February 7th, 2011, 07:44 AM #1751
Had Firestone's Double Jack over the weekend. Very good, definitely boozy (9.5%) for a Double IPA. The booze somewhat overpowered the hop strength, but was still a nice beer. $7.99 ain't bad either for a 22 oz of it.
North Coast's Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009 was another one I recently had, and is undoubtedly a contender for one of my favorite barrel aged brews. It's an "old ale", just shy of 14% abv but sipped like a nice caramely-like barleywine. Everything was nice, except for the price tag - $23.99/just over a pint. Ouch.
February 7th, 2011, 06:36 PM #1752
February 8th, 2011, 07:49 AM #1753
I hear ya on the Firestone 14. Nice beer and all, but looking back I shouldn't have paid close to $100 for 4 bottles, just not worth it for that one. You can expect anything barrel aged these days to be a bargain at $20, and lots of Bruery beers that are barrel aged or some type of special release are usually close to that. If I really like it, I don't mind spending that much, considering their bottles are 750ml compared to the $23.99 Old Stock for 16oz.
Originally Posted by BeerMan
I prefer the Union Jack, because the hop flavor and bitterness is a slight notch above being balanced with the malt, leaving that crispness which makes you want another sip, or pint, hehe. The Double Jack is great, but the booze overpowers the hop bitterness/flavors. I'd take a 6 pack of Union Jack for 10 bucks which I can make a night out of, as opposed to 8 bucks for a 22 oz of Double Jack, and already being a 9.5% 22 oz bottle into the night (roughly 3 1/2 5%ABV 12 oz beers) in about 20 minutes. You have to put down the Double Jack quick anyways, since it gets warm from the booze very quick. It doesn't improve as it gets closer to room temperature, like a stout would.
I still say give it a shot. The price isn't bad for a double IPA.
February 8th, 2011, 07:57 AM #1754
I have been down on all the Sam Adams stuff lately.
and my fav
also if you want some good Belgian Ale get a bottle of Kwak from bevmo. Good ****.
February 8th, 2011, 08:06 AM #1755
Speaking of Sam Adams and their consistent trend of releasing a nice beer one year, followed by a horrendous version the year after:
I loved last year's, but this year's SUCKED.
anyways, the blackberry wit is a nice one. I will always have a soft spot for the traditional Boston Lager. Can put those down all day long.
Last edited by Azagthoth; February 8th, 2011 at 08:09 AM.
February 8th, 2011, 10:49 PM #1756
Pardon me if I am retreading old news...has anyone tried
And I got to taste BARE KNUCKLE STOUT at Sea World when they still had their, what I have been told is now defunct, beer tasting bar...I was wondering, does anyone know if Anheuser Busch still makes this tremendous beer? And if so...is there anyway to buy it anywhere????
February 9th, 2011, 06:16 AM #1757
February 9th, 2011, 06:18 AM #1758
February 9th, 2011, 08:47 AM #1759
Sierra 30: A Collaboration of Pioneering Brewers
Had a bottle last night with some broiled salmon fillets...outstanding.
February 9th, 2011, 10:44 AM #1760
That beer rules, and is my favorite of the 4 30th Anniversary Beers.
Originally Posted by !Kings!
Actually, I never had the Imperial Helles, but the imperial stout and barleywine were outstanding.