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Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by danieelol, Sep 2, 2012.
Bit of an unplanned IPA night.
Little Creatures IPA
Last Hop Czar I had was like drinking pure acetaldehyde...
Been three nights in a row of work functions. First night included plenty of Bridge Rd Bling, second night Trumer Pils and last night was Little Creatures PA. 4th and final function tonight, though will not be having much beer given Hill of Grace will be pouring freely.
Little Brewers 1 yr old Mad Abbot Tripel. I knew this beer would age well !
Just gome home. Shitty Chinese lager folllowed by Dom and Hill of Grace. Now on the Old Grand Dad. Snuck in a 500ml Paulaner Pils though. Four hard days guys.
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales. Loving the amount of can options at the moment....
Special Hog. Oh so good.
what's that Lukie?
I don't know. I was just told it was special hog.... so good!
My wife drank most of it but no dominant acetaldehyde in the bottle we had, just imported beer flavour - cardboard.
Enjoying a Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout. Deliciously smooth and like a more refined version of of Holgate Temptress. Great cocoa.
Hunter Cranky Pants - pretty muted IPA
Black Mes (Black Damnation III)
St Amatus 12
3 x Obsidian Stout
Been away for a bit with work, in America. Back for Chrissy. Was able to bring back a case of 2 week old Sculpin in cans. Brilliant beer
New label Hop Hog whilst watching 49ers v Falcons on delay.
Fullers Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale - Impressive
3F Oude Gueuze. What else does one drink on Christmas Day? Merry Christmas, guys.
Had our work Christmas party last night. Some really good wines were shared as well as beers. The highlight for me though was the bottle of Ommegang Wild at Heart that my new Sister in-law to be brought me from New York (she is a Queens girl) yesterday morning. Fresh as a daisy, tasted great. Excellent use of Brett as a primary yeast.
Pint of Bridge Rd PA whilst eating open souvlaki. Matched well.
Red Duck Sabre Tooth for me.... a recommendation from Beer Cartel. Hmm - poured a full hand of foam and needed five pours in total due to carbonation - not happy with that recommendation (!) Tasted OK but overall disaster in a glass
Had the Sabre Tooth a couple of times myself. Had no issue with carbonation in any. Maybe it didn't travel so well?
Cascade First Harvest
had a mini-tasting with a mate, ended up being brief
Jack Tar Imperial Stout (not bad, substantially better than I expected it to be, have had many worse ISs from "craft" brewers)
Billy B's Golden Apple Beer (first time trying this beer actually, decent but simple and overrated)
MoonDog Great American Challenge (not too bad, not particularly worthwhile though)
De Struise Port Barrel-Aged Tsjeeses (not worthwhile, substantially inferior to base beer)
Had a De Struise Coffee Club last night. Phenomenal beer full of real complexity. Today is a Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 2006. Tossing up whether to keep it easy for the rest of the night or open my bottle of Darkness.
Thats smaller than a standard night
Yer I was disappointed in myself but I think the heat and underwhelming nature of the beers we were drinking slowed us down
Had a can of Ten FIDY last night, bit of a let down after all i had heard. Good beer but nothing that special I thought.
After heading down to the Sail and Anchor yesterday to drop off cake (my one job of the day) I rewarded myself with a mini tasting of things:
Last Drop Sour Cherry, tart and refreshing. Another well constructed beer by Jan. Not a sour per se, but really nice on a hot day.
Tool Shameless Santa: Tasted like a boozy fruitcake. Job well done. Probably the wrong beer for the climate but who cares.
Bush Shack Brewery Chefs Chocolate Stout: A little too sweet for me, but it's a chocolate stout, so thats my fault not theirs. It would, I think, be a delicious way to end an evening.
Nail Imperial Dunn Brown: Delicious.
Mash Challenger and Rye the Hop Not?: Great as always.
Mt Goat Rye IPA: Not as great as I remembered, but still good.
On a side note, I was reading a press release regarding Crown Reserve (everyone's favourite whipping boy) and I saw this wonderful line..... 'First released in 2008, the prestigious brew uses three integral elements uncommon in brewing: fresh Galaxy hops.....' (my italics). I can only sigh. Sigh.
Tilsey Cider for me, too hot and humid on the coast for much ...
Hosted lunch today. Some Sam Smith lager, SN PA, that dubbel Duval makes, a quick glass of Blanton's Private and just cracked a Duvel.
Dropped in to Feral for a pint of Raging Flem after a round of supa golf this arvo. Picked up a carton of Hop Hog for the weekend also. Fresh and tasting delicious.
Last night was Fullers Past Masters, Box Steam Dark and Handsome (both mild, tasty and very drinkable), and a couple of Torpedos.
Southern Hemisphere Harvest.
The last couple of days have been quite decadent. Wednesday was Hallertau Funkonnay (really quite brilliant), AleSmith Old Numbskull (I don't know why I don't drink this more often), Clown Shoes Bombay Beserker (a nice take on a spiced stout) and Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 (amazing!!).
Last night was AleSmith Speedway Stout (my love for this will never die), Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (good, but not as great as I remembered) and Hallertau Porter Noir (delicious).
All in honour of Miss M cooking a goat curry. Any excuse will do, I guess.
Great bottleshare a few nights back with danieelol, MrKennedy and Pat (of deceased account mulder1010).
Bourbon County Rare
Bruery Bottleworks, Melange #8 and Beauregarde
Crooked Stave L'Brett D'Or
Firestone Walker Sucaba.
Not a bad beer among them, although Melange #8 did polarise the group a little.
Is it a love/hate beer?
Also, for all your tastings you should make Pat bring his honey badger. It's cute and furry and says inappropriate things.
imo it's extremely coffee-forward and that overrides most of the other elements of the beer
Good idea, but we'd have to ban it from using Twitter
Swan Valley run: Elmars - tasty, Duckstein - woeful, all the beers seemed contaminated (used to be good), Mash - expensive.
Fremantle run: Mash - Chief is far and away my fav IPA in WA, LC - great venue as usual, Fremantle Doctor was blowing hard on a picture perfect afternoon.
Mash = Monk in Fremantle..?
Monk do some outstanding brews. I still salivate over the Bounty Coconut Stout.
Tonight I will have a Ballast Point Victory at Sea. Hopefully to celebrate my defeat of Carthage in Rome: Total War. Apt! Miss M is away for two months so I'm allowed to be a sad, sad, lonely individual drinking beers and playing computer games in a dark room. Any suggestions (or care packages) you wish to send matching beers and computer games is welcome.