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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by superspak, Nov 26, 2017.
Beer #2. A $2 beer than everyone else can get for sub-$1.50.
Pilsners, Lagers, + Dunkels… All new in Nov 2017, sort by preference.
Cricket's Nocturne | Cricket Hill
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Opaque beautiful blackish-brown in color with a 1" tan head that laces extremely nicely, and has large bubbles. Beautiful color, as good as they come in black lager.
Smell: the mild malt sweetness is pleasant, appealing, inviting. Roasty, but not over powering. A winter beer.
Taste: Of course malt, but subtle. Less cloying than brown ales, with some herb, earth, chocolate, grass, and hint of bread. Bitterness moderate, fresh tasting, and with nice sweet-bitter-earthy balance. A great session beer. Approachable, will be great with food, tonight shrimp cocktail and sphagetti with meatballs. Stands up to any foods. A great seafood dinner or roast beer. Also great with cheese.
Mouthfeel: medium-to-full bodied, a little creamy. Crisp, sessionable, satisfying. Aftertaste short-lived. Leaves one in a good earthy not too sweet place.
Overall: this is a drinkable dark lager that can be a session beer. Great NJ Brew! worth trying out. I will definitely get more. If I am to drink dark lager, this would be near the top of my list. I could see drinking this and surprising my friends with it.
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amazing to find a beer that's so different and original: it earns high marks on the first go.
A) pours a clear, dark pale golden body, with a thin cap that films and laces a few dots.
S) Pleasant fall damp air tinged with campfire smoke. Plus pale malt, honey lathered on crackers, and floral hops.
T) Follows smell, with MORE smoke, as in smoked salmon or bacon, honey, on malt and white crackers, and landing in a fall flower bed mixed with fallen, earthy damp leaves and forest floor. Delicious and complex, perfect with raw oysters.
F) Feel is soft, medium weight, smooth, finishing off-dry, and with lingering resonance.
O) My first experience of a great smoke in beer. Must try. Must try them all now!
Dunkel Jesse And The Rippers | Cambridge
4/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1) Color of pumpernickel bread, low head and fizz, a streak of lace. Cola, ruby,
2) Bread and perfume, sweet, but balanced.
3) Best dunkel ever, thick black bread in liquid form, juicy, malty, very pleasant upward finish. Sweet grain while clean. Fresh.
4) Feels mid-bodied, low carb, like all their brews, and finished clean - great food beer.
Prima Pils | Victory
4/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The reviewers are unanimous, this may be the best-in-class American Pilsner. I'd like to taste it blind vs other top pils like Oskar, Urquell, etc.
Victory is a top east coast brewery, consistent, clean, and surprising without wobbly out of balance brews. Bravo! You must try them!
A: Poured into pint glass, luscious white head, faded fast not much, but a little dotty lacing, the tiny bubbles I recall from my Dad's first beers when I was a kid rising in a tall glass.
S: Hops and citrus, but so much more subtle than our hoppier beers. Perfume, lemon, grass, herbs. Crisp, floral, "the smell of a woman in the sunshine".
Taste: Very appetizing and dry. Starts refreshing fresh bread crust; grows into a tingle of hoppy bitterness with grassy and herbal over tones, finally a super crisp, clean finish. Lovely arc, lovely appetizer and with food: Oysters, clams, sausage, brats, fish, crabs.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation, but that oh so subtle pilsner tingle and finish, light and airy and summery, also a kissing kind of beer. Your mouth just feels good all over.
Drinkability: So far my favorite of the style.
Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I am a left hand fan. This pilsner is as good as any.
A: Dense white head atop a pale brass body, with pin point carbonation and a bit of lace.
S: Smell is the weakest link here. Grass, white biscuit malt, flowers, and bit of skunk.
T: Lovely. Could drink this all night. Authentic, lovely hop and sweet citric, grassy profile. Light and tingly refreshing finish.
MF: Lovely body and finish, good weight, leaves you in a great refreshing place, Great Food BEER!
As good as pilsner gets.
This Town | Carton
3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer This Town is unretired because I bought a 6 at the brewer which pictures the new First Ave brewery on the can.
I enjoyed its early incarnation 3 years ago when Augie spoke at our TEDxAsburyPark conference (next on May 19, 2018 on Passion at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park).
a) Fogged straw color body with rising tiny bubbles that build a puffy dense, lasting and lacing white head in a pilsner glass.
s) As it should be, grassy, hay, sun-baked straw, mown grass, over a white cracker base.
t) As the smell, but more EURO - reminding me of Luxembourg and French light lagers, which have a bit of adjunct funk that bring them down a notch. Saved by peppery, scrubbing finish.
f) Thin, light, bright, with clean crisp finish. Light beer.
o) Grass-cutting beer for sure. Not sure I need to pay craft price for it, but noble effort.
On to the 2nd of the Samuel Smith gift pack from the U.K. now for the Organic Chocolate Stout. Not bad at all.
This is a great beer. In it’s own way, separate from NEIPAs and west coast hop bombs...it is just a wonderful, flavorful IPA made with organic, homegrown ingredients. I look forward to it every year.
Really liking this Baltic Porter from Tired Hands. Cheers!
Titan IPA from Great Divide out of Denver.
and GO BEARS!!
Time for an upset!
Granite Roots Brewing - "Gose Well With Hiking"
I'm generally not a gose guy, but one of my co-workers brought this back from a daytrip in New Hampshire and brought me a bottle. I have to say, this is a damn delicious Gose. It's brewed with local black currants and blueberries. It definitely has a bit of the black currant upfront, but the back end is all blueberry. Tart, a little bit of salt, and delicious. I could drink this all summer.
My first 2017:
Backwoods Bastard on tap waiting for my lunch at the bar!
Beer #3. Loving it.
Jesus, that's the Eye of Sauron looking back at you! Speaking of NBS....
storm rolling in now. hit the cabinet for something a bit more, warming.
sort of like i saw Rouger mention, yesterday we went to the son's favorite deep-dish pizza joint. afterwards, stopped at the grocery store on the way home &, well, i couldn't pass these by. being on my best behavior, only took 1 of each of these - left the Barleywine behind. hand't planned on buying anything until tomorrow.
Beer field trip to Richmond yesterday for the Hardywood Apple Brandy GBS release:
Hardywood (I got bottles... but lets try them on draft):
Apple Brandy GBS
Rum Barrel GBS
Isley (I need IPA chasers after all the stouts):
Tricky Gilbert Black IPA
Charlie's Barley IPA
End of work beer.I thought this was really good
Bottle share with my Wife and Brother in Law in the honor of my incredible Grandfather in Law "Coke" who is with our savior. We lost him Friday. As old school and stubborn as they come. Cracked open a Doom. 2016 Bcbs next.
At The Wheelhouse having a burger. The owner just turned me onto my first Heady Topper!
Spoiled for choice
What wild weather we're having at the end of November here in NE Ohio. This is quite a boozy, hot stout. Says it's only 10% but has similar flavor profile of a Bruery stout.
Millersburg - Nut House Peanut Butter Porter (can).. cheers!
French Toast Stout | WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Good afternoon, advocates. Football & IPA. Cheers.
Good sunday to you all!
Haven't had a beer (or proper food) for three weeks, but I will have a couple tonight while listening to some BandCamp purchases.
More beer, fish, and football...
Good stuff, hanging with my buddy.
Still working on these . . .
Very attractive deep gold color with white cap and lace.
Aroma of of floral, piney hops with a touch of citrus on a base of rich, slightly bready malt.
Taste on entry is is a goodly measure of malt with hops following so quickly they almost seem to arrive together. Almost, but not quite with malt by a nose. Brewer describes a "less than aggressive hop flavor provided by All American Cascade hops". I'll go along with that, the hop flavor is fully present without being assertive with malt carrying everything along into the aftertaste. Simple enough flavors yet woven together with complexity. Based on aroma, color and flavor I suspect some Pilsner malt is being used but that hasn't been confirmed.
Now 2017 bcbs.
Zombie Dust, so smooth! The best IPA/APA that isn’t a juice bomb!
Everything ok? Hope all is well!
Going to be a Bill Evan's afternoon for me, along with St Berdardus Christmas Ale...This will be a good last day before work again
Oh yeah, just felt like I had been lazy and unhealthy for too long, so went on a strict low calorie diet to get kickstarted and get rid of my sweet tooth. Have lost almost 20 lbs, so figured I could have a treat.
Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods Cocoa Coconut Narwhal, 11.8% ABV, 50 IBU. Pours black with a 1+ finger tan head. Nose is predictably cocoa, coconut, coffee, and bourbon. Taste mostly follows, with bourbon leading, a bit of sweetness, and a mild bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.
Getting in the NBS spirit
This is probably a really stupid move, because I wanted to open a Prop after the old lady got off work tonight, but I just had to compare the above Interboro Tonight At Noon stout to this Hoppin Frog BA Gavel Slammer, which is outwardly a 17.4% barrel aged beer, while the Interboro stout above is not aged, and is supposedly only 10%. The Interboro was awful, tasting more like gin than beer, which is absolutely dumbfounding, and also disappointing because I've had two IPAs by them that were outstanding. The Hoppin Frog is also a little too hot for my liking, but so obviously expertly crafted, especially next to the Interboro, that it's no contest.
Make no mistake, only a certain breed of drinker will thoroughly enjoy the BA Gavel Slammer (hardcore Bruery fans, for example), but it's a damn fine example of how to tackle the extremes, if you're going to succeed at all. Considering they've only just been allowed to sell over 12% beer here in Ohio, that's doubly impressive.
That's awesome dude. I feel like I've gained 20 pounds the past few weeks. Thanksgiving here is god damn dangerous.
Thanksgiving is one of the few American days we haven't copied over here, and hopefully we never will.