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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by devlishdamsel, Jan 23, 2013.
Canadian Breakfast Stout at a Founders beer dinner at HopCat. It was 3 ounces of beer heaven.
Cherry Bourbon County (not Cherry Rye)
I have more but can't think of them off hand.
One, Coconut Vanilla Speedway Stout at The Full Pint's 5th Anniversary.
Two, bourbon barrel Papier straight from the barrel at a bottle share at The Bruery, back before anyone outside of locals had heard of The Bruery.
Three, because you can't stop me from listing more, I have to second the vote of Firestone Walker Bravo. My favorite Firestone beer of all time.
Seven or eight years ago I visited HOTD and Alan gave me a sample of Dave.
The stone tap takeover at lord hobo's a few years ago. Meeting Greg and getting to try a bunch of barreled versions of their seasonals and older vintages as well. Crazy day out with friends followed by an arquebus at CBC to finish the day.
Strong Ale Fest 2011 at Pizza Port Carlsbad had an amazing line up. Best I had to was Barrel aged Serpent Stout with cocoa nibs and cherries. Wow!
The only 5/5 rating I have ever given was for Tea Bagged Furious. Of course, the Bros don't see fit to list it as a separate beer, so it shows up under regular Furious.
I have a problem with this decision, since their guidelines say a 5 should be reserved for a beer that cannot be improved. Since I most definitely think Tea Bagged Furious is an improvement over Furious, I shouldn't award a 5 to Furious. But I really want to give a 5 to the Tea Bagged variant.
GABF...many special tastes to put a perma-smile on my face!
J&J Blauw and 3 Fonteinen oude geuze vintage 2003 still remain as the best beers I've ever had after all these years.
I guess 2005 Avec Les Bon Voeux. But I haven't been to many special events that were of true quality. Even at the event I'm referring to, I hardly got any at all to try.
Definitely Fou Foune
1988 JW Lees Vintage Harvest ale
6 year vert of NC Old Stock
'99 3F Oude Geuze... Basically $4 per ounce and the best deal ever.
Alternating tulips of Rose de Gambrinus and Younger @ SF Beer week 2012
Tasting a 30-year-old berliner weisse at Woodshop a couple years ago was unique and enlightening.
Sampling un-barreled Papier (called Virgin Papier) and a young version of the beer that would eventually become Oude Tart at The Bruery are both very fond memories.
But the crown has to go to the tasting hosted last year by jerz and vacax, where the highlights included M, Brabantiae, and Don Q. Not just epic, but legendary (like the generosity of the hosts).
And I hate to say it (because I will probably never taste it again), but M was spectacular.
Stone Vertical Epic 02/02/02 - opened and consumed in 2013. Thanks, Vurt!
Kate the Great
1994 Chimay Grande Reserve (blue label) - opened and consumed in 2008.
This year I had the pleasure of trying some of my all time biggest wants in one night, I wish I could remember that night, someone told me I had fun and enjoyed the beers very much....
Vanilla bean dark lord at fw beer fest...honorable mention dos osos(revolution/fw colab) and hop ninja(beachwood bbq) same event...cant wait for this years event!
Stille Nacht Reserva, Tsjeeses Reserva Bourbon Barrel aged, and Mikkeller's Santa's Little Helper Scotch Barrel aged at the Essen Kerstbierfestival. It was a great first beer fest.
These may change in Bruges next weekend depending on how long the samples last.
Imperial Brown Goose at ACBF last year was awesome.
2011 Brandy Barrel Dark Lord, 2012 Cognac de Muerte Dark Lord and 2012 Cognac Dark Lord at a tasting during Rochester Beer Week last year was probably the best though.
Allagash rep had a bottle of Mattina Rossa, the never released raspberry wild ale, at an Allagash event on Tuesday night. And I thought the Bourbon Black was good!
Oude Tart w Sour Cherries
BA Decadence 07
FB Morning Wood
Allagash Mattina Rossa
CBS at the 2010 Great Taste of the Midwest.
Wooden Hell at Pinocchio's for Dan's (beer manager's) birthday.
Russian River Registration at TJ's for Philly Beer Week Leftovers.
2007 Saint Lamvinus and 2009 Fou Foune at Monk's Cafe after Zwanze Day.
For pure ambiance and enjoyment: Hefeweizen-Dopplebock at Sly Fox Goat Races 2012.
Summer 2011, Rattle n Hum had a Goose Island event and one of the beers they had was 2008 brandy barrel bcbs. That was a treat.
Happened to have the best and worst at the same event.
Best - Dirty Horse
Worst - Sink The Bismark
Agree with this!
ACBF- Lawson's Maple Tripple and pistachio beer
KtG at KtG day
Allagash Coolship Red on release they game my wife a sample and I when we bought them. My wife did not like beer but thought since it was rare and drove for it she tried it. It was the first beer she liked and now will drink sours because of it. Was Very special to me.
Bachelor party with friends we blind sample/tasted Dark Lord, Darkness and Abyss side by side.
Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, FFF BA Dark Lord, and CC Hunahpu at Hunahpu's Day 2012.
Yellow Bus...Night of the Funk
Konjaks! Stormaktsporter... Borefts 2012
Framboos & 2002 Drie Fonteinen Vintage Oude Gueuze....with dear friends Jeroen & Ron
I've have to say anytime I'm tasting a beer at the brewery in the company of the brewer, it's a special experience. I've done this at Grey Sail, Squam, Jack's Abby, Idle Hands, Green Dragon, and Barrier to name a few. As a homebrewer, to be able to talk through the beer with the brewer and get some brewing tips in the process is priceless.
Vertical Epic day at Lord Hobo in Cambridge with two great friends was a close second.
The one that comes to mind right now is Black Tuesday at last year's Pour it Black fest wiith my wife and some good friends. My wife liked it so much, she went back for 2 or 3 tasters of it. And I think that is what influenced her to want to join the Bruery Reserve Society this year
Hunahpu day last year, awesome trip with one of my best friends, getting to try HH DL, Wiskey Huna, Funky Budha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and on and on and on and on
Couple things come to mind from a Wild Beer Fest last summer...
Fou Foune (Draft)
'94 Rose de Gambrinus
Framboise for a Cure
Armand Winter, Spring and Summer
...many other great brews as well...only thing I really missed out on was a Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic
"due to a special event..." i think the only time that's applicable is when my boss brought some PtE back from GABF. other than that, the only other "events" i've been to were tap takeovers at work.
Several rare & vintage krieks, frambois, and gueze at Night of the Kriek at Eb's in August. This past weekend - every Allagash special/koelschip release in one evening, with homemade waterzooi and Belgian waffles. Had been trying to put that one together for 2 years. The 4 of us couldn't quite get through them all, though. Just as well - they will stand by for Round Two!
Either Moe's bender by surly or...
a 1994 Cantillion cherry (kriek?)
same day as all 4 of the spring summer fall winter sour series. mmm...$200 beer...so good.
Also same day, 3F guezue from 03' 04' 05' 07' 09' 11' 12'...that was epic.
all blew my socks off. (as most sours do)
Pinocchio's in Media, PA always has stellar events. This one in particular was an Allagash tasting from last year i believe. To add to the awesomeness that is Allagash, the owners decided to open up some bottles from their own personal stash. Boy did they open some good ones. I was able to try some of the coolship series, but the big one for me was Victor Francenstein! I felt very lucky to part of that tasting
Bodhi imperial IPA at cincy winter beer fest.