Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JuicesFlowing, Sep 17, 2017.
Good morning BA, have a great Sunday! Looking to be another nice day. Going to get my bottle returns and laundry done for the day as usual. Bit of work to catch up on for tomorrow. Hopefully this week is not as busy as it was last week.
Beers this morning:
Incredible as always. Flavors of juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange zest, and light pepper/pine hops; with moderate caramel, toasted biscuit malt; and herbal, floral, grassy hops earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness. Very smooth finish with balanced hop stickiness and bready creaminess in the mouthfeel. Light-moderate increasing bitter dryness, never astringent. Has all the Mosaic and Citra hop flavors I love, with balanced bready malts to make it taste super juicy. Glad I decided to revisit this beer last year, a top favorite IPA now for sure. Got a super fresh 6 pack a few weeks ago. I need to keep this around more often. I love so many Deschutes beers, it's hard to choose which one I want. They are all on rotational 6 pack buys.
Insane NE DIPA! Flavors of huge passion fruit, papaya, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, guava, berry, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, and light pepper/pine hops; with moderate wheat, white bready malt sweetness; and herbal, floral, grassy hop earthiness. Light pine, grassy, citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body. Bready/grainy wheat creaminess and some hop stickiness in the mouthfeel. Lightly increasing bitter dryness, never astringent. Absolutely unreal amount of drink-ability. Minimal warmth of 9%. Tropical fruit smoothie in a glass. A bit of dank, but is truly pure juice on hops. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the ABV. Identical level of quality to Old Nation, Trillium etc on the NE style. No harsh/overly drying finish, just the perfect amount of bitterness. I need to find more of this one, only have 1 left from the 4 pack. Hoping to see more from this brewery soon.
Incredible as usual. Definitely better than the original bomber batch. Last bottle of the 2 packs I bought. Flavors of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye whiskey, toasted oak, light charred malt. Hint of coconut. Light-moderate roasted coffee bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Medium-full body and very creamy/silky; touch of sticky/chalky roast and tannic barrel notes in the mouthfeel. Slightly drying. Never boozy, mildly warming for 12.2%. Feeling even smoother and silkier now than when it was fresh. Looking forward to the next release in Willett barrels. This is the best priced BBA stout of all time.
Incredible! Flavors of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, molasses, and dark bread; with lighter notes of cherry, raisin, licorice, and charcoal. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and light bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied. Thick creamy, silky, bready Munich malt mouthfeel. Lightly slick, chalky, and tannic. Lightly drying bitter roast and oak tannins. Pleasantly warming finish, minimal booze. This is supposed to be a re-brew of 21st Anniversary, but it is far better to me. More rich, roasty, dense, and complex; with more barrel presence, and less booze. We got another shipment of 4 packs last month, and one of my stores still has plenty on the shelf; so I keep grabbing more singles of this a lot. Amazing smoked stout. This is smoothing out even more on the ABV after 5 months. Still have a lot left in the cellar. Will keep buying this one. Definitely one of their best imperial stouts.
Another excellent starter.
It's that time of year . . .
Attractive deep amber gold color with good white cap and lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt with caramel, toffee and similar good smelling stuff. There is also a spicy, floral element to the hops.
Taste is malt forward as expected but what was unexpected is the dryness of such a sweet smelling brew. Malt flavor deepens mid palate yet becomes darker and definitely swings toward the dry end of the flavor spectrum. I get hops more as a seasoning rather than distinct flavor in the dish. Finishes clean with some lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Happy Sunday everyone! Celebrating my youngest daughter's 4th birthday today. Just got back from the local pool and sipping on this while making her cake. First time with this one, and it's amazing. Imperial stout with prunes, vanilla, and habanero chillies. Cheers!
I am ready for some football.
Good Sunday morning BA's
Time to get impaled.....hmmmm
A (new) Sunday sipper - "Abraxas" from Perennial Artisan Ales:
Taking notes as I wrap my mind around this awesome stout. Bottled 10/16 ABV10%. More coming on NBS. Cheers Sunday BAs!
Against The Grain - The Brown Note
Second pour pic as I finish this 750ml bottle and add to my notes for NBS:
If I can watch some football, drink some beers, and stay on the wife's good side...this will be a great Sunday! Hope y'all enjoy yours!
10.1% alcohol. Aged in "finest bourbon barrels". Product of Colorado.
Santiam • Pirate Rum Barrel Coconut Stout
St. Amatus Vintage (2013) from De Struise up next. Cheers all.
Gut morgen, BA’s! I can't believe a year has already past, but it's official. Today is the day. It's time to show off those beautiful vessels that have been collecting dust on a shelf all year long, or simply neglected in the depths of your cupboard. That's right... it's Stein Club Sunday!!!
Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!
Eins, Zwei, Drei….G’suffa!
And just to let you all know, I woke up extra special early, just to get in trouble with my wonderful wife for all of yous. Might, just might (!), even be too early for me. Prost!
(*And an extra huge thanks to @LeperJim for putting the time in to make this advertisement poster possible!)
LOL that can art is classic.
That looks great - do you like? Cheers!
Time to sippy sip some.
A rare Sunday without a new beer, but leftovers are always good.
Good morning BAs
Breakfast beer? Dessert beer? If you don't mind dark chocolate mousse topped with a raspberry puree for breakfast then this beer is your jam...no pun intended. Bottle Logic Jam the Radar. I've heard it is straight raspberry jam but I am getting a ton of dark chocolate. No worries tho because as she warms that jam begins to shine.
Waves IPA from Mikkeller - impressions and post-fight commentary over in NBS...
Music to my ears, from Denmark...
Very nice session IPA
Stein Club Sunday? WTF? Thanks for the early reminder @Lingenbrau ....and for putting this on again! Big fun...I have a few steins, tankards, mugs, and big ass glasses in general....will start this fun with this nice lidded stein from the muthaland....
a beautiful day and early morning hike
some early color
so many steins, so little time....
classic marzen in a classic stein
Nice collection! I've got to go dig mine out of the basement. One of the few unpacked bins.
Chubbles II ftom The Veil, courtesy of @vabeerguy, thank you my friend. Cheers!
A dark lager from NOLA for late breakfast--really close to an Oktoberfest. It's really good actually.
I love lions.
The Maiden is too easy.
Nelson by Other Half, Cheers!
NattyBo at Middleton Tavern in Annapolis.
I love beers............ and Bears.
5 Oktoberfests tasted this week...
My top 3 Marzens are Sierra Nevada, Left Hand, Paulaner. However, the harvest style is too sweet for me to get above a 4.0. Enjoy!
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tasted vs Ballast Point, slight edge to Sierra at first, but a tie at cask temp.
a) Body is gold with 2 fingers of dense tan head, but scant retention and a bit of lace. Edge to BP.
s) More ample, grassy, bready, than BP, less sweet, more inviting.
t) Dryer and more lemon up front, with pears and apertif dryness.
f) Medium body, nice feel, less sweet than BP
o) Two different approaches. where BP is sweeter, more woody and complex, and Sierra more traditional style.
Left Hand Oktoberfest
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Perhaps the best American Oktoberfest I have tried. Stronger 6.6% with more aroma, weight, body.
Appearance: Pours clear, deep Brown-Amber body with a modest, frothy, white head. Fair lacing.
Smell: Toasted, bready, malty grains in the fore of the nose with a Apple, Spice, Hops, and wet fall earth in the finish.
Taste: Follows the smell. Earthy, spicy and leafy hops combine with malty, caramel softness and then finish as a wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry. Toast and jam. Great with food! In this case, shrimp, soft cheese, the last pepper from the garden which has turned yellow, lemon olive oil, and whole wheat baggette. A must try.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels just right.
Best in class American Marzen? Must try. Eager to share with friends. A bit more alcohol than others.
3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Happy to rate this classic Marzen. Buy 1.
A: Light country amber body. Good clarity. One-inch head settles quickly leaving lots of dotty lace and a few bubble islands behind.
S: A sensuous aroma of earthy malts, pretzels, biscuits, and a pinch of yeast. As it warms, more honey and caramel.
T: Honey and cinnamon-raisin toast upfront, followed by a dry (though earthy/
grassy) hop finish. Nicely balanced.
F: Medium-light body. Prickly on the tongue.
O: Simple, classic, fresh, flavorful, and light. Buy 1 or 6.
Dead Ringer Oktoberfest | Ballast Point
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasted vs Sierra Nevada ocktoberfest.
Much better as it warms to cask temp.
A: Pours a clear, dark ruby brown body ringed with interesting streams of visible carbonation up the edges of the snifter. Dense tan head that reduces to a film and doesnt lace my snifter
s) Sweet dark malts with caramel and toffee and toasted malts. Earthy hops balance. better as it warms.
t) More and abundant as in the aroma: Sweet dark malts with caramel and toffee and toasted malts. Earthy hops balance with bitters. better as it warms.
f) Medium bodied, smooth, crisp carbonation and finish. Great food beer.
o) Edged out by Sierra Nevada, but grew on me as it warmed.
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hard to get excited about Marzen as it's sweet, light, very malty. Yet it's that time of year - Oct-Nov.
Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown body with a creamy off-white head. Medium lacing.
Smell: a too subtle malty aroma, toasty, with hints of fruit and tea. Not enough of it.
Taste: Malty, sweet at first that follows the smell. A flavor that's doughy with hints of mint, citrus and peaches... tea like finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium- to light-body, ok, not creamy enough.
Drinkability: A mid-pack Oktoberfest, like most of the Brooklyn efforts.
Good morning BAs. Starting the J-E-T-S pregame early(obligatory when ur a Jets fan). Hoping for a surprise today but nothing can go wrong when ur drinking Treehouse. Cheers
Happy Sunday, BAs! Thanks to @vabeerguy for this one. It's way, way up there.
And then Paulaner on cask for the season.
Perfect find in storage at Churchill's War Rooms kitchen.
Airplane beer, almost home.
I wasn't gonna wait til November to crack this one. Go birds.
It's turning into a nice Sunday. My wife and I bought bikes for each other as an anniversary present and took a 6 mile trip today (little steps). Home, ready for some Patriots football and drinking Smutty Pumpkin Ale.
For lunch I made koshary. Rice, macaroni, and chickpeas. Green lentils on that, followed by tomato sauce, and topped with caramelized onions. A big hit. Will make it again.
Brothers Fairgrounds Fall ale (its a pumpkin ale more or less)
Who spent the most on the other ones bike?