New Beer Sunday (Week 771)

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  1. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,869) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Happy Thanksgiving Day Sunday, New Beer Sippers. Hope the Americans in the crowd had a good Thursday holiday and that the rest of you had a good random late November Thursday. For those who had to deal with family, I hope it all went well and no one had to do anything like ban a crazy uncle from the dinner conversation since you will probably have to interact with the whole family again at a Christmas dinner.

    Speaking of Christmas, anyone get into the Black Friday mayhem? Or as craft beer patrons, did you opt for Small Business Saturday yesterday? Or as obvious web users, are you waiting for Cyber Monday tomorrow? Or maybe you and the family decided against gifts for self-reliant adults, finally?

    Getting back to Black Friday, did any of your local breweries have releases this weekend? It seems a few breweries around me have bought into the Black Friday release concept. Even if your locals didn't, maybe you got in on some of the Goose Island Bourbon County offerings; I'd be a little surprised not to see a couple posts of them today.

    On the topic of brewery releases and shopping, they sort of lead me to the point of this thread. Did you find a new beer recently, perhaps from a brewer near you? Are you willing to share a few specifics of your thoughts on that beer today with us? You don't have to give a categorical review based on look, smell, taste, and feel, but we'd like some of your objective-as-possible thoughts on your initial encounter with your beer. We won't judge like your family might, though we might chime in with our thoughts if we've also had the beer - you know, for the sake of discussion.

    So let's assume you have a new beer. The pricing here is the same as always - your time and willingness to put together some verbiage into a post to inform others. Sorry that there's no discount this weekend, but we do really appreciate the time you spend crafting your observations into a nice review post. After all, it's the thought that counts - a ha'penny for yours?
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  2. Shanex

    Shanex Meyvn (1,445) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Howdy NBS (S: Sunday, Sippers...?) and thanks @cjgiant for starting it...

    So, no. I did my best to ignore this Black Friday thing, beside buying food and a couple beers (priorities).

    I did another beer errands early this morning hoping to find a new beer or two and I found something that may be interesting... from “Brasserie Lion” in Belgium, an IPA


    A 330ml bottle poured into my usual Guinness pint, leaving a few inches of a white head... 6% ABV. Best before May 2022.

    The color is Amber and slightly opaque, with a nice retention and lacing.

    This smells like this is going to be another hop bomb, with wheat malt and typical Belgian yeast.

    On the palate, this IS a hop bomb that goes down dangerously quickly! Great quaffable IPA that reminds me of a Sierra Nevada IPA Hop Hunter regarding the taste, which is surprising if it’s a Belgian IPA. Not sure what HOPS were used though...

    Overall, this is a winner and a rare find, I mean; probably a fairly recent release from Belgium that hit our shelves this week. Great IPA for roughly 2€.

    Have a great Sunday NBS!
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  3. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Savant (953) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Thanks for getting us started @cjgiant .:+1::beers:
    Black Friday? Ugh!:rolling_eyes::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::-1:
    Definitely favor Small Business Saturday. Preferably last & next Saturday.:wink:
    I was going to go out , because of some things needing checking on at work, but ......had a flat, & apparently my jack was another casualty of September's truck accident. (Two 50+lb tool boxes smashing into it. ) By the time I got a jack from my brother, & the tire changed, nobody near me had the time to repair it. Wasn't going to drive all over on the donut, so........did everything I had planned, & then some, yesterday, including picking up some new beer, and also the (almost:wink:) obligatory BCBS . Pleasantly surprised at the almost-normal traffic.

    I still have some work I'd like to get done before the snow hits, including driving to my work to grab some more stone*, so I'll be back later, with new-to-me beer. (1-3, depending ....)

    * The other person's insurance company dragged their feet , finally sending the (entirely inadequate) check 2 MONTHS:astonished: later . Had to buy something in the meantime, so am now hauling sh*t with a small car. It takes more trips.:rolling_eyes::grin:
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  4. kemoarps

    kemoarps Poo-Bah (1,528) Apr 30, 2008 Washington

    Welcome to December, y'all.
    Similarly to those above, I'm not really one for black friday. Don't like crowds, not much of a consumer/shopper, and have too much crap already. And any online deals seem to just be the random third party stock they couldn't sell at full price so they display it as being on sale to try and move stuff that wasn't otherwise moving. I just worked all through the holiday.

    I've been debating this bottle for a couple of sundays now... Ale Apothecary is a small one man (I think it's still just the one guy, yeah?) operation down in Bend that's long been well regarded around here for his use of the Ws... wild and wood. I've always been intrigued, but hesitant to pull the trigger, primarily because I can never really justify 30 bucks for a single bomber and my hand wanders elsewhere. Well I've been seeing smaller format bottles on the shelves lately, and while still on the expensive side (15 bucks for a 12+ oz bottle), that's a little more palatable, even if still more of a special occasion kind of thing.

    Tonight I finally cracked into my bottle of Ralph. The bottle bills it as a, "wild fermentation ale brewed with fir needles & honey, aged in wine barrels." Sounds interesting.


    This is the batch bottled 12.14.2018, so if I'd REALLY been paying attention I would have waited two weeks and opened it just after its 1st birthday. Stupid Kestrel.
    So being the pretentious fuck that I am, I smelled the cork after popping it. It got me quite excited for the contents of the glass to come. Sweet honey and berry flavours meld with a yeasty funk and a big blast of pine fir sap. Dope. Looking back to the bottle I see a slow surge of buzzy foam oozing its way towards the newly provided exit point, so I figured I'd let it sit for a moment before disturbing its fruitless progress to transfer to a glass.


    I swear the pour came out thicker than this liquid actually is. Like it was a viscous pour of a non-viscous liquid. I'm trippin' y'all. Anyway, the liquid in front of me in the glass is actually a darker richer shade than I'd imagined in my mind brain. Not sure why I pictured it lighter, but this is more of a caramel amber. Not quite clear, but not murky. Mostly just... opaque. Develops a bald spot then slowly loses all its hair fuzzy off white head, leaving just a spotty continent and ring around the cuff. Some bits of lacing too, which surprises me for some reason.

    Nose is immediately big wood (get your mind out of the gutter). The pine fir has a deeply sappy character and layers over everything else. Under that there is some dull yeasty funk (less sweet than the cork), with elements of green apple, and some musty earthiness. Wine barrel influence is less notable, but combined with the honey it lends a rich sweet counterbalance to the earth and wood found elsewhere. As it warms in the glass the fir yields some small amount of ground and the wine and yeast assert themselves a little better.

    Initial impressions on the tongue lean more into the fruitier side of it, to my surprise and delight. The fir (I remembered this time!) still finds a way to connect, as it adopts a passing interest in the lighter sweeter character I've found imparted by spruce tips in the past (and at least once before with fir in Fort George's Magnanimous IPA). This is at best a supporting role, though, as there's some light citrus and some rich sweet berry/stone fruit. I was trying to figure out where I got the berry thing from when it hit me: it's the wine barrels. It gives the impression of the flavours found in the tasting notes on the back of a bottle of wine moreso than what I find the wine usually ACTUALLY presents, and certainly moreso than I've ever gotten from wine barrel aging before. Still that omnipresent wood, both from the barrel and the fir needles. The tart wild character keeps bringing the word 'raspy' to my mind, and I keep getting flashbacks to childhood hauling crappy green firewood into the house. The kind that's not dense at all, splinters easy, and has those tiny red fuzz splinters under the bark and makes for terrible firewood. Well, it's delicious beer anyway.

    I'm a huge fan of this one. I mentioned the price point causing me to shy away above. It's still a major consideration, but armed with first hand knowledge of what could be lurking within that bottle, it's a compromise I'm more willing to make more often.

    Cheers y'all and hope your December gets off to a wonderful start as well!!
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  5. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good day New BS ers! It's starting off as another rainy day here in NW PA, ie a typical fall day. Since most of our relatives are dead, Black Friday is a day to recover from Gluttony Thursday - but as usual Mrs Lizard found it necessary to do some grocery shopping, bringing home the average of one bag/hour gone. I'm seriously thinking about taking over the grocery shopping.

    Today's New Breakfast Beer as well as my New Beer Sunday Entry is from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF #10: The Bruery Cherry Chocolate Rain: (attempt to post pic):



    I'll be back after I do some checking!
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  6. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (4,080) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on 11/11/19. Pours a gorgeous orange yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head, that leaves a bunch thin lines of lace as it slowly settles. 4.75

    Smell is ripe cantaloupe, papaya, peach, tangerine, and a apricot. 4.25

    Taste is bigger and more assertive melon, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and apricot very little bitterness and loaded with tropical flavors. 4.5

    Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, gentle carbonation with a very soft feel, slightly sticky not dry, and at 6% ABV it drinks bigger but is amazingly crushable. 4.5

    Overall this is a top tier NEAPA, but who doesn’t love Galaxy hops. Highly recommend this one. 4.5 Cheers all.
  7. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (994) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Thanks for the read. That was fun. I always look forward to your posts.
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  8. kemoarps

    kemoarps Poo-Bah (1,528) Apr 30, 2008 Washington

    Hey, I recognize that beer! ;P
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  9. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,839) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I don't!
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  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,251) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Another distributing craft brewery new to Pennsylvania

    Over the past year some well-known craft breweries expanded into SEPA. First 3 Floyds, then Toppling Goliath and just last week some Surly Brewing beers became available.

    Bill Manley of Surly explained in a BA thread how Surly beers became available here:

    “Throughout 2019, Surly has been working with a group called "Brew Pipeline" -- a new company testing out a distribution model that gets breweries into new markets without being forced into a binding distribution agreement.

    Basically, it works like this. Brew Pipeline signs the distribution agreements on behalf of breweries. The brewery works with Brew Pipeline to send beer to a specific geography for a set time. The distributors work to pre-sell the brands into accounts, the total volume orders come in, and the brewers produce the beer.

    Essentially, it's a great way for brewers to do small drops of beer over a limited time span in new markets, without the expense of supporting a rep in the market, or the burden of locking-in to a distribution agreement (which in some states, can hold-true for forever.)

    We had great success in NYC earlier this year, the SEPA market right now, and in Northern California.”

    The fact that Surly is cooperating with another business (Brew Pipeline) to make their beers available outside of their regular distribution area is an intriguing business concept.

    So, I purchased a couple of Surly 4-packs and today I will discuss Surly Furious. From the Surly website some details of Surly:


    Color: Reddish Amber

    Hops: Warrior, Ahtanum. Cascade, Simcoe, Amarillo

    Malt: 2-row Golden Promise, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley

    OG: 15º Plato

    Yeast: English Ale

    IBU: High

    ABV: 6.7%”

    Also there is a paragraph on the back of the can listing:

    “This undefinable crimson-hued ale delivers aromas of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. Aggressively hopped, beautifully balanced with a caramel malt backbone, Furious delivers a moment of pure beer bliss that is a style all its own.”

    As a homebrewer I found the grain bill to be intriguing. Many ‘modern’ IPAs have fairly simple grain bills (2-row Pale Malt and maybe one other malt). As I considered the specific grain bill and the color description a ‘lightbulb’ went off: I wonder how similar this beer is to Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA? And since I have some Sierra Nevada Celebration on hand (it tis’ the season you know) I figured let’s find out.

    My wife will join me in this exercise so served in four small-ish tulip glasses; she will be drinking her beers blind (no knowledge of the beer brands or even beer style).


    Surly Furious IPA: A medium amber color and an off-white head.

    SN Celebration: A medium amber color with a BIG off-white head.

    These two beers look very similar.


    Surly Furious IPA: The hop aromas dominate with a combination of pine, citrus and floral. There is some caramel sweetness in the background.

    SN Celebration: The hops aromas dominate with a combination of floral & citrus. There is some caramel maltiness there as well.


    Surly Furious IPA: The flavor follows the nose. There are the hop flavors of pine, citrus and floral. The malt aspect is more noticeable with the caramel flavors being in the forefront. There is a moderate bitterness.

    SN Celebration: The flavor follows the nose with a combination of hop flavors (floral, citrus) but the caramel flavor is more prominent on the palate. There is a moderate bitterness.


    Surly Furious IPA: Medium body with an off-dry finish.

    SN Celebration: Medium body with an off-dry finish.


    Surly Furious IPA: This beer is very good. I really enjoyed the aroma.

    SN Celebration: This beer is very good. I always buy Celebration Ale every year and this year is a ‘bonus’ year since I purchased a case (24 bottles) during a recent trip into my neighboring state of Delaware.

    This side-by-side tasting was intriguing. I preferred the aroma of Furious but I preferred the flavor of Celebration especially the floral aspect. Two enjoyable ‘old school’ IPAs.

    Oh, and my wife expressed her preference for Furious. Her exact words were “I like A” (Furious was marked as “A”).


    @KOP_Beer_OUtlet @rotsaruch @RobH @BillManley @SierraTerence

  11. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,071) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Wesbrook/3 Sons collaboration Velvet Tuxedo. A blend of Summation and Mexican Cake.

    4.27/5 rDev +0.2%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    Pours an extremely dark brown with a dense, well retained one finger dark tan head that left islands of lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cherries, oak and a hint of red wine. Taste is more cherry forward than the nose would suggest, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roasted malts, red wine, oak, vanilla, caramel and a hint of tobacco. Not a hint of peppers despite the fact that Mexican Cake is one of the base beers used. Full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes with a slightly lingering tart cherry quality, plush mouth feel.
  12. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a nice solid black color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar, oats and vanilla hints
    T-the taste follows the nose with cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar, oats and vanilla flavors
    T-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
    O-A good stout
  13. woodychandler

    woodychandler Poo-Bah (10,126) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Happy New Oliver Beers Sunday (Week 771)!

    It has been quite a week with me being off since walking out of Hand MS on F, 22 November at the end of the school day. I was supposed to be there until the beginning of the Christmas break on F, 20 December, but when my employer, Substitute Teacher Services (STS) called to invite me to take a 5-week position at Manheim Township's Landis Run Intermediate School to cover a 6th grade Social Studies classroom until their new teacher arrives, I jumped on it! Why? Better clientele & given the antics at Hand leading up to Thanksgiving, it was just going to be more of the same for three weeks. It also turns out that the contracted teacher going into that billet is a woman who currently teaches at Hand! Small world & big excitement all around!

    I went to dinner with my maternal uncle on Thursday & my Black Friday took the form of going to The Comic Store (a local small business) to buy some MAD paperbacks that I had my eye on anyway & a gift for my most gracious monthly host. I would divulge more, but I don't know how loose @JackHorzempa 's lips are … :wink:

    From there, a bunch of us met at Dominion Pizza (another local small business) for their GIBCBS event before segueing over to Hunger-n-Thirst for their Black Friday event of (mainly) RISs. I had some Fifty-Fifty Tequila-Bbl.-aged beer that still has me licking my lips! Yum!

    Yesterday, I went to see "Parasite" & then joined my aforementioned uncle, plus his sister & her husband for supper. The latter are up from DC & brought me a raft of the Guinness Bulleit Bourbon-Bbl. aged Stock Ale! :astonished:

    Today, the emptying of the reefer backlog CANtinues in earnest. My plan is to empty the reefer & then refill it, empty it again, and so on until my backlog is eradicated.:grimacing: I take full responsibility for having let things get out of CANtrol. The problem was going out to drink, buying armloads to bring home, then going back out, not touching the stash. It took being homebound this past summer to realize the need for action.:rolling_eyes:

    Onward! I begin the day with an N2 CAN from my mate, Steve Jones at Oliver B.C. in BALMD:
    Right pic & everything! I'm GTG. I'll be back in my usual inimitable style with more … stuff!

    On this thread, I CAN get away with catch-up posts. On WBAYDN, they want each & every one in the here & now. :slight_frown: I just feel like an attention hound when I have multiple posts in the same thread on the same day.
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  14. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,275) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado

    Thanks @cjgiant for the great start to this weeks NBS. Will be back later on with a new beer.

  15. Shanex

    Shanex Meyvn (1,445) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Only had one variant of Dragon Milk, it was mind blowing. World class IMO.
  16. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (1,982) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Hello New Beer Sunday!!!

    I would have loved to participate in Small Business Saturday, yesterday. I didn't, because the weather was horrible. Just a lot of snow, and some sleet. I just went from work straight home after work.

    Today, more of the same, so I'm just going to enjoy my day off, and not leave home.

    Another reason I'm not leaving home: New BEER!

    The Kindness Trap - Coffee - from Oliphant Brewing. 10% ABV.

    From the can:

    "This is a blended bourbon-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout that is an Oliphant Brewing and Historic Casanova Liquors collaboration.

    Kindness is doing or being nice to others.

    The kindness trap is when doing something nice for others leads to a non-enjoyable experience for oneself.

    For example, giving someone a can of coke as a thank you after they use their skid steer to shovel your driveway but then be regaled for over an hour on the current status of their roofing and siding project including the names of people you don't know, the issues with the project, even more names of people you don't know and all the while you're trying to get away to finish shoveling and you can't help but think you'd rather have just shoveled but then they are still talking and it's still about the siding project and it's the middle of winter so why are they installing siding? But that can't be asked because it's gone too far and you can't escape because they're your neighbor and you wanted to be kind because they were kind to you but it's gone too far and the blade to the shovel looks nice and sharp how sharp do you think? Sharp enough..? Is it sharp enough? Is it SHARP ENOUGH? It isn't. Nothing will ever be sharp enough to cut yourself away from this conversation. Nothing but time and being unkind.

    This beer is a praise to being nice and a tonic for everything that follows.

    Swig hard and ease in."

    Holy cow, that was a mouthful. Better submit that for the brewer's notes.

    This beer is another great beer from Oliphant. Nice rich coffee, and the notes from the barrel back it up nicely. Damn good, and it's really hard to tell that it's a 10% beer.

    Highly recommended.


    4.29/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

    Pours pitch black. 3 finger brown, foamy head. Head retention is really good. There's some lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
    The nose is nice and deep rich coffee. The coffee is the main aroma. I do get hints of chocolate also.
    Taste - definite coffee bomb, but there's more. I do get some caramel and chocolate. There's also a lactose flavor to this.
    The body is quite thick. Slight creamy feeling. You really don't get the feeling that this is a 10% beer.
    Another home run by Oliphant.

    I'm going to be stuck in The Kindness Trap for a while here, but I'm sure I'll be able to try at least one more new beer today.
  17. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (2,764) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Tree House Double Shot Espresso

    Happy Sunday, BAs.

    I missed Black Friday beer shopping this weekend, as I was instead roped into Thanksgiving Weekend traveling and going to my sister-in-law’s 1995 high school basketball team’s induction into the town’s high school sports hall of fame — four-and-a-half hours of listening to 70-year old men relive their glory days play-by-play.

    The upside is that I got to stop at Tree House on the way home.

    Double Shot Espresso pours a dark, chocolatey brown with slow effervescence and a finger of dark tan foam head. The head settles into a thin crown and wisp with some sloppy sheets of lacing.

    Chocolate and sweetish coffee are what show most in the nose.

    The taste follows closely. The first impression is of sugared coffee with some creamy, high-quality chocolate behind. As it goes on, the coffee presents as darker and lusher (as espresso even), but there’s tons of brown sugar, molasses and Hershey’s syrup in front of it. There are hints of cherry and plum as well.

    It’s medium bodied and slick feeling with modest carbonation (as appropriate for a single stout).

    The espresso on this takes a second to find, but it is a really nice addition to what is otherwise a decadently sweet dessert stout. 11/27/19 canned on date.
  18. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a vibrant golden color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has citrus and grapefruit hints
    T-The taste follows the nose with a nice citrus and grapefruit flavor
    M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
    O-A good Imperial IPA
  19. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,615) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Happy Sunday, NBS crew! @cjgiant my only Black Friday shopping consisted of a 10 minute jaunt to Whole Foods to look at their BCBS selection. Ended up buying only a couple of bottles, since I knew I’d be trying them all on draft later that day. And glad I did, since the winners of this year’s BCBS release were the 2 reserves (which I never saw here) and regular, which should be easy to find for awhile.

    Today’s new beer comes courtesy @Victory_Sabre1973 . This is the last of the crowlers James sent me from the cold northern tundra. Had to add the beer to the db. Also my first beer from this brewery.

    Funtalented - Oliphant
    Stout with peanut butter and jelly - 10% abv
    Score: 4.24 (0% rDev - 1st rating)



    Exactly as advertised. Authentic peanut butter and raspberry jelly, generously slathered atop a milk chocolate tart. Unlike most peanut butter beers, there isn’t even a hint of artificial flavoring here. The body is a little thin, but that’s the only fault I can detect. Highly drinkable for 10%. Thanks again James!

    (addendum: I already downed a glass of this just while typing out the review. Great drinkability!)
  20. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Meyvn (1,326) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey

    Paulaner original Munich lager
    ..clear gold orange
    ..medium light carbonation with a little bit of a thin body but overall it came together for a nice feel
    ..aroma is grain,cracker,sour,floral, yeasty bread
    ..taste stayed true to aroma for the most part. Was crisp,nice grain yeasty bread taste
    ...this was a very nice beer that I cant believe I haven't had before. Would go great with a wide array of different foods[​IMG]
  21. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a vibrant orange golden color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has citrus and tropical hunts
    T-The taste follows the nose with a nice citrus and tropical flavor
    M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
    O-A good NEIPA
  22. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    It was really good!
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  23. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (3,010) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Had a fine time at Thanksgiving with the family. Lots of laughs, good food and top-shelf beers including Sucaba and CBS.

    I only bought one item on Black Friday, which was the latest Chromecast (3rd gen) device since my 1st Gen from 2013 will no longer be getting major updates. It cost $25.

    Speaking of black, today's new beer for me is:

    Black Magic Stout by Empire Brewing Company - my overall rating = 3.71


    Had this near Pittsburgh, PA from a 12oz bottle with no date (believed to be from 2019)

    A - Almost opaque brown with a 1-finger tan head from an aggressive pour as recommended on the bottle due to the nitrogen.
    S - Semi-sweet chocolate, dates, mild roasted grain. Mild.
    T - Well-toasted brown bread with a lightly burnt crust (char) with a thin spread of Nutella. Earthy spice. Finishes dry with lingering roasted bitterness.
    M - Light-medium body and light nitrogenation.
    O - It's a tasty example of an Irish Dry Stout with plenty of flavor for this 4.8% brew. Would have this again.
  24. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (3,010) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Glad to know that Surly has made it to PA. I'll have to check the Pittsburgh area. I've been a fan of Surly for many years and have visited their old brewery. I travel to the midwest a lot and often drink Surly. BTW, their Helles (Surly Hell) is quite good.
  25. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,718) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    We've been getting Brew Pipeline in Little Rock. It's a great program. I also was lucky enough to get a couple Surly beers out of the deal. We also have a couple beers from DuClaw here now.
  26. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (1,982) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Oh, crap! I did have a sample on tap, but I thought I added it to the database. I guess I didn't.
    Sorry about that. Might be making it back there in the near future - weather permitting.

    Now, I guess you all know I have a bad habit - I like to taste great beers.

    Now is this from Bad Habit Brewing good?


    From Russia With Love - Bottle # 132 10% ABV. 58 IBU.

    I also gave a bottle of this to @GreenBayBA , so he can also get some central Minnesota love.

    So how is this beer?

    Lot more hops than I was expecting. It's good, but a bit of a curve ball from the norms of the style. It's damn good, and my love of Bad Habit continues.


    4.02/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    2019 release. Bottle 132.

    Pours pitch black. Less than a 1 finger dark brown head. Head retention isn't the best, but for the style, and ABV, not bad. No lacing on the glass, but the head dissipates to a brown ring around the glass, with an island of foam from it. Reminds me of the Florida Keys.
    The nose - I get a decent amount of caramel on it. Some chocolate notes.
    Taste - I get a decent hop profile from this. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla are the other profiles. I saw the IBU #, but I was surprised with the amount of hops in this beer. It's good, but a lot more hops than I'd expect from the style.
    Fairly thick, though I would expect a bit more from the style. No alcohol burn. Smooth feeling.
    Damn tasty RIS from Bad Habit Brewing.

    I'll see if I can do another beer after this.
  27. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,175) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    Good afternoon NBS and thanks @cjgiant for the start today.
    We support the local businesses as a year round effort, My sweetheart made a few stops yesterday, things need to sent to our son in Taiwan so that was the focus.
    As for releases, there were 2 in the area, Amherst Brewing Co with the holiday stout, and a surprise in house tasting only Brett based offering from Brick and Feather.

    Along those lines today's NBS is from Plan Bee, the Barn beer is quite a nice treat. think of not to tart lemon pie, and that about nails it for me. The mixed cs and hops all work is gentle, grain and hops, in excellent balance.

    Cheers all

    Barn Beer

    Plan Bee Farm Brewery
    American Wild Ale | 5.5% ABV

    4.16/5 rDev -0.7% | Average: 4.19
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Poured from an undated 375 ml bottle into the test glass.
    A - Excellent clarity, pineapple colored backdrop. Carbonation wanders with out any hurry top side. A thin ring of white clings to the glass wall.
    S - Lemon drops, Loire valley White wine, musty basement funk is gently present, a bit of wet oak adds a nice touch.
    T - Tart lemon pie, add some nice mineral, chalk , green grape skin, mixed culture so a wild touch on the palate.
    M - Smooth feel, with windows of tart opening and closing around a semi sweet base. Carbonation is so mild that the offering is riding a little flat. This is actually a nice balance against the tart center.
    O - A very good wild ale, not weighted in any one camp, the grains are robust enough to hang with the mixed culture, hops are earthy, adding a nice touch. Well done and worth seeking out
  28. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Meyvn (1,326) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey

    Great lakes blackout stout
    ..light carbonation with a thick,slick, creamy feel
    .. aroma is wood,earthy,sweet licorice, charred roasted malts,molasses, sweet malt
    ...taste is char and bitterness towards the end and lingers. Sweet malt,licorice, earthy wood
    ..overall this was a great surprise, really enjoyed this one. Usually not a fan of licorice but this was incorporated in a nice way and the other flavors are so strong and bold that the licorice doesnt dominate[​IMG]
  29. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,306) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Damn I'm good! :stuck_out_tongue: Sending beers I've never even had.
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  30. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,993) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I’ve always liked Furious, I bet by the time I get home all this stuff is gone. I never seem to catch the intermittent drops and not being a local there’s zero contacts to pull strings. That and I’m only there like 3 days and out, and I mainly chase food more so than beer.
  31. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,306) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Donut spares SUCK! Insurance Companies SUCK EVEN MORE! Sorry.
  32. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,802) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Years back (the 2010's), Surly referenced using a Scottish malt on Furious cans, and that malt was what separated Furious from many of the citrusy, piney IPA's that were so ubiquitous in that period. I'd be interested to know if the malt bill changed, because the last time I purchased a Furious 4-pack (spring of 2018), the can didn't reference a Scottish malt.

    Thanks for the side-by-side. Celebration and Furious are two of my favorite IPA's, and your post opened my eyes - those two beers really are similar, especially the use of the malt to augment the hop flavors.
  33. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,879) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) Quad, 10.2% ABV. Pours dark brown with a hand of foamy beige head that left only slight lacing. Nose is caramel, bread, brown sugar, and malt. Taste follows, slightly sweet, almost no bitterness. Outstanding mouthfeel, overall world-class.

    4.69/5 rDev +0.6%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

    Having a few new beers, and watching the Packers.

  34. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,306) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Copy Cat!
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  35. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,644) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia


    A-Pours a vibrant orange golden color with a slight head and lacing
    A-Aroma has citrus and tropical hunts
    T-The taste follows the nose with a nice citrus and tropical flavor
    M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
    O-A good NEIPA
  36. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,906) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico

    My Black Friday was a thirteen hour drive from Lancaster, California to Las Cruces, New Mexico. We've done it often enough that it's not too bad. This particular trip started off poorly. Lancaster (and the surrounding area) got 4-6 inches of snow on Thanksgiving. My daughter said it was a rare event. Snow there is rare enough that there is no snow removing equipment. This made the first 50 miles of the trip very difficult, and it took us over two hours to drive those 50 miles. The Highway Patrol seemed to be quite busy, with more cars off the road than I could count.
    Phoenix is the halfway point on the trip, and we have made it a point to stop and have a nice meal before heading out again. Friday we stopped at The Attic for lunch. They had four Bourbon County beers on tap, and I enjoyed a flight (my wife was taking over the driving for the rest of the trip), and I brought a few bottles home. One of them was Café De Olla and, not being very patient, I decided to drink it today.
    In a snifter the beer was black with just the hint of a head.
    Aroma, in no particular order, revealed coffee, chocolate, orange, vanilla, and cinnamon.
    Chocolate and coffee up front on the taste, then some orange and vanilla, with some warming cinnamon at the end. There was a bit of bourbon there also.
    Thick and rich. I've been sipping this for a couple hours, and probably have a couple hours to go.

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  37. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,128) Mar 7, 2013 Quebec (Canada)

    Hidey-ho, NBSites!
    Welcome to December, everybody and I hope you all truly enjoyed your thanksgiving(s) and got to hang out and eat and drink with friends and family. Pretty nice here today, sunny and chilly. I got errands done yesterday to be ready for today since this afternoon we are going to an "Canadian American Thanksgiving" whatever that is, with a friend of my wife. I am trepidatious at best but excited, I guess. Thanksgiving is without a doubt the single holiday I miss the most living outside of the US. To make matters worse, it is hard to just arbitrarily celebrate as an expat since it occurs on a random-ass weekday and a lot of it is dependant on ingredients being available in stores at the same time specifically for people celebrating Thanksgiving. All that to say, I've only been able to celebrate twice in the last ten years. God that's depressing... Anyway, well see what tonight's like. I am just considering it an arbitrary dinner with a bunch of random people I've never met. Sounds fun! Haha

    For my beer I am going to dip into some cans of IPA I got yesterday. Noctem Artisans Brasseurs is a newer brewery up in Quebec City and they make some nice beers from what I have tried. The majority seem to be IPAs, but they are all pretty well-made and enjoyable. They also are all cat themed and have cool/weird labels. This one is a collaboration with Yakima Chief Hops (I guess they sent free hops?) And features Ekuanot and Sabro. I'm pretty sure I've had both of these hops before. Sabro a few times, including just last night. It is interesting and almost creamy tasting I feel. Ekuanot I seem to remember having but I don't recall much about it so it must not have made much of an impression if I have actually tried it.
    It pours milky yellow with an airy two fingers of white head. Okay retention; little lacing.
    The aroma is pretty much mango, orange, coconut, lime and a unique earthy spicy and sweet aroma underneath. The flavor is packed with that strange southern hemispherey citrus, woodsy, wholly interesting character that these new fangled hops seem to have to my palate. All that atop baguette. Fruity and resinous, but not really a fruit or sap I'm familiar with. It is fairly dry and a little soft with moderate carbonation. Very tasty beer with an interesting flavor profile. I'd gladly have this one again and look forward to them distributing more beers to Montreal.

    I have another feline beer set aside for later. We'll see how late I get back home. Have a great rest of your Sunday, BAs.

  38. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Thanks for kicking this off, @cjgiant.

    As to Black Friday,if I won't stand in line for a limited release beer, why would I stand in line for a 70" 4K TV? I did exactly one Black Friday as a favor to my wife a number of years ago. Haven't done it since.

    Today, I'll be having a couple of beers I day on the bench for yesterday's online tasting.

    First up is
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
    The #1 ranked German Dunkelweizen on BA.
    IBU: 14
    ABV: 5.3%


    Aroma is classic hefewiezen, banana, clove, somewhat sweet.

    Brown, clear, plenty of carbonation beneath a slightly off-white-tanish, tall, thick head, receding slowly to a volcanic-dome shaped top surrounded by a wall of thick lacing.

    Taste is very mild. As with the aroma, banana and clove. Solid sweetish malts.

    Feel is thin toward moderate, with less carbonation on the tongue than expected given the visible bubbles.

    Finish is dry tending toward sweet, with a good flavor lingering into the aftertaste.

    Overall, this was a pleasant, enjoyable weizen, but not quite up to its #1 rank to my taste.

    The date code indicates it was bottled on March 28, 2019, (assuming I am interpreting it correctly) so about 8 months old. Perhaps it is past its prime.

    L: 4.0 | S: 4.0 | T: 3.75 | F: 3.75 | O: 3.75 | BA rating of: 3.83
  39. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Savant (953) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    I spent entirely too much time reading about Lancaster, CA on Thursday night. :smile:
    Saw something about bad weather in Lancaster , thinking it was Lancaster, PA, and wondered if it was coming this way. Clicked the link, & down the rabbit hole I went. :stuck_out_tongue: Glad you made it through, without incident. :+1:
  40. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,465) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
    Moderator Society Trader

    Good afternoon, NBS friends and family!

    I had my son with me for Black Friday, so I didn't go anywhere. My "local" still had Bourbon County flights yesterday, though, so I made sure to get my fill. (That was the start of today's hangover, no doubt. :stuck_out_tongue: )

    Today's first new beer is one in the long line of Hubbard's Cave Fresh IIPA series: Citra single-hop.


    If you like these kinds of beers - murky, soft, creamy DIPAs - then you've got to like this series (although I think I may prefer the multi-hop versions more than the single-hop offerings). This one checks all the boxes, and it's a nice showcase for Citra hops, with plenty of pale malt providing an excellent foundation.
    4.07 / -1.7%

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