Online Beer Tastings - Idea Submission Thread (2016 - 2021)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Harrison8, Dec 20, 2016.

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What theme or style would you like to see be featured in the next online tasting? (Select up to 3)

Poll closed Feb 15, 2021.
  1. "Chocolate beers"

    5 vote(s)
    18.5%
  2. Dark lagers (sub styles tbd)

    15 vote(s)
    55.6%
  3. Porters (sub styles tbd)

    16 vote(s)
    59.3%
  4. Quads

    8 vote(s)
    29.6%
  5. Scotch ales/Wee heavies

    12 vote(s)
    44.4%
  6. Smoked beers

    7 vote(s)
    25.9%
  7. Stouts (non barrel aged / non-adjunct)

    12 vote(s)
    44.4%
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  1. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Dates don't work for me. Sounds like a lot of unfocused fun, though... :grin:
     
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  2. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (675) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    The first pedant to join the tasting discussion to explain/criticize that it is not "inexplicable" for people to have not had the beers they are tasting should get a "special" prize [i.e. public ridicule]. :smile:
     
  3. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,111) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'll save my Gulden Draak for this. I'd prefer the 2nd, but I can make the 9th work if I have to.
     
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  4. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (246) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Triple IPA's would be a wild one
     
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  5. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (687) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    Either date should be OK for me. That was easy. Now I've just got to decide which beer and how to get it! :thinking_face:
     
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  6. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,514) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Answer is pretty easy for me - grab the first few beers I see on the import aisle.

    Eager to see what you end up with!
     
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  7. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (687) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    Me too!
     
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  8. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,454) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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  9. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Unless there are any objections, I'll attempt to lead another style tasting. This time it'll be the dubbel. Be it Trappist, abbey, or American. The date is Saturday June 15th, roughly 3 weeks from today. I'll withdraw if there isn't enough interest due to the beer type not meshing well with the weather. Cheers.
     
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  10. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (7,410) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Works for me, if I can find some.:slight_smile:

    Cheers!
     
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  11. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    I love a dubbel, time to mark the calendar.
     
  12. Justonemore91

    Justonemore91 Disciple (374) Nov 24, 2018 New York
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    Only one dubbel matters and it's westmalle... Everything else I've tried doesn't even come close... I'm in regardless. Think I'll give ommegang a try.. Saw some double barrel dubbel I would like to try
     
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  13. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,354) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Not my favourite Belgian style but I will look around. I can always find the Chimay...
     
  14. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (3,552) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Dubbels are always in season. I'm in.
     
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  15. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,454) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Sounds good!
     
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  16. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    OK folks. Let's do this then. Dubbel tasting 2 weeks from tomorrow. I'll create a thread.
     
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  17. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,454) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Lets do a tasting in November - any suggestions?

    My suggestions: scotch ale/wee heavy/scottish ale; English old ale/strong ale; weizenbock; doppelbock
     
  18. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (7,410) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    What about: American Strong Ale, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Quad?

    Cheers!
     
  19. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Poo-Bah (1,990) Jan 23, 2014 New York
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    Any of these sound good.
     
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  20. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    I'm good with any of those (given enough advance notice for procurement for some of those).

    I wouldn't group scotch ale/wee heavy in the same tasting as scottish ale, though.

    Would barrel-aged be included along with non-BA (especially pertinent with some of those styles, such as wee heavies, English old ale...)
     
  21. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (687) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    I'd be down with scotch ale/wee heavy. Happen to have a barrel-aged bomber of one on hand.
     
  22. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,454) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    My thought process there is that there may not be a ton of examples of each of those available to people, so by making it a bit broader, it might make it easier on people. But, Im fine with whatever.
    For sure.
     
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  23. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    For a date, I suggest Saturday, Nov 30. Thanksgiving weekend in the USA, but a couple of days after the big family meal, and a day after "Black Friday" (if that is even still a thing with every store pushing it earlier and earlier...).
     
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  24. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Yeah, that makes sense.
     
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  25. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (4,453) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I think Nov. 30 is a great suggestion...and I’m in for whatever style(s)...marking a hold on the calendar!
     
  26. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    [​IMG]

    Since this pic was my afternoon, I was chanting "Weizen Doppelbock" when I started reading @FBarber 's post, and then as if by magic:
    :slight_smile:
     
  27. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (687) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    I've never seen anything from Brauhaus Riegele in these parts. Where'd you find that, Total Wine?
     
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  28. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,816) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    It's available on the Island. Maybe Total Wine has it. I got that particular bottle at Half Time. I can tell that every Augustus I've had recently has been old. Wouldn't be terribly surprised if those bottles even date back to the first Sierra Nevada Ofest collaboration. Privat is the easiest to find and I've had some this year that tasted good. If you ever see their Pilsner let me know... I had that once and I'd kill for more.
     
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  29. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (4,790) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    The end of November sounds great, as I'm still doing Sober Octember until the middle of the month. When it comes to styles, my vote goes to either American/English Strong Ale or Doppelbock, which both seem like great fits for the season.
     
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  30. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (687) Nov 23, 2008 New York
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    Weizenbock would be just fine too. Amazingly I haven't had one of those in almost 5 years!
     
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  31. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,299) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    I like this submission ... definitely not enough weizenbocks around though
     
  32. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,354) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Well, since Founders Backwoods showed up in town, I'd be up for that. :wink:
     
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  33. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Wee Heavies are really only BB.

    Any imported German effort in. OST any style is probably a year old or more on the shelves here. Probably true on most styles. Whether that’s still representative in beyond me, but I’d suspect not. Regionality might really come into play here as to who can participate.
     
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  34. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Availability can be an issue as I badly mis spelled above, so a style choice could be unfairly dependent upon where you live. So participation might be localized into pockets, and absent in others. If it’s a Wee Heavy maybe 2 off the top of my head here. Most German beers that are not seasonal might be well over a year old here, they’re not popular.

    Could a broader brew work? It’s Oct how about a Winter Brew, it’s around the corner for most, and something seasonal is available most everywhere in one form or another. Lots of big boys, but quite a few regional and smaller breweries also brew a seasonal, in many styles. Could be an ipa, could be an ale brewed with spruce tips etc. If it’s a seasonal even imports are more likely to be fresh and relevant. So a winter brew not a fall beer, no pumpkin beers. Just a thought.
     
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  35. seakayak

    seakayak Crusader (761) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts
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    The date sounds great. I'd suggest we taste German Hefeweizens. Ayinger, Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, and Weihenstephaner seem to be everywhere, and they're delicious!

    [​IMG]
     
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  36. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Online tastings have varied in theme, from specific beer, to specific style, somewhat broader style, to broad category (e.g. Beers You Inexplicably Haven't Had).

    I like the ones that "make" me explore a style that either I have not had before, or that it's been a long time. Hunting down a couple or 3 is part of the fun, but I need enough advance notice, especially for relatively specialized European styles. Even better if I can find a local (or at least, midwest) brewer who brews the style and puts it into distribution.

    However, I'm game for just about anything.
     
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  37. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    Hefes are a seasonal for our local brewers. Spring to early summer.
     
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  38. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (3,552) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Any of these work and November 30th sounds like a good time. Somebody call it so we can all start shopping. I'm in regardless.
     
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  39. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    ^^This!
     
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  40. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,454) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Alright, November 30th it is.

    I am leaning towards weizenbock & doppelbock. I am well aware of the range, but my concern is that if I just did weizenbock, people might have a hard time tracking down examples, so including doppelbocks opens that up a bit. Both are great styles for the cooler weather.

    If anyone strongly objects let me know - I won't set up the tasting thread until a bit closer to Nov.
     
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