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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DblDiamond, Dec 13, 2014.
They should've had a There and Back Again IPA.
Haven't had it, but I'm always wary when novelty comes before quality.
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.
This is completely ridiculous. Commercialization like this is bad for craft beer.
They actually aren't bad... Just average IMO.
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.
Now I try and always judge on the beer itself, but they look really, really shit.
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
They should do a Tom Bombadil beer that lasts for ages and bores the tits off you
Nah that one should be an Ent IPA... Tom was class in the books. Am I a nerd?
Why Yes, yes I am!!
Or an Arwin American Adjunct Lager... pointless and annoying with no taste whatsoever...
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 still sticks in my mind when I forced my way though it though
Okay agreed... BEER!!
Does anyone know how far distribution is going? I would like to get 1-2 of each.
I'm guessing this won't come to MD.
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.
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.
No opinion other than purchasers of Smaug Stout look to be getting gypped on their bottle fills.
Had Smaug Stout, wasn't good at all, I won't purchase any of the others.
Seems pretty dorky
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.
Don't forget The Silmarillion.
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.
These have been around for a while and I don't know of anyone who has bought them.
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.
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.
I had the stout up at the brewpub, it was decent, not terrible but nothing to write home about.
I won't buy them, but wouldn't mind tasting the stout
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.
Another Iron Maiden The Trooper: Neat bottle , lousy beer inside.
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.
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!
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
We must'nt forget these gems
What no Mordor Imperial Stout?? No Bilbo Baggins farmhouse/saison??
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!
okay, this changes everything.
Ok, I have to admit, that was clever!