The Hobbit Series finally released. Opinions?

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  1. DblDiamond

    DblDiamond Aspirant (212) Jul 17, 2013 Arizona
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    They should've had a There and Back Again IPA.
     
  2. Erix

    Erix Initiate (148) Jun 4, 2001 Vermont

    Haven't had it, but I'm always wary when novelty comes before quality.
     
  3. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    I've seen this in stores for some time now, definitely over a month. For some reason I just can't pull the trigger because my mind can't stop screaming "It's a gimmick, don't do it!" as I stand there looking at them.

    As an aside: I'd kind of like to know how this 2-bit little brewery got the rights to LoTR.
     
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  4. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This is completely ridiculous. Commercialization like this is bad for craft beer.
     
  5. JohnGalt1

    JohnGalt1 Poo-Bah (5,226) Aug 10, 2005 Idaho
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    They actually aren't bad... Just average IMO.
     
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  6. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Initiate (76) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    They've been here in Oregon for at least a month, but I feel like at least 2-3 months, may be wrong though.

    I found 2 of them to be very average. I didn't care for the stout.
     
  7. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    Now I try and always judge on the beer itself, but they look really, really shit.
     
  8. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Film/story branded beers...? WTF!?!
    This worriers me. I agree with the commercial comments above...
    Plus Everything since Tolkien wrote the original books has been muck so I see no reason for these three beers to be any different
     
  9. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    They should do a Tom Bombadil beer that lasts for ages and bores the tits off you
     
  10. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Nah that one should be an Ent IPA... Tom was class in the books. Am I a nerd?
    Why Yes, yes I am!!
     
  11. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Or an Arwin American Adjunct Lager... pointless and annoying with no taste whatsoever...
     
  12. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    I know a lot of people love him but I got seriously bored by that whole episode. It's probably been two decades since I read it though :open_mouth: still sticks in my mind when I forced my way though it though


    Anyway....beer
     
  13. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Okay agreed... BEER!!
     
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  14. OrionsHunt

    OrionsHunt Initiate (175) Jul 17, 2011 Minnesota
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    Does anyone know how far distribution is going? I would like to get 1-2 of each.
     
  15. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    I'm guessing this won't come to MD.
     
  16. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (487) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Some of you are acting like this is the beginning of the end for the craft industry. Lighten up.


    I haven't seen it, and I don't even know if it's being sold in my area. If I do see it, I'll buy some. I'm a big fan of The Hobbit and LOTR, so I think this is cool.
     
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  17. GregJ

    GregJ Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2014 Louisiana

    I saw them in Houston, but the reviews nor the brewery impressed me so I did not pick them up. I would like to note that while I am weary of commercial branding I have been fairly pleased with the Game of Thrones/Ommegang series. Both the beauty of the art and the BEER (which is the end all judgement). If there is not a great beer in the bottle, I do not care how ornate the label is.
     
  18. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,834) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    No opinion other than purchasers of Smaug Stout look to be getting gypped on their bottle fills.
     
  19. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
     
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  20. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    Had Smaug Stout, wasn't good at all, I won't purchase any of the others.
     
  21. twb0392

    twb0392 Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    Seems pretty dorky
     
  22. rab53

    rab53 Poo-Bah (3,260) May 1, 2005 Washington
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    As said above, these have been on the shelves here in WA for at least 2 months. Only bought one ($9 each), and found it average. If it weren't for the branding, I wouldn't consider trying the others.

    However, if someone out there is looking for these let me know.
     
  23. ThePaleRider

    ThePaleRider Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2012 California

    Don't forget The Silmarillion.
     
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  24. nicole309

    nicole309 Disciple (318) Jan 10, 2011 Alaska
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    We have had these in Alaska for at least two months. They aren't moving nearly as fast as I had hoped. Smaug Stout was the best of the three. None were terrible, but none of them were really great either.
     
  25. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    These have been around for a while and I don't know of anyone who has bought them.
     
  26. SmashPants

    SmashPants Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Australia

    Completely agree, man. Perfect examples are the very ordinary Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale and Duff Beer. If I never have a novelty beer again it will be too soon.
     
  27. SmashPants

    SmashPants Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Australia

    And one called J.R.R. Tolkien that has a blurb so long, wordy and boring that it comes with a 50-page pamphlet just on the aroma.
     
  28. GeoChase90

    GeoChase90 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2014 California

    I had the stout up at the brewpub, it was decent, not terrible but nothing to write home about.
     
  29. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 California

    I won't buy them, but wouldn't mind tasting the stout
     
  30. TappaKeggaBrew

    TappaKeggaBrew Zealot (553) Apr 30, 2009 Virginia

    I got suckered by the fancy artwork and name on one of the Game Of Thrones brews. It wasn't terrible, but it was far from excellent -- Certainly not worth the money.
    I suppose the LOTR bottles might be fun to have at a pre-movie viewing party or as a novelty gift to a known fan, but I won't be buying any for myself, especially given the middling reviews they're getting here on BA.
     
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  31. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York
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    Another Iron Maiden The Trooper: Neat bottle , lousy beer inside.
     
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  32. TEKNISHE

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The Silmarillion came to mind for me, as well.

    Gimmicks and product ties ins have no place in beer as far as I'm concerned. It's basically putting the beer 2nd.
     
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  33. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    How long before we have a Harry Potter beer...?
    We could make it a Barley wine with a ridiculous ABV and call it Harry Blotto! :grinning:
     
  34. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (532) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Seriously, and supposedly Dickinson had a hand in it's development...it's ok the guy can sing his ass off AND fly the band's jet, he doesn't have to make the beer too:wink:
     
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  35. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (532) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    We must'nt forget these gems :rolling_eyes:
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  36. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (532) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    What no Mordor Imperial Stout?? No Bilbo Baggins farmhouse/saison??
     
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  37. RockAZ

    RockAZ Disciple (341) Jan 6, 2009 Arizona

    Would very much like to acquire any promo items from this release, especially poster art, but stickers would be awesome too. Please post if anyone finds a source!
     
  38. TEKNISHE

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    okay, this changes everything.
     
  39. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Ok, I have to admit, that was clever!
     
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