New Beer Sunday (week 616)

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  1. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (3,137) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    And now to the next beer. I picked this up at a local liquor store last night. Sounded interesting, so I had to get it. Trooper Red 'N' Black Porter. This one I'm going to take slower than the last, but it is also a top notch beer, and I'm glad I got it.

    4.31/5 rDev +12.2%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    This pours a nice dark brown. The head was 2 finger, off white color. The nose is interesting. To me I get hints of a barrel aged beer. It's rich smelling. The taste is well, I also get that barrel note in the flavor, as well as the nose. There was some sweetness before it kicks in. It isn't a BA beer, but has the feel of one. delicious.

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  2. Prager62

    Prager62 Poo-Bah (2,386) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Greetings NBS friends! I'm back for another stout on this snowy day. Next up is Buckley Light from Transient Artisan Ales of Bridgman MI. I recently purchased this bomber at a store in SW Michigan. Yes, I spend a lot of time around the lake! Let's pour this 10% beer brewed with Tugboat coffee, vanilla and maple syrup in the signature Transient pub glass for the occasion.

    It pours a thick oily black with a generous finger of mocha colored foam. It slowly settles leaving behind generous lacing. The smell is dark roast coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, a kiss of maple and vanilla hiding in the back. Taste is chocolatey-coffee, dark fruit and oak. There is a slight hint of vanilla in the finish and I'm not tasting any maple syrup. The feel is oily, thick and very dry.


    I got a chuckle out of the 'Light' on the label for a 10% abv. beer. It drinks considerably larger with the rich coffee, chocolate and woody taste. I'm not sure where the wood comes from, but I'm guessing the maple syrup? I know authentic maple syrup is much different from the sugary sweet mass produced garbage. I'm a big fan of BLiS myself! All said this is another winner from the rising star brewery in SW Michigan. My score is 4.21 / rDev -0.2%.

    I've been hitting the stouts hard today so I'm going to put the wine stopper in this to share a pour with my bro when I walk over there later. Going to enjoy another short pour as I watch a pretty boring Bears-Lions game. Have a great afternoon, here's the review......
  3. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    We're a week out from our annual Egg Nog Mile. Trying to get the final pieces in place for the event. Also, got a fun little line-up for New Beer Sunday today. Starting with something light. Well, at least as far as the color goes.


    Manor Hill's Citra Splendor.

    Pours a burnished, foggy orange with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is moderate, with lacing dotted here and there. Aroma teeming with wonderful hop notes. Pineapples, mangoes, and oranges give Citra Splendor a wonderful mouth watering fruity aroma. Resin hops, and biscuit malts sit back stage to the center light of the tropical fruits. Mangoes, papayas, and pineapple open the flavor profile up, evoking memories of days spent on beaches, or simply walking down a tropical fruit aisle at the health food store. A slight sticky resin hop note with some biscuit malts help substantiate the otherwise fruity flavor. Despite the heavy presence of fruit, the beer does taste a bit heavier. Make no mistake, it doesn't sip lightly like some fruity IPAs. Mouth feel enhances the boldness of the flavor with its medium-thick consistency and texture. There is certainly a presence in the body and feel of this beer, making it easy to sip and savor. Overall, Citra Splendor is a wonderfully done imperial IPA. The citra hops stand out boldly, while refraining from giving this beer a bitter, back-handed IPA bite.

    Score: 3.75 | 4.25 | 4 | 4 | 4 | BA Score: 4.05 | rDev: +1.5%
  4. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Looks like a Euro milkshake
  5. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Did you just hear all the pilsner people sigh a little ? Nice find! Cheers!
  6. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,421) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Hey what's going on?!

    Still on a great natural high and buzz from last night! Couldn't post any pics after dinner as I was far to consumed in seeing a show. Great show too seeing the Rev on my b-day!

    Thanks also to all of you for the b-day wishes yesterday.

    Can't believe Christmas is around the corner. Sure doesn't quite feel like winter here yet, but it's coming. I am going to be in office Christmas party gluttony next week it's going to be crazy.

    Right now I am brewing up some beef stock instead. Big pot of it too. Man the house smells so good rendering the beef bones in the oven right now. Best air freshner ever I must say.

    Well with that it's time for a new brew!! What's new for our hero today?

    Mocha Marlin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

    Ballast Point Brewing Company - Mocha Marlin Porter
    by imbibehour, on Flickr


    Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

    Real big winner in the looks column here. Dark walnut black out of the bottle, nearly oily pour. Liquid hits the glass in silence nearly and creates a great cascading head of easily three dark tall fingers of truly light mocha color. Fine bubbles almost nitrous but nice light clumpy ring lacing matches out as it settles to a solid light tan. Great looking porter.

    That's some nice coffee joe on the nose for the aroma. Soft coffee fruity acidity a bit, and an almost milky chocolate sensation coming off the brew. Good vanilla and milky tones matching with this. Slight hint of roasted malts go for some porter quality, but the beer also feels larger because of this excellent coffee/chocolate/cream combination.

    Oh here we got on the palate. Nice rich milk chocolate quality on first sip. Mid palate has creamy but also classic light bodied roast and coffee flavors without the harsh sour or acidity. Very nice finish, a great lingering hop oil that really slowly builds and adds some hints of fruity and sharp pine towards the end, which really pulls out the coffee character of the brew. Excellent creamy palate, that really tops of the sweetness and vanilla like tones but doesn't go overboard.

    A real nice topped up high accented porter that feels also very grounded. Great job from the guys at BP.

    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 | BA Generated Score: 4.27


    I am brewing up a different storm right now instead... See you all later! (who says a brewpot aint just for beer making!)

    Get Stock Ready
    by imbibehour, on Flickr

    brown them bones!!

    Brown them bones
    by imbibehour, on Flickr
    Those bones are brown!
    by imbibehour, on Flickr
    Get Stock Pot Filled
    by imbibehour, on Flickr
    It's a different brew day
    by imbibehour, on Flickr

    My brewpot sucks... ergo... two for 1 power!

    Brew Pot Sucks, time for splitters
    by imbibehour, on Flickr

  7. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (220) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    Chalk that up to poor camera work. The beer was clear. I was watching the Eagles' game through it.
  8. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Moving onto to something I didn't expect to see from the local guys at Martin City. It's a coffee stout, featuring the roasters based in Lawrence, Kansas - Alchemy. This beer was released about two weeks ago with only 600 cases of this beer being produced (6-packs of cans). 300 of which were distributed to Kansas, and the other 300 to Missouri. Unfortunately, the only sample I've had of Alchemy coffee is a bottle of cold brew at a posh pizza place in town. It proved quite delicious, and I'm always down to try a new coffee beer. I don't know that I can wait anymore, so let's get into it.


    Martin City's Alchemy.

    Pours black, with a finger of caramel colored head. Head formation is quite reluctant, and disappears quickly after. During its peak, it's nice and foamy. Lacing covers the glass in strands here and there. Unsettling the beer produces a hearty dark caramel color foam ring to appear. Aroma is coffee, espresso, chocolate, and cocoa nibs. Boom. Nice and thick, with little guess-work as to where the coffee ends and chocolate begins. A little zip of vanilla adds to the sweet-sided aroma, while keeping the beer smelling dark overall. The flavor profile is slow and lethargic to open, with watery notes of roasted malts at first, before the coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla show up. Mouth feel is slightly grainy, with some carbonation abrasion, but otherwise it has a medium thickness. Its stuck nearly in the middle between slow sipper, and pound-able. Overall, Alchemy provides some excellent coffee notes in the aroma and flavor, while remaining remarkably drinkable and enjoyable. That's a huge win. Packaged in a can, it's even better for sipping in situations where I'd want a coffee stout, but I don't want something too thick or difficult to transport (i.e. tailgating, and camping in the heart of winter). Lovely brew.

    Score: 3.75 | 4.5 | 4.25 | 4 | 4.25 | BA Score: 4.26 | rDev: n/a (first review/rating)

    Full discloser:
    I love coffee, and coffee beers. I have a soft spot in my heart for Martin City since they can some damn good beers. I was also pretty hyped to try this beer once I saw it. That said, I actually already had a taster of this at a beer tasting event, which just so happened to fall a few hours after I bought one can to review on New Beer Sunday. I do not work for Martin City/Alchemy. While I'm a local guy, I actually have never visited their brewery, or any alchemy establishment for that matter.
  9. do_ob

    do_ob Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2015 Kentucky

    Alright, alright, so I'm technically cheating here. This is actually the second time I've had this, but it IS my first time having it in a relaxed setting, where I had time enough to write a review and post a photo. So here goes:

    Da Beer
    Jackie O's Noble Sorrel
    Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
    2016 bottling, 11.0% ABV


    Da Re...view

    Bottle into a snifter. Pours a medium brown and settles as a dark, opaque chocolate color in the glass. A thin, cream colored lacing sits on top, but dwindled to a light skirting after a moment. Appears to have relatively low carbonation. Nose is very sweet, roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, caramel, oaky bourbon, salted nuts, and maple & butterscotch. The taste is a close parallel, with big notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and butterscotch. Very sweet. There are residual traces of sweet & salted nuts on the aftertaste, along with light notes of charred oak. Not terribly complex, but very tasty. The feel is quite dense and syrupy, but lacks a real chewiness, which works out well in the end.

    I always end up enjoying Jackie O's beers, especially their BA series, and this one is no exception. It is very tasty, though on the borderline of being too sweet. For those who are fans of BA Old Rasputin, Créme Brûlée, and the like, you will enjoy this. For those less inclined to partake in those types, maybe split this one with a friend.

    Da Scores

    4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
  10. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Poo-Bah (1,983) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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  11. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    Looks great. If I could offer some advice, get yourself a pressure cooker. I invested in one a few years ago and it's by far the easiest way to make a stock. What's the end result going to be used in just out of curiosity?
  12. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,421) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Just a standard brown stock I make all the time, that is if I get my rendering bones... I get a 1/4 calf every year and sometimes I can get the bones for free (last yeast I didn't they didn't have any).

    Use it for just about anything, stroganoffs, soups, all sorts of stuff of course just a good stock.
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  13. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    I make a venison stew about this time every year with homemade stock. I think you inspired me to get going on it. Cheers sir!
  14. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,421) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    I had an excess of bones so my normal stock pot wasn't big enough, so I thought the extra weight would keep my cheap brew pot from buckling..

    nope no sir...

    So that's that... new brew pot and future crab and stock pot gallon big guy in the future for me! :wink:
  15. strohme2

    strohme2 Meyvn (1,079) Nov 3, 2007 Michigan


    Inspired by @superspak 's NBS last week; I was going to open this beer last week too but then 6 hours of OT happened. One more week's not going to hurt...

    Finally getting some snow around here. Winter is my second favorite season. Spent the morning snow blowing and playing with the kids and dogs this afternoon. On to the beer!

    Chestnut, autumn red colors, 1 finger of head that receded quick but left a smallish ring in the perimeter.

    Earthy, vanilla and maple dark fruits

    Taste is sweetness, wood, vanilla and maple. Figs, dark chocolate cocoa powder, maybe grape jelly finish.

    No alcohol detected, smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking.
  16. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Congrats Corey!!!
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  17. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    Write your letter to Santa.
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  18. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    New Old Ale Sunday (week 616)
    Haha, new old ale.

    Greetings fellow NBSers from on the ridge in a chilly Mid Hud Val, NY. Finally home after a killer weekend of work. Finally sipping a warming treat of a beer. Life has returned to excellent.

    Big congrats to @WesMantooth for the impressive family swimming feats. Being great with liquids obviously runs in the family:slight_smile:

    I hate to embarrass @2beerdogs with thankyou's and praise again, but holy fuck man! We had Monday, both Tuesdays, and Wednesday at our stout tasting 8 days ago and to say those beers are immense and beyond delicious is an understatement. Sadly no coherent memories translatable into reviews remain, but here I am drinking another Bruery beer, and can't believe my good fortune to be able to enjoy it!

    No pics today due to my camera is still MIA at the Doom Saloon, but here is a stock photo of the bottle and just imagine a hippie with tie dye headband and pony tail beard drinking a thick beer in a Peekskill Brewery balloon and you have the scene. Gonna c+p my review, and just say if you ever have a chance to try this one, do so.
    2014 Sucre aged in Madeira wine barrels. @2beerdogs thank you sir, you da man!

    Pours with expected opacity, carrying a quick to reduce half inch of beige foam. It's a deep brown beer with a maroon cast, and has a thick and menacing look to it. In a good way.

    Date, fig, raisin, plum, molasses and wine laden breadiness, warm deep alcohol, with an elusive blended tart yeastiness that is there if you search it and really adds an alluring complexity to this aroma. Hard to stop sniffing this beer, its full strength bouquet is intoxicating and alluring. Sweet.

    Much more wine forward than anticipated, in fact it dominates the sip. But this beer is so big it has room for all flavors, while hiding none. During the course of the beer's warming all of the flavors in the aroma rise, combine and shine, and it is a wonderful thing to have this morphing mix of strong flavors. Regular Sucre is a sweeter beer than this one, the wine flavors go far to making it pleasingly sweet and no more than that. Alcohol spice adds immeasurably to the wine notes, and goes a long way to drying the end of sip, which otherwise might be overly sweet.

    Thick, low carb., highly viscous, and a perfect frame for an over the top mix of strong flavors. It finishes clean and doesn't build.

    What a beer. The only distraction is an occasional overpowering of the sip by the wine taste, but it is such a great flavor it is hard to ding it for that. Highly recommended.

    Hope you also have a Great American Beer in your glass. Cheers!
  19. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,817) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I hope to feature a bunch of Against The Grain beers today. We'll see how it goes.


    Against The Grain / Three Floyds - Too Dumb To Be Evil

    The can says this is a "festbier." If I was given it blind I'd say I was handed an APA. Regardless of ingredients or process, the experience of drinking this is one of APA. It's a light amber color and a little hazy. Hops are at the forefront. Flavors are in the usual ballpark of citrus and resin. The finish is quite bitter. The only thing that makes me think "lager" is perhaps a little sulphur. I see that's it's classified as an "IPL" in some places. Here it's an Oktoberfest/Marzen. The idea of this beer being in the same style box as Spaten Oktoberfest indicates a problem somewhere. Rate it low? If the same beer was sold as an IPL would we rate it higher? How about a Three Floyds pale ale? This beer was very enjoyable taken on its own without any baggage. I was disappointed because I expected something different (not that I was expecting Weihenstephaner). Why call it a festbier if it doesn't resemble one? In all fairness, it says that it's a hopped up riff on a festbier... but that still didn't set the mood properly. Can't it just be inspired by festbiers without mentioning the term on the can? Nonetheless an enjoyable drink.
  20. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Good Afternoon NBS!!!
    I adored our alliterative A.M. commencing, commanded by comrade @cavedave .
    We, the well-intentioned and wanton, whacky and wayward, who waddle well meaning, and when whimsy welcomes-well spoken zealots of zymurgy, gather gratefully.

    I am grateful for this. Another kind offering from our very own @SammyJaxxxx

    Rushing Duck Brewing Co. Chained to the Dead Imperial Stout w/ coffee, cocoa & lactose
    3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

    Poured a deep mahogany with an active rise of 2 inches of fluffy, oatmeal colored foam.
    Smell is a gentle amble through smooth dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, roasted malt.
    Taste goes further into all the aforementioned. Begins with a round, full cocoa. Then turns straight into a smooth yet dark roasted coffee, and then a creamy sweetness comes through that hints toward brown sugar. No alcohol heat to be detected.
    Mouthfeel is full enough, but I admit I prefer a tad more.
    Overall, a very pleasant drinking Impy stout. And it's in a CAN!
  21. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,313) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    Happy NBS all! Thanks @cavedave for the usual great start to the Sunday and a really great funny picture meme. It's pretty cold here today in the low 30's and I was looking for something slightly strong, malty and interesting. I think I got one.

    Today I'm starting off with a Dogfish Head - Immort Ale.

    Beer notes/Description:
    This is last year's vintage bottled on 12/21/15.

    This beer pours beautiful dark maroon ruby red with a creamy khaki colored foam head.

    The aroma boasts candied dark fruits like fig, plum, prune, raisin, grape, and upon noticing, juniper berries. I also get some bready malty sweet notes with maple syrup, peat smoke, some spice, oak barrel, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, with earthy herbal grassy pine.

    The taste is super smooth and malty sweet with candied dark fruits, detectable maple syrup, peat smoked malt, spice, oak barrel, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, with earthy herbal grassy pine hops.

    The feel is smooth medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation that is present but not too high. The alcohol is hardly perceptible in this brew making it an easy drinker at 11%, at least with some time on it.

    Overall I am really pleased with this beer and I would love to have this throughout the cold months of winter. It's very comparable to a nice barrel aged scotch ale with maple, vanilla, and peat-smoked barley. I will be revisiting this beer again when I see it, and might just grab a few more of these 12/21/15's from my local shop.

    Cheers all and Happy New Beer Sunday!

  22. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (5,108) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Congratulations to your son Corey!
  23. woodchipper

    woodchipper Poo-Bah (1,594) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    So my wife is now a complete craft convert, but mostly Pilsners (baby steps, be patient). To keep her interested I have tried to pickup a new Pilsner every beer trip I make for myself.
    Here we have Lawnmower Lager from Caldera in Oregon. Not really "lawnmower" weather, but heh, its only 3.9%, an easy start to a Sunday afternoon session. Not a Pilsner either, but heh, she used to drink Miller Lite.
    Foam Monster! Even pouring down the side of the glass, this is the result. (Maybe the Pilsner glass found its way to the dishwasher and soap again, I don't know, I have limited control over these things). It eventually laced the glass, but then dropped to a sad whisker-thin ring of white bubbles.
    Sweet buttery hell, there is mild diacetyl in this, not a lot, but present in the nose. Of Course some may be due to the malt (only listed as two row). Hops are Willamette.
    Taste is even sweeter and more buttery. Drinkable, but not something to buy again. Oh, wife did not like it either.
  24. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    This marks my first beer from these folks in California. Fun fact: I actually got this beer from trading with someone who doesn't get Modern Times distributed to them either. I was considering ordering this beer online at one point, so I'm glad it finally found its way to me, even if it was from the opposite direction from where it's brewed. Working full-time, I find it much more difficult to crack open a bomber. Figured now was a good time, as I lounge around doing laundry, and watching The Office.


    Modern Time's City of the Dead.

    Pours black with a finger of camel colored head. Head formation is quick, and quickly disappears. No lacing left behind. Barrel, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate show up in a boozy formula of an aroma. The flavor profile features roasted and toasted malts, with additional notes of barrel, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. It is somewhat on the boozy side, but otherwise tasty. The booze is not enough to be over-powering, or making this beer undrinkable. Mouth feel has a medium consistency, with a smooth, glass-like texture. Overall, it's a nice coffee beer, with quality booze notes. It is certainly on the more drinkable side of the bourbon-aged spectrum then some other similar beers.

    Score: 3.75 | 4 | 4 | 3.75 | 4 | BA Score: 3.96 | rDev: -3.6%
  25. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,241) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Glad you like that one Dave. I find the Sucre base, very sweet, to be so well partnered with the Madeira. I'm a little gun shy with wine/beer combos/barrel aging. Having said this, I have been pleasantly surprised, and dare I say mind expanded by the Bruery in this area. I have turned over a new leaf.
  26. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Did you use two hands to measure that head?

    Kidding aside, it looks tasty. Awesome job on getting your wife converted to craft beer. It's a dangerous game. On the one hand, it's nice to have a partner to finish off the bomber, on the other hand, it might mean you have to share some of the delectable, rare brews. Haha. Cheers, and thanks for the review!
  27. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,197) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I was actually referring to the head. Maybe more like an expresso, but looks like a frothy bastard
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  28. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,313) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    Nice brew! :sunglasses:
  29. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (3,070) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Happy NBS! It turned into a winter wonderland with the snow last night. My wife and I shoveled driveway early, and I did some clean up a couple of other times after the plow passed by.

    Enjoying an amazing local beer. Lakefront Beerline aged in whiskey barrels pours a deep brown with some amber tones with a thin khaki head and no lacing. Aroma is pleasant bourbon, thick caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, and raisins. I taste sweet bourbon, vanilla, thick caramel, dark fruits dusted in brown sugar. Toffee and a bit of oak in the back. Slight bit of alcohol and I do not notice any bitterness from the hops. Medium body with light carbonation. It is syrup like and rich on the palate. This is best beer that Lakefront may never brew again and I wish I had a few more bottles.

  30. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Yeah really digging it, very thoughtful pick for which I am grateful. Once it hits room temp. you expect it to be all hot and the sweet extreme but not so with this baby. The flavors crest and stay clean. I love that madeira aroma as the glass upturns for a sip.

    The pain killing properties of this baby also need be mentioned appreciatively. :slight_smile:
  31. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (220) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey

    Ah, gotcha. Living where I do, I can't hear "milkshake" without thinking about Tired Hands' flour-addled monstrosities. Yeah, the foam was rocky and abundant.
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  32. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,780) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Congrats, proud dad!
  33. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (3,359) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    G' afternoon NBS-ers! Thanks for the start today @cavedave ! And thanks to Maria (@utopiajane )for "reminding" me that I had this beer in my fridge thanks to @beertunes !

    So today's entry is another from that NBS BIF: Monkey's With Knives....

    Wander Brewing: Foeder Wen 2016
    Farmhouse Ale Aged In Oak Foeders On Elderberries.

    Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Teku glass.

    Appearance: Light brown to a deep raspberry red body, with a full finger of head that slowly collapsed to a thin cap. Tan bubbles.

    Aroma: Smells a lot like a red wine. Plenty of fruits, oak and plenty of funk.

    Taste: Straight up farmhouse funk. Oak. And those elderberries, well they add a balanced sweetness that evens out the barnyard funkiness. It's like a delicious fruit juice. I really like the amount of oak that comes out of this one.

    Mouthfeel: Full of flavor, but light and easy to drink. Quite a bit of carbonation in this one too.

    Overall: A decent farmhouse beer with a drinkability and juiciness that makes this one damn near perfect.

  34. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    What's up BA? Chilly start to the day, was barely clinging to positive numbers this morning. Worked on the addition all day.


    Trying out an Allagash Émile this afternoon. A sour ale aged in Pineau des Charentes foudres.


    Pour is a deep red Brown, clear, one finger head reducing to a halo, and negligible lacing.

    The aroma is currants and cherry, hints of oak, earthy and fruity. The smell tells it will be a little tart.

    The taste leads an immediate tartness, though not puckering. Then the big flavors start to develop, currants, black cherry, some dark fruit, dates and prunes, more subtle notes of oak, toast, and almond. Slight note of funk, butyric acid perhaps, likely from the pedio. Just between sweet and dry and a light bitterness.

    Mouthfeel is thin and light but a nice carbonation really lifts the body and keeps it from being overly watery.

    Overall it's another Allagash sour that won't let you down. Excellent development of flavors without letting the barrel (foudres) flavors take over. A nice tartness that doesn't overwhelm the palette or the beer. I preferred James and Julie over this one, but I will probably but this again.

  35. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (3,137) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Next beer, and I'm not too sure about this one.
    Summit 30th Anniversary English-Style Barleywine Ale.
    Starts off sweet, but then turns funky, and I'm not sure in a good way. I'll age the other 2 bottles, to see how it changes, and hopefully better.

    3.32/5 rDev -10%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

    This pours a clear amberish color. The head is fairly thick and frothy white. Decent carbonation in the beer. The nose is hard to tell. Very subtle. I almost get some fruit, but so slight. The taste is sweet. Strange aftertaste. Bitterness, but not in the best way. I don't know what to think about this. Will ageing improve it? I don't know, but fresh isn't the best. Not watery feeling. Just not sure about this beer.

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    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    I am back again for my second NBS post this time I am trying a new beer from a new brewery for me. Malty by Nature from Southern Pines Brewing, it is a Scottish Export Ale that I picked up Friday while in Southern Pines. I only got one since I was not sure how good it was but I am very impressed with the big caramel flavors and the very smooth creamy feel.

    Appearance 3.75 - Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with minimal tan head that dissipates to nothing very little lacing.

    Aroma 4 - Caramel, roasted malts, nutty, slightly floral.

    Taste 4 - Big malt flavor, sweet caramel, nutty, biscuit.

    Feel 4 - medium body smooth creamy feel

    Overall 3.99 - Really well done beer, caramel malty flavors really stand out.

  37. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Meyvn (1,316) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    Happy Sunday NBS players. Pretty damn cold here on the island and it looks like winter is here in full effect. Starting to see some flurries now too. Spent the day watching football and now I'm locked into the Jets game who are off to another wonderful start.

    My new beer today is BA Narwhal w/red and black currants a part of sierra nevadas trip in the woods series. The brew checks in at 9.8% with no bottle date.

    A black and oily pour with a steady head. On the nose I get wood, bourbon, and fruit. The drinking starts rather sweet, fruity, and tart with a pretty smooth flow. The barrel seems to make it's presence known more on the finish. The flavor notes are all over the place. Lots of dark candied fruits with raisins, figs, and plums. Barrel notes of oak, vanilla, chocolate and the currants give it a rather berry/cherry feel. These all combine together to give it a sort of wine/acid/sour/bourbon mess. The mouth feel is full bodied and smooth.

    Overall, I'm just not a fan. The sour/wine feel is a real turn off for me. I'm in the 3/3.5 range at best. Is the ginger one bad too? Why did they waste so much good ba nar-nar for these variants?
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  38. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,858) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Hello gang. We're getting our first snow of the season here in North Jersey and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I'm finally trying this holiday classic. Here's my review:

    4.21/5 rDev +0.5%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

    2016 vintage. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a cola ruby-brown with a buff colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It smells of candied plum and raisin, as well as banana, brown sugar, coriander, clove, and a whiff of tobacco. The taste largely follows the nose but there is also some cinnamon and and a hint of peppery hops at the finish. The fruit flavors really come out as the glass warms. It also has a dry finish. This ale features lively carbonation and the 10% ABV gives it a punch. This ale is a holiday classic and I'm glad to have finally tried it. Like It's a Wonderful Life, it will be a regular at my house.

    Enjoy your new beers everyone. As always, I'm enjoying your reviews!
  39. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (4,415) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Back with a sorta new beer (I think I had a festival pour last summer). It's Perry Street's Citra Dust IIPA. Not formally reviewing, but I can tell you it's juicy, spicy and dangerously drinkablle for something 9%.
    Now I'm working on their Flanders Sour Red, brewed with "cold pressed cranberries" and clocking in at 6%. It's darker than I expected, and is dry and tart, but not super puckeringly so.
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    BIGPOPPAS Disciple (397) Aug 5, 2016 New Jersey

    Interesting thread for sure :slight_smile: I think it's the first time I've seen this being a noob :wink:

    I guess my post here is perfect as first time trying this brew and this beautiful glass that I was given earlier today by my beer girl :slight_smile:

    First off a wonderful Leffe glass that will get some heavy usefulness:slight_smile:

    Since I already had my early High Westie for the day , I was looking for something lighter and more refreshing.
    I sometimes just let my beer girl pick me out 6 different brews to give a try as adventure is what it is all about .
    This one was ice cold in the fridge from 2 weeks ago .
    8 % abv

    This girl never disappoints me in the majority of her choices and has delivered once again.
    Beautiful golden ale with a huge head and nice flavors that closely remind me of a Belgian:slight_smile:

    Hoping they still have more as I'm getting this again for a nice brew with most any dinner choice .


    Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday :slight_smile:

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