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Why does Houston get zero mind blowing Imperial Stouts?

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Daemose, Sep 5, 2012.

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  1. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Dec 28, 2011 Texas
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    It was really limited. Think you had to ask for it. Austin got some also
  2. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Good to know! I have 1 of these that I was given last Christmas-time and I havent touched it yet. Might be worth breaking out to celebrate this Christmas!
  3. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    I've been pretty impressed with the Uinta and Epic beers that I've tried, but have yet to try anything as good as Outer Darkness (Labyrinth comes VERY close though).

    As of right now, the only Utah beers available in TX are Wasatch and Squatters. To be honest, I've been pretty impressed with the Squatters beers I've tried. I'd love to have easy access to Epic and Uinta as well, but I'll take what I can get.
  4. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Nuh uh! *hides Hoarders Society invitation*
  5. pitweasel

    pitweasel Jun 11, 2007 New York

    It's the rest of the country attempting to help you realize you live in Texas, and should really do something about that.

    -Ex Texan
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  6. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I'd rather be dead in Texas than alive in Pennsylvania.
  7. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Totally. Each one of Founders stouts cost around the same amount or more than Ten Fidy.
  8. Daemose

    Daemose Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    I love Outer Darkness, I forgot I have that in my stash. Thread over.
  9. DocBrass

    DocBrass Jul 28, 2006 Texas

    its all these newbies on the board and those that haven't been drinking in Texas for 20 years that doesn't appreciate what you can find in this great big state!!! :rolleyes:
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  10. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 May 10, 2009 Texas
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    Get outta here old man!
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  11. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    Only because of Taxes. FBS and FIS are much less in MI.

    KBS depends on the place, but is worth it! Ten Fidy has always been overpriced in my book.
  12. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Feb 3, 2009 Texas
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    Even when it was $9.99 a 4-pack?
  13. tjmodica

    tjmodica Oct 2, 2007 Texas
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    Now that would be a good thread
    Mind blowing RIS we get in Texas that are easy on your hemrhoids
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  14. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    It was better then, but now that specs has been asking $15-16 a 4 pack (for at least 2 years), I pass on it.
  15. frogfan

    frogfan Sep 4, 2009 Texas

    Just had my brother in KC grab me a bunch of FBS and they were only $10 a four pack...so quite a bit cheaper than Ten Fidy.

    But can you really complain about $8 bombers when it comes to RIS? Ten Fidy and Yeti four packs are both worth every penny at $14-$17.

    Looking forward to Narwhal and BCS here in October for "cheap" RIS options. And don't forget Green Flash Double Stout - that stuff is great too.
  16. kevinscott

    kevinscott Oct 21, 2008 Texas

    Too bad the Yeti variations do not come in 4 packs. I would love that.
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  17. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Feb 3, 2009 Texas
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    You know it's funny how we perceive packaging. I know of a couple local stores here in DFW that carry Ten FIDY at $13.49-$13.99 a 4-pack. On a per ounce basis, this is about $.30/oz.

    Thinking about a beer like Jester King Black Metal at $10.99/750ml bottle, that beer is $.43/oz, or almost 50% more expensive. I see people complaining about Ten FIDY pricing, but rarely about JK pricing and JK is local. Shouldn't they be cheaper? Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to throw JK under the bus here. They make organic beers, which are more expensive, and they brew small batches, which is also more expensive. This particular example was just me throwing it out there to show how our perception is largely driven by packaging size. I think Ten FIDY is an excellent value at $14, but I rarely buy it anymore because I don't often have time to break it down like this. At the end of the day, there are few (if any) Imperial Stouts that are as cheap as Ten FIDY per ounce for the same quality.
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  18. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    EXACTLY. You'd be amazed just how much value you're getting per ounce on most US sixers and 4pks compared to some imports (especially Belgians) that tend to be priced more proportionately while still favoring 12 oz packaging. $16 for 48 ounces vs. $12 for 22-25 ounces? It's a no-brainer really.
  19. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    FIS and FBS are better IMHO, and cheaper. Old Rasputin too.

    I Know that per ounce, bombers are a sucker's game. lol

    I'll look for my Darkness 4 pack of cans. ;)

    I do get the point though. I'll have to revisit Ten Fidy. I've thought it a bit overrated. Haven't seen it on shelves in a whole though.
  20. pitweasel

    pitweasel Jun 11, 2007 New York

    Thankfully, I haven't been in PA for a month, won't be again until January, and will probably be moving out at that point. Currently enjoying some sun (and Green Flash) in CA :)
  21. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    My point was its around the same price. $4 wont make me put down Ten Fidy when shipping usually costs a bit more that that.
  22. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    I stopped at this post just because ill pay you for the ST creme brulee. If your not gonna drink it, i will. Nothing to trade....(that ill give up anyway) but i havent had this since mass, (3 years) and i liked it so, whatll you want? ;) pm me if you want
  23. ehsteve

    ehsteve Jan 13, 2009 Texas
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    tl;dr: Houston doesn't get any of the stouts you want because it's a city in Texas.
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  24. mjryan

    mjryan Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    You seem a bit overly critical. Love the one you're with. Maybe big stouts aren't your thing.
  25. 94Sip

    94Sip Jun 10, 2012 Texas

    I seem to always find Old Rasputin at my Specs along with recently found some Brooklyn BCS.

    Another stout that I have found which I think is great is Boulevard's Dark Truth Stout, which I found a six pack of at Specs. Check it out - yummy in my tummy
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  26. kmello69

    kmello69 Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    You can just wait for this to come around:

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  27. Danielbt

    Danielbt May 4, 2012 Texas

    Agreed. Had a glass at Barley Swine and loved the hell out of it, and have been buying it since.
  28. Exiled

    Exiled May 30, 2009 Texas
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    Though a lot of people might not consider them "mind blowing", but I think with all the different Great Divide Yeti variants available that just those alone aught to be able to cure anyones imperial stout cravings.

    Another good one that hasnt been mentioned yet is Green Flash Double Stout...
  29. a74gent

    a74gent Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    No need to kill anyone...how about trading?
  30. CHADMC3

    CHADMC3 Mar 5, 2005 Connecticut

    I've had both Black Bear and Storm King at Ginger Man. Those aren't shabby.
  31. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Apr 26, 2007 Texas

    I'm drinking a 2.5 year-old Yeti as I type this. Mind = blown.
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  32. CHADMC3

    CHADMC3 Mar 5, 2005 Connecticut

    PA is a great beer state!
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  33. bbadger

    bbadger May 20, 2011 Texas

    I'm a huge fan of the stone irs. Drinking the 2012 right now. Flippin fantastic.
  34. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Dec 28, 2011 Texas
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    Go form. Ya bastard. Good form. My fave for price vs quality
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  35. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    Id hit a GFDS over a yeti any day. Ive found the yetis to be quite underwhelming for the last few years in the least.
  36. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Will be there in November.
  37. GregSVT

    GregSVT Jul 1, 2009 Texas
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    Actually it's not...you remind me of myself when I first started out. I thought all the best stuff was made somewhere else and what we had was shit. Granted there are some amazing stouts made elsewhere but unless you are willing to trade for them there's very little possibility of them ever being sent here. I've tried to support our local breweries these days although I still trade for things I really want/like.

    What's funny is you complained that we don't get Three Floyds or Surly and then you claim that Weasel Rodeo is priced too highly. Dark Lord and Darkness are the same prices if not more...I think Weasel Rodeo is priced in line with similar stouts. I think if it was more highly prized your tone would be different. And yes as people have stated in this thread Ten Fidy would be much less per bomber, if offered in that format, than a lot of other stouts that are already available here. If I could only have one stout from now on that is available in TX it would be Ten Fidy.
  38. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    Weasel Rodeo isn't that good. Shouldn't really be compared.

    Whiskey and Beer Geek are pretty good though.
  39. Danielbt

    Danielbt May 4, 2012 Texas

    Bullshit. Whiskey is great, and Beer needs age, but Weasel is really good. Your expectations are out of whack. Taste it without assumptions.
  40. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I tasted it expecting it to be better than Beer Geek, but similar. It didn't even come close and was by far the least appealing stout I've had from them. It was flat and was all coffee and smoke. There wasn't any complexity.

    I guess my expectation of it being a good beer were totally misguided? If I expected the worst it would have tasted better?

    Btw, Beer Geek tasted fine fresh IMHO.

    I did find a way to make Weasel pretty good. I added a tiny bit of Barrel Aged Backburner. It added the small hint of sweet I feel the beer needed.

    At $15 a bomber it just wasn't worth it to me.
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