale.
     
  38. Big_V

    Big_V Nov 30, 2012 Maryland
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    One of my favorite brewery. Difficult to get from east coast. :(
     
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