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

  1. MarkIntihar

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    It was a good Saturday in beautiful Morris, IL:

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    And a close-up of the BA Dark Lords:

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    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

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    Where's all the Rare?
     
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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)
    Two-Hearted
    Hop Whore
    '10 Nemesis
    Devil Danver
    Curmudgeon
    Sculpin
    Big Eye
    Ten Fidy
    Humboldt Brown

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

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    - 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 won...it 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

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    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
     
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    It was pretty close between the Cognac and Bourbon for me...I think I need to try 'em again.
     
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    Had a 3 Floyds and Founders Tasting.

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    From left to right:
    Red's Rye
    Backwoods Bastard
    Zombie Dust
    MunsterFest
    Dreadnaught
    Rabbid Rabbit
    Dark Lord '11
    Moloko
    Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Brian Boru
    FBS
    Dirty Bastard
    Old Curmudgeon
     
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    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

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    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

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    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?
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    Alpine Bad Boy:
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    Alpine Duet:
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    Pizza Port Bacon & Eggs
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    Hill Farmstead Abner:
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    The FaceBook pictures made me jealous. These are just rubbing it in. :eek:
     
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    Just a small gathering with a few BA's

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    A tasting JAYBLACK had while I was in Indy

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    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

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    Tell us the rankings!
     
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  21. northernbrews

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    Luckily we did those before the rare beers and whales got out of hand :) There were some real gems and others that were quite disappointing but definitely 2 fun ass tastings with some very generous buddies.
     
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    This is what happens when a dozen people from across the country convene for Philly Beer Week:
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    Just a few bottles from Saturday...

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    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

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    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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    Mystery Stout is pretty enjoyable.
     
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    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

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    I dunno, I think it kinda rounds out the lineup nicely ;)
     
  29. jomobono

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

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    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

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    Took about 15 hours. Palate fatigue doesn't apply if you do things properly. Thanks for the snark though.
     
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    Little The Bruery tasting from last Saturday night. CR and BT were pretty crazy!
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    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. :p
     
  34. Thorpe429

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    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! :D
     
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    We are quite impressive.
     
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    Bourbon County tasting 07-11 including the BCS Variants as well as some others including Beat B5, AftW, Hunahpu etc.
     
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    Monthtly tasting at local world of Beer

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

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

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