What beer are you drinking now? #1863

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by superspak, Nov 26, 2017.

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  1. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (21,872) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Good morning BA, have a great Sunday! Been a nice relaxing and indulgent weekend, but now it's time to get back to the daily grind again tomorrow. Made my usual holiday weekend beer haul, and ended up with 2 full cases of 12 ounce singles, all new beers. Amazing finds this weekend. Have a lot of bottles to return and laundry to catch up on later today. Going to be pretty busy.

    Incredible again this year. Flavors of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, nutmeg, chile pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted dark/brown bread. Light roast/char/spice bitterness on the finish. Medium-full bodied; great creamy/silky mouthfeel, with some light sticky/chalky roast/spice notes. Lightly increasing bitter/spicy/roast/char dryness. Zero pepper heat. Balance is pretty much perfect between spices and stout flavors. Already grabbed 2 packs, but I will definitely get at least 1 more. Went through 3 packs of Mocha IPA this year. Also grabbed a bottle of Charred recently. Already reviewed it, but I feel it is worth the price to revisit.
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    Absolutely mind blowing stout! Flavors of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, marshmallow, molasses, toffee, fudge, whiskey, toasted oak, coconut, dark bread, and light spicy rye/smoke. Light roast bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spice on the finish. Very full bodied creamy, silky, velvety, rich mouthfeel. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannin, or dryness. Insanely smooth, perfectly balanced barrel and malt complexity. Mildy warming finish, with zero booze. This is a masterpiece. Thicker, richer, and more complex than the regular Hipster; and even more aromatic, without any booziness as it warms up. I still love the regular Hipster Brunch, but this is a whole other level of amazing. I still have quite a few left over from the Feb release to distribution. Haven't tried one in over 6 months, but it is getting even better now too.
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    2017 is tasing amazing as usual. Flavors of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, and dark bread; hint of smoke. Aromas were pretty muted, but nice and balanced. Bittersweet roast and lightly spicy bourbon/oak tannin finish. Creamy, silky, velvety, rich full body; touch of chalky roast and tannic oak dryness. Mildly warming 11.8%, no barrel booze; though there is a bit in the aromas as it warms. Pretty much perfectly balanced between chocolate, coffee, malt, and barrel character. Glad I grabbed a lot this year. Was much easier to acquire than I remember previously.
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    Incredible stuff!! Super fresh. Aromas and flavors of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, and light nutty/smoke/charred malts; with balanced grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, and floral/grassy hops. Moderate roast/char and pine/grassy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation/body. Great creamy/bready malt mouthfeel, fair amount of hop stickiness, and slight chalky roast. Lightly increasing bitter/roasted dryness. Never acrid/astringent. Just as amazing as I remember when I reviewed it 4+ years ago. This is basically a Black IPA at release right now, which is how I reviewed it. Balanced C hop character, with great well rounded American porter malt complexity. Will definitely be grabbing this one again before the season is over.
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    Cheers



     
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  2. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (447) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    Xocoveza, just about a week short of a year on it. i actually prefer these with some fade on the "winter spices".

    Cheers!



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  3. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,403) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    While I was quite happy to find this, I gotta say it's not really for me. I'm just not sure how well suited DIPAs are for barrel aging. Do I really want vanilla bourbon notes in my hoppy, bitter, fruity beer? To be honest: nope! I think I'll stick to Stouts for barrel aging and continue to enjoy my DIPAs fresh and fruity.

     
  4. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,939) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico
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    Four days off, four breakfast beers.
    My first batch of bagels. I learned a lot.

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  5. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,173) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Back from long walk with the dogs - coffee time:



    I’m planning on going to a bottle share tonight, so I’ve got to try and pace myself today. Cheers!
     
  6. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,547) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Good morning, BAs! I'm going to take a moment and catch up from my long weekend. But first, here's what I'm drinking now:

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    Bell's Arabicadabra coffee milk stout.

    Thoughts over on New Beer Sunday (week 666!). Come join us! (Yes....join us....join us....)

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. I visited my family and in-laws (they live around the corner from one another, conveniently enough), and most importantly, spent a ton of quality time with my kids.

    I also had a few beers ...... :flushed:

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    My first Born Again Yesterday .... not just from this year, but period. Damn, I wish I had come across this earlier! We're just now getting this at Total Wine. Still, even with more than a month since bottling (and thank you, Tony, for finally putting a real date on these things!), it was tasty enough that I had to go for two.

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    :stuck_out_tongue:

    I refused to get caught up in the Bourbon County mania, but the wife and I went shopping on Black Friday morning, anyway .... and there was no line at Total Wine. Granted, a one bottle limit per person probably helped ensure there was enough to go around. I wasn't going to waste my time chasing this beer this year, but if I can just grab some while I'm already on the premises, that's another story.

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    Shared the base stout with my wife and father-in-law (a former home brewer). More banana than I recall in previous years; really damn good. (Pictures of red and blue solo cups - the serving vessels of choice at their home - not included. I'm not trying to make anyone cry.)

    A couple of fantastic brews yesterday, both new to me: my first Aslin (The Implication DIPA), and Mikeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake.

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    This Vanilla Shake was brewed in Norway, vice San Diego. Not sure how different the batches are. Both of these beers were wonderful.

    Finally, I made one more stop on the way home, and enjoyed some fruits of that trip late last night.

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    I was surprised to find Sixpoint Barrel Aged 3Beans on the shelf; must have just re-released it. I was almost equally surprised to find out I've already reviewed it. My thoughts haven't changed: it's a good beer, but the barrel presence is minimal, and it lacks the heft of a really good BBA stout.

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    My first 2017 Backwoods Bastard, and damned if this isn't tasting phenomenal as always. Just a wonderful way to end the evening.

    Cheers, BAs!
     
  7. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,332) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Good morning, all! Diabolical, from North Peak Brewing, Traverse City, TSUN. 6.66% ABV, 66.6 IBU.

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    3.57/5 rDev -3%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
    Review on NBS.
     
  8. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (4,163) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] This stuff is fantastic! Wow
     
  9. El_Brujo_de_A2

    El_Brujo_de_A2 Initiate (181) Nov 15, 2016 Michigan

    Taking it slow and easy this Sunday morning.Cheers!
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  10. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,724) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

  11. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,289) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

    I enjoyed that beer.
     
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  12. RonaldTheriot

    RonaldTheriot Poo-Bah (3,289) Aug 11, 2008 Louisiana

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    A taste challenge!
     
  13. SABERG

    SABERG Poo-Bah (2,198) Sep 16, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Enjoying this (cross posted) NBS #666 week offering from our Nordic friends
    Gotta go pour some concrete at my brothers place soon, so some dark force is in order
    Cheers all
     
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  14. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,084) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Cheers to you all on this fine, beautiful blue-sky Sunday here in Chicago. Been drinking a lot of 18th street stuff... including a bunch of this pale ale.
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  15. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,317) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

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    Beer #1000 for me. It took 3.5 years and im here.

    Finback Noise
    Grisette with tea and lemon.

    Cheers.
     
  16. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,724) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

  17. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (4,163) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] One more Mexican Coffee Stout.
     
  18. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,376) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Hop skewer, barntown brewing
    This place is becoming a must hit in Des Moines.
     
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  19. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (819) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Morning BA's and greetings from Stellaluna the holiday kitty

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    one of my fav pumpkin brews

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    cheers!

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  20. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,755) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Starting today just like yesterday...
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    'Cept now there ain't another can o' this anymore...

    I Hate Myself IPA...

    Only one game between winning teams today, BA - Saints at Rams...
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    Not that it's the only good game, mind you - I'm looking forward to some teams establishing their dominance or failing miserably versus "inferior" opponents, too... lol

    Still gettin' the Led out...



    Cheers...
     
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  21. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Defender (621) Apr 17, 2015 Washington
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  22. beermanben

    beermanben Disciple (341) Jan 23, 2015 Wisconsin
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  23. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,128) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Oh the humanity!
     
  24. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,724) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    Finishing up the bottle.

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    Cheers!
     
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  25. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,650) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Good morning, BAs! Pretty sure I gained 5 pounds this weekend. Show me someone who loses weight this weekend and I'll show you a damn dirty liar.
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    Thanks @vabeerguy for this! I hope we can trade again, because I love everything you send me.
     
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  26. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,650) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    One of these things is not like the others...:wink:
     
  27. mschrei

    mschrei Poo-Bah (2,222) Jul 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Have two of the cousins over, so having to supervise four kids by myself while my wife plays the music at mass today calls for a beer. Probably a couple shots too.
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  28. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,128) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Strawberry Milkshake from Kindred Spirit courtesy of @vabeerguy. Thanks brother, cheers!

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  29. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,547) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Thought about going out today and getting some work done. The lovely weather inspired me to do the exact opposite: stay in and enjoy the day.

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    Cheers!
     
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  30. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,724) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    :grinning::grinning::grinning:
     
  31. brewnme

    brewnme Devotee (480) Feb 21, 2017 Maine
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    Starting the day with Samuel Smith's real English open air fermented India Ale. Very Good![​IMG]
     
  32. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,755) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Wolftime...


    With three types of salmon!
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    Cheers...
     
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  33. EMH73

    EMH73 Poo-Bah (2,128) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    Reverse from Barrier, sharing with my son. Cheers!
     
  34. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

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    Moving on to Friendly Aviator Pilsner after my satanic NBS entry.
     
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  35. JoeBloe

    JoeBloe Champion (826) Nov 16, 2007 New York
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    My son's girlfriend's mother brought these traditional arrangements over on Thanksgiving day - we love 'em -
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    this guy doesn't really care...
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    currently grooving to this on TCM ...
     
  36. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Meyvn (1,400) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey

    Not a massive hop bomb but pretty good[​IMG]
     
  37. Ocalafox

    Ocalafox Savant (929) May 17, 2016 Florida
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    A little lunch on the pool deck with the wife....
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    Hope y'all have a great Sunday and your teams win!
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  38. T-RO

    T-RO Devotee (409) Nov 9, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Ribs and a red ale w/ginger from Denver called "Damn, it feels good to be a ginger"
    Cheers!

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  39. Reef

    Reef Crusader (713) Dec 2, 2016 South Carolina
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    I'm waiting for my flight out of Providence after a week of visiting my Massachusetts kinfolk. The only problem I have with the Providence airport is the monopoly that Shipyard has on craft beer.
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    So they throw me a curve and brew Finder, a decent IPA on tap. Looks good, nice citrusy aroma, tastes great. I'm enjoying this visit!
    Listening to my kind of gospel.
     
  40. TheMattJones88

    TheMattJones88 Initiate (140) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    A delicious beer to drink while working on my second homebrew, a Mosaic IPA.

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