Well, I got to compose #1000 but not with the review I thought as Lavabe PW'ed one in at #999 as I was composing mine for #999 but it became #1000 instead. Not to worry, however, I always have room/time for #1001 and it's not about black and white spotted dogs. It's:
Samichlaus Bier-2003-This is one of the world's classic brews. It is brewed each St. Nick's day (12/6?) in Austria by Castle Brewery Eggenberg who bought Hurlichmann's (sp?) several years ago and almost allowed this fabulous creation to become extinct. It is aged for about 9-10 months and is then released for our sipping pleasure. To me, it most resembles a double bock, but I have heard one of the Total Wine beer geeks describe it as a triple bock because of its 14% ABV. No typo there and I did not omit a decimal point. Clear, medium brown with very little carbonation, even if poured down the middle of the glass. Sweet, cloying with not so subtle hints of caramel, butterscotch and brandy. A bit biscuit-y, too. Best at cellar temps and makes a wonderful after dinner drink or dessert drink. This really tastes like a fine sherry, too. I will enjoy this one over an hour or so and drift off into a war, pleasant slumber. I also have several from 2004, 2006 and 2007. I don't think I ever found them for 2005 or perhaps I just did not look very hard. Rather spendy at about $18 for the 4 pack but worth savoring.
This is truly ymm, beer.
My word that Samichlaus was delicious. It is worth posting twice for this one. I am surprised I can still type after that monster. I am licking my lips and the glass as I post to savor the last few molecules of this mouth watering concoction.
What's the considered opinion about the different fruity lambics by Lindemans: apple, currant, peach, raspberry, and cherry. Too fruity? Low ABV?
devildeac, I was going to guess it was some of the aged 120-Minute (I split a bottle with my brother this weekend--not aged--and it was fantastic!). Obviously my guess was wrong.
I'll give a quick twofer:
1. Avery IPA--I post a lot about Avery's BIG IPAs (Maharaja, Ale to the Chief, Gemini) but this is just their standard, base IPA. For starters, it has such a great label--an old map of Europe, Africa, and Asia with pictures on the sides depicting scenes from India; I was once told by Mr. Avery Sr. that his Son Adam--the brewmaster--found the map at a garage sale and used it as the design. As IPAs go, this a good session beer. Very bitter with a good piney bite. Not too pungent or citrusy, but crisp and refreshing. Would be great with a spicy dinner because it will not overpower. If you can find, pick up a sixer.
2. Great Divide Liberally Hopped Pale Ale--Had this beer on tap last weekend. It's a special brew for the DNC, and as such may only be available in/around Denver. I love this brewery and I love their IPA, but this beer was just okay. It was slightly more pungent and grapefruity than their IPA, but not worth $6.50 a pint. It just didn't deliver as a special release, if that makes sense. For Dems looking for a beer to celebrate/drown your sorrows in November (no need to move this to the PPB ), stick with Avery's Ale to the Chief (I have several bottles stored for both election and inauguration night!)
I got a gift certificate for my birthday a few weeks back to get all the stuff needed for one of my favorite, but of late dormant, hobbies: home brewing. I'm not sure if any of you have ever tried it before, but it's really a lot of fun and actually not too hard. My question is this: I have to decide what kind of beer to make first, so I'd like a straw poll. The following are styles that I've made successfully before and would be relatively easy reintroductions to the hobby. Should I make:
-an oatmeal porter (probably honey oatmeal)
-an autumn wheat, or
-a full, lightly spiced autumn ale?
My wife and I just returned home after a very disappointing road trip for a Thursday night football game. It was partially saved when I arrived at the hotel bar to find they served, on tap, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. A few glasses helped soothe the sting.
Miami/Vanderbilt--I am a Miami grad (undergrad). THE Miami, not the impostor in Florida. We like to say we were a university while Florida still belonged to Spain.
Please note, I don't mean to make light of your disappointment - I have nothing but respect for THE Miami - home to Wallyworld! I just also happen to be a Vandy grad.
so... who's going to beer fest? tickets just went on sale.
In the process of moving, so the house is empty except for the tv (getting ready to watch the Rockies) and a 4-pack of Oskar Blues Brewery's The Gordon IIPA.
A very balanced IIPA. Hops come through on the nose, but the flavor is very sweet (carmel) and finishes with a good floral flavor. Not the usual grapefruit/cannabis (and a far cry from their Dale's Pale Ale) but instead dark, dried fruits. Hides the alcohol well. Served in a can (but poured into a pint glass)