January 17th, 2008, 07:58 AM #551
Had this baby last night:
Safe to say its the best American Brown Ale that I have ever had. The smell is nearly identical to the Stone 11th, and the taste is pretty similar just that its less hoppy and as smooth as you're ever gonna get. A little more creamy and a body to it, and at 7.4% abv you damn well know it !
January 17th, 2008, 10:07 AM #552
Last year, I had a Speedway Stout that was from 2001. They were selling them at the brewery only. It did not age well. Very syrupy and almost undrinkable. The current Speedways taste great.
Originally Posted by Azagthoth
January 17th, 2008, 10:47 AM #553
I had a similar experience with the 1998 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot when we did a barleywine tasting last Saturday night at my place. It was all syrup. No hop profile left whatsoever. Although, its hard to really say how well it was stored being that it was 10 years old. So I'll give the Bigfoot the benefit of the doubt..... After all, it is my favorite beer of alltime with the Stone Imperial Russian stout closely behind.
Originally Posted by Arrogant Ba
The Three Floyds "Behemoth Blonde" was in-****ing-credible ! 24 bucks for the bottle but worth every penny. Tastes nothing like a barleywine. Very sweet and malty, and lots of banana hints. You could have blindfolded me and I would never have guessed that I was drinking a barleywine.
We also sampled the John Barleycorn, which oddly enough tasted JUST like A-1 steak sauce. Very interesting.....
Very dissapointing was the AleSmith Old Numbskull. I never knew it came in a green bottle ! Immediately you got that skunky Heineken taste, which destroys what would otherwise be a great barleywine. The whole "green bottles make a beer skunky" is no wives tale. If AleSmith switched to brown bottles for the Old Numbskull, I would definitely not pass it up at the store.
The Greenflash barleywine was one of the evening's best, hands down. So was Moylan's "Old Blarney". I've heard that Moylan's and Marin are owned by the same group, or somehow related. However, Moylan's > Marin any day of the week. Marin's "Old Dipsea" barleywine is nothing spectacular. Avoid that one because there are many out there that easily destroy it.
I don't recall if we ever made it to the Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing..... it didn't take long for all the barleywine that we consumed to hit us like a ton of bricks. It was only a group of 4 guys, and we pre-gamed with some Three Floyd's Alpha King Pale Ale, and some Stone 10th Anniversary. There were another 5 or 6 barleywines in the fridge that we had to pass on unfortunately. What a fun night though !
January 17th, 2008, 02:14 PM #554
I generally like Marin beers.
January 17th, 2008, 02:36 PM #555
Az, thanks for the reviews of the Barely Wines. Love the green Flash as well. Cannot wait for my fave Old Guardian to come out again.
January 17th, 2008, 03:33 PM #556
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January 18th, 2008, 09:26 AM #557
Oh, Dogfish Head is awesome... taste it last lol.
January 18th, 2008, 09:29 AM #558
Been to Moylans twice and recently visited Greenflash. I recommend a trip to Greenflash. They are pretty close to Stone. Only open on Fridays and Saturday (check their website for tasting times) They have about 10 beers on tap.
January 18th, 2008, 09:59 AM #559
Greenflash is quickly turning into one of my favorite micro breweries. As stated before, their barleywine is excellent and their Imperial IPA gives Stone's Ruination a run for its money. I still need to pick up some more from them, but what I've had so far has left me very impressed.
Originally Posted by Arrogant Ba
January 18th, 2008, 10:02 AM #560
That's what I've been hearing, and would assume after paying 14 bucks for a 12 oz bottle of the 120 minute ipa.
Originally Posted by Fooferah
I am only going to try one of the Dogfish Head brews per day. I do my best to not mix beers, and tend to stick with just one, or multiple amounts of the same one per session. I find mixing beers really screws up the intentions and taste of a beer (at least for me anyways).
However, I can follow with a hefeweizen after anything. That is the one exception.