What's wetting the whistle P.4

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Gasc0igne, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    I had it too recently and didn't think it was very good, I just assumed it wasn't a very good beer but maybe freshness was an issue with it
     
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  2. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    I still have a BA Narwhal in the fridge from when it first came out like 3 years ago...probably oxidised by now as it wasn't stored very well for a while. My recollection of the original batch is that it had a lot of wood but not that much nice round bourbon flavour.

    Also waiting to open a bottle of new Alexander, Flanders Reds are not a favourite of mine so it'll probably take me a while to get to it.

    I heard Pumping Station wasn't great but I have not tried it myself (and I did not find the pinot aging particularly compelling)
     
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  3. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    I remember that first BA Narwhal we all got, absolutely loved it fresh, would like to hear what it's like after this time when you open the bad boy!

    To your point on Red Flanders, I certainly agree they're more of a rare open (for me at the very least), and I'll likely hold one Alexander for some time. I still find it odd that, as hawthorne00 said, Rodenbach Grand Cru has been my top Flanders Red (other than BFMs Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien, which is insane) and is always available at a good price. Not impressed with any attempts at duplicating so far...

    My Old Pumping Station is certainly going to be sitting for awhile, not worth hunting (and paying) for one fresh & one aged as usual. Rarely do I not try fresh (Murray's AA, recent releases, being an exception) but we'll see eh?

    Good to see you mate!
     
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  4. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Quickie: Has anyone seen/heard anything of Dark Horizon 5th Edition locally? Loved 4th.......
     
  5. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (77) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Had an Alexander on Australia day and absolutely loved.

    For me it is like Grand Cru's bigger and more elegant older sister. Plenty of cherry fruit and a restrained balsamic that balances it perfectly. Could drink so much of it if it weren't for the price.
     
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  6. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (126) May 1, 2013 Australia

    Pirate Life - Stout. Oh boy have I been looking forward to a beers this ilk hitting the market. Sitting at 7.1% it is at the top end of foreign extra stout but it is super drinkable. Tons of all the great flavours you look for in a stout from chocolate to coffee to roasted dark sourdough. A finish of minty pine hop flavour gives the beer a clean finish without feeling out of place. This is a cracking beer.
     
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  7. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Champion (893) Dec 29, 2006 Australia
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    Bitter Phew has a keg for this event:
     
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  8. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (77) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    That's an impressive line up.
     
  9. Ostpies

    Ostpies Initiate (115) Nov 3, 2015 New Zealand (Aotearoa)

    Anyone on here attend GABS? If so, anything interesting on the menu?

    I moved back to NZ so am heading to the event here next month.
     
  10. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    is this canned?
     
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  11. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    exceedingly sweet (maybe that was fourth edition), so sweet it caused me to break a glass in astonishment (maybe cause I was drunk)
     
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  12. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Rauch Geek Breakfast- good stuff, smoke is subtle enough that it could pass for a standard porter (maybe along the lines of Alaskan Smoked). One of the better stouts (particularly non-BA) stouts I've had in a while.
     
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  13. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (126) May 1, 2013 Australia

    Not sure, only times I've had it is from taps.
     
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  14. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Good god the amount of stout releases aged in any Tassie Whisky Barrel that can be found is astounding
     
  15. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    few recent ones:

    De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos Bourbon: very good, great combo of chocolate and dark fruits. Still don't think we have mastered the dark fruit style of dark beer locally. Can definitely get coffee, chocolate, roast out of barreled dark beers but the dark fruits are still eluding us.

    Bent Spoke Pale: Canned, nice citrus and grain, quite drinkable but I don't like the open topped can designs (like Colonial) which just looks like they were too cheap to pay for proper cans.

    Boatrocker Elderweisse: left for far too long. Brett had taken this one over and nose was initially that of an aged Orval but I don't think it had the depth to carry through. Basically drank like fruit juice but elderflower still noticeable. Certainly enjoyable but would have been crisper drunk fresh.

    Canned Akasha Hopsmith: tasty stuff, good balance of sweetness with the typical IPA qualities. Could definitely drink a few.

    Fixation The Fix: good solid DIPA, prefer it to Little Creature's similar efforts. Well integrated pine and sweetness and would not be out of place in a US bottleshop. Reckon this might be a Pliny clone based on the stats and profile and it's honestly not far off (but no-one cares about Pliny anymore :().
     
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  16. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Had the other Alvinne, Wild West Grape Edition, I'd picked up. Almost identical to the Plum Edition mentioned a little back in many areas, but with a nod towards the grapes rather than plums - Plum is a tiny bit better I'd say. Alvinne boys, c'mon! Still bloody solid for the prices I'm paying!

    ...and not beer...

    Found a lone Green Spot in a local bottle shop (seem to never be able to find it here in ACT) and it really was amazing value:quality. Found my new 'first whisky drinker" whisky (or maybe still Old Pulteney 12, can't let go).
     
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  17. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (126) May 1, 2013 Australia

    Just saw on Pirate Life's instagram they are canning the Mosaic IPA and Stout soon.
     
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  18. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    Appx 3-4 weeks away as of now.
    Note: Stout is not foreign export style. Closer to US style stout. First time they did stout it was FE. Last year was a big hoppy stout.
     
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  19. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    So ultra-limited release that's over-hyped and is waxed, high ABV, BBA, and brewed with maple? :D
     
  20. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    you must be confusing PL with Stockade.
     
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  21. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    I know it's blaspheme but I've never grabbed a PL beer, undated/indecipherable batch codes (upon initial waves of releases, unsure if still the same) plus open storage in warm weather turned me off locally sadly. Would certainly grab a known freshie!

    Much love my friend!
     
  22. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (130) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    OK, OK, not opening The Mountie tonight.

    Some recentish things:

    Bentspoke Cluster 18: really enjoyable _for an 18% IPA_, but that's a rod they made for their own back. Liked the Cluster 8 though. The big stout Descent 16 was not so good.

    The Boag's Epicurean beers are not terrible. Insulting yes, but not terrible. Boy, the Red is better than the Little Creatures Fire Falcon.

    The Balter IPA is not for me - is it a bit staid, not can well, or am I not their market? Dunno. Pils was OK though.

    4 Pines Seasonal IPA was good. Didn't try to be different, just fresh and lots of US hops.

    Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin is tasty and swiggable. Its best before is marked as 3/18. Don't believe it.

    De Ranke XXX Bitter is the best mainly hoppy beer I've ever had. Remarkable how much less bitter than XX Bitter it is.

    Tiny Rebel Cwtch: really a bitter with American hops. Fabulous balance.

    Blackman's Juicy Banger IPL: I didn't love this (and hated their canned Unfiltered Lager) but the signs that these folks might be _the_ lager people in this country are there.

    Ola Dubh 12yo (Sherry Cask): One of the rare ones that's better than normal Old Engine Oil.

    Supposedly hoppy sours: Mornington Brain Squeeze pretty good, Boatrocker Jungle IPA pretty ordinary: one has things then a finish, one is just a mixture of things.

    Stouts: Lervig 3 Bean - good, but not as good as the BA one. 8 Wired iStout - assumed I'd like better this time. Maybe just a little, but this one is a never again now.
     
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  23. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    what's unfiltered sculpin? are they jumping on da NEIPA fun?

    curious as to what beer tastes like aged in sherry barrels, would think a huge barleywine would be best for it but I wouldn't know

    Drinking Bigfoot 2012, it is better than eva, would go 10+ years

    Went to Wildflower opening earlier and first time trying their beers, very pleasant drinkable farmhouse beers and they have very smartly kept the acidity in check on these (unlike Almanac, they really need to work on that). I would recommend trying their stuff, nice labels also.
     
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  24. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (130) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    Hard to say, though I guess not - just more hops and not filtered rather than making haze a feature. It's https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/199/268349/ and it's at Dan's.


    Fair guess though: I've had the
    Naparbier Avant-Garde Series Barley Wine Aged 20 Months in Oloroso Barrel. It had a weird "half older than it is, half fresher" feel to it. Locally the 3 Raven Druid is aged in PX Sherry barrels.

    The Ola Dubh is misleading: like all the variants, it's aged in Highland Park single malt whisky barrels, it's just that that this whisky barrel was a former sherry cask.
     
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  25. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Anyone had the non-Noma/batch 2 Snakebite here? I've loved the original and how it's developed in-bottle. If it's as good as I hope...

    Also, is it just me not having paid attention for so long or is there KBS at an ok price seemingly ludicrously available? If it's been impossible to get for others I could buy a case or two and ship to you, pay your share or figure a swap for BBA Ten FIDY can(s). A classic "gopickitupformebro".
     
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  26. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    I can't say I expected to see the day when Dan Murphy's sold Lost Abbey Beers...
     
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  27. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Old and crap start to the range or something worthwhile? I'm going to assume they are staying the heck away from any "wilds" or like, flanders, and big stouts. Possibly though unlikely a Saison, high-ish likelihood of a Strong Ale, good chance of a Quad (unsure) or Dubbel, Belgian Pale, and some other sort of "insert here"PA.

    Also, any bottling dates?
     
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  28. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (130) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    I seem to recall a date on the bottle when I bought Red Barn from Dan's in Early February. Seemed to have just arrived then. Least impressive of their beers I've tried so far (and I'm a sucker for Saisons). The other one they had is Devotion.
     
  29. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    typical Belgian-style trash

    it's the 21st century maaaan
     
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  30. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Devotee (427) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    Love me the old world. Also, are you a hippie or surfer? haha
     
  31. heygeebee

    heygeebee Poo-Bah (1,540) Aug 6, 2010 Australia

    hmmm - had Wildflower Gold tonight... not sure I agree with the hype - a little thin both in flavour and body and a tad underwhelming.. :-(
     
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  32. Mountain_high_book

    Mountain_high_book Initiate (108) Nov 26, 2014 Australia

    Firestone Walker Union Jack from Dan Murphy's bottled 4/4/17 tasting very good. My personal fav straight up IPA from those big American craft breweries. $30 for a sixpack is relatively good value too. As much as I hate Dan's i'm happy with this arrangement.
     
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  33. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    sweet, i liked that when I had it grey. Will have to grab some with the unfiltered sculpin
     
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  34. Twinathon

    Twinathon Initiate (126) May 1, 2013 Australia

    3 Ravens - Juicy IPA. Was not a massive fan the first night I had it, but it has grown on me. Great fruit from the hops, but there is an effervescent mintiness that I am not keen on. I suspect it is from the yeast. Carbonation islow, I suspect they're trying all the tools to boost mouthfeel. Despite the added oats/proteins and other tools, I did not perceive any extra mouthfeel compared to a regular IPA.
     
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  35. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (77) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Just spent two weeks travelling across the Gibb. Started theJourney with a 2013 Mamouche which I have never had before. Seriously one of my favourite Cantillon experiences. Perfectly balanced funk and floral notes. Stunning.

    Popped a Cantillon Kriek at Mitchell Falls to celebrate the halfway mark.

    And then the latest Lam batch to finish. The Lam was slightly less carbonated than previous version but was still incredibly jammy and fresh. Loved it!
     
  36. Kegjez

    Kegjez Initiate (118) Mar 18, 2015 Australia
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    Looney Tunes! Man, I need to get some more Grand Cru Lam into me. That woody/grapeskin vibe is incredible. [​IMG]
     
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  37. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (77) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    3 Ravens Juicy - pretty good but like most of the Australian NEIPA examples I have tried, the palate excited up front but falls away very quickly leaving you hanging. It's what the the guys like Trillium and Tree House do so well. A explosion of flavour which evolves through a long and complex palate.

    Modus Cascadian Howl - Biased toward the toastier end of the spectrum. Had a diminished IPA element which is what makes the style so attractive to me - roasty and resinous balance. In saying that, is was incredibly smashable. Just not as true to the style as I had hoped.
     
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  38. heygeebee

    heygeebee Poo-Bah (1,540) Aug 6, 2010 Australia

    You would probably have been the first person at Mitchell Falls to drink any beer out of a 750 bottle ! - I recall a couple of cans of New (that was Before Craft in 2004) that I had trucked up from Sydney when I was there - hardly a celebration!
     
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  39. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (77) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Had the Pirate Life Stout last night. A really nice balance of flavours upfront but left a lingering bitterness long after a sip which I didn't overly like.
     
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  40. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (954) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    I'm enjoying Finn Diesel
     
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