New Beer Sunday (week 583)

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  1. NotAlcoholicJustAHobby

    NotAlcoholicJustAHobby Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2015 Vermont

    My second NBS beer is this offering from the maker's of my favorite hefe.


    Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier

    Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
    Kellerbier / Zwickelbier / 5.60% ABV

    3.99/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.99
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    L-A cautious pour reveals a golden colored beer with a fluffy 3/4 white head. The beer is clearer that what I'd expected given it's unfiltered nature. Apparently they centrifuge it which is technically not filtering I guess.
    S- Initially I caught a whiff of sulfur upon pouring. This is not out of character for the style however. This is quickly overcome by the bready malts with an almost sweet/spicy finish from the hops.
    T- The flavor is what you would expect of a lager. Malts first and foremost with enough spicy/herbal hop flavor to balance out the sweetness. No DMS in the flavor that i could detect.
    F-Prickly carbonation leads to the mouthfeel being light, crisp, and dry.
    O- Other than the clarity being somewhat higher than I expected, the beer is on point with the style. It's well executed and easy to drink. I can see myself bringing this to a get together and sharing with non craft drinkers or enjoying the whole six pack myself. Another great beer from these guys.
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  2. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (4,415) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Greetings, fellow NBSers, and thanks to @utopiajane for getting us underway,

    I'm currently about 150 miles from home visiting with the parentals. My brother came in from the coast with his 6yr old, and we all just came back from a brunch. It's a sunny day in south-central Washington state, but very breezy, putting a bite in things.
    Not sure I'll get in a beer today, new or otherwise, but earlier in the week I had myself a tasty east coast IPA, courtesy of @SammyJaxxx:
    Really dug this beer!
    I've still got a bunch of beers from @Ri0 that he sent me for the NBS BIF # 3, but at this point what's left are some fairly robust beers, so I think they should be safe until next week. I think I may have to hit some lighter beers from @SammyJaxxx during this coming week, though, along with a couple IPAs I picked up on Wednesday that I foolishly thought I could fit into my last box to @newjack.

  3. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,569) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    At the risk of sounding repetitive, I would like to echo all the praise being heaped on the informative posts right out of the gate. I love seeing stuff like that and you can bet that I will be scrutinizing the color and malt bill of my Pilsners from now on, @utopiajane.

    It is a nice, springy day here. It looks beautiful but it is actually cold and windy out. I might be working “in” my “garden” later on (no, that is not a euphemism for anything, it is a jab at my gardening/garden), but we'll see.


    For my new beer today I am having a can of Green from Treehouse, courtesy of a kick-ass trade with a great guy (you know who you are) that has had me swimming in hops for the last couple weeks. I like these guys' beers a lot based on the few I have had from them. The really juicy ones are insanely good and interesting, but the flavors in general don't quite jive with the oomph in flavor that I want in an IPA. I would never turn one down, but they never address every thing I want from a hoppy beer (read: sappiness). Just based on the name and the blurb on the can, I am especailly anxious to see about this one.


    It pours cloudy peach-colored with a couple fingers of solid, creamy, big-bubbled head that is always there and beautiful sheets of lacing. The aroma is of orange creamsicle, dank hops, juniper, tart/crisp citrus, and a touch of biscuity malt in the background. The flavor is... Wow! The flavor is nice and layered with an initial wave of hearty, earthy resin that soon becomes light, tart citrus before dulling to a lingering, green humm of hop essence. It is medium bodied with a slight creaminess and prickly light carbonation. This beer is extrememly drinkable, but I almost feel like the hoppiness of it is hidden like some beers would hide alcohol. It seems to grow as I drink it. A layered, well-made beer that showcases the fruity and dank sides of our lupulin friends. Though this one puts the fruit on the back burner a little compared to Julius or Alter Ego. Might be my new favorite from them.

    Obligatory lace porn:

    Anyway, enough rambling. I hope everybody has a nice Sunday and enjoys their beers!:grinning::sunglasses:


    Actual review here (4.55 on the BA-generated score).
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  4. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,817) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I should add more info. The last time I found their kolsch and it wasn't relatively ancient, it was a single... and I'm vaguely remembering that it was from the fall of 2015 - I could be wrong. I had this beer maybe a month or so ago. It was still delicious and (for me) a more pleasing beer than the fresher and more local "kolsch" beers available to me. Despite using the Gaffel yeast, it's more dry white wine-ish than Gaffel's imported delicious but bitter kolsch. If I saw the sixpack you mentioned, I would have purchased it, but it goes without saying that your impressions could have varied tremendously. Let me add that the single I bought was refrigerated, and the sixer at the Claymont Total Wine probably wasn't.
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  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,569) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    The second picture makes me feel bad for pressing like based on your pictures.
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  6. Junkforadam

    Junkforadam Initiate (146) Jan 12, 2015 Oklahoma

    Fathead's Hop JuJu, brewing an amber ale for the kegerator!
  7. HectorB

    HectorB Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2013 New York

    Hello NBS!

    My new beer today is Tallgrass's Pub Ale, Original 2007 Formula. This beer is listed on BA as an English Pale Mild Ale, but the brewer's website calls it an English Brown Ale (

    In any case, it pours a dark, semi-clear reddish brown from a 16 oz can into a shaker pint glass. Three fingers of off-white foam.

    The nose is a whiff of sweet bready malt. The flavor is mild but complex, with malt, nuts, breadiness, and maybe just a bit of dark fruit. A kiss of hop bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and nice but lighter than most brown ales. Low ABV at 4.4.

    The ticker in me was delighted to find an English pale mild, since I haven't tried this style, but I'm wondering if it's really an English Brown (since that's what the brewer calls it) or perhaps an English Dark Mild, since it is, well, dark. In any case, an enjoyable beer.

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  8. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,817) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    What's that glass?
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,824) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yup, it was not refrigerated. The Claymont store does have a number of beer refrigerators but I would guess that it can only contain a very small portion (e.g., less than 5%) of their beer stock (6-packs).


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  10. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Meyvn (1,316) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    Happy Sunday nbs players. Sunny, but with a turn to cooler spring weather here on the island. A pretty lazy Sunday for myself so far. Walked down to the deli and grabbed a sandwich, now I'm couching it and watching the mets game. Keeping things on the lighter side to start as I've been informed that I will be heading out for a bit this afternoon.

    My first new beer today is Tale of the Shony, Scottish ale, from Church Street brewing in Illinois. The brew comes in at 5.1%, 32 ibu, and not apparent bottle date.

    A dark amber pour with hazy clarity, lots of carbonation, and a fast tan head. The nose is on the lesser side with malt, caramel, and sugar sweetness. The drinking starts smooth and heavy on the malt. The beer has good flow that finishes crisp, and clean. Pretty good scotch flavor notes along with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The mouth feel is on the lighter side, and it really walks the line of being watery but it seems to manage to hold up just enough.

    Overall, an interesting take on a sessionable side of the style and better than I had expected it to be. I'm right around a 3.5 or slightly lower.
  11. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,128) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    Grüss Gott NBS crew!

    I know I'm a day late celebrating the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot but I've had a lot of business with the Duvel lately.

    A little tooting of my horn on this sunny Ohio afternoon. Sunny blue skies remind me of... love for Bavaria and all things Bavarian. This love runs deep. Back in another life, vacation travels took me there annually for 3-4 weeks for many years to a small Bavarian town not far from the Austrian border.
    Once there, I sojourned out daily (weather permitting) on an old-lady bike with watercolors, chair, various gear, and lunch in tow. Spending most days painting, sketching, contemplating and baking under blue and white Bavarian skies. A magical countryside of pristine farms, farmers, deer, coo-coo birds, giant rabbits, hedgehogs, game birds, predator birds, a couple boar, and more.

    bei Hartkirchen

    After a few years of this, I discovered that some of the farmers concluded that I must be a wandering Turkish gypsy that harmlessly showed up every summer sketching near (or in) their fields. I always kind of liked that storyline.

    Könige Wiese

    Spent many nights drinking and eating with Bavarian friends at the local shooting club. They eventually made me an honorary member. The respect they had for Bavarian beer and Bavarian tradition was deep and sincere. Gerhard, Franz, Alfonz, Anton, Marcus, Josef, Elisabeth, Maria, Karen, Monika, Gabby. I could write a book on my many simple cultural experiences that took place in this beautiful corner of the universe.

    For now, I'll drink to the tradition and happy memories of Bayern. "Die Farben Seines Himmels, Weiß und Blau."

    und das Bier heute:


    Drinking a Bavarian beer for me involves far more than its consumption. This excellent beer tastes particularly good from this vessel. Aroma is fresh and the taste is delicate, complex, smooth, yeasty and yet...ridiculously drinkable. The 5.6 ABV is a green light to drink more than a couple of these...and more contemplation of all things Bavarian.


    Great posts today! Thanks for indulging my stroll down a memory lane.
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  12. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,569) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    It is a glass from a new brewery here in Montréal called MaBrasserie. They are a "Brewing Co-Op," so they are a basically group of brewers who brews their individual beers (for their brewpubs) as well as contract beers and a house brand. The house xPAs are called Tribale. They are based on Algonquin monsters. This one is for the IIPA. It is a Wendigo. Thanks for asking, because it took me to this wiki article, which is pretty interesting. Also, if you're interested, the google images has much creepier illustrations than the one on the glass.
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  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,569) Mar 7, 2013 Canada (QC)
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    Gorgeous stein!!!
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  14. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,128) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    Thanks! I hand carried it (with some antlers) on one flight back from Munich 20 or so years ago. No way that happens today. Especially the antlers.
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  15. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Poo-Bah (1,983) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    New BA Farmhouse Pale Ale Sunday.

    Greetings NBS! It's pleasant and sunny here today at the Jersey Shore, a real Spring day. It's NBS and a busy Sunday also. It started with a very early morning run, then golf, some lunch and a new brew. Next is some family good stuff with a real beer. The funky and dry Farmhouse ale that I just finished didn't quite measure up and I'm not convinced that it was born a pale ale. What do I know? Here's the review:

    And the pic...

    Oh, and that run, even the roosters complained that it was too early.:wink:

    All the best!
  16. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,128) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    Enjoyed all of that. Especially the part about "gushed on like a proud grandma".
    Might need to borrow that one sometime. :slight_smile:
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  17. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Those are lovely! Thank you for showing them :grinning:
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  18. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,819) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Thanks to @utopiajane for the spectacular kick off! Maria's gonna teach stuff. informative and enjoyable right out the gate!

    The kingdom is celebrating absolutely fabulous weather today. Major cleaning in the kitchen followed by planting of culinary herbs, kale, and a little yard cleaning. As little as possible on that last bit... The queen seems pleased that some effort has been made, so I will rjoice and be glad!

    Lunch today is a leftover sandwich from an awesome local Italian deli. We have all this beer around, so why not drink some?

    Found week old Captain's Daughter at a bottle shop yesterday. This is a little unusual, as most times it is sold out by Saturday since the tell me it drops mid week. Lets see what all the fuss is about with this brew. It pours a medium hazy goldish yellow color with a think two finger, creamy head. Nice persistence, and some significant lacing. The aroma smacks you immediately with a massive citrus blend. While it is mostly grapefruit, there is some tangerine and orange. From the tropics, nice notes of mango, passionfruit, papaya, maybe a little pineapple. Some apricot or peach comes through, but it is struggling to get a vote. There is earthiness that I can best describe as oily. And I havent even tasted this stuff yet...yikes.

    The taste is like a swarm of citrus, tropical, floral/grassy, earthy, resinous. It is ALL in there, and while I wouldn't say it is an harmonious beer, it is moderately well-controlled mayhem. The bitter at the back of the taste is substantial and cleans things up just a little bit, but not much. The beer feels thick and creamy without being isnt light, but it isnt overwhelming either. I am not finding any malt, and I almost wish there was some sweetness...almost...

    I know there has been some issue with variation in this beer, but the three more I have are hopefully as fine as the one I am enjoying right now. I am diggin' this beer and would certainly purchase it again. Feeling this coming in around the 4.2-ish neighborhood, maybe higher. Mentally, I am trying to not make comparisons because this beer is its own thing. It reminds me of Lunch, Heady, even Ruination, but it is no copycat in my opinion.

    The missus enjoyed a new beer too...Two Roads Road Jam Raspberry Wheat. I have to take her word...I cant taste anything in it at the moment. She says it isnt too sweet, has nice lemony notes, but the raspberry isnt as fruity/fresh as her beloved Rubaeus.

    Cheers all, hopefully I have a contribution for LNNBS...
  19. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    New Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Sunday (week 583)

    Greetings fellow NBSers from on the ridge in Mid Hud Val, NY. Gorgeous day that got off to a perfect cool start, and now has peaked to a wonderfully sunny just right high 60's Spring Day. Yum. Very busy day at work, ran out of room in electronics and it had the domino effect of snarling traffic at all the other stations. Hard to be in two places at once, impossible to be at three. Stayed half hour late catching up, dreaming of this beer the wold time.

    More big thanks due our own @kemoarps for yet another stupendous offering from Washington State, specifically Black Raven Brewery. It is a Barrel Aged Scotch ale, but if it had been called an English Barleywine I wouldn't have argued. Some decent alcohol spice, not unexpectedly considering its almost 11% ABV, surrounds a complex and yummy panoply of bright flavors that burst upon palate with pleasing persistence. The whole story can be read here in my review.

    Hope you also have a Great American Beer in your glass. Cheers!
  20. mickyge

    mickyge Poo-Bah (2,122) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    First time having this and only the 2nd beer I've ever had from Avery. Dark color and thin head, smelled like roasted nuts and chocolate. The taste was toasty and chocolate, think Nutella. It was a bit thin almost porter like and had an alcohol finish. Is that a trait of Avery beers? It wasn't a bad stout I'd give it about a 3.75, it was easy to drink.
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  21. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    New Just Peachy Sunday (read in Morgan Freeman's voice for more enjoyment)
    Thanks again to @2beerdogs for this one
    4.4/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

    Poured from a 2015 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass. It is a beautiful glowing cloudy deep orange. The carbonation produced a fizzy off-white head that immediately dissipated into a fine soapy ring that settles back into the beer.

    It smells tart, acidic, yeasty, and fruity. Apricot/peaches and some subtle spice.

    The flavors really don't stray much. It is sour and spicy initially, then a very strong ripe peach settles in and lingers forever like you grabbed one of the tree and took a big bite out of it, rind and all. There is some wood and apple cider vinegar, and a distinct musty aftertaste is also noticeable.

    Carbonation is prickly and it has a bit of a lip smacking finish.

    A fantastic beer. I am a big fan of peaches and this doesn't disappoint with tons of fresh peach flavor front and center.

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  22. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (4,553) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    That is AWESOME. I went to the first game at "The Cov" back in 1988 (took my then 10-year-old brother - he's been locked in as a big-time baseball fan ever since), and over the years, I've taken Little O and Mrs. O, nieces and brother's-in-law, mother's- and father's-in-law, customers and their family's, and friends to games there. Probably been to 25 games there, but the last one was ..... late 90's? Need to get back.
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  23. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Very interested in trying this. I love seeing Prohibition/post/pre era recipes being resurrected
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  24. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    This is one of the best tasting/value BB stouts out there.
  25. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,875) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Hey NBS people. A buddy of mine Hooke me up with this hybrid style beer from Departed Soles from Jersey City. First beer from them. Philoso-rapper, a Belgian Tripel/blonde.


    Pours a pretty amber color. Smells of those fruity esters that a lot of Belgian beers have going on. Tastes the same, but with the blonde aspect the Belgian bananas and cloves is somewhat muted, with more of a light fruity aspect coming forward. Very creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable beer for the 8% ABV. Overall not a great beer but an enjoyable one on this sweet Sunday afternoon.


  26. CanadianBacon

    CanadianBacon Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2015 Canada (QC)

    Well guys its been a busy week here, I've been back and forth to Ontario a few times, and started posting video's on my youtube, Beer review channel, Beyond The Suds! Beer Reviews. My first video sucked but I think I'm getting a lot better and my 5th video of this beer should be up in 2 hours or so. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! subscribe! Rate! and Like! or dislike (truth is I'm doing it for fun so Dislikes work to!). Anyways so on to the beer.

    This is brett Zeste Saison by Le Castor Brewing Co. or Rigaud Quebec. and it is an absolutely fantastic Brett Sasion! I'll let my review do the talking though cheers!
    4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    Appearance - this beer pours an extremely cloudy golden color with 2 and a half fingers of foamy head, The head took a while to fade down and still sits at half a finger.

    Aroma - Brett funk, bubble gum, Orange peel, Melon, mango, grainy malts, coriander fresh brown bread!

    Taste - Again beautiful brett funk like bubblegum followed by a nice fruity bomb. orange peel bitterness, mango, melon, some grainy malts, leafy hops, and fresh brown bread.

    Feel - Light medium body, carbonation inbetween velvety and creamy but quite refreshing!

    Overall - Another fantastic summertime beer. I'm finding a lot of these lately. Truth is I'm partial to a good brett beer but this is really fantastic. The flavors and aromas mesh well the feel fits it perfect. Wow!

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  27. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (3,001) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Hello, NBS! My plan is to spend the rest of the afternoon planting. I really do love this time of year, when all of the gardening plans are made and set in motion, hopefully correcting for all of the mistakes from years gone by. Hope 'springs' eternal, as they say :wink:...and then it all turns to crap come the dog days of August :slight_frown:. Battling the deer and rabbits have been my biggest problem so far, but the begonias and sedums have been my greatest ally the past year or two, so I am really counting on them for a winning season! :sunglasses:

    Accompanying me on this fine day is a Classic American Pilsner by Beach Haus-
    I did take a practice run with it yesterday, but it was served at garage temp and drank straight from the bottle. As a result I put the remaining bottles in the 'food fridge' to get nice and cold, and this is really my first serious attempt with the brew.

    The Classic American Pilsner is one of those styles resurrected by homebrewers and beer historians. It was an intermediary of sorts, developed at a time before there was such a thing as an AAL (which eventually came to dominate). These beers are hopped at true 'Pilsner' levels, and do feature corn as a part of the grist. The reason for this is to serve as a nitrogen diluent, and that just means that the native 6-row barley that the German-born brewers had to deal with has a protein content too high and not suitable to brewing the fine lagers that they wanted to make. Those proteins will affect clarity, stability, head retention and mouthfeel. Corn provides fermentables without any proteins, so it is a natural way to overcome the obstacle set by the American barley.

    You don't see too many of these available commercially, so I'm pretty inclined to grab one as soon as I see it. But just how does Beach Haus stack up, anyway?

    I guess the best way I can put it is to say it's growing on me. There is an overall coarseness/roughness here that makes for a bit of a bumpy ride- both in terms of bitterness (which is pretty damn high for the style, plus it's not what you'd call a 'clean' bitterness). The aroma is both hoppy and grainy- the hops provide grassiness as well as lemon zest- with a noticeable corny undercurrent. The palate takes those elements and amplifies them, with the corn and bitter lemon peel vying for dominance.

    Mouthfeel is interesting. As you can see from the photo, this isn't exactly a clear beer, which sure looks like a protein haze; the mouthfeel is the same way. I'd have to give it a few knocks for not being as crisp and clean as I'd expect, and just a bit too husky. The malt flavor is right where you'd want it, though, with a sweet-ish bready quality that ultimately finishes dry; this does provide a nice counterpoint to the serious bitterness that seems to be getting some distortion from a minerally water quality.

    The bottom line is that it's not all 'dialed in', which kind of counts a lot if you want to make styles of beer like this. They do hit a lot of the right notes, and by mid-glass I'm getting accustomed to the bitterness, so the remainder of the sixer will be enjoyed on its own terms. But I also see a missed opportunity here, which is a bit of a shame. B for effort (3.4).

    Cheers, all, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
  28. garymuchow

    garymuchow Poo-Bah (3,566) Aug 31, 2001 Minnesota

    NEW RIS Sunday
    Greetings NBSers,
    Drippy feel here in SCMN with some warmth. Storms later, supposedly. That's okay as we could use some rain.
    Thanks for @utopiajane providing her typically informative and celebratory introduction.
    Still working through the joyous selection of beers from @cjgiant with a RIS from Lickinghole Creek Brewery in Virginia.
    This is a solid version. Still a little fresh having been bottled in 2015. Nice complexity and an extended bitterness on the finish that fades out nicely. Good soft feel too.
    Best to all this week
  29. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Grüss Gott

    My time (but I'm not an artist) was mostly in Austria (in the Vorarlburg or in Vienna) so I feel some of your nostalgia. If all goes well this year there's a chance for a temporary return to the Vorarlburg. :sunglasses:
    #69 drtth, Apr 24, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
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  30. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Aspirant (233) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    Local Virginia brewery, really just started distro. Mango ipa. Might be overly mango for me. Probably won't do it again for the price.

  31. smanson56

    smanson56 Crusader (793) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire

    Good afternoon to all the NBS followers and thanks to Maria for the great send off as usual this morning. I've had a busy weekend here in central NH as we are doing a rather large expansion on the deck in the back of the house I've completed the framing and the decking and am in the process of installing the new railings at this point but decided I'd had enough for today and am going to relax a little. I did take time out earlier to get the smoker started and loaded a couple of racks of baby back ribs in for dinner tonight.
    I hope to return with some after pics when they are finished.
    Now on to my beer for this NBS and that is Single Speed IPL from Moat Mountain Brewing Co.
    This beer poured a darker orangey red color into my glass. A thin white formed on the top and disappeared quickly leaving just some white lacing around the edge. The nose is soft some aromas of the bready yeast and some overtones from the hops. The taste follows the nose with the bready taste I kind of expected from this style beer. The hops are mild but do come through. The mouth feel is smooth nice carbonation and clean. In all this is a solid beer for the style that they are trying to put out. I think they may be a little behind some of the others that are making this style beer. I would drink this beer again but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up.
    Hopefully time will allow me to get back later on with another new beer.
  32. LeperJim

    LeperJim Meyvn (1,128) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    And enjoy fresh local bier! Hope to go back someday as well.
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  33. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,422) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Saw him in DC in 2004 on that tour... great friggin show..
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  34. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    This brew pours a clear straw color with a small white head and light lacing. Low carbonation.

    The smell blends together wheat, malt and hops very well. The wheat and the malt dominate, the hops are light but definitely present.

    The taste follows the nose with wheat and bready malt on the front and then a light hop finish. The feel and finish are a little oily due to the hops; overall, this is a nice lightly hopped wheat beer.
  35. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,422) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Hey what's going on?!?

    Man what a gorgeous day today. Had some regular beers while getting the lawn and yard work done. My hop vines are SPROUTING!! oh man it's actually working! pics to come later when they get bigger.

    But with that said, too much of a nice day to spend drinking all indoors in front of the PC today. But got some new ones in before some friends come over... gonna grill some burgers...

    Hope you are all doing well... my home team one TWICE this weekend.. (but also lost hint hint) but it's the end result that matters so I am happy clam..

    Time to dig into some goodies... what is new for our hero..?

    Slow As Molasses | Cigar City Brewing

    Cigar City Brewing / Swamp Head - Slow As Molasses
    by imbibehour, on Flickr


    Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled October 21st 2015.

    A big deep peach orange, solid and opaque body. Settles with a simple collar of tan to white color. Still looking, barely a bit of a top on the brew, but a neat body color I must admit.

    Real intense nose. Sticky molasses almost getting into toffee richness with a real nice fruit sweetness. Sticky quality gives a very orange marmalade and peach taffy like quality. Hints of resin as well. Very fascinating aroma, nearly jammy and opening up a jar of preserves.

    Palate takes a bit more simpler sense. Lighter body, almost chalky aftertaste and feel but goes for quick sap and tight resin feeling on the palate. Mid palate is very fruity, hints of peach, marmalade, candied orange and light sugars. A great mixing light toffee malt and American/English hybrid Barleywine hop like presence that permeates as well. Fleeting aftertaste slightly. Candied fruit and jelly.

    A real neat old ale, looks American, tastes English, but is all a real neat unique creation.

    look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 | BA Generated Score: 4.24


    Cheers to you all!
  36. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,858) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Hi everyone. And thanks, Maria, for your introduction this morning. It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in northern New Jersey with mild temperatures and a little breeze tickling the wind chimes. A perfect afternoon for a Saison al fresco. This is Blackberry Farm Classic Saison from Tennessee. I had heard excellent reports about it and had to resort to BeerMenus to find it. It was worth the effort. The head looks like gelato. I compare American Saisons to Hennepin and this one is very good. Here's my review. Enjoy your new beers this Sunday. I enjoy reading your reviews and getting new ideas from you.

    4.14/5 rDev +1%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

    Poured from cork and cage bottle into tulip glass. It opens like a champagne bottle, fairly exploding, and pours a hazy golden straw color with an enormous, foamy, snow-white head that looks like gelato, and extensive lacing. To pour a full glass, I had to pour it several times and wait for the head to dissipate. It smells of yeast, lemon peel, and spicy hops. The taste features lots of lemon, Belgian yeast, and really nice, balanced spices. It is tart, crisp, and finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. This ale is fairly light in body, and really well-carbonated. With a moderate ABV of 6%, it is easy to drink. Overall, this is a well-crafted and delightful Saison, ideal for sipping outdoors a lovely Spring day.
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    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,858) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Thanks for your review, @Ri0. Perhaps only in 'Merica could someone produce an Imperial Weizenbock. If I can find this one, I'm going to try it!
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    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,150) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Been sitting on this one for a couple of months:
    Karbach Bourbon Barrel-aged Hellfighter with Chocolate

    The review:
    4.07 (-2.9% rDev)

    I've had the base beer Hellfighter many times and BBH many times, and this BBH with chocolate tastes almost no different from regular BBH. In fact, it's more earthy and less chocolatey. :confused: It's not terrible ... lots of good bourbon flavor and aroma with a beautiful big-stout look and that classic inbetween Hellfighter mouthfeel that's heavier than a thin porter but lighter than a thick stout.

    The beer is a B+ for me, but it doesn't deliver the promise of chocolate on the label -- I think of a beer like Ballast Point's Victory at Sea, an A+++ brew that packs all of that big sweet stout goodness, and had hopes BBH-Chocolate would be similar. It's not, and a quick check of the website shows why: There's no extra chocolate added. It's just aged in Old Forester barrels. OK, so it's a miss, but it's a good miss.

    I've had Huevos the Puppy Dog over for the week, and the hijinks between him and Midnight the Cat have been quite entertaining.

    #78 Premo88, Apr 24, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
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    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,858) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    "Beer and dogs." Nothing finer!
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  40. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,858) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Interesting. I've never seen a Scotch Ale at 5.1% Usually higher. A good way to start the day!
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