Post here if you're drinking the 'slam!

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by mzeld, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    I agree. This batch seems mellowed. I attended a hop head tasting a year ago, and they had bottles of 2011 'Slam to compare to 2012. This years batch reminds me of character of the cellar'd 2011 release.
  2. beesy

    beesy Disciple (391) Jul 21, 2010 Ohio
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    I hear ya. Had it happen in 2010 with a 6ers of Hop Slam. Either got a batch that got oxidized or missed some late additions or dry hopping or something. Sucks when you spend that kind of money and up thinking wtf is this. Hopefully you can sample from a different bottle date.
  3. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

    I am in the same boat. I am drinking a 1/2/2013 batch and it might as well be 1/2/2012. There is no aromatic hop note, nor is there any striking flavor notes; it only balances the maltiness.
  4. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Had three bottles and one pint on tap so far. This is gonna be a good next few months.
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  5. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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  6. Bogforce

    Bogforce Disciple (332) Sep 2, 2010 Ohio

    I had it on tap and in the bottle. Both were the same disappointment.
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  7. mmnorth

    mmnorth Initiate (146) Mar 12, 2007 Illinois

    This is about the silliest thing I've read.
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  8. beesy

    beesy Disciple (391) Jul 21, 2010 Ohio
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    Why's that? You don't think it's ever possible a brewery measures incorrectly or misses something?
  9. Bonis

    Bonis Defender (630) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    Such as inserting bottling equipment into bottles (see avatar). Anything is possible as far as messing up a recipe or missing a hop addition, incorrect measurements of hops, etc... I, however, wouldn't expect it from Bell's. Like I said, anything is possible. I'm hopefully going to get some 'slam tomorrow, so we'll see if it impresses. Then again, I probably shouldn't even bother since the hops will already be faded beyond imagination :wink:.
  10. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Aspirant (202) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    No, actually I don't think its at all possible they measured wrong.

    A brewer like Bells, releasing something like Hopslam, requires an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars. I don't think Billy the brewer inaccurately measured something. I would say there is probably a TEAM of brewers ensuring EVERY step of the brewing process is done correctly and accurately.
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  11. JPortillo

    JPortillo Initiate (187) Mar 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Anybody see any Slam on the Chicago shelves yet?
  12. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Truck delayed, end of the week.
  13. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Lupulin Threshold Shift
  14. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (248) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Any scuttlebutt on how much is being brewed this year? Last year there was the big rush to get the initial release, followed by at least one additional wave that led to stores in Chicago's western 'burbs stacking cases on the floor.
  15. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Disciple (313) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    worst news of the day.
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  16. mmnorth

    mmnorth Initiate (146) Mar 12, 2007 Illinois

    As mentioned by others already not for Bells and certainly not for Hopslam.
  17. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    waiting patiently for ze slam to hit the southside of chicago
  18. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,069) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Hit the NW Chi burbs today. Bottled 01/09/13. eh, I need to try a few more bottles but might be a case of LTS for me too.
  19. kort27

    kort27 Aspirant (207) Apr 23, 2009 Illinois
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    Hitting far western burbs tomorrow, I hear. Far FAR western burbs (DeKalb) have had it since December.
  20. GRDave

    GRDave Initiate (76) Oct 7, 2011 Michigan
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    Had one the last 4 nights. Love that it's literally everywhere in GR.
  21. Hopopotamus53

    Hopopotamus53 Initiate (161) May 16, 2011 Illinois
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    Haters gunna hate! Half way through my 6 pack and I'm loving it! Ive been brewing with honey the last few months and this years Hop Slam reminds me why I was trying in the first place. By the way I got it at Glen Ellyn Binnys, now sworm you beery Chicago burb freaks!... though it is probably gone by now (and no they didn't have black note)
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  22. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (339) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    It has hit the far west burbs today! Ruuuuunnnn!
  23. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    What is the far west burbs. Glen Ellyn Binny's, cause it wasn't there yesterday when I called?
  24. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (339) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    No, farther west than Glen Ellyn. I would consider Glen Ellyn just being a West Burb but not a FAR west Burb. That's just, like, my opinion tho. The Binnys stores should be getting them between today and Friday depending on the store.
  25. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Called Glen Ellyn Binny's around 1, they were out, but Downers Groove still had a little bit left when I got there at 2. Said it probably would last another hour. Glad I could get some!
  26. ChicagoShoop

    ChicagoShoop Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Check out Corner Cottage off of 83 and North Ave in Elmhurst, They just got theirs in today @ $16.99 a sixer. Dont think there is a limit.
  27. JRBecks

    JRBecks Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    Saw the 'Slam at Binny's AH as well as Teddy's in AH today, both had a limited supply and was 16.99/6pk with a limit of 1 per customer except for TLC members at Teddy's you are entitled to 2 :sunglasses:
  28. vasinger

    vasinger Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2012 Illinois
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    Couple of Cases of the 1/9 batch at foremost on Ashland. They also got a FFF shipment, Alpha King, pride and Joy and Rye Da Tiger or lightning.
  29. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,442) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I picked some up today and cracked one open earlier.. it's drinking just fine to me..
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  30. vic21234

    vic21234 Devotee (417) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Drinking the 'slam right now. Picked up two sixers today. It's drinking just as great as years past in my opinion.
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  31. ChicagoShoop

    ChicagoShoop Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Tossin back the 'slam right now and man is this tasty!
  32. nharres

    nharres Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Illinois
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    First of the year and I actually think its better than I remember!
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  33. JimGlonke

    JimGlonke Devotee (409) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Enjoying the first of the year tonight. So damn good!
  34. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Haha laughing at myself, if I would have check two posts above I wouldn't have missed out at the GE Binny's. Luckily for me the Downers Groove Binny's still had it but oh my, that was stupid.
  35. NSK79

    NSK79 Aspirant (276) Jun 4, 2012 Illinois

    Also enjoying first one of the year right now, courtesy of DG Binneys. Tastes great as usual.

    I'm new to BA, but I'm curious as to when Hopslam really became a hot item? I remember drinking it back in 2009 when I first fell in love with it and don't remember it being so hyped and hard to get back then.
  36. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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  37. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (202) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    Picked up 2 sixers today. Looks like everywhere but Binny's has it. Slammed a few 'slams tonight. Delicious.
  38. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    This slam is so drinkable, I slammed my first slam of the year in about 3 gulps. I love this beer, on my second now, tastes just like I remember, maybe a little better! Bottled 1/9/13, very hoppy, hit of fusel booze and a bit of honey perfect...great, im drunk
  39. zieglemt

    zieglemt Initiate (43) Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    IDK, all of my friends that are just kinda into craft beer are super into Hopslam and have been for at least 5 or 6 years (maybe more...when was it first bottled?). I think it has a much wider appeal and is certainly a bigger brand than BCBS.
  40. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    It's delicious. Definitely very little bitterness, like none, but huge piney hop aroma and taste. It is definitely sweet, so I can see why it isn't everyone's cup of tea (or beer!). Love these flavors though, and boy is this easy drinking for a 10% abv.
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