Goose Island Black Friday 2012 - sexy details

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  1. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    The only reason I signed up for twitter was this very reason. Lots of breweries, stores, brewpubs, etc. tweet out information regarding limited releases, events, new beers, etc. and it allows all the information to be in one stream which is nice.
     
  2. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois


    That's why i use it. It's way easier to manage than an email list.
     
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  3. dbrs54

    dbrs54 Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I have a pair of tickets to the 6pm tasting. I can no longer attend and am willing to sell them.
     
  4. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Poo-Bah (1,535) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    One last look for trading my 6pm for a 2pm session. I will throw something in for your trouble, send me a message if you are interested, thanks!
     
  5. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    got an email from brown paper tickets about the event:

     
  6. BobCobb

    BobCobb Aspirant (295) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    How have the tastings been?
     
  7. Rizdac

    Rizdac Initiate (80) Dec 5, 2010 Illinois
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    How long are the tastings?
     
  8. smurfbeer

    smurfbeer Initiate (110) Jan 3, 2008 Wisconsin
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    Approximately 75 minutes.
     
  9. dvelcich

    dvelcich Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    He does have a perty mouth.
     
  10. RunningIPA

    RunningIPA Initiate (17) Dec 5, 2010 Illinois

    Fantastic event. Worth every penny.
     
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  11. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

  12. EOTLBrewer

    EOTLBrewer Initiate (196) Dec 18, 2011 Illinois
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    Wow that was a lot of fun
    Someone needs to buy Vav a beer unless there's more leaking barrels
     
  13. moefriedman

    moefriedman Aspirant (210) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    I broke my glass :(
     
  14. burica2020

    burica2020 Aspirant (201) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    That older guy yelling silence in our session was kinda cool and kinda scary.
     
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  15. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    well that sounds like fun... i drank more than my fill of last years coffee out at the bar since i missed out on tickets to the fancy shindig.
     
  16. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Sounds like a good time to start passing out more raffle tickets!
     
  17. EOTLBrewer

    EOTLBrewer Initiate (196) Dec 18, 2011 Illinois
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    That old guy lol, a group of us was crying laughing at him. So serious! I can see his point but comon
     
  18. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    what did the glass end up looking like?
     
  19. billywan

    billywan Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2009 Illinois

    Pretty awesome event. 6 ridiculous beers, friendly people to chat with about the beers, and some tasty snacks. Oddly, Cherry Rye was the highlight for me. But maybe that's only because I've had the others. Tons of coffee taste on the coffee, and yes, a little spice at the end.
    I'd say both Vanilla and Rare benefit GREATLY from warming up a touch. Served super cold at 10 am, it takes away a lot of the flavors. So if any 6 o'clockers are reading this, let 'em warm up.

    All in all, another Goose win on Black Friday. Thanks!
     
  20. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Wow, seriously dude?!?!? Im sorry to hear that, you looked perfectly sober last time I saw you
     
  21. burica2020

    burica2020 Aspirant (201) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Seriously, I thought I saw you grab the sweet placemat, throw it in your bag and walk towards the exit.... Did u leave it in the bar?
     
  22. grynder33

    grynder33 Devotee (422) Jul 31, 2003 Wisconsin
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    Yes the 10am glasses were slightly chilled,but there was plenty of great conversation to let them warm.King Henry was a major hit in our area. Savoring each inhale and slow swallow of Rare was the highlight for my own self
     
  23. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    my opinions that i posted on a different forum. feel free to agree/disagree/tear me apart lisa:

    Vanilla: This was, and is, still far and away the best flavoured BCBS variant. I can't imagine how overpowering the vanilla was fresh, but cellared it's still quite potent and compliments the flavours quite well. This is dessert in a glass, and worth every penny you'll pay for it.

    Cherry Rye: I can't say I was disappointed by this, but it's not going to be worth the insane chase to land one of these. When GI's biggest account on planet Earth gets one case, you know it's going to be hard to land. I don't think it's worth killing yourself over, but if you like cherry stouts it'll be hard to pass this one up. Would be really interested to hear from someone who's had both GI and Bell's BA cherry stouts.

    Coffee 2012: I guess I don't like coffee stouts as much as I thought. I liked 2011 better - the coffee was too strong right now. It's understandable because it's meant for long aging, but it's too much fresh. I'll probably like this a lot in 6-8 months.

    Bramble: I'm of the minority that liked bramble upon release, but holy fuck is it better now. I can't even really describe how or why. I'd just advise that if you're sitting on one, drink it in the next couple months - not that it can't age longer, but that it's very very good right now.

    King Henry: This is every bit as good as I remembered from June. I'd say if you have a bottle, drink it now rather than later - I seriously cannot imagine KH getting any better than it is now.

    Rare: This is the pinnacle of bourbon barrel stouts. I'm honestly going to say I would rather drink King Henry most of the time, but there's a reason this beer has so much acclaim. The bottle I won/bought in the purchase raffle this morning will be saved until my 30th birthday in a year and a half, and I can't imagine it any other way.

    listening to laffler and the barrel wranglers drunk and talking their ears off was awesome. my question to them was "what was your most surprising experiment" and i got some really good answers. i knew they were there collecting a paycheck but i knew that they had fun hanging out, all the same. i feel the same way about my job sometimes.

    on a side note, the barrel aged doppelbock ("elijah") at GI clybourn is outstanding and i highly recommend it.
     
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  24. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    I got some cherry and I remember bells BA cherry from FOBAB pretty well so I'll weigh in when I finally try it in the near future. I can honestly say I liked the Bells and this is coming from a guy who doesn't particularly like cherry stouts.
     
  25. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Thought Cherry Rye, Rare, and Coffee were amazing. King Henry has fallen off in a big way.
     
  26. billywan

    billywan Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2009 Illinois

    For what it's worth, I thought the Bell's was significantly more tart than cherry rye. Also seemed to have blended more, while I thought the flavors in Cherry Rye were all pretty distinct at this point in its life. Might mellow out like Bramble has and blend together more. Whether that's a good thing is up to your taste, but I thought Cherry Rye was great this morning.
     
  27. billywan

    billywan Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2009 Illinois

    This. 10 am-ers didn't get their glasses yet. Any pics?
     
  28. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Our 2009 bombers, BCBS snifters, and a bomber of 2011 Big John to boot...

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    Obviously, we love the glasses. Who wouldn't?
     
  29. BeRanger

    BeRanger Devotee (433) Dec 11, 2011 Michigan
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    Those glasses are sick.
    ISO.
     
  30. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia


    Well shit, those are awesome. They should really make those available for purchase. I'd love to get a hold of one (or four).
     
  31. BobCobb

    BobCobb Aspirant (295) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Whole Foods should be having another tasting soon.

    Are you single?
     
  32. cetherid

    cetherid Devotee (405) Aug 23, 2010 Indiana
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    Was at the 4pm session....other than the loud obnoxious asshole who wouldn't stop talking, it was awesome. Even Laffler stopped talking to basically tell the dude to shut the fuck up.
     
  33. shuajw

    shuajw Aspirant (287) Aug 12, 2007 Georgia

    Do they give those glasses out at those tastings? Sadly I live in Atlanta (originally from Chicago)

    I'm married, does match.com do the tastings?
     
  34. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (451) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Well shit. I can't believe I passed up this event. Those glasses are fucking awesome. ISO
     
  35. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Care to share what he said?
     
  36. boomer31

    boomer31 Devotee (419) Apr 14, 2009 Minnesota
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    I had a great time this morning at the 10 am session. Can't wait to get my glass (in the mail) at some point in the future...hopefully near future.
    I thought KH was great and was the highlight for me followed by Vanilla then Rare. Perhaps the KH stood out among the others JUST because its a barleywine?!? Not so sure about that, but a great beer and drinking great right now. The vanilla was spot on and IF I had a bottle I'd be looking to drink soon. Rare was great and so mellow and so perfectly balanced. A great beer beer no doubt. The cherry and bramble just aren't my thing though the other 4 around me loved it. Coffee was splendid and very coffee forward, much more than I remember the other vintages being. Delicious, though it was 10 am so perhaps I was just craving more coffee.
    An awesome event no doubt! Thanks you GI for putting this on!
     
  37. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    laffler said it was a pomegranate sour (maybe a saison, not a sour, i don't fully recall) that didn't taste like pomegranate at all that they wound up dumping. one of the other brewers mentioned a barrel that they had fucked up filling and wound up only having honey in it with all the various wine barrel kind of bugs. they discovered it and wound up filling with a barleywine of some kind, and he said it was really good. didn't mention a name or anything. sounded awesome though.
     
  38. marcgo2

    marcgo2 Initiate (71) Nov 16, 2010 Illinois
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    Awesome time, best $80 I've spent in a while. KH was my favorite, followed by Rare, Vanilla, Coffee, Cherry Rye, and Bramble.
     
  39. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    If it makes anyone feel any better, my bomber (in brown bag) walked away from the hanger I placed it on right by me under the bar while I was enjoying dinner and discussing the evening's awesomeness.

    On the plus side the 6pm snifters are scheduled to arrive at a later date
     
  40. BobCobb

    BobCobb Aspirant (295) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    That is outrageous. Absolute scumbags.
     
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