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Thread: Ymm, Beer

  1. #22761
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Not sure what selections August West and buddy are bringing but mine has already fallen into The Abyss...
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  2. #22762
    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articl...he-decade.html

    Beers of the decade? I’ve had very few on this list.

  3. #22763
    Stillwater Artisanal and Hoof Hearted Brewing Collab

    Fruit ( and hops) on the bottom

    “A rotationally hopped sour IPA with strawberry, banana, milk sugar, yogurt, and vanilla extract”.

    If I had to guess, Mosaic hops, smells very fruity.


    If you grew up enjoying Dannon strawberry banana yogurt, this might be a beer you want to find.

    Tastes a bit like a sour banana strawberry smoothie.

    Would have expected it to be cloudy/hazy, not at all. Quite clear.

    A generous gift from a friend.
    Always fun to try something new. 🍻

  4. #22764
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Winston’Salem

    Ardent Rye Stout

    Boy, you’d better like rye (and I mean *really* like rye) to dig this beer. I do, but even for me it was borderline overpowering in the flavor profile of this one. It get to almost a black strap molasses flavor. A very good beer, but I can see it being jarring to some. Come prepared. Solid Cat 2.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

  5. #22765
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articl...he-decade.html

    Beers of the decade? I’ve had very few on this list.
    4/25 for me but I'll add the Allagash Resurgam (thanks, fuse!) over the holidays, to be shared with family.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  6. #22766
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Boy, you’d better like rye (and I mean *really* like rye) to dig this beer. I do, but even for me it was borderline overpowering in the flavor profile of this one. It get to almost a black strap molasses flavor. A very good beer, but I can see it being jarring to some. Come prepared. Solid Cat 2.
    Hmm, I might have to let this one sit for 3-6 months.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  7. #22767
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Winston’Salem
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Hmm, I might have to let this one sit for 3-6 months.
    Probably wouldn’t hurt, and might well mellow it some.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

  8. #22768
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Solid line-up at tailgate today. We went six deep...
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  9. #22769
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    The gang of six; first up:

    Silent Night 2019-Mother Earth Brewing

    Damn right it's local!

    Credit-August West; many, many thanks!!
    Format-750 ml corked and caged bottle
    Style-BBA Coffee Imperial Stout
    Appearance-Quaker State, probably about 10W30
    Nose-bourbon, espresso and dark chocolate
    Mouthfeel-maybe 20W50, not 10W30
    Tastes-java, dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, fudge
    IBU-55
    ABV-9%
    Overall impression-helluva way to start the session today; amazing creation; could sip one every day
    Ymm, Beer rating-easy cat 3; but, wait'll you see #5 & 6 from the line-up
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  10. #22770
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Batting second:

    Wetherburn's Tavern Bristol Ale-Alewerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg, VA)

    Credit-buddy; thanks!
    Format-12 ounce bottle
    Style-English strong ale
    Appearance-light gold amber; small, light tan head
    Nose-earthy; herbal; toasted bread
    Mouthfeel-mildly bitter
    Tastes-toffee, herbal bitterness, toast
    Grains-brown and pale malts
    Hops-East Kent Golding
    IBU-maybe 40
    ABV-7%
    Overall impression-more of an ESB than a true strong ale; nice palate cleanser
    Ymm, Beer rating-solid cat 2
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  11. #22771
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    #3:

    Thunderstruck Coffee Porter-Highland Brewing Company

    Close to local!

    Credit-dpslaw; nice choice!
    Format-12 ounce bottle
    Appearance-dark brown; modest tan head
    Scents-maybe some coffee here
    Mouthfeel-smooth
    Tastes-java, medium roast; cocoa; earthy bitterness
    IBU-28
    ABV-5.8%
    Overall impression-well done for the style; comparable to Fullsteam's Coffee is for Closers
    Ymm, Beer rating-middle to top shelf cat 2; would be a nice after dinner drink with a slice of chocolate cake, pecan pie or bread pudding
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  12. #22772
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Boy, you’d better like rye (and I mean *really* like rye) to dig this beer. I do, but even for me it was borderline overpowering in the flavor profile of this one. It get to almost a black strap molasses flavor. A very good beer, but I can see it being jarring to some. Come prepared. Solid Cat 2.
    So noted...😬

  13. #22773
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Rye (Bottled January 16, 2017)-Ardent Craft Ales

    From their Black Paper Series

    A 750 ml trader from accfanfrom 1970. Many thanks!!

    Celebratory beverage divided over two nights. Pour was a viscous, dark, dark brown int a Founder's snifter each night. There was a thin, tan head on night #1 and next to no head tonight, despite careful corking last PM. Seductive aromas of dark chocolate, a whiff of java, dark fruits and some bourbon. Flavors are reproduced on the palate and are accompanied by some plum, molasses, dark caramel, a hint of mustiness and heavily roasted grains. IBUs are 41, about as expected for the style (its base is an imperial stout), and the ABV is 11.9% (so not quite the 118-84 proof I was searching for ) but this punches at a much higher weight class as 375 ml of this last PM and tonight left me a bit stunned. A superb concoction as expected from Ardent Craft Ales.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Boy, you’d better like rye (and I mean *really* like rye) to dig this beer. I do, but even for me it was borderline overpowering in the flavor profile of this one. It get to almost a black strap molasses flavor. A very good beer, but I can see it being jarring to some. Come prepared. Solid Cat 2.
    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    So noted...😬
    Oops. Not the same beer I *thought* I had a year ago which was a BBA brew and the 4 pack we divided this month is *not* the BBA version.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  14. #22774
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    In the clean-up spot:

    A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'-Lagunitas (Heineken International) Brewing Company

    Nowhere near local!

    Credit-dpslaw; thanks!
    Style-"A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that the hefeweizen fans dig it too."
    Appearance-clear; light yellow gold; modest head
    Nose-orange juice and rind; pine
    Mouthfeel-mild/moderate bitterness
    Tastes-orange rind; a bit of resin; caramely; grapefruity
    IBU-64.2
    ABV-7.5%
    Overall impression-an imperial wheat ale that drinks like an IPA; well done
    Ymm, Beer rating-upper shelf cat 2; delighted to have tasted again after a few year absence from my palate
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  15. #22775
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by davec View Post
    Question for the beer commentariat: Are we allowed to discuss this beer any more? They were one of the first craft breweries to sell out to the man, so I was not sure if they fall into the "breweries who shall not be named" category. On a related note, I picked up four bottles yesterday - two regular, the mon cheri, and the cafe de olla. Have not cracked any yet, but will report back if it's allowed...
    Your post inspired me. Our son just called and will be buying several of the 2018 and 2019 Wheat Wine versions, several of the 2019 originals and the last couple on the shelf of the Mon Cheri and the Cafe de Olla, both of which sound amazing.

    We'll be anxiously awaiting your reviews.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  16. #22776
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    Bringing out the heavyweights to finish the tailgate:

    Bourbon County Stout-Goose Island (InBev) Beer Company

    The Original

    Credit-August West; 7 thank yous and/or exclamation points are not sufficient
    Style-BBA imperial stout
    Appearance-Texas crude, oil, that is; thin, tan head
    Nose-dark chocolate fudge swirled with bourbon
    Mouthfeel-straight 30W; chewy
    Tastes-fudge, bourbon, molasses, more dark chocolate, more bourbon, warmth, hints of coffee (not added to The Original)
    IBU-you're kidding, right? (I'll guess about 60)
    ABV-14.7% (yes, 14.7%)
    Overall impression-despite my disdain for big beer, the buy-out now allows this legendary world class beverage to make it outside the greater Chicago area
    Ymm, Beer rating-treading near cat 4 territory; worth the $13 for The Original; will report back over the holidays and next year about the variants
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  17. #22777
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Raleigh
    The grand finale:

    CBS-Founders (Mahou San Miguel) Brewing Company

    "Never to be brewed again" (famously quoted since about 2009 )

    Still out of state

    Credit-August West, again; six thank yous and exclamation points
    Style-Breakfast Stout->Imperial Stout->KBS->CBS
    Appearance-more motor oil
    Nose-booze, coffee, dark chocolate
    Mouthfeel-it's still on my palate
    Tastes-coffee bean/dark chocolate fudge; bourbon; warm; Vermont Grade A sap from a tree; even more fudge and bourbon
    IBU-60?
    ABV-a paltry 11.3%
    Overall impression-world class; yeah, I've bought the hype and have a second 4 pack of this
    Ymm, Beer rating-top shelf cat 3 and eyeing another rating zone
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  18. #22778
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Winston’Salem

    Edward Teach Session IPA

    One for the road at Fishy Fishy in Southport. Nice bright yellow pour. Minimal head. An easy-drinker at 4.7% ABV. Well-balanced between the hint of citrus and the hops. A good beer,
    but not a memorable one in a crowded field. Easily Cat 2.
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

  19. #22779
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    Boy, you’d better like rye (and I mean *really* like rye) to dig this beer. I do, but even for me it was borderline overpowering in the flavor profile of this one. It get to almost a black strap molasses flavor. A very good beer, but I can see it being jarring to some. Come prepared. Solid Cat 2.
    Dark Rye - Ardent - 9.8% - 45 IBU

    I must really like Rye. I loved this beer, and I don't think mine needed any more aging (though I admit I don't appreciate at all what that would do.). But this is probably my favorite beer tried so far from Ardent.

    There is a lot going on with the flavor. But I think it's quite well-balanced.

    It's a black pour with almost no-head. I probably drink these beers too cold right out of my fridge to smell as much as I should. I do smell dark chocolate, and it's good.

    The taste is outstanding. I think I just got a different bottle contents than Tripping William. The Rye was not overpowering at all in mine. It was good! I taste light roasted malts, delicious dark chocolate, raisins, figs, and delicious Rye coming through with a bitter, but outstanding finish. This beer went down fast and was easy to drink.

    Outstanding imperial stout. High Category 2 for me. I'd love to hear what others think. I have had lots of Rye's in traditional Manhattans, and for me Rye can often be pretty harsh. This beer wasn't harsh at all for me. I think you'll love it if your bottle tastes like mine. Thanks Devildeac!

  20. #22780
    Serendipity - New Glarus

    Candy. Like yummy cherry, apple Jolly Ranchers. Except easier to sip

    Thanks, DevilDeac!

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