New Beer Weekend #133

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  1. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Pooh-Bah (1,999) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
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    I promise not to use my timezone advantage to start this thread every week, but someone's gotta do it, and if not me, then who? No-one trusts a European to start anything, and I sure as hell need to get in before a New Zealander looks at this thread! :stuck_out_tongue:

    It's Saturday arvo here and I'm three-quarters through an awesome new beer. It's called Time Traveller, by Fox Friday, based out of Tasmania, the island to the south of the continent that maps sometimes forget and which the rest of Australia tries to ignore.

    I have scribbled some notes and thought I'd share them with the good folk of Beer Advocate. If the beer is a time traveller, then let's run with that theme...

    It's deep gold, almost copper in its look, time-travelling back to the old west coast colour palate, now with a bit of Added Haze(TM)! The head is fluffy, bright-white and looks likely to collapse at the slightest nudge of the flux capacitor. Stream upon stream of bubbles are visible in the stem of the glass, drawn inexorably upwards like plot devices towards a time paradox.

    On the nose, it's crafted like the brewers of misty yore, conveying a cruisy journey down the sensory wormhole. There's a creamy caramel malt base with dank, piney hops. It has the classic bitter beers of the mid-teens (the planet's age, not mine!) written all over it.

    So far so good. The look and the smell are definite throwbacks. But surely it'll serve up boring old sweet juice once it's in my mouth, and kill off my reverie, right? Wrong! Hello bitterness! Oh, bitterness, how I've missed thee! My mouth is screaming, my tongue is numb and my head is spinning. It's 1989, I'm 16, I'm having my first beer, and it hurts. Now it's 2015 and I'm back in the golden age of dank, forcing myself to smile as my mouth puckers and my teeth melt from the weedy bitterness. Wherever I am, someone keeps hitting the chronometer and time, my memory, and time travel allusions are jumping all over the place. This one is pine, menthol, shampoo, weed and terribly-over-fermented pineapple. It's fucking brilliant!

    The mouthfeel is more bitey than a possum in a monorail car. It's prickly, carbonated and backed up by a decent dose of hop burn. It's the Biff Tannin of the beer world and it'll beat you down if you don't stand up to it. But why would you want to? Just do its homework and enjoy the ride!

    Wow. Time Traveller indeed. This one harks back to a time when dank was King, haze was sin, and real men ate their beer with a fork. It doesn't hold back the bitterness, doesn't try to hide it with juice or haze and all the while ducks and weaves away from missile-toting Libyans with ease. If this beer was a time travelling movie it'd star the T1000, a Delorian and the Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, and they'd all be giving the screen the finger. 2023 is not worthy of this beer, but send it back a few years and it'd be cruising at the front of the bitter pack.


    #1 AzfromOz, Feb 4, 2023
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  2. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,514) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Honestly @AzfromOz you get it going early and you do a great job. Thank you. Currently -17 outside and I am ready to sip some new beers. I stopped at Belleflower in my work travels this week.

    Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass not sure when it was canned. The color is actually yellow, with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of thick streaks of lace, with excellent retention 4.5

    Aroma is mandarin, mango, a little dank aroma, peach, apricot, and maybe a little grapefruit rind. 4.5

    Taste follows mandarin, mango, a little weedy, peach, apricot, and grapefruit really tropical and bold flavor. 4.5

    Mouthfeel is above average, not sticky or dry, soft carbonation, and at 8.2% easy going down but body and flavor is big 4.5

    Overall this one is pretty darn tasty. I would grab again for sure. 4.5 Cheers
  3. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Grand Pooh-Bah (5,713) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Good day BAs! And thanks to @AzfromOz for starting this weekend's thread! And real men ate their beer with a fork. Damn! That made me laugh and feel nostalgic! And "Happy Days" was total BS.

    Anyway here on the tundra of NW PA (6 F, -15 C)it feels like time for a second cold beer of the morning - Founders' Mas Agave Clasica Grapefruit - by far the weakest of the three. However, today's New Breakfast Beer is:


    Another excellent gose-style (sort of - double the ethanol of a real gose) that's been sitting on the room temperature shelves of my local distributor for nearly two years.

    Mas Agave Clasica Prickly Pear from Founders. 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA, on 30/01/23 for $ 14.50 (Including tax) a four-pack ($ 0.302/oz). Stored on room temperature shelf at store and 34 degrees at home. Reviewed 04/02/23 (Review 3030). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
    Printed on back label “BOTTLED ON 03.26.21 0602 6” and “2021 Release”. Served at 35.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 43.3 degrees.
    Appearance – 3.25
    First pour – Deep Gold (SRM 6), clear.
    Body – Atomic Tangerine (SRM 12), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, same but translucent.
    Head – Average (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, short retention, quickly receding to a 0.0 – 0.5 mm bubble ring, and a rocky partial cap.
    Lacing – Fair. Torn bands of very tiny bubbles much past torn curtains, leaving an archipelago of linear islands.
    Aroma – 3.5 – Faint whiff of prickly pear fruit and salt. No hint of tequila or mezcal. No hops, no yeast.
    Flavor – 4.5 – Acidic, very lightly smoky, slightly sweet but refreshing with a bit of salt. No ethanol (9.7 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. No particular barrel flavors. Slight gastric warming occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Tequila/mezcal most prevalent in the aftertaste.
    Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation.
    Final impression and summation: 3.75 Nearly two years old but still carries some prickly pear flavor. Actually quite tasty – not as good as the lime version but still better than any other prickly pear beer I’ve consumed.
    Rating 3.94, rDev +0.5%

    Yes, a rare two-beer morning!
    #3 Ozzylizard, Feb 4, 2023
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2023
  4. Roy_Hobbs

    Roy_Hobbs Pooh-Bah (2,177) Jan 21, 2017 Connecticut
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    @AzfromOz another brilliant opening to the thread!

    I'm going to sneak one beer in early then hope to be back with at least one more later this afternoon. Today's breakfast beer is courteous of @Ozzylizard. Vanilla Coffee Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition from Jackie O's.
    4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
    Super dark brown / black in appearance with a small amount of tan head that receded to a thin ring somewhat quickly. Basically, it looks like a stout. Aroma is glorious. Vanilla leads the parade, but chocolate, barrel and coffee are all there as well. Very inviting.

    The taste has the same elements as the nose, but in different proportions. The barrel is more pronounced, and helps balance out the sweetness of the malts. The vanilla is a little more subdued, and I'm not getting any coffee. Nice, full mouthfeel.

    Overall, this is a very good beer. Well balanced and a joy to drink.
  5. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,514) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] Poured into a 16 ounce Snulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours near pitch black with a 2 plus finger light brown head that leaves plenty of thick streaks of lace with excellent retention. 4.25

    Aroma is dark chocolate, dry coffee grounds, bourbon, vanilla bean, and toffee. 4

    Taste follows dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and toffee 4

    Mouthfeel is above average, a tad dry, gentle carbonation, and at 12% huge flavor but it goes down plenty easy. 4

    Overall this is tasty, not for everyone, but I would recommend. 4
  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Brrr! It feels like Winter today!!


    With the exception of a couple days around Christmas we have been having a pretty mild winter (so far) in the Philly area. But yesterday and today it is indeed wintertime. Right now the air temperature is 18 °F and with the wind chill it feels like 10 °F. A good time for a Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale.

    From the brewery’s website:

    “Winter Welcome Ale

    This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire.


    6% ABV

    Best served at about 51°F (11°C).

    Ingredients • water, malted barley, yeast, hops, carbon dioxide.”

    To the best of my recollection this is the first time I have read a brewery explicitly list “carbon dioxide” as being an ingredient.

    So, what does a beer which ‘includes’ carbon dioxide taste like?

    Served in my tulip pint glass:


    Amber colored with an orange-ish hue and a khaki colored head.


    I am picking up mostly candied fruit but there is also some toffee and a slight hint of biscuit.


    The flavor follows the nose but the flavor is dominated by the malt flavors: caramel-like sweet-ish flavors. There is a low/moderate bitterness


    Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.


    This beer is good - very good. I enjoyed the flavors but the highlight for me was the mouthfeel. A nice beer to enjoy during today’s frigid weather.


    @rotsaruch @RobH @KOP_Beer_OUtlet

  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, the maps may forget but everybody knows about Tasmania due to it very famous mascot:


    Cheers mate!

    P.S. And please keep up the good work in starting NBW; to box out those Europeans and Kiwis. :stuck_out_tongue:
  8. beergoot

    beergoot Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,629) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Shouldn't the greeting be G'day BAs? :confused:

  10. Mdog

    Mdog Pooh-Bah (2,023) Jan 7, 2004 Minnesota

    Surly You Want This Smoke
    Appearance: Clear yellow, slight chill haze, good head.

    Smell: Barley, whisp of smoke.

    Taste: Mild barley sweetness, then a little bit of smokiness and slight grassiness. Light smoked ham in the finish. Light feel, easy drinking.

    Overall: Saw that Surly had a smoked helles on the taplist, so headed over. Brought home a crowler for review. Good stuff, they are going for the Bamberg style and I think they hit the target. Nice and balanced, with apparent but not overpowering smokiness. Yum!
  11. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Good morning, BAs! Minimizing my time outdoors today for obvious reasons, but I've still got to make a beer and wine run today, at a minimum. Kicking off my new beer weekend with the last 2022 Jack's Abby BA Framinghammer variant I picked up a few weeks ago.


    These beers are always a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, they're always a little disappointing. On the other hand, objectively rating them, they're still really damn good. Back to the first hand, and sometimes they can get a little cloying. Other hand: that really seems to be more due to the double digit Baltic porter base beer than any of the additives.

    Is this one the best of the bunch? Naw, but it really does come together quite well. The flavors are all very complementary. Nothing clashes, nothing stands out too much. Tasting notes of prune, vanilla, cola, chocolate, bourbon, corn, and oak.

    Oh, and it's not a gusher, but holy foam, Beerman!!! That was after not only a moderate pour, but a careful second pour. This thing was nearly all foam from the get go, and I was a little surprised it didn't come foaming out of the bottle when I heard the audible pop when removing the cap.
    4.07 / +1.5% (3rd full review / 8th overall rating)

    Cheers, Weekenders! Thanks for kicking off the thread, @AzfromOz . You're doing a great job, and you make early-rising and early-drinking New Englanders like @SawDog505 and myself from feeling too bad about kicking off the thread ourselves. :grinning:
  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds like that beer was in the Goldilocks 'zone'.


  13. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Remember to bundle up:


  14. beergoot

    beergoot Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,629) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    TRVE Brewing Co. -- Funeral
    Imperial stout
    ABV: 12.0%; pouring temperature: 59 °F; canning info: n/a
    Source: local purcahse (Coaltrain Fine Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits)


    4.21/5 rDev +5%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

    Tar pit black body, opaque; thin yet lasting light brown head, semi-creamy; spidery fingers of foam streak the glass. Deep aroma of dark roasted malt, molasses, dried dark pitted fruit. Rich flavor; dark and sweet grains; bitter and milk chocolate; fine boozy undercurrent; nice presence of light phenols and scorched grain bitterness. Heavy body; dense residual sugar presence, thick and velvety; bone-warming alcohol warmth permeates the body; sticky.

    Rich, decadent, flavorful.
  15. seakayak

    seakayak Maven (1,295) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Zero Gravity Little Wolf Pale Ale, 4.7% - sipped through chattering teeth on this frigid sunny day. Power went out at 3am, back now, but it was -11 outside and 51 inside this morning! Cheers! :grimacing::beers:

    -Look: a deep-orange color with a fine clumpy head.
    -Aroma: candied orange, mango, apricot, mild pine.
    -Taste: sweet candied-orange, light citrus, one pine needle.
    -Feel: sticky, slightly chewy, low carbonation, round and soft.
    -Overall: a very enjoyable orange-dominated pale ale! :beer:

  16. BigIronH

    BigIronH Grand Pooh-Bah (3,526) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    [​IMG] Bonfire Brown. Smoked brown ale from Saugatuck Brewing Co.

    Pours a very nice cola brown with some amber hues in the light. A full oatmeal head present itself and retains a one finger depth. Sheets of lacing are left behind. Nose is nutty, smoky, roasted malt, some lemon rind, and a touch of subtle vanilla. Taste follows suit with a smoked almond profile followed by an overtoasted piece of raisin toast. Feel is soft, velvety, and delicately mouth coating. Overall, I’m very happy with this. Maybe as much as I’ve ever been with a beer from Saugatuck. Cheers NBW.
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  17. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,881) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Thanks @AzfromOz for kicking off another weekend of New Beers!

    If my flight goes well, my New Beer Sunday will occur in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picked a light and easy style for today’s new local selection brewed here.

    Goose Island No Plans


    Can Notes:
    Purchased single 12 oz can at store temperature from Beer on the Wall for $2.00 after tax, refrigerated upon return home until opening. No canned date, 4/15/23 listed as best by, not sure what GI 0802 code means. Tasty Time Pale Ale. Classically Relaxed. 5.6% ABV. Contains Wheat. Brewed and Packaged by Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Illinois.

    Appearance: Pour and than top off pour into a pint nonic GI MBA glass. Clear light yellow straw color base, light carbonation, creamy generous bright white head leaves soapy lacing and significant cover over the base. 4.0

    Nice biscuit bready combo leads, pine, ground black pepper and citrus backs nicely. Nice strength, enticing. 4.25

    Taste: Hops lead here, citrus and a light pine. Biscuit malt flavor follows, mild floral grassy backing as well. 4.0

    Mouthfeel: Very light and easy, light to mild carbonation adds to the watery light base. Drinks super easy, light to mild bitterness contains any sweetness, brewed well, clean finish. 4.25

    Overall: This is a solid offering by the folks at the Fulton brewery. Would pick up a six pack of this for a nice, clean refreshing pale ale that hits my preference for aroma and taste. Pick up that Fulton / Clybourn brewery taste with this selection. Well done! 4.0
  18. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Grand Pooh-Bah (5,869) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Thank you, @AzfromOz for getting this thread off to a great start. You write well and I enjoy reading what you have written.
    It's a nice day here, with temperatures hitting the upper 60s. Seeing what the weather is like in New England just reinforces our decision to move from Maine.
    Today's new beer is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. My daughter recently bought me a mixed 4 pack. She did good!
    A medium brown color. One inch off-white head, with some lace.
    Aroma of banana, sweet malt.
    Taste of banana, brown bread, caramel.
    Medium mouthfeel.
    Very nice beer.

  19. seakayak

    seakayak Maven (1,295) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Harpoon New England Pale Ale, 5.5%, Limited Release - pretty can! Cheers! :beers:

    -Look: deep orange with a large-bubbled foam.
    -Aroma: bright orange citrus, musty pith, dry grass.
    -Taste: full orange and mild lemon, shortbread cookie - nice!
    -Feel: Moderate carbonation, thin, a bit watery.
    -Overall: I must like Harpoon's yeast, because this is pretty good! :beer:

  20. augustgarage

    augustgarage Pooh-Bah (2,175) May 20, 2007 California
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    I'm sure I've had a few bombers of this (on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner) many moons ago without any critical consideration (though I preferred Arrogant Bastard), but this reboot may as well be new to me. Pretty good, but much like their recent anniversary Imperial IPA, I consider it a poor value in my market ($15.99/6-pack):

    3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

    Packaged on 12/21/22 - consumed on 2/4/23. Poured from a 12oz can into a goblet.

    Clear Hunyadi yellow body with a thin off-white cap receding to a lasting collar and surface slick. Very fine sandy lacing; faint, sticky, glossy legs. Decent retention.

    Tangelo, candied ginger, and faint forest floor notes in the nose. Subdued (possibly more potent when super fresh?).

    Resinous, grassy, herbaceous, hop-forward palate entry. Slightly tart/grainy center leading into a medium-dry, faintly woodsy finish. Citrus (grapefruit, orange, with a touch of lime) grows stronger as the ale warms up a bit. Slow, lumbering, persistent earthy/grassy bitterness throughout. Hints of caramel and cotton candy at times.

    Oily yet a little thin with soft carbonation. ABV well concealed, though I wouldn't go so far as to call this refreshing.

    More than the sum of its parts in some ways - a show-case for traditional American hops, though presumably in such large quantities during the main boil that the contributions of any late additions (flame-out, whirlpool, dry hopping) are obliterated, though you don't pick up this beer for subtlety.
  21. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    I've only had Stone Delicious IPA once before, at a beer festival IIRC, and ... I hated it. So much so that I didn't even rate it, fearing that there was a chance it wasn't fresh (although if you bring stale IPAs to a beer festival, you're doing a shit job of marketing your beer). I've never revisited it.

    .... buuuuuut, there is the Stone Delicious mixed pack, and the price is pretty good, the enjoy by date is more than a month in the future, so .....


    Kicking it off with the Double IPA take on Delicious. 9.4% ABV, and hopped with Centennial and Amarillo. Amarillo can be temperamental and too dank for my palate at times, but Centennial is a classic winner. This should be good ...

    ... and it is!



    It's challenging, and the profile isn't exactly to my liking. Each sip is slow not because it's extra bitter (although bitterness is high) or boozy; it drinks extremely clean. No, it's just the pungency of the flavor profile. Tasting notes of moderate dankness, lemon tea, tannins, caramel grain, and moderate sweetness.

    I don't love it, but I think this is more a case of, "It's not you; it's me." I certainly don't hate it, but I'm starting to think I won't make it all the way through 12 ounces, either.
    3.83 / -6.8%

    I'm trying not to rate it too harshly, as I really do think it's more a profile that just doesn't work for me personally as well as it will for others. The nose, in particular, isn't up my alley, but it's explosively aromatic; I could see others seriously diving into the glass for every sniff.
  22. GreenBayBA

    GreenBayBA Grand Pooh-Bah (3,819) Aug 30, 2015 Wisconsin
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    Central Waters Brewing Twent Five: Variant. Rye barrels with Door County cherries and cocoa nibs. I like the black label better than the silver label on the regular version of Twenty Five. The look is midnight black with a two-finger light reddish-brown foamy cloud covering. The smell is very strong with cherry. Vanilla, chocolate, graham cracker, and rye whiskey follow a few steps behind. The taste is very strong with cherry. Too strong. A bomber may be too tough to finish in one sitting. There are minimal flavors of chocolate, graham cracker, and rye whiskey, but they are mostly hidden by the cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is oily, thick, creamy, and full, with minimal carbonation. Overall, cherry BA stouts are hard to pull off successfully. This one is good, but regular Twenty Five is absolutely incredible. This beer would be good for a bottle share. I will revisit this beer next summer in Door County, WI, to see if the ambiance alters my experience. Since most people who live and visit there are from Illinois, hopefully @ChicagoJ can introduce me to some people who would like to split a bottle with me. And who own a boat.
  23. Roy_Hobbs

    Roy_Hobbs Pooh-Bah (2,177) Jan 21, 2017 Connecticut
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    I went digging around in the cellar to see if I could dig up an older beer that was both new to me and appropriate for the Cellaruary thread, and this 2016 bottle of Juliet by Goose Island fit the bill.

    Bottle description: "A wild ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries, tart and jammy with notes of rye, oak and tannins"
    3.52/5 rDev -17.2%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
    Bottled April 15, 2016. Nice, bright dirty orange beer with excellent clarity and a short amount of fizzy head. Aroma is all kinds of musty funk, barrels and jammy fruit. Taste is largely what I would have expected based on the nose, with plenty of acidity, funk and oak. While I know blackberries were used, I can't detect them (go figure for an almost 7 year old beer). Light and effervescent.

    Overall, good, but not great. Given the high level of acidity it will be interesting to see if I can knock out this entire 765ml.....we'll see.

    Hopefully I'll be back for more new beer tomorrow, but tonight is likely to be a long night. A friend of mine has a great basement set-up and we get together periodically for a pinball night. It's usually on a weeknight, but we're doing it on a Saturday for I think only the second time. Last time it was on a weekend I didn't get home until 3:30 in the morning. Time flies when you're hanging out having a few beers, playing pinball & shuffleboard etc.
  24. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets Grand Pooh-Bah (3,260) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    Night Method
    6% espresso milk stout by Wolf’s Ridge

    Poured from a twelve ounce can, the body is a dark black with a light tan head. Very good lacing throughout the tasting.

    Aroma features fresh roast coffee and light notes of sweet chocolate.

    Taste follows nose and the coffee is nicely complimented by a bitter char flavor which should thrill espresso and dark roast fans. A bit of lactose after swallow provides an easy finish. No overly sweet tones in the taste.

    Good mouthfeel and carbonation make this one an excellent choice for coffee and coffee stout fans.
  25. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    I needed to change things up after that Delicious IIPA. So, let's go with something even more extreme, but very, very different.


    Midnight Snack is a pastry stout series from Abomination. They're generally massive, super rich, and really damn good. Tiramisu is their brand new iteration (I just added it to the database). Tiramisu is one of the very few desserts I am often tempted to order (I generally don't eat desserts), and it seems like a natural fit for a pastry stout, so .... let's go!

    Bottom line: this one delivers, if not exactly on the premise. It's super rich and flavorful, and I'd say it qualifies as a dessert stout, but it's not overly sweet. It doesn't really remind me that much of tiramisu, and the nose is all roast: from the barley to the coffee.

    But is it good? Oh heck yeah. I wish my house would warm up, because I'd love to see how this develops closer to room temperature, but when room temperature is below 60 ... :wink:
    4.26 / added to database

  26. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Pooh-Bah (1,999) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
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    New Gas Weekend #1

    Carbon dioxide, brewed at the big bang and stored at absolute zero in the emptiness of space for 12 billion years. I hate that the universe doesn't cellar this at room temperature and shelves it where sunlight has unrestricted access, but the noble gases always move the fastest and so get the best placement.

    L: crystal clear with an absolute lack of head. I'll be dead in the ground before I agree with this new craze for colour-added gas - I'm looking at you, domestic cookng gas - and I'm loving the return to retro, old skool presentation here. It worked for countless aeons, so why do we insist on tinkering? 5/5

    S: nose is neutral. There's a bit of deep space ozone going on and perhaps the slightest hint of sulphur, but the style guide says that's acceptable in trace amounts in English versions. 4/5

    T: not picking up a lot here, but it was brewed at the dawn of time and so has probably lost a bit of bite. There's a large hint of retronasal oxygen, and while that makes the trees happy, it lacks the punch of catalytic conversion - some carbon monoxide would certainly help round the edges with this one. 3/5

    M: it's quite gassy. 5/5.

    O:. I've never been a fan of oxygen, and the addition of trace amounts to carbon just doesn't do it for mine. When I have a glass of carbon dioxide I can't help but think carbon is such a classic gas, why not leave it to roam free, is elections hanging loose for all the world to see? Maybe I'm getting old and jaded, or maybe it's the argon in my deodorant, but I'm just not feeling this one. 3/5

    #26 AzfromOz, Feb 4, 2023
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2023
  27. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,093) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    This is a new beer for BA and a new brewery for me. Jurassic Dark by Stellwagen Beer Company of scenic Marshfield Mass. It's a Schwarzbier!


    4.1/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
    A sturdy pour released a finger of light tan creamy foam with long retention and sticky swatches of lacing. Very dark brown almost black color, clear with orange-ruby highlights.

    Dark bread, herbal hops and cocoa greats the nose with coffee, chocolate and toasted grains.

    Neutral taste with above average bitterness, roasted character is bold but not astringent. Much of the bitterness is from hops. Not as much coffee as in the smell, chocolate and toasted grains remain. Bitterness and dryness build in, the finish is quick and clean of flavors. The aftertaste is dry with bitterness slowly dropping off.

    Medium light bodied with soft carbonation. Great balance of sweet and dry (until the dry finish), hop and roasted malt bitterness. Smooth easy drinker, alcohol is almost undetectable.
  28. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Grand Pooh-Bah (4,234) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Thanks @AzfromOz for opening the taps

    Green Machine by Tree HousevBrewing


    4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
    Brewers Notes: Green Machine is a harmonious union of our beloved Green and Juice Machine. It carries a highly distinctive Tree House flavor profile, drawing on the very best attributes of both and using the best of our hand-selected ingredients. We experience an extremely tropical nose; the flavor follows closely behind with intense notes of ripe pineapple and citrus. A soft and supple mouthfeel truly sets it apart. Cherish, and enjoy!

    Green is described by TH as a cross-continental IPA. Made with Australian and American hops, this citrus heavy IPA opens up in the glass with notes of pineapple, tangerine, and orange rind. It’s sharply bitter and nearly 8% ABV. .The name comes from the initial batch in which, post boil, the wort looked green from so much hop particulate floating around.

    Juice machine is described by TH as Juice Machine was originally devised and brewed to support our very first trip to Extreme Beer Festival in 2014. We’ve revived and tweaked the original recipe on a 30 BBL scale and brought new life and experience into the idea of an obscenely hop saturated yet juicy and delicate Double IPA. It is essentially a marriage of the King Julius malt bill with a hopping intensity schedule similar to that of Very Green. The use of Magnum, Columbus, Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy creates perhaps our most complex drink with unapologetic flavors of tangerine, mango, lime, papaya, and grapefruit with waves of dankness. Hop burp nirvana, indeed.

    Canned 1.2.23, opened 2.4.23, poured into a pretentious beer glass . Purchased a 4 pack in Tewksbury for about $21

    Pours a thick , dense , rich mango juice purée with a one finger off white foam cap. Recedes and leaves spotty lacings

    Aroma is tropical fruits, pineapple

    Taste is tropical fruits. , pineapple, mango with a dry Dank finish

    Smooth mouthfeel , semi dry finish , hop bite that nicely lingers on the middle of the tongue


    Good beer
  29. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    Loving the Northeast US coldsnap, but I am aware that it is dangerous and/or costly to some. Hope you BAs that are in it are doing okay with it.
    Working through a TH haul from last week. This beer came in a mixed pack of other things I wanted and I was not aware of its existence before the purchase.
    4.27/5 rDev +2.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
    Poured from a 16oz can stamped THE 90’S WHERE THE BEST DECADE EVER, 12/27/22 (the first part is debatable, but we have to take their word that they canned it on that date). From the can it went to a Nonic at fridge temperature.
    The gold body is slightly hazy but translucent. A pure white head of ¾” sits on top. There is generous, but not spectacular lacing through the session.
    The aroma is a pretty nice Citra dominated combination of lemon and over-ripe melon. Someone should make a car air freshener dangling thingy that smells like this.
    The taste is similar but with a nice drying hop finish. Another beer that goes from sweet to bitter in its trip over the tongue.
    Mouthfeel is medium to large with good carbonation.
    Overall this scratches the NEIPA itch pretty well.
  30. GreenBayBA

    GreenBayBA Grand Pooh-Bah (3,819) Aug 30, 2015 Wisconsin
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    Inspired by @defunksta, today's beer battle tasting is between two heavyweight BA cherry imperial stouts, from two of the finest breweries of the genre. My thoughts on Central Waters Brewing Twenty Five: Variant are earlier in this thread. Too much cherry. Let's see how Founders Brewing KBS Chocolate Cherry compares. The look is eternal black, with a three-finger light reddish-brown hairstyle, that leaves nice lacing. The smell is more chocolate than cherry. A nice blend that includes coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. The taste is pure KBS. It tastes like the original, with a hint of cherry flavor. Chocolate, graham cracker, coffee, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is oily, creamy, thick, full, and smooth, with light-medium carbonation. The winner... Founders Brewing KBS Chocolate Cherry. This is like the Detroit Lions coming to Lambeau Field and dominating the Green Bay Packers. It is unfortunate when Michigan beats Wisconsin in a competive endeavor that Wisconsin should have won, but it happens. All you can do is respect it.
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Whoa!?! :astonished:

    But you gotta breathe:


    If you don't breathe you're not alive. And being not alive means you can't drink beer!!

    Plus, don't you need oxygen to split the beer atom?


  32. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,446) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    I’d been waiting for a good occasion to open this one. I survived a three hour birthday party at Skyzone this morning that my 6 year old twins were invited to. I think that counts.

    So, here we go:

    Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Reverence English-Style Barleywine aged in Bourbon Barrels for 24 months.


    Pours a deep mahogany brown with a modest head that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass fairly quickly. Appears to have substantial body on the pour.

    Large aromas. Barrel up front, dry wood, vanilla, stewed stone fruits, a hint of red liquorice. Enticing.

    Taste follows. Vanilla more prominent, blended with barrel notes, whiskey, tobacco, figs and dates. Appropriately sweet. Lovely.

    Big body, with a surprisingly quick finish. Very good. The 13.4% ABV is not apparent.

    This is a top shelf English style Barleywine. I’d be thrilled if I had the chance to have another. Just excellent.

  33. JayORear

    JayORear Grand Pooh-Bah (3,012) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Equilibrium Above the Clouds DIPA. As I've mentioned before on BA, I've recently discovered that I'm relatively close to the EQ taproom, so I've been confident in buying cans lately. And, lo and behold, it looks like they've started dating their cans (!), so I'm even more happy. This beer, canned 1/10/23, is one I'm really looking forward to. I'm prepared for the addition of lactose to give it a bit of a cheat-bump, but I'm all right with that.

    Upon cracking the can, I'm hit with a huge aroma of mango from arm's length. It's been a while since an aroma was so pervasive and insistent; I remember the TG Sosus from 2020 packing a similar wallop. Appearance is hazy but not turbid, glowing gold under the light like the soul of Marcellus Wallace. Impressive head that leaves excellent lacing as I drink it down (see second photo). Aroma is dominantly mango up close, but with banana, vanilla, black pepper, and would you believe a little bit of lime?

    Taste is more complex than expected, with aroma notes giving way to some light resin, orange, lemon, and cinnamon (!), but with mango still the controlling note. I wish I could say how it evolves as it warms, but I'm drinking it too fast . . . next can I'll try to slow down. Mouthfeel is predictably creamy given the lactose, but there's also a zippy effervescence that reminds me of the best Tree House hazies.

    Overall, this is what I would call an incredibly well-executed, if not revelatory, NEIPA. I mean, it takes lot to achieve "revelatory" for me anymore, but I could drink this every day, for sure. FWIW, this will be added to my LIF box, which seems, at this point, to be @ovaltine's, unless anyone else throws their hat into the ring. Well worth seeking out, especially now that we have can dates!


  34. GlenFarclas

    GlenFarclas Zealot (532) Oct 1, 2021 Connecticut

    Finally NBW (New *Batch* Weekend) has arrived. End of January usually means the arrival of a couple once a year favorites.

    Here’s JA’s Sunny Ridge


    This was stored in cellar but given how cold it has been it’s colder than ideal which is causing a smidge more haze than is traditional. Still a nice amber colored pint, soft delicate pale head atop.

    Smell is clean and balanced, herbal and spice hop character against some delicate malt sugar.

    First sip and it’s same as it ever was. Gorgeous beer. Lovely malty body upfront which quickly peels back and brings up a complex bouquet of hop aromatics and pithy bitterness. It’s a nuanced beer, even while a smidge cold.

    Happy Saturday. I hope to be back with more today or tomorrow. I’ll try not to just outright polish off this 4-pack hah
  35. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Pooh-Bah (1,999) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Breathing's for the trendy GasBois!

    Plus, you're forgetting that down south we're all antipodean supermen who can hold our breath for years at a time.

  36. ovaltine

    ovaltine Grand Pooh-Bah (5,719) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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  37. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Not the way I shoud've started my Saturday, Jolly Fox Brewing's Lucky Streak Blonde Ale, 5.1% ABV; 2.51 overall

    Good head retention & lacing

    S: Apple juice/cider, raw doughyness

    T: Kind of follows the nose, some woody hops fight through the sweetness & dryness up front. Apple juice & a little woody hop bitterness as this beer warms, a little grassyness, plus dryness

    MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, weird, okay balance

    Probably one of my least favorite styles, so I will take that into account, but not even close to a good example of one. Still far more drinkable than that IPA was. If you told me this was cider, I would've believed you. Drain pour


  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Ah, the power of vegemite! [​IMG]


  39. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,074) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Hello my friends; firstly @AzfromOz please keep opening this thread, I was cracking up, you are a talented writer and story teller. I'm finishing off my last few beers from @snaotheus because I just got a nice box of goodies from @Whyteboar show up on Friday in our little mini trade; looking forward to them.

    I've been running around like a mad man all day while Mrs. Phish was up in North Jersey for a baby shower...good times...well she's home, thank the lord so here I am writing this post for a beer I drank while cooking up dinner. I think this may be only my second weizenbock ever tried, it isn't a style I gravitate towards as I prefer the lower abv and lighter feel of a hefe...this is why I'm glad it was sent to me Ryan, exploring a style I would've otherwise never tried. @ATL6245 I promise I'll get to Aventinus sometime in 2023...

    Wayfinder - Bär (Weizenbock 7.2%)


    Pours cloudy mix of light golden brown; big white head settles to a nice looking creamy layer.

    Nose is yeast heavy, banana peel, sort of grain field aroma as well; very light hint of lightly toasted white bread.

    The taste is lightly toasted grainy white bread; little bit of clove like spice and touch of sweet banana on the finish. The aftertaste is very nice, lingers around a bit.

    Medium body but slightly watery; a noticeable hint of alcohol on the finish…I am sensitive to it so other may not feel the same; creamy texture and a surprisingly light quick and clean finish.

    This beer was pretty tasty, when cold it was a little harsher but as it warmed the flavors became more balanced and it was quite enjoyable to me. Thank you for sending Ryan...see you all later tonight or twice tomorrow. Happy New Beer Weekend!!!


    PS @AzfromOz the fork worked great, went full on man tonight....

  40. augustgarage

    augustgarage Pooh-Bah (2,175) May 20, 2007 California
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    Something local - silver medal winner in its category. Decent - tried to rate to style:

    4/5 rDev +1.5%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

    Packaged on 1/10/23 - consumed on 2/4/23 - poured from a pint can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

    Clear carmine body with scarlet highlights and a fist of wheat/almond stiff peaks. Fat tendrils of lace; sticky with superior retention.

    Lovely malt aromatics with a hint of earthy hops. Toast, toasted sugar, faint chocolate, light fruitiness.

    Pleasant bready malt character on the palate with a light touch of mellow hops, low roast, and perhaps a hint of esters from the yeast. Crisp, coppery finish.

    Medium-bodied, well carbonated, somewhat tannic.

    Somewhere between and American Amber and an Irish Red - a pleasant, easy-going ale better enjoyed with food (e.g. fish and chips or soft pretzels and spicy mustard).
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