New Beer Sunday (Week 633)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    A good Sunday morning to all!! Welcome to the second week of transition from the venerable @utopiajane and @cavedave to the new carriers of the torch, @lordofthewiens and me. Dick made such a nice tribute as a part of the transition, I thought I'd start today trying to do the same. I will not attempt an alliterative account admiring amassed adjectives ascribed to ales like @cavedave might do, but I will offer up a couple stanzas to describe this thread's purpose:

    'Tis a Sunday anew
    upon which to have a brew
    that has never yet seen the likes of you.

    One about which to tell
    things such as look, taste, feel, and smell,
    including other sensations as well.

    Have no fear, have no doubt
    of a skill you worry about
    we do want to hear you come and speak out.

    We all learn a little
    when our thoughts and minds get a fill
    of others' perceptions; nectar or swill?

    Please sit down and join us,
    take time to perceive and be just
    describing the bev'rage for which we lust.

    And if you haven't yet,
    to make others feel in your debt,
    go add a review to widen your net.

    It doesn't measure up, for sure (funny, I am typing this in meter in my mind right now :slight_smile:), but I do think it gets the point of this thread across. As I understand this thread, it was to encourage reviews, not just here but on the beer pages. I know some are hesitant, but there is a pretty good group of regulars here who are friendly and encourage newcomers. All I think we ask is you take a little effort to describe what you are drinking - a little more than "it's good" or "I'd buy it again." We want to know that, but also so much more.

    I do have thoughts on what to encourage in this thread going forward, but I won't dump them all right away. Like @lordofthewiens, I don't want to upset the apple cart. The thought for today comes from my understanding of this thread's roots. If you happen to be reviewing a new beer today from a local place, and that beer has no more than a couple reviews, take just a little extra time on that beer. And remember, not everyone reads NBS or remembers which week someone might have reviewed a beer, but everyone can have easy access the information you provide here if you add that review on the beer's BA page. Even if you don't "normally do reviews." I am confident someone will thank you wordlessly.

    Anyhow, with that said and done, carry on all who wish to come and regale us with a new beer on this day. Today is the day, and this is the place...
  2. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,444) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Good morning @cjgiant . All I have to say is that was ferocious! :grinning: I think the thread is in good hands. I have a an American lager made by Guinness! Cheers and see you after my pizza dough rises.
  3. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,255) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    I am in awe!
    What a great start to this week's NBS!
  4. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,524) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,437) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    If I had the slightest bit of worry (I didn't) that this thread was not gonna be even better for having you and @lordofthewiens at the helm, it is set to rest right here. Excellent opener, thanks so much for accepting the "job". Cheers!
  6. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,088) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! Thanks @cjgiant for today's opening volley. I'm sure yinz will do just fine. Maria, I NEED to see your food porn!

    Today's new beer is one from NBS BIF #5, courtesy @THSdrummer:

    Received from @THSdrummer in NBS BIF #5.
    Undated 16 oz can at 42 degrees. Allowed to warm to 45 – 54 degrees and served in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
    Aroma – Initially very strong hazelnut aroma which fades to some lighter hazelnut with coffee.
    Head – small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense, slowly diminishing to an irregular two to six mm creamy ring constantly being renewed by the effervescence and a thin partial layer.
    Lacing – good. Wide partial rings of very tiny bubbles.
    Body – dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
    Flavor – Very much hazelnut, less coffee, no vanilla. Ends with a bitter coffee after taste. No malt, no hops, no alcohol (9.2% ABV !), no diacetyl.
    Palate – full bodied, creamy, lively carbonation.

    A tour de force in hazelnut appreciation. I don’t think I’ve eaten hazel nuts that tasted this much like hazel nuts. Good thing I like them.

    Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4. Rating 4.06, rDev -2.9 %.

    The can itself is interesting and may be the fifth can in my collection:

    The story of Owen Coffin was supposedly part of Herman Melville's inspiration for Moby Dick.
    Since we're not supposed to post music on this thread, I'll put it on WBAYDN.


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  7. Beersnob724

    Beersnob724 Initiate (104) Jan 11, 2016 Ohio
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  8. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,438) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    The NCAA basketball tournament selection committees could learn a thing or two from Dave & Maria, whose selection process for new NBS caretakers clearly is a winner.

    "I will not attempt an alliterative account admiring amassed adjectives ascribed to ales like @cavedave might do ..."

    Hahahahahahaha ... of course you wouldn't, @cjgiant. :rolling_eyes::grinning:

    The weather here in the Brazos Valley is bursting spring, 80-plus highs, 50/60-something (or 40-something) lows, thunderstorms never more than a few days away in the forecast and wind coming at us strong from one direction Monday then the opposite direction Friday. My preparations for an April 19 Texas Amateur qualifier are back on track after a bout with allergies, so I'm checking the weather forecast at least 6-8 times a day (it's part of the golf sickness), and it's amazing how the metaphorical compass needle of our weather this time of year flits and flirts, twists and turns like Captain Jack Sparrow's compass.

    I'd tell you the stupid joke about how if you don't like the weather in Texas, wait 10 minutes ... it'll change. But I won't tell that joke. And I bet you tell that joke in your state, too. And I bet you're right.

    My new beer is from our friends in Michigan, and stop me if you've heard this one:
    love the collar ... some serious neck ruff on this one
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    Didn't even plan on buying this one, but a tip alerted me to its presence in my town, so I jumped in the car on my dinner break Tuesday and hustled down Highway 6 to an H-E-B ... who'd have thought big chain grocery stores would stock all this great beer in our lifetimes?

    KBS is fantastic, of course, and for me it tastes like a Prairie Artisan BOMB! with a shot of bourbon in it. The amount of chocolate is decadent at times, both in the nose and the flavor. In fact, the nose at one point turns into one of those thick chocolate ice cream/coffee/cafe mocha/milkshake treats in which they try to pack in as many different types of chocolate into one cup as possible ... a 2,000-calorie dessert with the piece or two of actual chocolate stuck on top as garnish? Super sweet. And at room temperature, the final 1/3 of the beer smells exactly like bourbon/vanilla/dark-malt stout (coffee, cafe mocha, espresso, oak wood).

    The review:
    4.46 (-2.2% rDev)

    Two quick notes:
    1. There's a "let's bash KBS because it's too expensive" thread going on ... if *you* hate KBS, too, you can add to the noise at:

    2. Founders is batting 1.000 with me. I've not fallen in love with everything I've tried, but even the Founders beers I liked the least were obviously well-made brews, showing plenty of life pouring out the can/bottle with tons of aroma and taste. I absolutely MUST try their porter and RIS. Must, must, must. Can't put it off any longer. And the vision of a 12-pack of All Day cans in my cooler this summer is coming into focus ...

    Like I will sometimes do, I did this NBS review even earlier this fine Sunday morning after the late shift ended for me Saturday night. When this happens, *always* my Beer is New and technically consumed and reviewed on Sunday, but I do jump the gun. Look what it got me this week:
    Woops! :confused::confused::slight_frown::confused::confused:
    How'd that happen? It's not like I SMaSHed it with an IPA or anything ...

    OK, kids, it's Masters Sunday, and my golf pants are going about as crazy as they go annually. I'll join y'all on the back nine with another new offering for me. Until then, here's hoping you get a good one in your glass today and double hoping you have a smashing seven days this coming week ... no pun intended.

  9. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,444) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Guinness has been strutting their stuff lately and today I have a beer I bought thinking it was a different style. When I saw the word blonde I was thinking of Victory's Summer Love. I was pleasantly surprised to see the word lager on the label and grabbed a sixer.

    Cheers and Happy New It's a Lager Sunday!

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    Pours perfect amber. Clear and gold. Fat head of just off white foam that lasts well. Bubbles are constantly active but not effervescing. Nose is biscuity malt and a spicy hop. It's like grasses that have been sweetened for a bit in the sun. Dried hay and sweet grass. The floral is soft enough so that you don't notice it but there is the scent of green apple. It's not too prominent. Drinks well with lots of hop spice and pepper in the flavor. Not too much hops in the mouthfeel though . That is all malt. Biscuity flavor and a firm bitterness to bring all that spice to the finish. How do I describe the judicious use of hops. They were on display. From the crunch of that flower petal to the tickle of the spice. The green apple was not unwelcome. It added a depth. It's presence is low. The hops presence is approaching moderate. Good crisp bubble with a little tingle. I could not decide if this beer was dry when I first tasted it. It is dry enough. Wonderful beer that you could drink all day.

    This beer is modeled after a prohibition era lager from the United States. It uses Mosaic, Willamette and Mt. Hood. I do not taste any orange form the mosaic . . . just saying. The date on this beer is 001 0315.

    Cheers BA's . =)
    #9 utopiajane, Apr 9, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017
  10. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,255) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    Good New Beer Sunday to all! I can't wait to read about everyone's New Beer Adventure. Mine is Thick Mint from Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. It is an imperial stout brewed with chocolate and mint. The label says it was bottled at 3:05pm 03/01/17, and it is 10.0% ABV. The label also says it is a dessert beer, which it certainly is. One might ask why I am drinking such a beer in the early morning (besides because I can). Here's how my OCD brain works: I got up, fed and walked the dogs. Then I thought about how my day was shaping up. I have seitan to make, groceries to buy, dinner to make, and, let's not forget, the final round of The Masters. So I figured this would be a good time to drink and review my beer.
    Speaking of The Masters, when I worked in South Carolina in the late 70s-early 80s, I had a friend with season tickets and I was privileged to attend a round each year with him. First, let me tell you I've never seen a more beautiful golf course. Second, TV just doesn't do justice to the changes in elevation. It is an incredibly hilly course. The times I went to the final round I got to see Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer win. Truly, a special place.

    Anyway, on to the beer. I am titling this Thin Mints With Thick Mint.
    The beer is a very dark brown. It has a thin tan head that recedes to a halo.
    The aroma is mint, mint, and chocolate. And more mint.
    The taste is mint, sweet and dark chocolate.
    Creamy, sweet in the mouth.
    This beer is exactly as advertised. It is a dessert beer, and a pretty darn good one.

  11. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Poo-Bah (1,623) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Fraoch Heather Ale by Williams Brothers (Scotland)

    I've wanted to try this beer ever since I saw it in one of Michael Jackson's books. It's an ancient Scottish recipe that uses local herbs for the gruit, such as heather (Fraoch means heather in Gaelic) and bog-myrtle. Hops were not available to the ancient Scots and Picts so they had to turn to these wild plants to flavor their beer.

    In order to acquire this beer I had to blackmail one of my good friends who was planning on visiting me from the UK. I told him that unless he brought me a bottle of Fraoch I'll make him sleep in my garage. The poor guy tried hard to find me a bottle but apparently none of his local shops sold any (he lives in England and not Scotland where this beer is native and perhaps easier to find). Eventually he had to simply order it online and then bring it to me.

    I have no idea how heather smells or tastes like, so I cannot comment on how much of this beer's nose and taste offer. Initially I thought that the gjnger-like notes were the heather but then I realized that ginger was also one of the ingredients.


  12. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Thank you, @utopiajane and @cavedave - good to know the ship didn't start sinking right away :wink:. Happy to live up to the first week of the new era, @lordofthewiens. Also, thanks for the word of praise, @TheIPAHunter. Time for my first beer:

    What's not to like?? They almost got the name right :wink:.

    So, Devil's Backbone has more or less been the leading producer of Virginia beers for a while now. Their award-winning Vienna Lager is most likely a big reason AB InBev decided to buy them out. They generally make classic styles and don't stretch themselves too thin trying to do things differently, rather do things solidly.

    Mad Fox is probably slightly further away than Sweetwater Tavern for closest brewpub to me. It is rolling towards its 7th year anniversary this summer. This brewery, too, has won a few awards, and their ultimate flagships are a Kellerbrier Kolsch (and a filtered version, but I don't see that as often any more). Within the past year or so, they also opened a downtown (DC) location. This being a brewpub more than a production facility like DB, they do range out a little more in style. Their Orange Whip used to be fairly high on the Virginia top 100 list here on BeerAdvocate.

    Anyhow, given the relative focus on classics done well, I came into this Craic Stout - of the Irish dry variety - expecting a solid brew.

    And that is pretty much what I got. This thing sits at 4.6%, which is just a tad higher than Guinness (which I just realized I've never reviewed). In my review, I mention that this is more bold, roasty, and dry than the famous beer, but Guinness is smoother and creamier.

    This beer has the looks to stand up to almost any (as you can see in the photos. The nose is probably more coffee than chocolate, but there is a little battle for which of these roasted malt impressions comes out more.

    The taste starts a little watery - even lighter than Guinness, but then a wave of bold roasted dryness (oxymoron?) comes to the shores of my palate. Definitely more coffee once the dryness sets in. The beer seems heavier than it is because the roast and dry hit all parts of my mouth. There is a bit of grassy hops in the 39 IBUs that get noticed nly after the roasted notes subside a bit.

    As expected, a nice beer that I bet would be squarely within the BCJP guidelines - and definitely within those on this site.
  13. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,376) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Glad you enjoyed that one. That's one of my personal favorites being cranked out of Missouri right now. That particular can came to me via a 2 hour one-way drive to pick up a four pack. Fortunately, the drama in the three tier system has ended and we get it in Kansas City now. In fact, we even get it on draft too! It doesn't taste like 9.2% at all, which makes it one of the most dangerous beers around IMHO (perhaps right behind Boulevard's Tank 7).

  14. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (1,936) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    You hit the mark with this one, I picked up a growler and wish I was able to get more. I thought this was very well done amazing chocolate and mint flavors.
  15. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    I see what you did there :wink:.

    Put me in the not as crazy about KBS camp. I have a love affair with Backwoods Bastard, but KBS, while a very enjoyable beer, never did reach the great heights that it does for others. I never seem to get the wonderful flavors as strongly as you describe out of it. I do try, as you are not the only to describe these flavors. All of that is of course fine - I am happy others enjoy it. I also won't turn it down :wink:.

    And yes, you definitely need to get ahold of the beers you mentioned :slight_smile:.
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,489) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Spring of the so called ‘NE’ style IPA (continued)

    In the past couple of weeks I discussed to two BIG BOYS of Trillium and Tree House (both located in Massachusetts). Today I will be ‘traveling’ to the nearby state of Maine to ‘visit’ Bissel Brothers Brewing which is located in Portland, ME.

    I have fond personal memories of Maine since my grandmother used to live in Winthrop, ME (just south of the capital of Augusta) and we would visit every summer for our summer vacation. On the Maine license plates they have the motto of “Vacationland” and it certainly was for me in the past.

    Bissel Brothers brewing is a relatively new brewery (just as is Trillium and Tree House) with an opening year of 2013. Over the past few years they relocated to a larger facility so business must be good.

    The beer I will be drinking today is Bissell Brothers Swish. This is my first beer from Bissell Brothers Brewing.

    Served in my Gulden Draak tulip glass:


    Yellow/orange colored with a turbid/murky appearance. A BIG fluffy white head.


    The aroma has BIG tropical fruits smells.


    The flavor pretty much follows the nose with tropical fruit flavors dominating but there is also some citrus flavors as well. It has a rounded bitterness.


    The mouthfeel of this beer is soft and luscious.


    I think this beer is very, very good! Since this beer is named “Swish” and March Madness just recently came to an end permit me to summarize with: Nothin’ but net!!

    @RobH @rotsaruch @chipawayboy @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @mythaeus

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  17. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Jealous! My one friend had a 3D TV and we watched some of the tournament on it one year. I'm sure that didn't do it justice, either, but it did put some context to what many like you have said.
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  18. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,409) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    If you liked the beer enough to want to have more, it may be something you can get here in PA. My first bottle was purchased from a fairly local bar that had it on the menu. Not too long after that I was able to order through my local distributor a mixed case of the Williams Brothers Gruits that had at least a couple different beers, including the Fraoch. (However, not sure if it is still registered for distribution into PA.)
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  19. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,996) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] A very special beer day for me, 7 years ago I came up with SawDog505 and how many amazing beers have touched these lips, wow! I will be honest the community is much friendlier than it was 7 years ago, back then we had several bullies, but it is all about great pictures, beers, and many belly laughs. Back to business.

    Poured vintage 2017 into my new KBS Snulip glass, weighs in at 12% ABV poured near room temperature it leaves behind very little lace as it quickly settles into motor oil. 4[​IMG] Smell is roasty expresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, leather, pipe tobacco, hints of smoke,and a hint of warming alcohol. 4.25

    Taste follows big dry coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, leather, tobacco, smoke, and some warming alcohol tickles the tongue sip after sip.4.25

    Mouthfeel is chewy, mild carbonation, definitely on the dry side as you would expect, and it drinks much easier than its 12% ABV but this thing is very well rounded and you pick up a different flavor each sip. 4.5

    Overall this is a very complex and tasty RIS, reminds me a little of the Imperial Stout that got me into Stouts 7 years ago, Smuttynose was the one. Bold, thick, and so utterly delicious! Cheers and I am really looking forward to watching some golf later, as I sip on some awesome IPA'S that arrived yesterday from @TheIPAHunter ! 4
  20. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (7,897) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Happy New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 633)!

    No need to encourage me to write a review. I have been on this site for so long that I CAN remember when the ONLY way to keep track of your beers was to write a review. Once I got started, it became easier & easier + I found my voice (or numerous voices) & at times, it has been an exercise in creative writing for me.

    If you have been following my antics, I mean, endeavors for the past seven months or so, you know that I have committed myself to eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. It was largely due to my drinking away from home but buying (especially bottled) beers to bring home. It was out of control & when I got laid off by the state, I dedicated myself to diving in and redding up.

    From the Law of Unintended Consequences comes the opportunity to conduct a whole buncha horizontals. For the uninitiated, Vertical = same beer, different vintages, usually working backwards from freshest to oldest; Horizontal = same style, different breweries OR in my case, same brewery, many different beers. I just completed a New Belgium horizontal which generated great interest with my local rep when he did an Etch-A-Glass event on Thursday night. This is the finish line:


    How can I follow up something like that, you might ask. Answer: I CAN't. I do have a buncha loosey-goosey rummage sale odds 'n' sods that cry out from the depths & so they will be today's focus. I got up in the wee hours this Sunday and got a head start on the day with:


    I shall return at some point with more links & pics, at a time TBD, but when I feel that I have run out of steam for the day. See yinz then!
  21. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,396) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Looks like a good start. Thanks for getting it going today. Should be back later on with a couple of new brews from NBS BIF#5.

  22. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,516) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Awesome opening! I'm more of a grammar cop than a poet, and it warms my heart to see the proper use of a reflexive pronoun in the opening paragraph!:slight_smile:. I have a special beer in the fridge just for this occasion, but it will have to wait until after church and the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. See you soon, NBS!
  23. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,437) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    New Amer. Stout Sunday (Week 633)

    Greetings fellow NBSers from on the ridge in Mid Hud Val, NY. A beautiful day that might trick one into thinking Spring has arrived and winter's last gasp has been gasped, but I am mindful that the last day of snow here was May 9, and there have only been two months of the year that haven't had frosts. I shall not be fooled and haven't turned the heat off for the season just yet.

    Wonderful to be retired. The acoustic quartet got together last night, as we often do Saturdays, and for the first Saturday in years I was able to sit for some hours and practice on the same day as we play. Wonderful to be loose and ready like that. And now, on a day I also would be working, and unable to join the morning beer lovers for some early enjoyment, I can have a beer and relax. Big thanks to @Buck89 for another delicious beer from NBS BIF5 that I am really enjoying. Gonna post thoughts as I sip and put it into the database later. Morning All!

    I love turtles, and as a Libertarian some would say I love anarchy, so this brewery has a name I like that is odd, interesting, alluring, and non sequiturial, somethings my ex wives might use to describe me haha. Portly Stout, by Turtle Anarchy

    The light brown lather that sits thickly and majestically atop this black, thickish beauty of a stout only reluctantly relaxes to relative reduction that leaves slathers of lace lashed to glass.

    A light/med. strength aroma that is full of toasty malt, light bitter herb, crisp grainy sweet, and hints of strong coffee and bitter chocolate. It may be light in strength but it is enticing.

    Mmm a simple mix that presents the flavors of the bouquet in a clean way that is quite tasty. Less sweet for sure than anticipated, with the bitter herb and sharp roastiness rising at the end of sip to provide just the right amount of dry.

    Med. viscosity, lively carbonation, light body, nice finish, and clean flavor presentation make for a mouthfeel that frames wonderfully the flavors, and provides excellent refreshment to the beer.

    Simple and tasty describe this beer. If you see it don't hesitate to grab some. Will it blow your mind? No. But if you like simple, refreshing stouts, you will enjoy.

    Hope you also have a Great American Beer in your glass. Cheers!
  24. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,255) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    You have a good friend.
  25. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,765) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    New Barbary Coast Sunday

    From San Francisco's Almanac brewery...
    Coffee Barbary Coast...
    10% abv; canned 12/13/16...
    Features oak staves, sea salt, chili, Dandelion cacao nibs, and Sightglass coffee...
    Aromas of chocolate roasted malt, sweet coffee, and spice. The body was too thin for this - I might have thought this an imperial porter - the feel was light and slim, moderately carbonated and a little tingly with spice. I want a bigger body-feel in an imperial stout, particularly one supporting so many flavoring features. That said, the advertised flavors of coffee, cacao, and vanilla were appreciable - coffee taking the fore, and the chili pepper, salt, and wood elements came across like spicy winter holiday spicing - seemed like the salinity was most apparent on the finish. I liked it well-enough, but feel like the "Mexican stout" is getting played out for me palate-wise, and this one would not be good enough to return to.

    Sunny and in the 50's today - got a 3-year-old's birthday party in a couple of hours - totally dreading that :rolling_eyes: - but whatevs - gotta go or it's curtains for me :grimacing:

    More new beers for when I get home...
    Until later, here's to new beer in your glass - cheers... :wink:
  26. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,255) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    Next up Foundation?
  27. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,255) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    I haven't had many beers from Kelsen, but what I have had has been outstanding. A great new brewery.
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  28. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (7,897) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    More new beers for when I get home...
    Until later, here's to new beer in your glass - cheers... :wink:[/QUOTE]

    I'm coming over in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! HMU when you get home!
  29. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Had this one a couple weeks ago in the AM on this thread, and found it a little too sweet. Shared one of the remaining ones in the evening and enjoyed it a little bit more - as it didn't come across quite as sweet. Got one more to maybe adjust my review, because at this point and like you, I probably won't grab it again.
  30. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (3,921) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    I must say I am a little happy when I see each week that a larger portion of our recycling container is holding cans. There are many reasons, but specifically on recycling day, they are so much easier to get to the corner :slight_smile:.
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  31. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,493) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Hey what's going on?!

    Glad to see NBS continuing and going on.. rocking!

    I think we might have kicked the winter doldrums finally.. Sunny bright days and everything looking green for once. Very excited about the Spring possibly bounty but we shall see.

    Speaking of bounty, I have a bountiful amount of new beers... let's get started shall we.

    What's new for our hero?

    My Black Parade | The Lost Abbey

    The Lost Abbey - My Black Parade
    by imbibehour, on Flickr


    Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bit of a tug from the cork, and a minor pop while opening.

    Deep mahogany brown body color, maybe a touch of a red in there too. Real nice forming one finger head, creamy light mocha with a thick rich collar as it settles. Good looking top and some transparency. Very dark looking strong ale.

    Very complimentary nose. Complex fruit forward aroma on first whiff. Hints of barleywine style like esters, hints of marmalade, strawberry, tamarind as well strangely. Very exotic berry smelling primarily, with a mellow sweetness. Quite exceptional.

    Palate takes thing a bit down. Very light body for a strong ale, almost pappery thin, wet, and kind of crackly mineral water like mouthfeel. Minor sensing milk chocolate with touches though of nice fruit character. Strawberry and a spice clove like quality in the mid palate. Faint touches of silky chocolate, but more mineral character seems to give a washing cheap black pepper cut through. Watery berry aftertaste.

    There's some real decent and also very unique flavors, but a weak mouthfeel really takes the experience down quite a notch.

    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75 | BA Generated Score: 3.85

    on to next new beers!
  32. MFMB

    MFMB Savant (989) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho
    Beer Trader

    Happy Sunday NBSers

    It has been a real pleasure waking up this AM and reading through NBS.

    Today was a big day for the Wife and I. It was our last long run of our marathon training. In two week we will be running (I'll be attempting to run) the 2017 Salt Lake City Marathon. My wife is a excellent runner and is within striking distance of her Boston qualifying time. Yours truly on the other hand is just looking to make it across the finish line in one piece! I have been dreaming of a Boston/New England Beercation should she qualify tho! The only hang up is that the SLC marathon is a FAT marathon :slight_frown: a lot of climbs and a sizable elevation gain. When I first started training back in January I swore off beer to some extent but that lasted all of three weeks! Recently tho it seems I have been drinking my fair share :slight_smile:

    Anyways on to NBS. The story above has purpose tho as today was the last long run and following a much needed and deserved hot shower I was inspired to crack open a newly aquired Foggier Window from Monkish Brewing. Get it?! Yea you get it! #lotsoffilter

    This beer pours a turbid and cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. It has a nice fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is of ripe mangos, peaches, pinnaple and light pine gum. Foggier Window has definite juiciness to it. Packed with ripe mangos, pinnaple juice, tangerine, grapefruit and even a bit of subtle melon. If you search hard you will also get a bit of that pine gum and pale malts but make no mistake about it, the juice is the star. Nice shot of pithy bitterness that plays well with the beers perceived juiciness. A well balanced juice bomb I suppose you could say? A silky, creamy mouthfeel that has a smooth and rounded feel going down. It finishes crisp and fairly dry. Overall I enjoyed this beer and would place it ahead of Lines and Really Real, the other two Monkish DIPAs I have had the pleasure of having.

    Cheers BAs and Happy New Beer Sunday
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  33. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,857) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Old name, new acquaintance . . .


    Score 4.14
    look: 3.75 | aroma: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

    Deep garnet red color that shimmers in the sunlight.

    Nice aroma. The scent is of dark cherry resting on a bready malt base.

    Taste of cherry that manages to be light, rich, sweet and tart at the same time. Very complex and layered yet possessing an elegant simplicity. There is depth in the flavor that's more than cherry, dark Mission figs perhaps, yet cherry dominates like the string section in a Mozart composition.

    Texture enters light but finishes medium with just enough carbonation to balance.

    This is a cherry flavored brew that is far more elegant than that sounds.
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  34. Blackop555

    Blackop555 Meyvn (1,368) Dec 12, 2016 Michigan
    Premium Member Beer Trader


    3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

    @beerloserLI thanks

    Pours orange gold. Thick, medium, off white head that lasts a while with light lacing.

    Smells malt, yeast, hint of pine and fruit.

    Tastes bready and pale malt to start, fading to a surprising amount of bitterness and light yeast. Finish is dry with a lingering bitter. Lighter body and smooth lower medium carbonation
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  35. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (7,897) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    :slight_frown: Oh, man. I used to recycle my craft CANs also, but then I caught up with Jeff Lebo. Here is his website: He comes over to my place about twice a year to haul mine away for his CANlection. I encourage you and others to touch base with him.
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  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,489) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member

    Unfortunately I do not have any beers from Foundation. All of the beers I have been discussing the past few weeks were gifts from a generous benefactor; Foundation was not one of the beers provided.

  37. ONUMello

    ONUMello Poo-Bah (2,283) Feb 24, 2009 Ohio
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    I must say that intro makes me wish I could find a way to drive more Cleveland beer lovers here. This brewery has been open for three months and I have been the only one to add any beers to the site. Of course I shared my impressions of all of them. The latest, both added to the site and tasted this morning:

    The brewery itself is located on a quiet block in the heart of downtown Cleveland just a short walk from Playhouse Square. Easy to stop by both Masthead and Hofbrauhaus before/after seeing a show. A large, open fairly industrial space that was proving fairly popular Friday evening. Wood fired pizzas as well as beer. I also appreciate that (for the most part, obviously this is an exception) they just name them by style.

    As for the beer, IMO this is a very solid DIPA considering it's the brewery's first. As the name implies, they pack a bunch of hops in rather than focusing on the nuances of any one or two. That clearly resonates in the aroma and flavors which are bold, focusing on pine and citrus. Even subsequent pours from the crowler create a nice head and at 8.7% it's quite balanced though I'm starting to feel it as I sip my second glass.

    CHEERS to all here who take the time to contribute to the site and write up notes about what's in your glass!
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  38. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (1,622) Mar 7, 2013 Quebec (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Looks delicious! I've only had their porter, but I thought it was a great beer. I also like how their beers are each like character classes from D&D.
  39. jkblr

    jkblr Meyvn (1,107) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
    Premium Member

    Good Palm Sunday morning BA
    I am happy to have this morning off before returning to work tonight.
    A doppelweizen from Lagunitas? Why not?
    22oz bottled 2/25/17 8.7%. Aroma is IPA-like with soft citrus predominant. Pours translucent copper with abundant off white head. Head retention is nice with an 1/8" lasting as the beer is consumed. Taste is soft citrus again with maybe the smallest amount of malt coming through. Mouthfeel is wheat beer soft with abundant carbonation and an underlying bitterness that stops short of being harsh, but is right at that limit. Overall, I am torn. As a "beer", this is well made and enjoyable, as a Bavarian-styled Ale, I can't find the smallest piece of Bavaria. If you are a Lagunitas fan, spend the four or five bucks and see for yourself. Cheers
  40. zid

    zid Savant (935) Feb 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader


    Transient Black Raspberry Maigre

    I guess this is a Berliner Weissbier. It's very nice. Color is murky purple. Body is nice and light but a touch too fizzy. Taste is definitely black raspberry (without tasting like candy) and wheat. It is slightly musty and invitingly sour. Not sweet. Very drinkable. A well balanced and enjoyable brew.
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