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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post
    Next in the holiday lineup....tonight I poured a Bateman's Rosey Nosey Holiday Ale. I wasn't expecting much as the ingredient lineup was fairly pedestrian - Maris Otter pale and crystal malt, wheat malt, and E. Kent Goldings hops. It comes in at 5% ABV so it's hardly a winter warmer. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice orange/brown/red color with the thinnest off white head. Not much on the nose except for a malty sweetness. The mouth-feel is that of a session ale and come to think of it, the flavor works out in that direction as well. Carbonation is nice - it's not a "gassy" ale. Lightly carbonated in fact. Not much in the way of hops in this one - but than again, I'm coming down off of a slight cold so my nose might be off some. Not too bad a beer at all - in fact it's a really enjoyable ale. Malty, nutty, no alcohol burn. I'd drink this again, many times. But overall, not really a holiday ale by my book. Too much like an everyday, I'd drink this after work type ale. But would I recommend this ale? Yes, very much so.
    Since you are sampling all of the holiday ales, I would strongly advise against the Ridgeway x-mas beers. They are all utter crap and a complete waste of money! They include the Bad Elf, Insanely Bad Elf, Santa's Butt, etc...

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    Just back from a trip to Pittsburgh. Incredible city and some great food. Spent quite a bit of time on the Southside which is lined with bars. Went to a place called Fatheads on Friday which had a pretty good selection on tap, although a lot were West Coast brew which I avoided. Had some Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Nice ale with just the right amount of hops and a little hint of spice. Upstairs they had a Beer Union store and picked up a few bottles to take back to the hotel. They don't sell beer in grocery stores in the Pittsburgh area, so a little harder to find the bottled brews. Had a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. That was one really nice stout. Nice rich brew with great chocolate flavor and perfect for the cold weather. Years ago, I had tried a Brooklyn Brown Ale, and wondered as to whether I would still have the same imprssion as I did back then. Nothing has changed, it still ranks as my favorite Brown Ale. Not as sweet as most of the Brown Ales on the market. Just the right amount of bitterness, made me wish I could bring a case home. The regular beer on tap at most retaurants is either Iron City or Yuengling. Iron City is nothing special, but fits in with the blue class atmoshere of much of the city. Yuengling was a surprise. May not be up with the top micro brews, but for a mass produced beer, it stands out. Nice light amber color, filled with flavor, not watered down like Bud, Coors and the like. One thing I noticed at both Mellon Arena and Heinz field, is that they don't sell what we call Premium Beer. It's either small or large with a large going for $7.75.
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    haven't spent any time reading this recently, so i ask for a bit of a breakdown... anyone got the goods in terms of brews for the Holidays?

    i liked the Delirium NoŽl, so go from there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    haven't spent any time reading this recently, so i ask for a bit of a breakdown... anyone got the goods in terms of brews for the Holidays?

    i liked the Delirium NoŽl, so go from there!
    Must haves - Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Anchor Merry Christmas Ale.

    Avoid - Affligem Noel

    OK to have - Bateman's Rosey Nosey

    I have St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and Abbey du Val-Dieu Winter Ale in the fridge and will report back on those sometime later this week. Perhaps one of them in the next few hours.

    I'd also love to hear about others that are out and possibly available in SLO Country.

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    sorry, had to bring this up again. this is one fine IPA. I am enjoying it right now.
    I BELIEVE I'll have another beer!

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    Just had FW 13. It's too early to compare to the 11 and 12, but so far I like them most in that exact order - 11, 12, then 13. They are all quality barrel aged blended beers that are somewhere between an Imperial Stout and an American Strong Ale and/or barleywine.

    The Imperial Stouts and Barleywines have been getting the better part of me lately, during these cold winter days. Also, a heads up on the new Humulus XPA from The Bruery! I have never had a beer at 4.1% ABV that packs in so much hop and flavor that you would swear is at least a 5.5% American Pale Ale. Simply amazing.

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    Do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRGinLBC View Post


    Do it.
    I'll look for that this weekend.
    I BELIEVE I'll have another beer!

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    really good beer

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    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale



    Malty, creamy, caramel-like goodness.
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