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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C2H5, Apr 21, 2012.
Someone please send Evan an Alesmith snifter
Me and two other BA's drank these I think 2 weeks ago during the last UFC ppv.
Bourbon County Vanilla
Bourbon County Cherry Rye
Bourbon County Bramble Rye
Pretty delicious night. The consensus was Vanilla kicked the taint out of the others... maybe not the '09 bomber, but the other variants. We definitely want to revisit the Cherry Rye with a little more age on it.
I know I always ask, but I do really appreciate the feedback!
kind of funny since we talked about that during the tasting. does such a glass even exist? i've seen a pint glass, but the closest to finding a snifter i could do was this drawing:
if the glass in the drawing or frankly any non-pint AleSmith glass exists...I'm very much ISO. have beer/glass/$...? to swap. Converse with me if you can help out!
Lost Abbey - Red Poppy
---> long time favorite as good as usual
7eventh Sun - FYA (thanks Jim!!!)
---> very nice classic pale ale with good earthiness and some fruitiness, but decidedly a pale ale and not a IPA crossover candidate
Upright Sole Comp - BA Seven w/ Brett (#11 of 120)
---> really impressive. just the right amount o tartness to tickle your tongue.
AleSmith - BA Kopi Speedway
---> one of the better coffee beers i've ever had
NEBCO - Attempted Redrum
---> the rum works surprisingly well with this one and it was better than the non BA version, but still fairly hot and far from being the greatest BA barley out there
CCB - Campeador Greaves (thanks Jim!!! Long time want of mine!)
---> this was a long-time want of mine and it did not disappoint. really mellow and great dark fruit flavors. really really dug it
Flying Dog - 2008 Horn Dog (7oz bottles!) x 2
---> time did this one well...these were extremely enjoyable
AleSmith - BA Decadence 2011
---> smokey which is interesting...good, but not great
Allagash - FV13
---> this was a superstar for me. i really really enjoyed this. the vanilla oakiness on the sour was just perfect...reminded me a lot of barrel select gold
Terrapin - Mosaic (Side Project)
---> exactly as advertised hopped up with mosaic hops imperial red ale
CCB - Hunahpu 2013 (thanks Jim!!!)
---> drinking really great fresh. i think i like this one better than last year's fresh (if memory serves)
Two Roads - Igor's Dream
---> not a big fan...nowhere near as good as SH IRS. body was a bit thin and the BA made it a bit nail polish removery
Midnight Sun - Arctic Devil
---> this years...great fresh!!!
They do exist but I don't think they have been made in several years. Attn: Alesmith, The time to make more is here.
got a picture of these?
this is the closest I have for pictures, not a true snifter
for the lazy...
looks like it fits the bill for what i'm looking for
October 2012 DL vertical - did it blind which was fun.
same night. 2008 Wooden Hell, Bourbon County Rare, King Henry, 2008 Mother of All Storms, Black Tuesday, among others
Your oyster haul is epic. What's kind of oyster you have there?
Kumamotos, Kushis, Sunrise, Barren Point, and Penn Coves. The Kushis were my favorite!
Love Kunamotos. We have a few farms raising oyster in Tomales Bay, CA. I usually have picnics there in the summer. Nothing better than having oyster + gueuze right by the bay.
"Helping" Lambicking bottle his first homebrew with 4 other dudes.
The Fou Foune is why he is called Lambicking.
Excellent tasting with my boy Chris
Tasting session #2 from last night:
a few items, including a fresh growler of Pliny, are not pictured.
Choc PB Banana Horror Show
Boon Mariage Parfait '09
Fulton War and Peace
GI Big John
La Folie '13
Growler of Fresh Pliny
Duvel Triple Hop
Not a traditional tasting party, per se, but a damn good tasting experience..
The current full offering from Russian River.
Finally made it to the bottle share at Niche in Geneva, IL. Met some great BAs for a fun night as well as learning a lot about beer. The regulars said this was about double the normal turnout.
Highlights were 2011-2013 Plead the 5th vertical incl 2012 BA, King Henry, Bourbon County Coffee, Serendipity, Baudonia on draft, Tart Side of the Moon, Victory at Sea, BA B Nektar Mead, Dayman, Grainstorm, DFH 61, Buffalo Sweat, and a Mikkeller Coffee DIPA. There was an Avery wild that I can't remember the name of and a BA stout from Minnesota. That covers the whole spread. Pretty nice Wednesday night. Grateful to all the folks that shared some amazing beers.
CL Smoke from the Oak Wine BA
HF BoT 2012
Alpine Pure Hoppiness
Lou Pepe 09 Kriek
BA Wee Heavy
One of the craziest tastings I've been to! Thanks to all the BAs that were part of it.
From L to R
Bourbon County Coffee '11
Cigar City Nielsbohrium
Upright Sole Composition Barrel Aged Seven Blend
Cascade Apricot '11
Pipeworks Citra Ninja
Grassroots Convivial Suarez
Churchell's Finest '13
Bourbon County Coffee '12
Bourbon County Cherry Rye
Bourbon County Bramble
Bourbon County Vanilla
Bourbon County '09
Black Tuesday '12
Fou Foune '12
Alesmith BA Speedway '12
Cascade Apricot '09
Logsdon Peche n' Brett B2
Perennial BA Abraxas
Upright Fantasia B2
Fou Foune '12 (Again)
Tired Hands Guillemot
Freetail Ananke '12
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
DFH 120 Minute
Growler of Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale
Bourbon County '08
Hanger 24 Barrel Roll - Pugachev's Cobra
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
Final Four tasting:
'12 Cognac DL
'12 Bourbon Vanilla DL
'11 Brandy Vanilla DL
Fantome Extra Sour
Lost Abbey Track Set
Rosso e Marrone b4
Juliet 2012 (not pictured)
A few friends of mine put a tasting together for me for my birthday this past weekend. It was awesome to say the least.
A buddy of mine in the Chicago area hosted a tasting this weekend, and provided all the beers himself. The 6 year Dark Lord vertical was the highlight, but there were no slackers in this group!
I flew up there Sat., got demolished on amazing beers, and flew back Sunday. Worth every minute!
Left to right:
Heady Topper (x3)
Cherry Adam from the Wood
3F Oude Geuze
2007-2012 Dark Lord
KBS (2012 and 2013)
(there is a back row too, but I'd be hard pressed to remember them all! )
What did you think of how the DL's are holding up?
I had that pic texted to me yesterday. lol
Personal taste alone, the 2008 was the best. The sweetness had leveled out, and it was extremely smooth. 2007 had gone a little too far, for my taste, and was moving toward getting bland with a few more years. 2012 was a hot stupid mess.
Thats cool, we must have a mutual friend. I'm assuming its JR...
Yeah... good guy... met him at Petrol a ways back. lol
Last night's IPA flight with some fellow New Jersey BAs:
Great guys, great beer. Other brews that made an appearance:
- Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
- Weihenstephaner Vitus
- Lagunitas Lucky 13.alt (Anniversary Release)
- Weyerbacher Insanity
- Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
My brother and I shared a few beers last night. The Machu Picchu was horribly infected
Fun Sunday with SkeeterBoganski, MinorThreat, and DenverBeerDrinker. Thanks for coming over. See you all in three weeks.
Nice Wednesday night bottle share again out in Geneva, IL. Perennial Aria, Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Revolution Galaxy Hero, the Surly Pentagram is missing in the picture, Russian River Supplication, a couple KBS, Lava from Iceland, Wake Up Call from Grand Teton (2010), AleSmith Speedway Stout, Central Waters 15, and a couple cans of Gandhi Bot.
Just waiting for a couple of stragglers...
Veritas vertical 001 - 011
Cable Car Kriek, Cantillon Loerik, Yellow Bus, Pinot d' Anuis,Beekeeper, Le Woody Brune, BRL, Mimosa.
More to come.
I had been wondering that exact thing! glad you tested it before me!
On my way
My friend Travis & I did a blind barrel-aged stout tasting last night with Black Note, Central Waters BB Stout, KBS, BCBS & BA Blackout. All the most recently released vintages.
(Ignore the monstrous thighs)
My friend Chris poured them all for us while we were away. He numbered each beer 1 through 5 for us. After tasting them all, here's how the rankings looked (favorite to least favorite):
Me: 3, 1, 4, 5, 2
Travis: 3, 5, 4, 1, 2
We also tried to see if we could guess which beer was which. Chris revealed to us that 1 was the Central Waters, 2 was BA Blackout, 3 was BCBS, 4 was Black Note & 5 was KBS. I was able to guess them all correctly & Travis had only switched Central Waters & Black Note.
I was really surprised that BA Blackout was unanimously our least favorite & that I liked the Central Waters the second best. I wasn't too surprised that BCBS was the unanimous favorite though.
This was a lot of fun to do, as it really got me to focus even more on all aspects of each beer. I hope more blind tastings are in my future!
Hof ten Dormaal's - Barrel Aged Project