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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C2H5, Apr 21, 2012.
We had 3 bottles of Night Stalker. They had bottling dates of 2010, 2011 and 2012.
HF Earl (growler cut off at left)
HF Birth Of Tragedy
Founders KBS & CBS
Goose Island BCBS & BCBCS
Fifty Fifty Eclipse (Elijah Craig 12 yr) 2011
Hoppin' Frog BA BORIS
Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon
Hair of the Dog Adam
From what I can remember, Eclipse & BA BORIS were outstanding among the others.
Had a small, inaugural tasting tonight, hope to have many more.
Lips of Faith Brett Beer
Blank Slate/Triple Digit Determination
Foothills People's Porter
St. Bernardus Abt 12
Cuvee de Trolls
Fantome Extra Sour
Thanks for coming over and bringing the Anna @cfrancess33
tasting with SkeeterBoganski, sir-knifes-alot, and DenverBeerDrinker.
my bloody valentine, '10 madame rose, '10 juliet, '10 lolita, berserker, oude tart, horny devil, rye on rye, imperial stout trooper, bcbs.
Wish I had a picture of what we had last night. We did the entire blackwater series from southern tier. Highlights for me were oat and mokah. We also split a bottle of ghost face killah between about 12 people. Highlight of the entire night was 2 bros doing Australian facials with Bud Select. For those of you who dont what that is, An australian facial is when you slam the side of a can of beer against your face until the can gets a hole in it and then you chug out of the hole.
My friend Nick hosted a bunch of us for a killer tasting event/housewarming party. Here was the damage the next morning:
CW tasting among 5 of us Saturday night....
We drank the 1414, 15, and Le Petite first, then made it about 3/4 of the way through the rest. Love me some CW!!!
Tasting at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate release this last weekend. Sadly, I can't remember what was in the growler on the right... It was a good day...
Are those real live females?
Still feeling the effects? I only see a growler on the left
A small tasting with a couple friends this last weekend. I've been waiting to finally pull these from the dark. That 09.09.09 blew me away. Aged absolutely perfectly. I wish now I had more...
From last weekend with cosmicevan, GrumpyOldTroll, dtmets84, afksports, totoropanda, and SpeedwayJim. As always, the company far outweighed the bottles shared. Sorry for the off angle, it was a long night.
Half Acre Sanguis
Tilquin Oude Gueuze
Cable Car '12
Fantome La Gourmande '04
Lou Pepe Kriek '03
Partridge in a Pear Tree
100% BA Partridge in a Pear Tree
Fou' Foune ('08-'12)
C&C La Folie ('04, '05, '08, '09)
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze ('04 Magnum)
Nib Smuggler (unlabeled bottle)
Not pictured: Ommegang Abbey Ale (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged), Bell's BA 9000
How are the older C & C compared to newer one? Do you prefer Framboos or Hommage? Dan told me Hommage is much better than Framboos which I really doubt How is the 04 magnum, worth the price?
Back in 2011 I got 3 '04 LF C&C'd and have opened them over the past year and a half. The first blew me away, still held a lot of the sweetness that you'd want in an oud bruin, and had a thread of balance despite the large acetic / vinegar thing going on. The second - about 8 months ago - still enjoyable, but more acetic. This one however, totally acetic, hard to drink. I don't think it just fell off though; this one had the least carbonation, so I'd guess it was a cork issue with the old bottle and some oxidation was playing a role, too. The '05 was high vinegar, but still carbed and had hints of balancing malts. The sweet spot was really the 08/09, imo. Those were smooth and seemed ripe.
That said - L->R in the pic was basically the order consumed, so... take the comments with a grain of salt.
Imo I preferred the Framboos, but the group was split. Both were great. Not sure on the price of the magnum.
I found the older La Folies to be tasting pretty damn stellar considering their age. I preferred the slightly newer batches, with the '08 being my favorite of the 4. Also to be truthful, these were tasted towards the end and there was some serious "fatigue" going on.
The '04 magnum was interesting to try, probably not worth a huge amount but it was nearly flat and had quite a bit of vinegar to it which I dont usually pick up in Armand geuze.
We've done Framboos/Hommage twice now and I have flip flopped over to the Framboos is better side. I was in the minority though. I think everyone else preferred Hommage both times.
Did we seriously have all those? I don't remember the Herfst or the La Folie's at all!!
So my tasting notes on the La Folie's are pretty suspect
For me, Hommage > Framboos both times I've had it side by side. 04 magnum was fun. We didn't drink it all though so it probably wasn't worth it from that perspective.
GOD DAMN! What a lineup!
i think i remember them...things got spotty at the end
agreed, hommage has been better to me both times, but i'm still blown away by framboos as well. i really dug the 04 magnum. it was SUPER grassy, but it was opened with a few others by the time i got there so i didn't get to fully take advantage or it, but i did have 2 nice pours of it throughout the day/evening.
i used to think that things like that didn't happen and that a lot of those beers didn't even exist anymore...then i met captain ahab...er...i mean, mike
My best work is yet to come.
Fun time last night:
ba abraxas and genealogy of morals....saturday morning beers with DenverBeerDrinker.
Damn...y'all ain't playin'...I gotta get me some BA friends...if only I wasn't such a hermit...
I posted these in the what are you drinking but this was part of a tasting. First up, RARE!
Nxt, black tuesday
Nxt black ops
Sippin on a DDC Fortunella- Kumquat IPA. WOW!
tonight with ross and luke
Tasting last night with awturboiv, leftyhyzer, and nasty 31.
End of the night
Thoughts on any of these? Highlights? Lowlights?
For the dark lords, it was definitely a toss up between the PVW and Brandy Vanilla for the best across the group.
The Brandy Vanilla was pure marshmallow fluff with caramel and chocolate. Yet it was never overly sweet.
The PVW really added a lot compared to the Bourbon DL I've had before and the Brandy. There was tons of the S-W butterscotch in both the nose and flavor. It reminded me of a thicker / sweeter Rare. It had less chocolate than the rare but more sweetness
Brandy was solid but didn't stand out compared to the others.
The De Muerte smelled horrid as it was really vegetal and burnt. It didn't taste as bad as it smelled but it made it more of an average beer. It reminded me of the Brandy with chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness, yet it had a small amount of heat and then green pepper vegetal qualities that just didn't fit.
Other beers to note. SR 2 is a pretty solid Gueuze. It is really tart with lots of lemon and white vinegar but really no signs of funk. The Shaggy was like drinking Cinnamon pretzels from Auntie Anne's. Lots of brown sugar but really not much barrel presence for a beer aged as long as that one was.
Even the baby wasn't gonna miss this one. Do ya blame him?
Had a tasting on Friday night with a few people
Pretty solid tasting/bottleshare tonight, while we were brewing a couple of batches of beer. A Surly Abrasive is missing from the photo, along with probably a couple of other beers.
Special Thanks to Hopsmatt for inviting me over to try a few. Awesome tasting!
Here was our entire lineup, nothing too amazing but had a few good ones and a few duds as well...
Ommegang Rare VOS
Ommegang Three Philoshophers
Bud Black Crown
Goose Island Fluer
Shadow Wild Black
New Belgium Fat Tire
Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Smuttynose Old Dog Brown Ale
Shorts Good Humans Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
Flying Dog Pearl Necklace
Founders Imperial Stout
Stone Pale Ale
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Rivertown Hop Bomber
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Nothing to epic, was for my birthday so only a couple other people there drank craft beer on a regular basis. Turned out good though as most of the BMC drinkers enjoyed a lot of the beers. Yes, those are 40s in the pic.
Had a tasting in our EBF groups hotel room due to being stuck inside from Nemo. This partaker ended the night early but didn't want anyone opening his HF while he was asleep!
Dont have a picture but I had a small 5 bottle tasting with a fellow BA on saturday. The lineup consisted of:
BCS Cherry Rye
2012 Marshal Zhukov