New Beer Weekend #123

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  1. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ (1,211) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois

    Thanks, hope you get a chance to find some where you shop. I was most excited about the hops presence, which I really note in these beers. If I tasted this blind, I would guess this was an American take on the style.

    Spiteful’s Best Bitter, which usually has a strong hoppy presence in most offerings, brew theirs more malt forward, consistent with the cask offerings I’ve enjoyed by Roaring Table and others, and Coniston and other British breweries I’ve enjoyed on cask in Chicago and at ChurchKey in DC. Really want to find this on cask and compare notes.

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s one of my favorite styles, and with Honker’s Ale no longer packaged (but still very nice on draft), really hope this continues to be shipped fresh to our market. I am a Honker’s Ale fan, but it is not in the same league as London’s Pride, at least for my palate.

    Speaking of GI coffee, I had a feeling this beer would be polarizing when I tried it a few weeks ago, due to two factors:

    1. The price point, especially in comparison to excellent beers like Revolution’s Cafe Deth, Lagunitas’ BA Willetized, Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout and other BA coffee releases.

    2. The fact that the coffee is more subtle leaving room to explore the base barrel and other flavor components. Many coffee stouts I come across are more like a sledgehammer than a nice taste compliment to the overall beer. I wasn’t sure if my first take based of 2ish ounces and whether a full serving would yield a different take.

    I’ve had BCBS coffee before, and the coffee plus variants after the infection year, so it won’t be a NBW review, but I’ll perform a review with BA Willitized in the side by side thread.

    Also still need to find a 2022 Anchor Our Christmas Ale side by side vs. SN Celebration. Sadly I struck out at the first two Jewel stores which listed the beer online as delivered (Lagunitas beer finder) and in stock (Jewel Shopping Online).

    Sadly the beer has limited distribution here than in prior years, with the Jewel liquor department person stating their store only received two cases this year.
  2. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens (1,639) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    A typical Saturday. First to the Recycling Center for cardboard and bottles, then did the grocery shopping, then took the dogs for a walk.
    I'm settled down on the couch, ready for college football.
    My new beer is Light Speed from BrewDog, a "light" NEIPA.
    Hazy gold color; small, white, quickly disappearing head; tiny bit of lace.
    Aroma is fruity and floral.
    Taste of pineapple, orange, and caramel.
    Not much mouthfeel, bland.

  3. beergoot

    beergoot (1,894) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Cellarmaker Brewing Co. -- Wild Gooseberry Chase
    India pale ale
    ABV: 7.1%; pouring temperature: 43 °F; canning info: NEW LABEL WHO DIS? 10/10/22
    Source: @Dimidiata (BIF #16)


    4/5 rDev -3.1%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

    Hazy, tangerine yellow-orange body; thick, rocky head with sharp cuts of foam; huge, sticky sheets and legs of foam inside the glass. Nice aroma; pungent Nelson Sauvin nose; grape skin; earthy melon. Nicely balanced taste; cantaloupe and grape must; subliminal oat-like flavor; moderate overall bitterness. Medium-heavy mouthfeel; smooth and velvety; semi-juicy with a slow-developing dryness towards the finish.

    A very nice, easy drinking hazy India pale ale featuring 100% Nelson Sauvin hops.

  4. GreenBayBA

    GreenBayBA (1,049) Aug 30, 2015 Wisconsin
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  5. SawDog505

    SawDog505 (1,569) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Mast Landing and Vitamin Sea #33. Poured into a 13 oz wide mouth glass canned on 11/17/22. Pours a hazy orange with a finger sticky white head that leaves a thin wall of lace. 4.5

    Aroma is tangerine, passionfruit, guava, and apricot. 4.25

    Taste follows tangerine, passionfruit, guava, and apricot really well balanced. 4.5

    Mouthfeel is above average, not sticky or dry, soft gentle creamy carbonation, and at 8.2% easy drinking and loaded with flavor. 4.25

    Overall this is a really well made beer and it seems like it was inspired by Larry Bird my favorite of all time. 4.25
    #85 SawDog505, Nov 26, 2022
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2022
  6. beergoot

    beergoot (1,894) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Cycle Brewing -- BA SZN - 3 Year Woodford Chocolate Rye Aged Stout
    Barrel-aged stout
    ABV: 12.0% (approximate); pouring temperature: 47 °F; bottling info: 2022


    4.18/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    Tar black body, extremely opaque; thin, dark brown head; spidery sheets and fingers of foam inside the glass. Excellent dark roasted grain nose; oak; baker's chocolate; whiskey. Sweet chocolate flavor infused with a healthy note of bourbon; moderate bitterness; suggestions of cherry and vanilla. Heavy, viscous body; smooth and oily texture; heavy residual sugar presence; nice boozy warmth counterbalances the sweetness.

    Per the brewery's web site, Woodford rye barrels were used for this beer. For a barrel aged imperial stout, this beer comes across nicely balanced and flavorful with its malt richness and boozy bite. Very nice.


    ...a nice beer to sip while watching the Michigan - Ohio State football game...
  7. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 (1,319) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    All right, I'm back again after a quick trip to a local brewery for this beauty:

    Barrel Aged Red Menace - Pantown Brewing - St. Cloud, MN - Russian Imperial Stout - 10% ABV

    This beer was aged for 20 months in Panther Distillery barrels.

    It's been a while since I've had their Red Menace, and looking back at my history, I did not like it much. I've got a feeling if I tried the OG once again, I'd like it a lot more.

    The barrel aged one was quite delicious. It did seem dark fruit heavy to me, which is not a bad thing. It did also have chocolate caramel and toffee in the mix. The barrel did add a bit of heat to this beer. I was happy with it, and would get it again. Sadly, it's a taproom only, so my target in the NBS BIF won't be getting this one.


    4.14/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
    Pitch black pouring from the tap. There's almost no head, and what's there dissipates rapidly.
    The nose is quite full of dark fruit. I get a lot of plums in it. I also get some brown sugar.
    The flavor starts out with dark fruit- mostly plum, but some raisin as well. The flavor then goes to chocolate, caramel and toffee. There's some molasses in the mix as well. There's a bit of a kick that the Panther barrels added to the mix.
    The body is maybe a tad bit light, but not overly so. There's a faint warming heat from the ABV and the barrel.
    Quite good and I am glad I tried it.

    I will be back in a bit with another new beer. Cheers!
  8. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets (1,005) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    Sneak Box
    5.4% pale ale by Kane Brewing Company

    Poured front a pint can, the body is a hazy gold with small initial head and good lacing throughout the tasting.

    Aroma features a dank citrus. Pineapple and lemon notes.

    Body provides a lighter citrus flavor than the nose. Tart. A malt backbone is present, but the ale isn't overly malty. A light hoppy bite mid-swallow with an easy finish that nicely dries up the hop bite.

    Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

    Another solid beer from Kane. Thanks to @HoppingMadMonk for the pale ale.
  9. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Sir Isaac's Stout, 13.9% ABV. Pours thick and dark brown with a 1+ finger light-brown head that left no lacing. Nose is sweet fig and graham. Taste follows, quite sweet, slightly bitter. Decent thick mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

    4.46/5 rDev -1.1%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

  10. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch (1,249) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    Field & Oak ~ Blackberry 2019 Harvest

    Field & Oak being the Spontaneous beer project of Kane Brewing - Ocean, NJ

    2020 Bottling

    The pour yields a gorgeous ruby red grapefruit body with faint pink and purplish hues. Semitransparent/unfiltered look. Lively carb/bubbles develop a smooth tan cap with minimal to no cling on the glass.
    Smells more commonly like blueberry fruit to me if I didn't know better. Macerated with the skins. There is a firm yeasty sour dough starter note. Light lemony citric acid and a touch of acetone presence.
    Tastes opens like tart blueberry as well. To be honest can't say I have a guy consumed a Blackberry in many years so it's more than likely just me. The Bramble Fruit definitely falls more on the tart and underripe side of things with a cream cheese/curd like lacto funkiness along with it. A bit of Citric lemon touches down and still there lies a light solvent like note but that does not really detract overall.
    Mouthfeel is light and tart rolling into a dry and playfully piquant finish.

    This is the third 2020 rendition I have sampled from the F&O lot gifted to me by @mdfb79 and all have been very good and interesting to dive into. Some real nice balance overall with the fruit additions and ability to coax those wild yeasty cultures without going too sharp in any one direction. Overall I would say their project is a success. Cheers BA!
  11. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 (1,319) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Well I decided to go into my German beer stash I picked up on Wednesday, and here is my next beer of the day.

    Husaren-Trunk - Festbier/Wiesnebier - Germany - 5.3% ABV

    Ok, It looks great and smells great. Those are the high points of the beer, and it's why I rated it as hish as I did. When I started drinking it, it went downhill fast. There's a weird bitterness on the back that's totally not pleasing. I described it as dirty flavored. I would never actually buy this beer again if I saw it on the shelf, which it wasn't. It's just not very good, or well made.


    3.12/5 rDev -16.8%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
    Semi murky golden pour. The head is white, 2 finger, but not too long lasting. There's almost no lacing on the glass.
    The aroma is full of malts. I get a lot of bread/biscuit/grain aroma in this beer. I also get a slightly earthy grassy aroma as well.
    Taste - The flavor isn't nearly as good as the aroma lets on. There's a full malt bill here, as expected. There's a bit of buttery biscuit here, somewhat grainy. The flavor tastes somewhat dirty to me, if that makes sense. It's not too pleasing. There's a bitter aftertaste that adds to this impression.
    The body isn't watery, but the bitterness on the backside doesn't lend to a great feeling beer to me.
    This beer started out pretty good, but fell off fast. I keep lowering my rating as I go on with it. Would not get this one again.

    I will be back later, and hopefully with something better.
  12. Whyteboar

    Whyteboar (933) Jun 7, 2008 Michigan
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    Enjoying the Ohio-Michigan game in Dickson TN, have to drink local

    Poured deep amber color, the beige head dissipated quickly. Made me think that it was an amber, not a brown.
    The aroma was malty and semi sweet with a hint of the hops.
    The taste followed, good malty base with the smooth maize appropriate for an ale trying to reflect Mexican style. The hops just peek out for a touch of bite.
    The feel is slightly viscous, I’ll guess because of the flaked corn, but it works well with the flavor.
  13. budsNpils

    budsNpils (687) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    It's ok. I'm going to take notes on the next 1 to review just wanted chill with this 1 without thinking much.
  14. jkblr

    jkblr (1,361) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Good afternoon NBW
    I actually picked up a supermarket mix six yesterday. It's been a while since the beers were fresh enough to consider. Three of the six were Narwhal, but it made it easy to pick up two new to me beers and a bottle of Old Fezziwig.
    Samuel Adams Black Lager
    12oz bottle Best Before April 2023 poured into a Perfect Pint glass at fridge temp 4.9% ABV 19 IBU. The beer pours medium brown in color with mahogany highlights and khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of tiny bubbles. No lacing. The aroma is mild with roasty notes of bakers chocolate and coffee. The taste is mildly roasty and slightly toasty malt. Mixed flavors of caramel and coffee meet with an earthy, mild final bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good.

    Cheers all!
  15. foundersasap

    foundersasap (711) Feb 2, 2015 Michigan

    Celebrating a win, might go a few deep tonight, Kent Falls Porter, smooth and creamy, well sustained head, coffee, nuts, bakers chocolate, medium body, nicely bitter, thanks to @Roy_Hobbs for this one [​IMG]
  16. jonphisher

    jonphisher (944) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Back again after no new beer yesterday; another one from my brother in law who gave me the Newcastle too. This another classic that I have not had, seem like that’s been a theme for me lately. I love that he loves beer so much cause we always swap and try new things. Here we go…

    Leffe - Blonde


    Pours a dark and beautifully clear shade of gold; vigorous quick rising perfectly white head; great staying power and top notch lacing.

    A very pleasant aroma; it’s a soft and gentle vanilla with baking spices mixed in. The aromas are so perfect in their presence; there is also a subtlety sweet crusty white bread like note.

    The taste is as pleasant and balanced as the nose; it just reminds me of vanilla laced bread with hints of yeast driven spice notes. It’s almost has nilla wafer like flavor to it. There is a very minor old world hop presence on the finish.

    Medium body; typical more vibrant carbonation that most Belgian beers have, this one is particularly creamy and soft for me. There is a low bitterness on the finish and it is moderately dry; this beer really begs for the next sip for me.

    What a delicious and very well balanced beer, I love the vanilla notes I get in this beer they are so balanced with everything else. I highly recommend trying this beer if you haven’t had it, I wish I had tried sooner. I’m always so impressed when so much flavor is yeast driven in these Belgian beers.
  17. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 (916) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Whats up NBW!
    Another rare Saturday off.
    Hope everyone had a great TG.
    First I just picked this up today- a rare sighting of Tripping Animals in these parts. My past experiences have been pretty good. Then I see Nelson in the hop blend. Yup. Anarchy Fuel DIPA.
    A hazy yellow gold with a large creamy head that leaves a ton of web like lacing.
    Smell is dank as heck with that earthy Sauvignon Blanc/gooseberry from that Nelson. Sweet orange, lemon and grassy as in blades and cannabis.
    Big aroma here.
    The taste unfortunately is not quite as huge as the aroma. Nice juicy orange, lemon, and the Nelson sings in the background with that green almost tannic grape. Solid pithy bitterness and some pine. Soft in the mouth and lightly carbonated. Its tasty and goes down very well for the unnoticeable 8.5% Worth a try for sure. I expected a little more blast of flavor but still its a very good brew. Hope youre enjoying yours. Cheers![​IMG]
  18. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Bare Hands Brewery Double THAI.P.A cheers @ovaltine 10.0% ABV; 4.21 overall

    Pours a slightly hazed honey color with one finger of beige head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

    S: Coriander in spades, mangoes,

    T: Follows the nose, some lime, coconut & a touch of pineapple up front. More sweet notes as this warms, but lime & coriander are ever present, a little passion fruit as well. Finishes a little dry with lime, cilantro, & a touch of pineapple

    MF: Medium body, fairly creamy carbonation; nice balance

    Super drinkability, this would kill with some Coconut or Hot & Sour Soup

  19. champ103

    champ103 (1,585) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    At a newish brewery in Houston. I have reviewed a few of their beers on NBW threads in the last month or so.

    At Black Page Brewing. Neighbor, Neighbor Dopplebock. 8 % ABV.

    Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown color. A one finger beige head forms that gently recedes. Plenty of lace is left behind.
    Aroma is of toasted malts and dark baked bread. Like walking into a bakery, even peppery spice, almost nutmeg like, with some dark fruits in there as well.
    Taste wise, like the nose, toasted malts, dark baked bread, dark fruits like cherries and raisins. Again, a nice spicy character that I like. It does become a little sweet candy like in the finish but doesn't become too cloying.
    A full body with moderate carbonation. That becomes ultra smooth. There is a nice hefty chewiness from the malts. A nice sipper, that I can easily come back to.

    This is a nice malty Dippelbock that has some more nuance that a lot of other local examples of the style. Another solid offering from Black Page.

    Overall score is 3.9, solid B+

    Also staring a Salman Rushdie novel I haven't read before. Ever since his attach, I have been wanting to get into his books again. So far really interesting like everything that he does. Black Paige has a wonderful outdoor space to relax, enjoy a beer and start a book.
  20. MontpelierArtie

    MontpelierArtie (0) Jun 23, 2010 Vermont

    Good Saturday evening. Finally have a chance to check-in with my favorite forum. Just received the last bi-monthly delivery of a gifted beer club. If this box of 12 is like the others I’d summarize my review as “hey, it’s free beer!” Not much to recommend.
    Here is Alewerks Weekend Lager, 4.8% abv. No bottle date.
    Pours a clear straw yellow and barely any head despite active carbonation. Smell is like straw I mulch on my gardens, slight floral/dandelion. Taste is mass produced Euro lager without the skunk. Mouthfeel is thin and I know I’ll feel bloated soon. Hey, it is a free beer
  21. champ103

    champ103 (1,585) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    One of my favorites, though the last time I saw that at a store near me, it was already 6 months past it's best by date. I drank my weight of this in cask when I was working in the UK though :slight_smile:
  22. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I don't believe I ever had a bad pint of London Pride once I discovered it over in England ( at least 3 years ). There was a great pub about 7 miles from house that had Fullers & Thai Food. I would have to really sweet talk the Mrs. some times to drive. If not; I would get a vented growler to go...
  23. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Anchor Our Special Ale 2022, 7.2% ABV; 4.42 overall

    Pours an effervescent copper/ruddy hazel with one finger of tan head. Nice head retention & lacing

    S; Sassafras, ginger, & plenty of general German Gingerbread once warm

    T: Follows the nose plus German gingerbread ( a big plus with me ), a touch of juniper & pine up front. Pine, juniper & Leiber kuchen dominate as the beer warms through, a touch of peppery rye as well, a little bit of Sassafras tea as well. Finishes a little dry with plenty of medicinal & gingerbread notes

    MF: Medium body, modest carbonation, great balance, pretty warming

    This so hit in my wheelhouse for what I am looking for in this beer; go big or go home I say!


    #103 russpowell, Nov 26, 2022
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2022
  24. jonphisher

    jonphisher (944) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    It was @champ103 's post earlier today that prompted me to grab a single of this today; now your post has me even more glad that I grabbed one. Something tells me I may be going back for a full six pack. I was gonna wait till next weekend to open it and review but I'm tempted to do so a little earlier now. You guys are not making it any easier on me...
  25. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer (1,069) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota

    A very nice offering from these folks. Cheers!
    Castle Danger Solstice Saison 5.2% ABV
    3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
    look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
    12oz can canned 11/03/22 into a 12oz tulip glass.
    L: Pours pale grey w a pink & fleshy hue w a thin, smooth white head, good retention to edge foam, lively even carbo, light skeletal lacing.
    S: Funky dry green apple, lightly spicy & peppery, grassy, earthy cardamom, pear, melon rind.
    T: Fruity, fairly tart, pear, citrus zest, yeast, crackery bread, mulberry, white grape, resinous cardamom, melon rind, well balanced and not overly dynamic, has a faint brine.
    F: Lightly brisk, zesty and drying med-light bodied feel. Punchy w an effervescent center and a fast, dry, lightly parching finish.
    O: Organic aroma, great taste, lovely feel. A bit like a fruity dry party punch. Refreshing and very good in its style.
  26. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    That beer has underwhelmed me some years, always worth at least a single though
  27. jonphisher

    jonphisher (944) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I haven’t bought in years either but two great reviews from NBW, I had to!
  28. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I had some numbers sideways a mere 4.42 overall
  29. beergoot

    beergoot (1,894) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Old Irving Brewing Co. -- Della
    ABV: 5.2%; pouring temperature: 45 °F; canning info: n/a


    3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

    Crystal clear, light gold body; sparse carbonation yet a thick, frothy head with a creamy density on top. Nice, warm cracker scent; very light spicy hop presence. Pleasant taste although a bit weak; very light malt flavor; mild to moderate hop bitterness; clean. Medium body; a little watery; mild dryness.

    A generally nice beer although it's rather weak and bland overall.
  30. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets (1,005) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    Deck the Hills
    5.6% English style holiday ale by Jackie O's

    From a 12 ounce can, the body pours a dark brown. Small initial head with thereafter only a slight ring at the very edges. No lacing during the tasting.

    Nose is sweet malt like a brown ale. Taste is malty, light caramel sweetness, floral notes and a hint of bitterness.

    Carbonation is light. Mouth feel is OK.

    A tasty holiday ale, but for my liking it could use a little more heft in ABV and body. Nonetheless a good holiday ale.
  31. budsNpils

    budsNpils (687) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Had this earlier a good beer. Boozy but it balanced out as you got half way through it.
  32. champ103

    champ103 (1,585) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    I'm sure Fuller's has more than one pub that does Thai food, but I always loved Churchill Arms because of that. That was in London, I only spent a short amount of time there (before eventually making my way up to work in Aberdeen for a while), but when i was in London, Churchill was were I was at :slight_smile:
  33. russpowell

    russpowell (1,829) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Can't remember the name of the pub, but was fairly close to Bicester, Oxon. I believe they had hundreds of tied houses & were growing when I left England in 93.
  34. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand 30th Anniversary Reserve Stout, 14.4% ABV. Pours black with a one-finger light-brown head that left no lacing. Nose is light bourbon and chocolate. Taste follows, plus caramel/toffee, some sweetness, some bitterness, and bourbon burn. Excellent smooth mouthfeel, overall world-class. BTW - the gold label, the barreling tag, and the box really add to the flavor.

    4.65/5 rDev +2.2%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

    Barreling of this batch;
    • 36% Booker's
    • 33% Knob Creek
    • 17% Basil Hayden
    • 14% Baker's

    Glad I bought three, may buy more. Equally as good as coffee. I need to get my hands on a Barleywine next, may have an opportunity soon.

  35. RJLarse

    RJLarse (0) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    Greetings all from the great northwest where we are awaiting the 7:30 PST kick-off of the Apple Cup. Go Cougs!

    Today we have Mond Haze IPA from Firestone.

    Kind of a pineapple flavor to this one.

    Until next time

    Go Cougs!

  36. Dimidiata

    Dimidiata (365) Jul 14, 2017 California


    From a ninja box courtesy of @jonphisher by way of NBS BIF #16.

    Tonewood Focal Point - Czech Pilsner - 3.8% abv - canned Sept 2022

    Pours a foggy light golden, soapy head, some lingering spotty lacing. Smells as expected - spicy floral hops and a bit of bready malt. Flavor is dialed in - peppery herbal hops, bit of lemony citrus, slightly grassy, and just enough maltiness to stand up to the bitter finish. Medium carb, and a tiny bit heavier body that I was expecting. Finish is clean and crisp.

    I'm a bit spoiled in the Czech pilsner department since I can get Moonlight Reality Czeck down at the grocery store whenever I want it, but this Tonewood beer is a great representation of the style. Slightly more bitter and heavier in body than Reality Czeck, but I'm a fan of bitterness so don't mind that at all. Overall, a great lager from Jersey. Thanks, Jon!
  37. Dimidiata

    Dimidiata (365) Jul 14, 2017 California


    From my sender in NBS BIF#16, @superspak .

    Fonta Flora Carolina Gold - "lagered saison brewed with heritage rice" - 5.2% abv - can dated 05/25/2021

    Pours a hazy pale golden, quickly disappearing minimal white head, no lacing. Aromas of spices, lemony citrus. Flavor is herbal tea, orange, lemon, cloves, pepper, sweet malt. High carb, medium body, lingering sweetness, soft with only a hint of bitterness.

    This would have made an interesting mystery beer. The flavor has some unexpected notes that I can't quite describe. Body is a bit heavier and sweeter than expected, although I suppose I've never had a rice lager brewed with saison yeast before, so I don't really have a point of comparison. Definitely a new one for me! Thanks, Ian!
  38. jonphisher

    jonphisher (944) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Glad you enjoyed it, cheers Christine…I think that’s the last batch till next year unfortunately :slight_frown: They do a good job rotating their lagers and other traditional beers in a very seasonally appropriate way.
  39. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama (1,329) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Turducken Triple Ipa by Trillium


    4.51/5 rDev +3.9%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

    Canned 11.14, opened 11.26, well named for Thanksgiving

    Brewers Notes: Pouring a dense, deep pale yellow with remarkable haze, Turducken's appearance is reminiscent of our hoppiest Double and Triple IPAs. Like its namesake delicacy, the aroma is layered, offering notes of blended citrus zest, punchy white grape juice, pineapple, and a gentle piney bitterness. Full-bodied, mouthcoating, and deftly balanced, Turducken is an indulgent Triple IPA and the perfect complement to your celebratory spread.

    poured into a Spiegelau ipa glass , thick hazy orange juice with no pulp , creamy off white one finger foam cap , settles to a thick layer, spotty lacings

    Aroma is tropical fruits, orange citrus , pineapple

    Taste is juicy orange juice, pineapple, whisper of pine on the finish

    Smooth juicy mouthfeel, the 10% abv is very well hidden, quick hops kiss on the finish

    Great beer , recommended
  40. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 (1,683) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Don from Hair of the Dog. Barleywine aged for at least 4 years in rye, bourbon, port, and rum barrels. Comes in at 17.8% ABV!!

    Opened from a 16 fluid ounce bottle. Fridge temp, but let in warm before tasting. Not a sound when opened. This is definitely a still barleywine. The nose is insanely intense. Rum comes across initially, but this is a really nice rum. Reminds me more of the flavors from a Foursquare rum rather than a cheaper rum with a bunch of sugar added. Bourbon definitely makes a presence after a minute or two. Reminds me of Eagle Rare. This is definitely a beer to spend time with on the nose. Evolves rapidly and has so much to offer. Also getting some toffee, apricots, rhubarb, and orange.

    The taste is intense. Really nice. Definitely boozy. The alcohol is immediately clear on the first swallow. This is one best consumed in small samples! Big rum and bourbon notes. Not getting as much of the port, but the rye does show up here. A nice spice. Slight pepper. Brown sugar, plums, raisins, an earthy note, and graham crackers. Wow. So intense. For me, this comes close to the line of a harder alcohol.

    Mouthfeel is quite thick and viscous. That lack of carbonation really plays into the mouthfeel. The aftertaste is a mild sweetness from the barrels. Overall, a pretty awesome experience.

    4.34/5 rDev -4.2%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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