New Beer Sunday (Week 663)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,560) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    (I would say Extra Early because my body hasn't adjusted to the time change yet Edition, but this isn't even close to a record :wink:)

    Good morning, BA nation. The countdown is at three - yes, just three (3) more weeks until we hit NBS #666. There’s no official theme at this point, but I’m hoping you all will come up with some devilishly good ideas for your posts. It should be a hell of a thread just after Thanksgiving.

    Not that I don’t also expect good posts on this week or any other. On the contrary, I and al l NBS followers expect posts whose words will entice our eyes on appearance, knock the nose description out of the park, tantalize our tongues with words on taste, and force us to feel and understand your opinion on the beer overall. That’s what this thread is all about, promoting the sharing of experiences of a beer through words. But please don’t limit yourself to this thread and its participants; take a second to record you thoughts (perhaps verbatim) on the beer’s official page.

    I have seen a few people post that they really enjoy this thread. I can’t blame them, as I obviously enjoyed it enough to accept the current stewardship. I know I have, at times, held off on a beer specifically to enjoy and talk about it on this thread. Has anyone else done this? For a while, now, I haven’t been stuck trying to find a new beer on Sundays with so many new breweries opening and others entering distribution to my area. Hell, just yesterday I saw a promo for Loudoun County breweries with four (4!) I wasn’t aware existed.

    Given the wonderful participation on this thread, many take at least some enjoyment from popping the top/cap/cork on a new beer offering. But how eager are you about the chance at a new brewery offering? Do you tend to gravitate towards new offerings, thinking if we had a daily NB(M-S), that’d be fine with you? Or are new beers a nice treat and a decent reason/excuse to join us on Sundays for some conversation?

    Feel free to put your thoughts on these questions in your post along with the aforementioned required review and perhap some information about the beer and/or brewery, and/or some insight into what’s going on in your life. Pull up a chair to this back corner of the virtual bar where we’re doing a pseudo-bottle share and let’s talk about that new beer in your glass. The floor is yours...
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  2. Squire

    Squire Grand Pooh-Bah (4,201) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Yes, I held off on this one . . .



    Score 3.77
    look: 4 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

    A really beautiful deep amber rose gold color with off white cap and lacing.

    Rich caramely malt aroma with a definite piney hop hit.

    Taste is puzzling. It's as if the committee had a tie vote on whether to go with a rich marzen style or a West Coast hop forward brew. What they came up with is a juxtaposition of the two that doesn't really come together. I think it would work better as a Pale Ale rather than an amber. On entry it's richly caramely malty with a hard, bitter hop layer on top. The two flavors are distinctly separate as if you could run a knife through it and slice the hops off the top. They don't combine, don't meld, rather run side by side as if competing to see who can get to the finish line first. A heavy, overweight, clumsy brew similar to a large right guard that gets knocked tits over sunday by a smaller but more agile opposing tackle. That's it, the two flavors from start to finish. I do get a surprising nuttiness in the aftertaste.

    Full texture with balancing carbonation.

    A screw off cap really doesn't announce craft but I will say it's a good try and hope it succeeds because that might encourage Bud to come out with more along this line.
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  3. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,145) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Great start there, Mr. Giant.

    For me one new beer a week is plenty, I do always enjoy to try them but I am not a collector type of ticker. I guess I try new beers hoping to find new tastes and examples that I like as well or better than those I already enjoy. For instance, y'day at a bottle share I tasted a crowler from The Answer brewpub that was a new taste for me that was my favorite part of the share, a fruited gose with habanero.that was amazing. The other kind of ticker was there too, taking pics of every can and bottle.

    Will be back with a new beer a bit later to join y'all.
  4. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,560) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Hmmm... I feel unlucky that this wasn’t on the menu (or silly for overlooking it if it was) either of the two recent weekends we stopped by the brewpub. I’m curious if it was one of their “popsicle” variants. Best I can tell, the popsicles are near slushy-like in consistency perhaps due to what I believe is a decent dose of fruit purée as a part of the ingredients (some were quite tasty and melted-popsicle reminiscent). One of those with habanero would definitely be interesting.
  5. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,145) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    It was quite thick, bright fruit flavors, also some righteous tart to go with them, not overly thick, not overly sweet, nor salty, and a slow to crest wave of habanero that never goes over the top. I wish it had been one of the beers I was queueing up to purchase.
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  6. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Grand Pooh-Bah (5,951) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    As always, a great beginning to NBS @cjgiant.
    In my house, there's no such thing as an extra hour of sleep The dogs wake at their usual time and I get up to feed and walk them.
    I hope people are starting to think about NBS #666. I am having a beast of a time coming up with ideas, but I promise you there will be some revelations. Looking forward to the challenge.

    My new beer for today is Monstrosus, from Southern Tier's Barrel House Series. It is a beast at 14.7% ABV.
    It is pitch black with just a thin film of a head.
    Nice aroma. A lot of booze, some sweet chocolate, and some vanilla.
    Bourbon taste up front, followed by sweet chocolate and vanilla.
    Very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is complimentary and not dominating.
    A great beer! For you bourbon barrel aged RIS aficionados, this is the beer for you.

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  7. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,433) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I've enjoyed meeting two of the brewers and drinking a few of their beers the last couple of days, so something new to me - "Sultana", a 7.2% stout (Negra Premium) from Cervezas Califa, one of the local breweries here in Cordoba, Spain:

    Pours black with ruby see through on the edges; fairly quick tan cap that leaves behind loose bubbles of foam, a solid ring, and moderate lacing; good clarity. 3.75

    A whiff of chocolate and roast malt. 4.0

    Roasted malt and coffee beans; bittersweet dark chocolate; lite earthy hop presence as it warms; slightly lactic finish. 4.25

    Medium lite feel; thin texture; moderate carbonation. 3.75

    Overall it drinks and looks more like a porter; I like the subtle chocolate and coffee notes, and the bitter roast linger; an enjoyable middle of the alcohol road "Stout". 4.0 Cheers!
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  8. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Good morning you all and Happy New Beer Sunday! Me trying to get up steam this week has been like trying to push jello up a hill. Today i have Genesee Coffee Stout

    Opaque and almost completely black except for faint edges of color. Creamy chocolate colored head falls well and clings in sheets, spots and streaks. The nose is the the light scent of cocoa and dark roasted coffee. A hint of caramel at first that becomes sumptuously nutty as it warms. No real hop scents except for a sweet touch of earth. Drinks smooth and dry with moderate bubble. It's a touch soft int eh middle and does linger a bit long and creamy. I would call it full. The hops finish it well with a clean bitterness. The malt has a touch of roasty flavor but nothing to burnt or smoky. No fruit flavors. It reminds me of guinness except for that ribbon fo caramel and a soft peppery spice.

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    Cheers BA and Happy New Month of Dark Beer Sundays!
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  9. Peekaboolu

    Peekaboolu Initiate (0) May 24, 2016 Germany

    Happy New Beer Sunday everyone! I have indeed waited for Sunday to enjoy a beer that I picked up during the week because of this thread. Personally I enjoy how it is a once a week thing, it's just another reason to look forward to Sunday. Now on to the beer.... Today I am drinking a Spezial-Weißbier from Brauerei Karg. I'm not necessarily sure what makes it a special Weißbier but it may have to do with special types of hops they are using. In any case it came recommended to me from the owner of a bottle shop that I frequent so I'm excited to try it:


    The apperance is a very hazy, dark orange/light brown color with an off-white, cola colored head.

    The aroma was noticeable as soon as I opened the bottle. It has an intense aroma of citrus fruits, bananas, cloves, yeast and some hops.

    The taste is citrus-y up front with some slight sourness that is balanced about by tastes of bananas and a cream flavor from the yeast. There is also a slight bitterness to the beer.

    The mouthfeel is quite thick and there is a lot of yeast in the glass.

    Overall it's one of the most intense Weißbiers that I have had in terms of flavor and aroma. Everything that is usually in a Weißbier is in this beer, just amplified. There is also a noticeable hop presence that is missing from some Weißbiers and it's quite enjoyable. I'm glad to have been able to try this beer today and hope everyone else is able to try a new beer on this fine Sunday!
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  10. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Mornin' all.

    While I'll not be back until later with a new beer to talk about, I couldn't resist sipping some coffee and replying to the question posed by @cjgiant (AKA to some as "The Gentle Giant").

    I enjoy NBS simply because of two factors. First is that I motivate my self to try at least one new beer a week and read some things others have said about their new beers .

    But just as important, if not more so, people in this thread are always more interested in sharing with us information about the beers they are trying than they are in scoring debate points, expressing "hate" of something or displaying beer snobbery about what other people enjoy and choose to drink.

    See you this evening with some thoughts about what looks like it might be an interesting spiced beer.

    Cheers, all!
  11. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,678) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a 3 finger absolutely gorgeous mocha head that has incredible retention as it slowly settles into a thin ring of bubbles that hugs the sides of the glass and leaves behind some spotty lace. 4.75[​IMG] Smell is roasty expresso, vanilla, Ameretto, truffle, cocoa nibs, and a hint and mean a hint of warming alcohol. 4.75

    Taste follows the nose sting roasty coffee just grabs your tongue, vanilla, hazelnut, truffles, rich dark chocolate, and just a little hint of alcohol. 5

    Mouthfeel is almost large, gentle carbonation as you would expect, not really dry and that is surprising for this style, and the drinkability is staggering considering this beast clocks in at 12% ABV. 5

    Overall this is without a question one of the most amazingly satisfying Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Really I am actually nearly speechless and I am already almost done and I have been trying to nurse it, but every taste nearly curles my toes. If you see this break the bank and get it. 4.75
  12. jkblr

    jkblr Grand Pooh-Bah (4,988) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Good morning NBS
    In answer to @cjgiant's question, I always make sure to have a new beer in the fridge for Sunday. There are no carry out sales in Indiana on Sunday so it's important to plan ahead.
    Tried one from the Winter Classics box early this morning.
    The review:
    12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. Retention and lacing are above average. Aroma is almost nothing at fridge temp. It starts to give a little roast malt smell as it warms. The taste is roasty yet smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. Overall, a good oatmeal stout, but nothing to go crazy for. This might be the most absolutely average beer to style I've ever had.

    It's been too long since I've had a Samuel Smith oatmeal stout to compare, but this SA version was really uninspired. Enjoy the new beer in your glass today BA!
  13. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,560) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    That description does sound very much like the beers of which I was speaking. Feelings of "unfortunate" just shifted to "jealous." :slight_smile:

    Haha! I have, at various times, thought to look ahead to places I visit to determine their Sunday ABC laws. I've also been bitten when I forgot to check.
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  14. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Grand Pooh-Bah (5,905) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning New BSers! Well, it's a damp 70 degrees here in the New Braunfels, TX, area yet again! @cjgiant, thanks once again for an excellent start to NBS. Assuming the WBAYDN thread has started when I have my daily New Breakfast Beer, then I usually post it as such, without posting the review in the thread. This trip, however, ennui has prevented me from posting in WBAYDN at all - just doing the reviews. I like to try new local brews when I travel - you'd be surprised how many servers in restaurants think Sam Adams seasonal is a local brew! However, today's NBS offering:

    (This photo is of the fourth bottle from the four-pack, never hit the reefer after making it to the house - the only one with ANY head!)

    $ 12.79 (Including tax)/four pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.266/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala Road, San Antonio, TX.
    Best by 09/20/18 (I think). Stored in cooler in store, in 42 degree reefer at house. Poured at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter and consumed at 55 – 60 degrees, per bottle instructions.
    Aroma – Roasted malt, generic dark fruit.
    Head – None. An aggressive pour produces no head per se but does produce a three to four mm light brown ring fed by effervescence and a puny partial layer resembling a coral atoll.
    Lacing – None.
    Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
    Flavor – Begins bitter with some harsh alcohol taste. The advertised dark fruit ghosts by, leaving an oily stain on my taste buds. No licorice noted. No hops, no diacetyl. Ends with an oily aftertaste with an unfortunately long hang time.
    Palate – Medium, almost creamy, very soft carbonation.
    Impression: This is the third bottle from the four-pack and I have yet to see a nitro head or any head at all. To read the date on the shoulder you need to get just the right angle of reflected light and then it’s so small it’s barely legible. This is not a very good RIS, IMHO, but at least it’s cheap. I bought it because another customer searching the beer aisles recommended it. Maybe his four pack was better than mine. Four and done.

    Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.7, rDev -8.6%.

    In general, Left Hand has been rather hit or miss for me; consequently, I don't buy their beer, but since this came highly recommended by a total stranger ...
  15. woodychandler

    woodychandler Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,060) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Happy New Coup de Boule(vard) Beer Sunday (Week 663)!

    I have to cop to being a bit of a collector ticker, hence the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but I would still prefer to keep things to once a week. Just my $0.02. Plus, I like taking pictures of my beers since it creates even more of a memory.

    As to memory, my title this week is a pun. Who'da guessed! In French, a Coup de Boule is a headbutt and while I had four years of high school French & got a LOT more fluent as a plankowner aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60), making many port calls in France, I had not heard the term before 2006. I was in St. Louis, MO, at the downtown Schlafly brewpub, watching the World Cup Finals with a group of regulars when Zinedine Zidane of France lets loose with one & the announcer forgot his English & used that term! Ha.

    I was also present at a Press fete in PHL a few (?) years ago when Boulevard BC of KC, MO made their distro debut. I was SO excited & my excitement has not waned, but I have a number of their bottles chilled & ready to go for today. So many, in fact, that I may feel like someone has done a coup de Boule(vard) on me!

    It began with:

    & as such, I am off & running! I'll be back later to update you with my progress.
  16. Beersnake

    Beersnake Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,330) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Thanks to @cjgiant for the really nice opening remarks. I always enjoy bringing a new beer to the NBS to see what others are trying for the first time and to share my thoughts on a new brew. Sometimes it's something I found a few days prior, but other times it's something I have been saving for an NBS for quite some time. I am always impressed by the insight and beautiful descriptions from fellow BA's.

    Today I am trying something new from a great Canadian brewery. I am Canadian, although not from Quebec. I have often enjoyed breweries from Quebec, including Dieu du Ciel! and Unibroue. This one for today is a really special release from Le Trou du diable. I actually found this in Germany, which is really exciting. This is La Bretteuse, a wild ale. The description is an IPA aged at length in Pinot noir and Zinfandel barrels.

    This was bottled on January 11th 2017. Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm over an hour. The cap had a little plastic stopper attached to it, which I hadn't seen before. There was quite a bit of pressure under the cap - a bit of head started flowing out of the bottle. I poured quickly. It pours a beautiful murky orange with a good amount of light head. The aroma is gorgeous. It's bustling with citrus notes - lots of lemon, grapefruit and orange. Super smooth - not really getting any bitter notes on the nose. Also getting some nice vanilla and spice. Getting some slight pine, but not really coming across as hoppy. Some nice funk - maybe a bit of leather. A little bit of bark and yams as well.

    Taste is really interesting. Not really hoppy - mostly sweet coming through initially with some bitterness coming through on the back end. Here is where the grapes are coming through. Really nice red grapes - a lot of peel. I feel like the bitterness is from the wine barrels. Definitely some good citrus, but more citrus peel on the taste. Vanilla and oak is layered in there. Really impressive beer, with a nice mouthfeel. Dry and medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely, and the aftertaste lingers for a while. Alcohol not really evident.

    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

    I enjoyed this week, and I look forward to visiting NBS again in 7 days. I am already thinking about which beer to crack for that one...

    Cheers all!



  17. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,131) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    A: Pours a clear light yellowish with a nice head, a good amount of lacing.

    A: Hints of citrus and hops.

    T: A pleasant taste of citrus and hops.

    M: A light bodied session with a good amount of carbonation.

    O: A nice solid session IPA.
  18. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,560) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Ok, for my first new beer, I am having one I did not intend on holding until today. But last night after dinner and a late Friday, I sort of ran into that invisible wall that finds us all from time to time. I did not verify the growler filling technique at Solace Brewing, but they seem to follow Ocelot in many ways and if they do in growler filling, there may be a little gas protecting this beer from an overnight stay in the fridge. Then again, it's just a night - we should be okay.

    Funny thing with this beer called She Made Me is that it was listed as a "common" beer on the board at the brewery. The tag, you will see, has it listed as a lager. I assume by the way "common" was used, they mean the used the techniques for a California Common beer, which involve using lager yeasts ("bottom fermenting") at warmer temperatures that ale yeasts ("top fermenting") tend to enjoy. Lagering has also been described more as a technique than specific to the yeast itself. Not sure exactly how Solace feels about these terms given the ambiguity in their labeling.

    Oh, did I forget to mention, it's also a pumpkin [spice] beer! I grabbed an Alewerks pumpkin ale (specifically) as our sips of the Solace beer at the brewery yesterday reminded me of it. Let's see how [in]correct my perceptions were.

    Solace's She Made Me pours darker than Alewerks, I'd say it's dang near a brown ale - at least a very dark amber. There wasn't as much of a "psst" as I'd hoped when I opened the growler, but there was a fair flurry of bubbles that came to the surface. So this isn't flat, but I have the impression it's also not necessarily 100% representative of a fresh pour. A thin ring lasts.

    Nose has a typical pumpkin beer nose - and one that isn't heavily reliant on the spices. There's a malty sweetness, a light tang of pumpkin and restrained pie spices. The Alewerks beer does seem to rely a little more on the spices and has a stronger smell overall (despite it being what I presume is at least a few weeks to a month older). It's also a tad bit sweeter smelling.

    The feel of the Solace beer is not very effervescent, but is not flat at all. Again, I can't claim to be having this in it's best state. There's a light tickling, tongue encompassing carbonation to this medium to slightly less bodied beer. Alewerks actually has a similar feel, with just a little more vigor to the bubbles and a more solid medium body.

    She Made Me takes all the aspects that are in the nose and brings them subtly to the taste. This is a pumpkin ale that seems to me to lean on being a beer first - which might work for many of you than aren't pumpkin beer fans. It comes to me as an amber beer first, with a clean flavor, that then gets a little pumpkin and earthy spice layered on top of it. The Alewerks beer actually starts with a little tang leaning slightly towards tart (which I assume is the gourd's influence). The spices aren't overpowering in this beer either, but do have more influence than the Solace offering.

    Overall, I do see why I put these two beers in parallel. They aren't clones of each other, at all, but both have integrated the pumpkin pie nicely into the beer. If you really enjoy big, bold spice, I'd stray from the Solace - and might only get a taster of the Alewerks. If you want a lighter touch of pumpkin and have a chance, give the Solace a try, To quote the GF, "I like the Alewerks better, it tastes more pumpkiny. The other tastes a little pumpkiny, but I like the one with more."
  19. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,560) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Haha!! Just to make it clear, there is no push to change up the number of days for NBS - my quip was meant to describe a mentality, not a proposal to change the procedural nature of this thread. Amongst the numerous reasons for no changes is that I wouldn't wish the "extra work" on @lordofthewiens and I. :grinning:
  20. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,131) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia
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    A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with no nice head and no lacing.

    A: Fruity and spicy hints.

    T: A nice pleasant fruity and spicy taste.

    M: Light bodied with little carbonation but a pleasant character..

    O: A nice decent lager.
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