Thomas Hooker Barrel-Aged Saison

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  1. jmarce

    jmarce May 15, 2011 Connecticut

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    apparently growlers of this were available at the brewery since like September but bottles are now hitting distribution, has anyone had a chance to try this? worth seeking out?
     
  2. trenchtown4

    trenchtown4 Apr 13, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Did they indicate an MSRP? Def going to try it
     
  3. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut

    Saw it in Derby on Saturday on my way home from NEBCO. I wanna say it was around $20. I proceeded not to buy it.
     
  4. DrWangerBanger

    DrWangerBanger Sep 9, 2010 Connecticut

    Yikes, no thanks
     
  5. tphelps

    tphelps Sep 6, 2007 Connecticut
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    What they were serving on tap and growler fills at the brewery prior to this bottle release was the un-aged barrel saison. It was the base beer, pre-aged. Huge difference.
     
  6. woosterbill

    woosterbill Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I saw this recently and thought about it - the description on the bottle sounded damn tasty - but I wasn't about to take an $18 gamble on a Hooker product. Maybe if the reviews are unreal I'll reconsider, but my past experiences with the brewery haven't exactly given me terrific confidence.
     
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  7. codasnap52

    codasnap52 Jan 24, 2008 Connecticut

    I picked up a bottle last week but I have not tried it yet. I think I paid far less than $18 for it. It says on the labels that the barrels come from 3 different CT vineyards, but no note on which specific one each bottle comes from. I was hoping they would spell out the origin vineyard's barrels since I'm a big fan of Jonathan Edwards. Anyone know if this batch comes from a specific one?
     
  8. JCrandall

    JCrandall Apr 1, 2012 Connecticut
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    Not sure what the other two were but I believe they were predominantly Jonathan Edwards barrels.
     
  9. Gmr75

    Gmr75 Apr 30, 2002 Connecticut
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    Saw quite a bit of it on the shelves this past week. Ranged from $15-$18. Really nice presentation - cork and cage, well designed label, hand numbered... but not ready to trust Hooker on a +$15 bottle until I hear from someone it's worth the price of admission.
     
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  10. tphelps

    tphelps Sep 6, 2007 Connecticut
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    The barrels were all blended so individual bottles aren't specifically from one barrel.
     
  11. Pahn

    Pahn Dec 2, 2009 New York

    the "oh my god, this smells and tastes like halloween make-up!" chocolate truffle stout checked me out for good, i think.
     
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  12. davey101

    davey101 Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut

    Anyone open one yet? Zero reviews on here and the other site. Even briefly talking to a Hooker rep today about it has me hesitant to drop the $16. In other news Old Marley is getting brewed again and bottled sans swing tops.
     
  13. bigedct

    bigedct Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    Had one with the wife. Paid $16. First impression, cold, not to good. As it warmed up though, we really enjoyed it. The wine barreling starts to shine thru, subtle. Not sure I'd go back for another at that price for a Hooker, but it was worth the try once.
     
  14. DrWangerBanger

    DrWangerBanger Sep 9, 2010 Connecticut

    It's a shame they priced this so high, I would have probably bought it if it was around the $10 price point. Unfortunately I've never had a single beer from TH that I thought was worth the money
     
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  15. smutty33

    smutty33 Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Their Liberator Doppelbock and Imperial Porter is worth the price of admission.

    imo,of course.

    Cheers
     
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  16. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Jul 16, 2005 Connecticut

    At the most reasonable priced shop in CT, $15 a bottle. What a joke. They have not gotten a $$ of mine in 5 years and this does not help.
     
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  17. DrWangerBanger

    DrWangerBanger Sep 9, 2010 Connecticut

    I had that before and enjoyed it, but unfortunately I feel the style achieved perfection in America with Troegs Troegenator.
     
  18. Boto

    Boto Apr 26, 2003 Connecticut

    I have to agree that it's hard to spend that kind of $$ without any kind of a track record with specialty brews. I passed on the chance to buy one until I saw some positive feedback. For what it's worth, even though I like them the Jonathan Edwards wines are generally over priced.
     
  19. audioserf

    audioserf Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I have been, in every sense of the word, underwhelmed by literally all Thomas Hooker offerings. To me they are indistinguisable from Long Trail, who are indistinguishable from Sarnac. Just a massive heap of mediocre. No thanks.
     
  20. Thads324

    Thads324 Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    E
    exactly this.
    The liberator is good, every other beer isn't worth the time and money, and honestly, i would buy Saranac over hooker because its cheaper and just as boring.

    I won't be spending 18 for this brew, or any amount of money on beer from this brewery. They are a contract brewery like mercury and Matt, making boring and mediocre beers that take up space on the shelves...
     
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  21. jcris5882

    jcris5882 Jul 18, 2012 Connecticut

    Why don't you all actually try the beer before you knock it? I'm not usually a fan of saisons and didn't like this beer before it went into the wine barrels, but fell in love with it the minute it came out. Aroma of Chardonnay and goes down much smoother and less sour tham most saisons. Very drinkable.
     
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  22. N1Nkasi

    N1Nkasi May 28, 2013 Connecticut

    Overpriced and nothing special
     
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