Post a pic of your "Tasting" events

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

  1. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    It was a good Saturday in beautiful Morris, IL:


    And a close-up of the BA Dark Lords:


    For everyone interested, the clear winner for me was the 2012 Bourbon Dark Lord. It was a bit of an upset, but that beer was just stunning!
  2. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    Where's all the Rare?
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  3. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio


    Beer Advocate tasting in Columbus on Saturday. Some of the highlights were the Colossus, Abacus & Sucaba side by side, Parabola, Vanilla Bourbon Dark Lord, Uncle Jacob's, Bruery goodies, and Ghost Scorpion (just kidding).

    There was also some really excellent home brew being shared, all of which tasted like really good commercial beers. It was a good time!

    Thanks to From The Vine for letting us drink a bunch of beer there.
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  4. Corbet

    Corbet Initiate (172) Nov 7, 2010 Michigan

    I really need more beer friends who could put together something like this. I've got a 2012 BA Vanilla Dark Lord and nobody to share it with.
  5. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Jump in on the Metro Detroit tasting group! There are a ton of dudes in that group that have lots of awesome beers.
  6. WiscoNYC

    WiscoNYC Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2012 New York

    This was the tasting event we did yesterday (5 people):

    Main Events:
    CBS vs '12 Dark Lord vs 1414
    Pliny (5/16/12) vs Heady Topper
    Blind Pig vs Zombie Dust
    Dreadnaught vs Mongo

    Other tastings:
    Hopslam (way past it's prime)
    Hop Whore
    '10 Nemesis
    Devil Danver
    Big Eye
    Ten Fidy
    Humboldt Brown

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  7. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York

    what was the verdict on the head to heads??
  8. WiscoNYC

    WiscoNYC Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2012 New York

    - CBS beat out Dark Lord and 1414 unanimously, with some people having 1414 over DL and vice-versa (but they all went damn well together)
    - We did 2 rounds of Pliny vs Heady Topper (with zombie vs blind pig in between)...the first round H.T. won, the second round Pliny was 3:2 each time with one person switching their vote
    -Zombie Dust unanimously destroyed the Blind Pig (which shocked me a bit...i hadn't had either in a little while but always remembered liking the blind pig more)
    -Dreadnaught also crushed Mongo
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  9. Wade5614

    Wade5614 Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2012 Michigan

    I agree lol I have a bunch of stuff and no one to share it with I want to open up a king Henry, either my brandy DL or one of my vanilla DL
  10. stxSS07

    stxSS07 Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Illinois

    It was pretty close between the Cognac and Bourbon for me...I think I need to try 'em again.
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  11. sarro

    sarro Initiate (0) May 12, 2009 Michigan

  12. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Florida

    Had a 3 Floyds and Founders Tasting.


    From left to right:
    Red's Rye
    Backwoods Bastard
    Zombie Dust
    Rabbid Rabbit
    Dark Lord '11
    Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Brian Boru
    Dirty Bastard
    Old Curmudgeon
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  13. vrbulldog22

    vrbulldog22 Devotee (445) Sep 5, 2010 Ohio


    sours a couple of us got into last night..
    wasn't much light in there, but left to right (tasting order)-
    cuvee de jacobins rouge, classic, lou pepe kriek, temptation, sanctification, beatification, consecration, supplication, geuze marriage parfait, oud beersel geuze & kriek.

    highlight of the night - my wife finished a couple of the samples!
    (definitely NOT her fav style..)
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  14. Hophead717

    Hophead717 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Massachusetts


    Today was the first meeting of the nascent Philly BA Tasting. We had, from left to right:

    Heady, Zombie Dust, Galaxy White IPA, BA Imperial Schwarzt (Surprise of the tasting, IMO), 2010 Stone IRS, Fortuitous, BA Old Raspy 14, Cinco Anos, Boulevard Double Wide I.P.A., HF Society and Solitude #3, Arctic Devil Barleywine (my favorite surprise of the day), Sang Royal, Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale, HF Art, Triple Play IPA, Oui Oui (some BAs picked this for their favorite American sour ever!), Fruet (absolutely fantastic), Firestone Walker XV, Saison du Swamp, Humidor Series IPA (smelled like a Humidor, tasted like cedar), The Stoic, South Austin Belgian Style Pale Ale, 2012 Stone IRS, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
  15. Arbitrator

    Arbitrator Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2008 California

    This isn't really an event, but I went to Kaua'i recently -- right after 9 growlers were scheduled to land at my house. I drank 4 before I left and checked in 5 with me to enjoy on vacation.

    There's pretty much nothing better than surreptitiously enjoying ~9 L of various Alpine, Pizza Port, and Hill Farmstead on a beach in Hawai'i. If there is, send me a BM so I can do it.

    Hill Farmstead What is Enlightenment?

    Alpine Bad Boy:

    Alpine Duet:

    Pizza Port Bacon & Eggs

    Hill Farmstead Abner:
  16. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Zealot (504) Aug 28, 2009 Florida

    The FaceBook pictures made me jealous. These are just rubbing it in. :grimacing:
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  17. jbuddle

    jbuddle Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 New York

    Just a small gathering with a few BA's

  18. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Defender (672) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina

    A tasting JAYBLACK had while I was in Indy


    Duvel - Tripel Hop (11)
    Boulder - Killer Penguin (08)
    Heavy Seas - Below Decks (08)
    Founder's - Blushing Monk (11)
    Flying Dog - Gonzo Imp Porter (08-11)
    Rodenbach - Grand Cru (10)
    Cantillon - Classic Gueuze (11)
    Upland - Gilgamesh (11)
    Founders - KBS (10)
    Hoppin Frog - DORIS (11)
    Anchorage - Tide and it's Takers (11)
    AleSmith - Speedway Stout (10)
    Olde Hickory - Olde Rabbit's Foot (10)
    Deschutes - The Abyss (10)
    Russian River - Consecration (Batch 005)
    Westveletern - 12 (2009)
    Bruery - Black Tuesday (11)

    Pappy Van Winkle - 15 Year
    Dom Perignon - 1998
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  19. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (438) Jan 2, 2010 California

    Tell us the rankings!
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  20. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (438) Jan 2, 2010 California

  21. northernbrews

    northernbrews Initiate (144) Apr 12, 2006 Michigan

    Luckily we did those before the rare beers and whales got out of hand :slight_smile: There were some real gems and others that were quite disappointing but definitely 2 fun ass tastings with some very generous buddies.
  22. silentjay

    silentjay Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    This is what happens when a dozen people from across the country convene for Philly Beer Week:
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  23. immobilisme

    immobilisme Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Just a few bottles from Saturday...

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  24. Gritsak

    Gritsak Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2004 West Virginia

    My personal favorite was BT, although it would be been better with some age (it was the most recent batch). The 09' dark lord was way past its prime, strong soy/teriyaki flavor. 11' was not much better. 10' was clearly the best of the dark lords. I quite liked the Schlafly RIS, too. Especially for the price. Kate was also very good, but i've been spoiled with beers like BCBS and prefer some barrel character in a RIS.
  25. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    I don't have a camera, so I don't take pics... Where's Weatherdog, dvelcich, and Imperialking when we need them?!

    Dvelcich takes glamour shots of each bottle... It gets pretty sexy...
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  26. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Mystery Stout is pretty enjoyable.
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  27. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    Oh, by the way-- that bottle of Cerise was only opened because we were waiting on the rest of the tasters to arrive... We shouldn't have included it in the lineup pic!
  28. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    I dunno, I think it kinda rounds out the lineup nicely :wink:
  29. jomobono

    jomobono Aspirant (256) Mar 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    I need to get better pictures of our tasting events but here is one:

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  30. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,003) Oct 24, 2009 California

    I don't know how I feel about this... it's so epic, but gotta wonder at what point did all your taste buds fail on you that practically nullified whatever sour it was you were drinking from then on. The more amazing I think it is, the more tragic it gets.
  31. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
    Industry Trader

    Took about 15 hours. Palate fatigue doesn't apply if you do things properly. Thanks for the snark though.
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  32. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,285) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois

    Little The Bruery tasting from last Saturday night. CR and BT were pretty crazy!
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  33. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,003) Oct 24, 2009 California

    15 hrs?? Let's see.. that's about 4 sours an hour... I guess that's enough to avoid the fatigue. Still, 50+ sours in one day... sour whales no less.

    Don't get me wrong, that's an epic event you had there. I would have loved to have been there for the experience, fatigue or not. My comment might've come across as snarky because.. well, because it was an epic tasting that I will prob not ever get to experience and I hate you. :stuck_out_tongue:
  34. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,463) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
    Industry Trader

    It may have been more like 4 every 50 minutes or so, but yeah, generally there was quite a bit of time between beers, along with miscellaneous palate cleansers.

    Don't underestimate what a group of 10 beer nerds can put together over the course of a year! :grinning:
  35. drabmuh

    drabmuh Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2004 Maryland

    We are quite impressive.
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  36. iadler

    iadler Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 Illinois


    Bourbon County tasting 07-11 including the BCS Variants as well as some others including Beat B5, AftW, Hunahpu etc.
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  37. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    Monthtly tasting at local world of Beer


    and a neater pic
  38. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    This was a bulk of our tasting of Team NJ's packing party for the Gang Bang BIF.

    By bradyisthirsty at 2012-06-23

    Left to Right: '06, '07, '08, Night Stalker, Bramble Rye, Vanilla, King Henry, Rare, Coffee B2, Coffee B1, Big John, '09, '10 and '11

    Other brews of note were Carton Brewing's Monkey Chased the Weasel, Alpine Bad Boy, Captain Lawrence's Hops n Roses, and a couple bottles from the box from Minnesota.
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  39. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Initiate (176) Jun 7, 2005 New York

    Did a little damage with the crew on Friday....


    (Not pictured: CL Hops & Roses, Sebago BBBW, Full Sail Berlinerweiss.)
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  40. apaisncsu

    apaisncsu Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2011 North Carolina