Your Favorite Character-Building Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by PatriotsRule, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Early yesterday before the blizzard got real here in MA, I walked down to my local beer store to get some snow-in treats. The place was packed, and I saw an old classmate of mine picking up Ruthless Rye. He said he "had to get it because the label is so metal." What are your favorite hardcore, gnarly, wicked brews? Arrogant Bastard, Homunculus, and Two-Headed Beast come to mind for me.
  2. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (95) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'm given to understand Devil Dancer would be character building for me, but see the "$ is too much to justify" thread.
  3. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Insanity. Without a doubt.

    Or, if you want to turn the hardcore up a notch, Samael. Like an Insanity on steroids. Very boozy steroids.
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  4. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    This has a pretty outrageous label and name. Not sure it would make me consume the contents. :grimacing:
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  5. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Of all the names I could think of for a BSDA...

    That ain't one of them.
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  6. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (603) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    We definitely have different ideas about the term "Character Building" I'm thinking becoming a better person. You on the other hand seem to be thinking of building a character like Spider Man. Please correct me if I'm wrong or just ignorant.
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  7. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 California

    Duck Duck Guava, because after I drank it, I spent 3 hours in a bathroom stall vomitting acid (First experience with Sour Beer). Made me think that cute little duck with devil horns on the Lost Abbey T-shirt wasn't just for kicks....
  8. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Who wouldn't like to experience a radioactive spiderbite-like transformation upon drinking a single brew?
  9. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    Your first sour was Duck Duck Guava?!...was Helen of Troy your first girlfriend?
  10. dasenebler

    dasenebler Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    Flavor-wise, Celebration Ale is definitely gnarlier than Ruthless Rye. And Celebration was one of those IPAs that totally kicked my ass (and palate) 5+ years ago in the winter of 2007-08. It's one of my most memorable beers, mainly because it taught me to love and respect craft beer.
  11. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,723) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,204) Mar 18, 2010 California

  13. whatsgoody

    whatsgoody Disciple (308) Nov 16, 2012 Vermont

    Schlenkerla Urbock is a real game-changer, especially straight from the tap.
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  14. broodog

    broodog Aspirant (222) Jul 18, 2009 Illinois

    First beer I drank after my vasectomy. =)
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  15. MrHolland10

    MrHolland10 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Georgia

    Wake and Bake.
  16. Cottzilla

    Cottzilla Aspirant (227) Dec 2, 2010 Ohio
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    Jester King: Black Metal

    Thread is closed.:sunglasses:
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  17. ForkAndSpoonOp

    ForkAndSpoonOp Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The End Of History, but only of you eat the squirrel.
  18. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Aspirant (235) Dec 13, 2011 California
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    The first time I got to try Black Tuesday, my friends who agreed to share it with me had no interest after a taste. I ended up taking on the whole bottle myself. That built some character.

    Similar story happened with a half bottle of Tac Penguin. I couldn't store it because it had already been poured, but half of the people interested initially turned it down after a sip. More character built.

    As I look back, I am starting to feel that there is an inverse correlation between quality of liver function and level of character...
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  19. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    If you're drinking beer to build character, you might be doing it wrong.
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  20. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    I ain't sure what "hardcore, wicked and gnarly" means.
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  21. bump8628

    bump8628 Meyvn (1,092) Feb 21, 2008 Oklahoma

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  22. SubpoenaDeuces

    SubpoenaDeuces Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 California

    I like drinking Sucaba when I am developing my characters and power leveling. One time I drank 2 bottles of Sucaba while playing Skyrim and developing my character and I blacked out super bowl steeze, woke up and I was a member of the thieves and mages guild

    I developed the fuck out of my character.
  23. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poo-Bah (3,190) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    It looks like you've been enjoying some of those snow-in treats.
  24. LiquidCucumber

    LiquidCucumber Devotee (482) Dec 18, 2009 Ohio

    Elevator Ghost Scorpion Lager. My favorite because I only know of a select few that can handle more than a sip, and I count myself among them.
  25. MrOH

    MrOH Defender (688) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    Dirty Bastard and Eddy Fitz
  26. danieelol

    danieelol Savant (957) Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Aecht Scherlenka Beers
    Double Black
    High IBU bitter stuff- the Bastard series, Bigfoot etc.
  27. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Character building beers? I don't get it.
  28. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Trying to comprehend the thread title and what the OP is trying to get at. If they are referring to beers that define my character, they would be Jester King Black Metal, Surly Darkness, Furious, any of the De Molen 666 series of beers, and many others...
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  29. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,204) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Hair on your chest.
  30. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    I wasn't aware drinking held any correlation to my chest hair. My eyes are open now.
  31. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    What exactly is the point of this thread?

    Whacky label art?
    Big beers like Barleywines, Stock Ales, Strong Ales?
    Beers with odd ingredients?
    Beers with high ABV?
    Imperial anythings?

    Where are we going here?
  32. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Just story telling I think.
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  33. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    I actually found Samichlaus Dopplebock to be borderline undrinkable the first time i tried it.
    That's a good place to start.

    I'd also say Glacier Brewhouse's Ice Axe is well named: the challenge to drink more than a few ounces feels akin to hiking some horrific mountain trail wherein an ice axe is of more value that your wits.

    Oh and the abominably awful Whisky Aged Storm from Brew Dog...that was like drinking shellac (no not in the way adoring salacious fans of Steve Albini might hope). It takes a lot of swagger to throw this one back.
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  34. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,021) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Cigar City bourbon barrel aged Big Sound on tap. Probably the most boozy/malty/astringent thing I've ever tasted. I could only bear a few sips as my friend who ordered it struggled for 45 minutes to finish the snifter.
  35. SnowFlowMfg

    SnowFlowMfg Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 California

    Earthquake 12% tall cans for $.99

    edit: though it is my least favorite
  36. SnowFlowMfg

    SnowFlowMfg Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 California

    Stone Double Bastard. So much flavor, so much burn.
  37. Cjames88

    Cjames88 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

  38. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (718) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    I'm right there with you! I'd have to throw in DFH 120min as a close second. Before I got into the world of beer, these were down unpalatable for me.
  39. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    You got it. Hair on your chest, becoming a better person, having your entire life turned upside down like the fresh prince, they are all hilarious phenomena that may or may not be associated at all with excellent beer... but it can't be entirely coincidental! The character built is most likely often an accident imho
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