Post a pic of your "Tasting" events

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C2H5, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. John11486

    John11486 Feb 13, 2009 California
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    Lawson's Maple Tripple '12

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    Kate the Great '08

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  2. KYboymatt

    KYboymatt Sep 25, 2013 Kentucky

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    Not anything special going on here, Just enjoying the years first Founder's Breakfast stout with Pancakes, Bacon and Vermont Maple Syrup. (yes it was 9 in the morning too) Nothing better than some good friends, good brews and breakfast
     
  3. eli323232

    eli323232 Dec 13, 2010 North Carolina

    Little share we had the other day in Wilmington, NC, good times ensued.
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  4. kristougher

    kristougher Jun 27, 2013 North Carolina
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    we have to do this again
     
  5. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    This is the blind taste test I did on Saturday for my birthday. 5 of us tried all 5 beers blind, ranking each of them from 1 to 5. To determine the overall winner, if a beer was picked at someone's favorite it got 5 points, if as the worst it got 1. So 25 points was the max a beer could get, etc. we're all well educated here right? haha. We tallied the points for beers 1 through 5, and it was then revealed which numbers represented which beers. I love blind tastings like these because, just as with this one, you can never predict the results. I guarantee you wouldn't have predicted these, they went as follows:

    Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero - 21 pts
    Westbrook Mexican Cake - 18 pts
    Cigar City Hunahpu - 16 pts
    Hardywood Chocolate Heat - 12 pts
    Perennial Abraxas - 8 pts

    I will admit that I had voted Hunahpu as my personal winner, but had enjoyed chocolate sombrero. And during the reveal "Beer 4, the winner, was chocolate sombero" I immediately said bullshit and started laughing. Always a humbling experience and lots of fun. Cheers, everyone.
     
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  6. HopFace

    HopFace Feb 29, 2012 Colorado
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    I love blind tastings. Amazed at some of the results.

    This one is a bit shocking though. Good to know.
     
  7. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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  8. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    It would be a lot of fun to see if another group could repeat that tasting to see if the results were replicated or had a similar trend
     
  9. HopFace

    HopFace Feb 29, 2012 Colorado
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    Anyone have a Hardywood Chocolate Heat and Perennial Abraxas they want to get rid of? If so, I'll totally do this one with my tasting buddies.

    Annnd we can add the Copper Kettle one (I have one of those)
     
  10. chardlogic

    chardlogic Feb 18, 2011 Florida
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    ... vs. Bomb...
     
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  11. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Just had this... definitely would have been a good fit with what you were tasting here... I'm amazed that Abraxas was the worst of the 5. Now I'm debating on whether I wanna even seek it out haha!
     
  12. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    Yeah if someone wants to send me a pirate bomb i'll gladly compare it off of memory. It was my birthday I mean...haha
     
  13. TequilaSauer

    TequilaSauer Dec 31, 2006 Florida

    This is an awesome blind tasting. It's so funny to see people experiencing the same effect I always do. There's always a winner or top 3 placer in every blind tasting that just totally blows everyone's minds. I said this before, but I sneak a Stone IPA into every blind IPA tasting I do and it beats godtier single IPAs all the time. It doesn't always win, but it usually places shockingly high.

    Abraxas being at the bottom is every bit as shocking as Chocolate Sombrero being at the top. Great stuff. I love the craft scene!
     
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  14. gregkoko

    gregkoko Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    Haven't done it blind, but Abraxas is easily my favorite of the above. Diff'rent strokes and all that
     
  15. johnsonni

    johnsonni Dec 27, 2012 North Carolina
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    The Hardywood Chocolate Heat was an awful representation of the style when I last had it. There was zero heat, which doesn't seem possible if you're using habaneros and no where near the actual quality of stout as the others
     
  16. kona14

    kona14 Aug 22, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I'd love to try this sometime (if I don't have to drive anywhere afterwards;)). I've had Chocolate Sombrero twice....the first bottle I loved, the second time it seemed fairly "watery" (about two months apart). Generally, like Clown Shoes stouts, especially Very Angry Beast which is one of my favorite stouts!
     
  17. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico
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    I've been hearing good things about this and will be in Denver/Boulder tomorrow; do you have any idea whether this will be in stores anywhere?
     
  18. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Yeah, it should be on the shelf in larger Denver stores. Places like Lukas, Chambers, Davidson's, Mile High, Argonaut, Total Beverage, etc. Your best bets are on the south end of town.
    In Boulder, you might see it at Boulder Liquor Mart, but I'm not 100% sure on that one.
     
  19. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico
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    Appreciate the info. Argonaut is definitely on my radar.
     
  20. Indytruks138

    Indytruks138 Jun 28, 2013 Texas
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  21. TequilaSauer

    TequilaSauer Dec 31, 2006 Florida


    I'll admit, you basically made me try this beer tonight. It's pretty damn good, WAY underrated. It's at like an 86 or some such and it was much much better than that. But better than Huna or Abraxas? Hmmm, I can't say definitely not because I'm constantly proven wrong in predictions at my blind tastings.

    I might duplicate this tasting omitting a few I don't have and adding a few others that are similar.

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  22. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Jan 15, 2010 California
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    Straight ghosting the tomes!

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  23. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
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    And...I'm moving to Mass.
     
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  24. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Jan 14, 2013 Illinois
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    Another great Wednesday night at Niche in Geneva, IL. We had a few special guests make it out from Chicago as well, so we kicked it up a notch.
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    Heartwood needs more buzz. That beer was incredible aged 3 years.
    Framboise for a Cure smells amazing and tastes nearly as good.
    Coolship Red is stunning. Like fresh picked raspberries.
    FW 16 is so smooth right now.
    Mik NS Brut was very bright and effervescent. Quite good.
    Das Wunderkind was a delightful palate cleanser that you could drink all day.
    Cafe Royale was smooth and chocolatey.
    Bend Ching Ching...wow. I'm going to try and find some of that. Deserving of gold.
    White Chocolate smelled and finished like White Chocolate. Totally delivered on the hype.
    Night Shift Ever Weisse was probably my favorite of the night. You actually taste the Kiwi. So well made.
    Anna was probably as good of a saison as I've ever had, and it's my favorite style. Just awesome.
    Strawberry from Cascade smelled and tasted amazing. I now have to finally break down and order some Cascade.
    Rogue Beard Beer was pretty decent. Light tartness, estery, and smooth.
    SP Origin is hard to describe. Smooth and complex. I couldn't figure this beer out. The mouthfeel and finish are different from anything I've had. Light tartness coming on now too.
    New Belgium Twisted Spoke 15 is a fantastic sour. So much flavor and complexity.
    Cantillon Lambic is so clean and well made. More refined than our other sours. Stands out in the crowd.
    The Flaming Logsdon is so good. I love tart reds, and this has all the carbonation and mouthfeel of the other Logsdon beers but with a rich, tart red body. Excellent.
    Lawson's Hop Harvest is very subtle. Drink this now if you have it. It's only about 10 days old but it won't last long. Super sessionable and light.
    Hi-Fi Rye has light spice from the rye but a rich velvety body. Well made, delicious beer.
    Shenanigans Odell was a light tasty red. Just subtle tartness. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
    I don't know the name of the cider on the end, but boy was it good.

    There are about 10 or so beers that I couldn't fit into the shot as well. It was indeed a special Wednesday.
     
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  25. More_Cowbell

    More_Cowbell Jul 19, 2013 Washington

    Tasting with 2 friends last night.

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    Left to right: Ommegang Game of Thrones #2 - Take the Black Stout, Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter, Fire Mountain Steam Fired Stout, Heater Allen Bobtoberfest, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan, Deschutes The Dissident 2012, and Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet.

    A few thoughts:
    Barrel Aged Outta Kilter was my favorite, barrel aging gave this beer a nice vanilla flavor.
    Wish more spices had come out with the Chocolate Sombrero.
    The Genghis Pecan had an interesting earthy, pecan flavor.
    The Dissident was very complex, drank like a fortified wine.
     
  26. RayOhioFelton

    RayOhioFelton May 24, 2011 Ohio
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    My birthday....

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  27. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Sep 24, 2010 Colorado
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  28. Atreyufan31

    Atreyufan31 Jul 28, 2011 California
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    Finally got it all together on did my pumpkin tasting party. Wish I had time to get all the ones I wanted but this was still a wonderful showing. Big thanks to RobOrlando for scouting the east coast for some of these.

    Good Gourd stole the show. Heirloom Barleywine was an amazing style. TREAT was also award-worthy.

    Biggest disappointment: Weyerbacher, must have got two infected bottles, both tasted sour.
     
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  29. polishkaz

    polishkaz May 30, 2011 Connecticut
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    Had a tasting Friday Night with Apuzarne, DogfishTail, & Trevdawg at my place. Figured we'd break into a few of the bottles we'd been holding onto and make a night of it, including some grilled steak, cured meats, cheese, cigars, and some late night bocci ball:

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    Tree House Growler above is Green(Palate cleanser, cigar and bocci beer)

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    Other than Guava Petite Sour every beer was fantastic, I totally forgot the tums though and had to tag the fiancé in to take my spot drinking the Guava and Funkadelic while I slept it off. Great night, hope to do it again soon.
     
  30. MacQ32

    MacQ32 Mar 5, 2010 South Carolina
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    Last night, 6 person tasting. I was still drunk when I woke up
     
  31. Shallow_Gravy

    Shallow_Gravy Oct 12, 2013 California

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    Bottleshare from last Sunday. Good times and beer were had. Note that the growers were not filled for the tasting.

    Highlights for me were:

    1. DDG
    2. Great (probably my favorite barley wine)
    3. Bomb!
    4. Noyaux
    5. Koppi Speedway
     
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  32. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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  33. firemanmike109

    firemanmike109 Nov 2, 2013 Texas

  34. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Oct 27, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Cable car 12
    Vanilla
    Very sour blackberry
    Old nuptial
    05' st lamv
    Blabaer 12'
    Rare
    Trace of remy
    Saison Bernice
     
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  35. Christopher0331

    Christopher0331 Sep 8, 2013 Illinois
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    In the process of getting a 07-13 DL Christmas tasting going!
     
  36. Prospero

    Prospero Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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  37. marqoid

    marqoid Sep 29, 2008 Arizona
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    All Trappists except westy 6
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  38. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    That's beautiful.
     
  39. solo103

    solo103 Apr 8, 2012 Florida
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    Nice night in FL
     
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  40. RockAZ

    RockAZ Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    (Lots of great food too!)
    Beer List:

    Achel (Belgium)
    Blonde
    Bruin
    Trappist Extra

    Chimay (Belgium)
    Red Label
    White Label
    Blue Label
    1996 Chimay Gran Reserve

    Orval (Belgium)
    Orval

    Rochefort (Belgium)
    6
    8
    10

    Westmalle (Belgium)
    Dubbel
    Tripel

    Westvleteren (Belgium)
    8
    12 (US and Belgian versions)

    Koningshoeven (Netherlands)
    La Trappe Dubbel
    La Trappe Tripel
    La Trappe Quad
    La Trappe Isid'or
    La Trappe Oak Aged Isid'or
    La Trappe Oak Aged Quad

    Stift Engelszell (Austria)
    Gregorius
    Benno
     
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