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Azagthoth
November 21st, 2007, 11:44 AM
Last night on draft at T Phillip's I had the Anchor 2007 Christmas seasonal. Very impressed and much better than the 06 IMO.

mitchrock
November 21st, 2007, 12:00 PM
Picked up Sierra NEvada's Celebration Ale as well as Hebrew's 11th Jewbilation and Stone's Double Bastard. Will be drinking them starting tonight.

Azagthoth
November 21st, 2007, 12:08 PM
Picked up Sierra NEvada's Celebration Ale as well as Hebrew's 11th Jewbilation and Stone's Double Bastard. Will be drinking them starting tonight.

Good pickup Mitch !

I had a 6'er of Celebration Ale last Friday night. The Saturday before, I had 2 Double Bastards accompanied by an 11th Anniversary Ale. Wow that did some damage ! But surely it was delicious :)

mitchrock
November 21st, 2007, 12:31 PM
Good pickup Mitch !

I had a 6'er of Celebration Ale last Friday night. The Saturday before, I had 2 Double Bastards accompanied by an 11th Anniversary Ale. Wow that did some damage ! But surely it was delicious :)

Thanks Cypress BevMo has an incredible selection of brews right now. So glad I live a half mile from it.

roenick
November 21st, 2007, 12:44 PM
This is one we just picked up and is a seasonal

http://www.storyglossia.com/blog/snow_cap.jpg

Pryamid is the brewer and it isn't bad. Got a bite of a finishing bite but not bad for a seasonal. Still have to get to Pyramid's Ale House across the street from Safeco Field (here in Seattle). This would probably be fantasic off the tap.

mitchrock
November 21st, 2007, 12:56 PM
This is one we just picked up and is a seasonal

http://www.storyglossia.com/blog/snow_cap.jpg

Pryamid is the brewer and it isn't bad. Got a bite of a finishing bite but not bad for a seasonal. Still have to get to Pyramid's Ale House across the street from Safeco Field (here in Seattle). This would probably be fantasic off the tap.


Looks awesome!

roenick
November 23rd, 2007, 12:13 AM
This is one we just picked up and is a seasonal

http://www.storyglossia.com/blog/snow_cap.jpg

Pryamid is the brewer and it isn't bad. Got a bite of a finishing bite but not bad for a seasonal. Still have to get to Pyramid's Ale House across the street from Safeco Field (here in Seattle). This would probably be fantasic off the tap.

With a house full of people today we finished off the 12 pack. It was very popular.

mitchrock
November 23rd, 2007, 10:30 AM
http://www.shmaltz.com/J11/J11_top.jpg

Was very good last night. Need to pick up more.

rinkrat
November 27th, 2007, 01:46 PM
http://www.rogue.com/images/UpdatedLabels/SantasPrivate.gif

Just got a sixer of this stuff.
I'll have to drink it I guess.

Fooferah
November 27th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Oh, poor you.

Btw, my uncle had Green Flash on tap at Thanksgiving, but I didn't have any because I was busy trying like 6 or 7 different wines.

Azagthoth
November 27th, 2007, 01:52 PM
http://www.rogue.com/images/UpdatedLabels/SantasPrivate.gif

Just got a sixer of this stuff.
I'll have to drink it I guess.

We brought a 6'er of it to Vegas this last weekend and it was surprisingly bitter ! Kind of rough going down......

I had a 22 oz of the Santa's that was a year old not too long ago, and it aged very well and really brought out a vanilla touch. One of the best tasting ambers that I have had, hands down. I'd recommend letting a bottle of two of it age for a year...... it really does wonders with this one !

rinkrat
November 27th, 2007, 07:03 PM
I liked this :)

*burp*!!

http://www.letsgokings.com/gallery/files/1/brew.jpg

Azagthoth
November 28th, 2007, 07:14 AM
I highly recommend the Alaskan Winter Ale. Such a great one to put down in the winter, and extra winter-like with the spruce tips used in the brewing process.

The Anderson Valley Winter Solstice was a bit of a letdown. All of their brews I have had thus far have been nothing but top notch - but this was the first letdown of theirs.

mitchrock
November 28th, 2007, 09:42 AM
I highly recommend the Alaskan Winter Ale. Such a great one to put down in the winter, and extra winter-like with the spruce tips used in the brewing process.



Agree with you on the Alaskan Winter. Drank quite a bit of that stuff last year. BevMo had some great pricing on it right after xmas and I'm hoping they'll do that again.

FBJ
November 30th, 2007, 06:43 PM
If this has been posted in this thread before, screw you guys. I'm not readin' through 25 pages of **** to find it...

Picked up a sixer of this stuff from TJ's today. Chilled it up good and now I'm a-sippin a bottle. Good stuff!

http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/Images/brand-AcmePale.jpg

mitchrock
November 30th, 2007, 10:06 PM
FBJ, I love it when you talk dirty!

ChummyButtons
November 30th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Chummy consumes Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.

Chummy consumes Downtown Brown.

Chummy consumes BL Smooths when he wants to drink for hours and hours. Chummy asks you to refrain from obvious lame jokes here.

Chummy drinks vodka and gin too.

FBJ
December 1st, 2007, 09:16 PM
FBJ, I love it when you talk dirty!

Up yours, Mitch!









;)

Arrogant Ba$tard
December 4th, 2007, 09:15 AM
I just had a fantastic beer - Kaiser Octoberfest from Avery. It was on tap at a Lampost Pizza in Ladera Ranch. Not bottled as far as I know. This pizza place brews their own beers and always has some good guest beers on tap. I also had some Anchor Steam Holliday Ale on tap. I go to this place nearly every Sunday and am never disappointed in the beer selection. They have Stone Ruination on tap right now as well.

Fooferah
December 4th, 2007, 09:34 AM
Kaiser Octoberfest was indeed bottled. I bought one for my dad... but he drank it without me. :(

DougW8
December 4th, 2007, 09:42 AM
I just had a fantastic beer - Kaiser Octoberfest from Avery. It was on tap at a Lampost Pizza in Ladera Ranch. Not bottled as far as I know. This pizza place brews their own beers and always has some good guest beers on tap. I also had some Anchor Steam Holliday Ale on tap. I go to this place nearly every Sunday and am never disappointed in the beer selection. They have Stone Ruination on tap right now as well.

I wish that place was a little closer to me, we need a good replacement for Saturdays at Hollingshead.

Fooferah
December 4th, 2007, 09:45 AM
I'm tellin you guys... Lucky Baldwin's. Kinda far for AB$ and me, but once in a while it would kick ass to hang out again.

Azagthoth
December 4th, 2007, 09:53 AM
I wish that place was a little closer to me, we need a good replacement for Saturdays at Hollingshead.

There is a Lampost Pizza next to Liquorama in Upland. No idea how the selection is though.

DougW8
December 4th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Lucky Baldwin's is a possibility, but we need a place where AB$ can make it. I've heard good things about Taps as well, and that might be a little bit more centrally located.

Fooferah
December 4th, 2007, 10:29 AM
Taps in Brea? That would work.

Arrogant Ba$tard
December 4th, 2007, 11:44 AM
How about rotating the location? Lucky Baldwins one month, then down somewhere in OC next month.

mitchrock
December 4th, 2007, 11:44 AM
Taps in Brea is a great place. Good food, great beer. Haven't been in a while. Their Cream Ale is awesome!

DougW8
December 4th, 2007, 04:28 PM
How about rotating the location? Lucky Baldwins one month, then down somewhere in OC next month.

Works for me, we need to get this started.

Fooferah
December 4th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Yeah!

Azagthoth
December 5th, 2007, 07:46 AM
donde esta Lucky Baldwin's ?

Fooferah
December 5th, 2007, 08:52 AM
Pasadena.

rinkrat
December 7th, 2007, 11:22 PM
http://www.drinkdrakes.com/images/drakes_ipa_12_oz.gif

I picked up a six pack of this excellent IPA. I am a huge IPA fan and this is one of the best I've tried yet, DRAKE'S Gold Medal IPA is real hoppy as expected and has that nice hint of citrus that I love to get a whiff of when popping a good bottle of IPA. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BEER!

mitchrock
December 8th, 2007, 04:35 AM
Got to try the Drake's. Thanks RR!

Azagthoth
December 8th, 2007, 11:53 PM
Got to try the Drake's.


Yes sir Mitch ! Been hearing nothing but good regarding the Drake's.

sarah659
December 10th, 2007, 10:38 AM
taps in brea is the ish!

smithwicks is great if you can find it on tap. when i'm on the east coast its yeungling and in the northweat its shaftesbury cream ale... mmmm.

DougW8
December 10th, 2007, 09:58 PM
Picked up a few brews for a holiday celebration tomorrow. The selection for the party includes Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve, Ommegang's Abbey Dubbel, and this 10th Anniversary selection from Ommegang:
http://www.ommegang.com/omm_photos/chocolate_indulgence_750_whitebackground_copy.jpg
This is in such limited supply, that Liquorama in Upland only received one case, and won't be getting any more.

I also picked up some of the Sierra Nevada Harvest, Sirra Nevada Celebration and Anchor Christmas Ale.

Azagthoth
December 11th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Picked up a few brews for a holiday celebration tomorrow. The selection for the party includes Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve, Ommegang's Abbey Dubbel, and this 10th Anniversary selection from Ommegang:
http://www.ommegang.com/omm_photos/chocolate_indulgence_750_whitebackground_copy.jpg
This is in such limited supply, that Liquorama in Upland only received one case, and won't be getting any more.

I also picked up some of the Sierra Nevada Harvest, Sirra Nevada Celebration and Anchor Christmas Ale.

Were there still quite a bit of Harvest Ale bottles left at Liquorama ?

DougW8
December 11th, 2007, 01:11 PM
Were there still quite a bit of Harvest Ale bottles left at Liquorama ?

Less than 10 on the shelf. If you call them, they will hold some for you.

Watti
December 15th, 2007, 12:38 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/mcphersonm80/WinterSolsticeBig.jpg

Nothing too fancy. Somewhat mild, with a bit of a subtle cream soda aftertaste. Quite nice for winter evenings, if I do say...

:drinky:

Paulatron
December 15th, 2007, 02:55 PM
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/4135/allagashep6yi1.jpg

Belgian Style White from Portland, Maine. gotta go to Los Olivos to get it though

rinkrat
December 19th, 2007, 04:23 PM
http://www.letsgokings.com/images/custom/santa.jpg

Ho! Ho! Ho!

BeerMan
December 25th, 2007, 11:56 AM
have I mentioned Kona's Pipeline Porter, made with coffee?

bought it last year, had a drink, was a bit bitter which would be normal for a beer, but the coffee flavor stood out.

http://starbulletin.com/2006/10/11/features/art2b.jpg

now, aged the 5 bottles for a year and, boy they turned out BETTER.

the Pipeline Porter was supposed to be a limited release, but mitchrock got a 6'er recently so I guess they're now more available.

DougW8
December 25th, 2007, 12:20 PM
I tried some at a beer fest a couple of years ago, I didn't realize it had been released in a sixer.

Azagthoth
December 26th, 2007, 09:53 AM
Right now in the fridge waiting to be consumed:

DogFish Head 90 Minute IPA
DogFish Head 120 Minute IPA
DogFish Head Olde School Barleywine
Rogue Monk Madness
Rogue American Amber Ale
Rogue Old Crustacean 2006
Rogue St Rogue Red
Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale
Three Floyds Pride & Joy Mild Ale
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale
Czar Brew - Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels
Moylan's Old Blarney Barleywine
Moylan's White Christmas

mitchrock
December 26th, 2007, 02:05 PM
have I mentioned Kona's Pipeline Porter, made with coffee?

bought it last year, had a drink, was a bit bitter which would be normal for a beer, but the coffee flavor stood out.

http://starbulletin.com/2006/10/11/features/art2b.jpg

now, aged the 5 bottles for a year and, boy they turned out BETTER.

the Pipeline Porter was supposed to be a limited release, but mitchrock got a 6'er recently so I guess they're now more available.

Love this stuff. First Kona brew that I liked.

Azagthoth
December 27th, 2007, 12:24 PM
A few evenings ago I had two 22 oz bottles of Marin Old Dipsea Barleywine. I wasn't too impressed with it. Maybe it got too warm from the ride home from the liquor store? Overall it was pretty sweet tasting and didn't pack the punch that I would expect from a Barleywine. The Bigfoot and Old Guardian are far superior.

Hexisland
January 4th, 2008, 10:50 AM
I recommend. http://www.guinnesswebstore.com/imagesEdp/p32944b.jpg

dl_king_11
January 4th, 2008, 11:08 AM
Good stuff.... http://www.flyingdogales.com/images/beer-dog-bottle.jpg

Diehard
January 7th, 2008, 12:54 AM
http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/7774/alesmith20speedwaypv7.gif

This is one fine beer

Azagthoth
January 7th, 2008, 08:07 AM
The Speedway Stout is in the top 20 or 30 overall on Beeradvocate :) AleSmith has a fantastic IPA as well. Their summer holiday Imperial IPA is out of this world. mmmm yummm !

Azagthoth
January 17th, 2008, 07:58 AM
Had this baby last night:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f399/mikey202/IMG_1020.jpg

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 !

Arrogant Ba$tard
January 17th, 2008, 10:07 AM
The Speedway Stout is in the top 20 or 30 overall on Beeradvocate :) AleSmith has a fantastic IPA as well. Their summer holiday Imperial IPA is out of this world. mmmm yummm !

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.

Azagthoth
January 17th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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.

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.

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 !

Fooferah
January 17th, 2008, 02:14 PM
I generally like Marin beers.

mitchrock
January 17th, 2008, 02:36 PM
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.

Azagthoth
January 17th, 2008, 03:33 PM
I generally like Marin beers.

I am still going to try their whole catalog (a rather large one at that). Their IPA wasn't too bad, and their winter brew was decent. The barleywine just didn't do much for me though. Overall, I think they lack a little bit in comparison to my biggies (Rogue, Stone, Sierra Nevada).

The place I told you about, Foof - has a ton of stuff from Marin and Moylan's. When I get through what is in my fridge right now I will be picking up some more of the Marin selection.

Right now my fridge contains the following:

DogFish Head 60 Minute IPA
DogFish Head 90 Minute IPA
DogFish Head 120 Minute IPA
DogFish Head Olde School Barleywine
DogFish Head Golden Era Imperial Pilsener
Three Floyd's Pride & Joy
Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce
Unibroue 16
Unibroue Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2007
Pizza Port Hop 15
Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine (2006)
Rogue St. Rogue Red
Rogue American Amber Ale
Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout
Moylan's White Christmas
Greenflash Trippel
Firestone Eleven

There are several other, just can't think of em off the top of my head :)

Fooferah
January 18th, 2008, 09:26 AM
Oh, Dogfish Head is awesome... taste it last lol.

Arrogant Ba$tard
January 18th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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.

Azagthoth
January 18th, 2008, 09:59 AM
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.

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.

Azagthoth
January 18th, 2008, 10:02 AM
Oh, Dogfish Head is awesome... taste it last lol.

That's what I've been hearing, and would assume after paying 14 bucks for a 12 oz bottle of the 120 minute ipa.

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.

Fooferah
January 18th, 2008, 11:48 AM
You'll be wondering if someone replaced your hef with water.

mitchrock
January 19th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Been drinking Widmer's Snow Plow.
http://www.beverageworld.com/images/stories/PkgDsgnAwds-March2006/Silver_WidmerSnowPlow.jpg

It's a milk stout and pretty tasty.

Lagunitas has a new special release Hairy Eyeball. TRied it at the Bevmo tasting last night and loved it bought a sixer for when I'm done with the Snow Plow.

http://www.thebrewsite.com/images/hairy-eyeball.jpg

Azagthoth
January 22nd, 2008, 08:00 AM
Over the weekend I picked up some goodies:

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
Port Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout
Founders Red Rye
Hair of the Dog Adam

I consumed the Trader Joe's 2008 Vintage Ale on Friday night, which is brewed by Unibroue. I really enjoyed it ! Hell of a Belgian and far superior to the 2007 version. I'll definitely be picking up a few more of these, and at $4.99 a bottle you certainly cannot go wrong !!!

Also had a 6'er of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. Very good !!! Aggressive in the hop department that is complimented well with a nice malt backbone. This brewery really has their **** together, and are doing the west coast style as good as their competitors. Definitely one of my favorite craft breweries out of California. Mad props to them.

Last but not least was the Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout. A pretty decent whack at it, just felt it could have been a bit smoother and heavier. Something along the lines of the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout would have been ideal. Not bad overall and I'd definitely have it again sometime.

Azagthoth
January 25th, 2008, 10:05 AM
Last night I had the Great Divide "Yeti Imperial Stout"

Can't say I would pick this one up again, and simply because it is not worth the $13 dollars that I paid for a 22 oz bottle. The taste was good, but just didn't stand out above the rest. Stone's Imperial Russian Stout is by far the better of the two, and I can get about 3 of those for almost the price of one Yeti.

Don't get me wrong, it was tasty and what an Imperial Stout should be, but it does not deserve the hole in the pocket that comes along with it.

mitchrock
January 25th, 2008, 11:28 AM
Az, love your reviews. Big Green Flash fan as well here.

GALLY
January 25th, 2008, 12:55 PM
I liked St Arnolds Brown but I have only found it in the Houston Area (it's brewed there). Anybody seen it anywhere else?

Azagthoth
January 29th, 2008, 11:07 AM
Saturday night was a 4 pack of North Coast's "Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout". This is the only Stout for me that has come anywhere close to matching the greatness of Stone's IRS. Its nice to know that when Stone's IRS is sold out, that Old Rasputin can get the job done just fine. I personally rated in my journal, Stone's IRS at 4.75/5.0, and would give Old Rasputin the same, or at worst a 4.5/5.0

I really need to pick up some more from North Coast. I had their Red Seal a couple years back and that was another flawless one.

Azagthoth
January 30th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Just had Port's "Santa's Little Helper". Finally one from Port that I truly enjoyed and would come back to. As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go that have left an impression, it would appear as such:

Stone Imperial Russian Stout > North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout > Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper

Still waiting for more RIS brews to fill up this top 5 of the style. All the others that I have had are mediocre-good - no more no less.

After work I picked up Drake's Imperial Stout. I will report how that one is once it is consumed.

DougW8
January 31st, 2008, 09:51 AM
Just read that Claremont is going to have a new pub later this year. Featuring mainly beers from Belgium, Germany and France.

http://www.claremont-courier.com/pages/Topstory013008.1.html

Arrogant Ba$tard
January 31st, 2008, 11:12 AM
Just had Port's "Santa's Little Helper". Finally one from Port that I truly enjoyed and would come back to. As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go that have left an impression, it would appear as such:

Stone Imperial Russian Stout > North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout > Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper

Still waiting for more RIS brews to fill up this top 5 of the style. All the others that I have had are mediocre-good - no more no less.

After work I picked up Drake's Imperial Stout. I will report how that one is once it is consumed.


Where do you rank Alesmith's Speedway Stout?

Azagthoth
January 31st, 2008, 12:28 PM
Where do you rank Alesmith's Speedway Stout?

Still need to pick that one up. I think its in the top 30 overall on beeradvocate.

Do you know if it comes in the green bottle like the Old Numbskull? Hopefully not because the ON had a very skunky taste because of it. Would have been excellent otherwise.

lunchbox
February 1st, 2008, 12:50 AM
Just read that Claremont is going to have a new pub later this year. Featuring mainly beers from Belgium, Germany and France.

http://www.claremont-courier.com/pages/Topstory013008.1.html

i'm excited to hear about that. those are my favorite beer making regions. karma to you!

Azagthoth
February 1st, 2008, 07:28 AM
Just read that Claremont is going to have a new pub later this year. Featuring mainly beers from Belgium, Germany and France.

http://www.claremont-courier.com/pages/Topstory013008.1.html

Dayumn ! Over 30 draft beers and up to 70 bottled. I will definitely be checking this place out once it opens. Seems like it will be a nice treat.

King Taco
February 1st, 2008, 01:15 PM
Late to the party, but I just want to say that I've tried Scaldis for the first time, and I'm in love.

Carry on......

mitchrock
February 1st, 2008, 09:36 PM
Just downed a bottle of Alesmith Old Numbskull. An okay Barleywine at best. Not worth the $9.99 for the bottle.

PPharoah
February 1st, 2008, 10:01 PM
Just downed a bottle of Alesmith Old Numbskull. An okay Barleywine at best. Not worth the $9.99 for the bottle.

Important safety tip thanks Mitch!

:dancey:

rinkrat
February 2nd, 2008, 11:30 AM
I just saw Speedway Stout and wondered if it was any good. Now where the hell was that? Oh yeah, at Bristol Farms. I'll jave to go grab some.

Azagthoth
February 2nd, 2008, 03:21 PM
Just downed a bottle of Alesmith Old Numbskull. An okay Barleywine at best. Not worth the $9.99 for the bottle.

Did you ge that skunky taste as well from the green bottle ?

mitchrock
February 3rd, 2008, 11:18 AM
Did you ge that skunky taste as well from the green bottle ?

Actually, just looked at the empty bottle and it is brown. Did not notice the skunkiness. To me, it was too light in flavor for a Barleywine.

Nice kick though. Had some Lucid shots with it and was feeling good Friday night.

Azagthoth
February 4th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Actually, just looked at the empty bottle and it is brown. Did not notice the skunkiness. To me, it was too light in flavor for a Barleywine.

Nice kick though. Had some Lucid shots with it and was feeling good Friday night.

Interesting !

I first had ON about 6 months ago and I could have sworn the bottle was brown. We had it again at a barleywine tasting at my place a few weeks back and it came in a green bottle (therefore the skunk).

rinkrat
February 4th, 2008, 12:14 PM
WTF does barleywine taste like? I saw a Stone barleywine and it looked interesting but I was wondering does it taste like beer or wine or what?

Azagthoth
February 4th, 2008, 02:04 PM
WTF does barleywine taste like? I saw a Stone barleywine and it looked interesting but I was wondering does it taste like beer or wine or what?

Barleywines rule!

Here is what beeradvocate.com says about it:

"Despite its name, a Barleywine (or Barley Wine) is very much a beer, albeit a very strong and often intense beer! In fact, it's one of the strongest of the beer styles. Lively and fruity, sometimes sweet, sometimes bittersweet, but always alcoholic. A brew of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate. Expect anything from an amber to dark brown colored beer, with aromas ranging from intense fruits to intense hops. Body is typically thick, alcohol will definitely be perceived, and flavors can range from dominant fruits to palate smacking, resiny hops. "

If you like your beers on the aggressive side then barleywines should be right up your alley. Some can be very hoppy like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot (my fav beer of alltime) while some are more mellow (Stone Old Guardian) but still contain plenty of alcohol. Most barleywines should be around 9-12 % ABV. However, I do have one from DogFish Head that is 15 % ABV.

We did a tasting on Friday night and had 5 years worth of the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. 2004-2008. They age pretty well but definitely peak at 2-3 year mark. For me though, I prefer the fresh batch that is released each year for that hoppy edge. I don't recommend trying the Bigfoot 6 pack challenge. Props to you if you can do such a thing !

My suggestion is to pick up a 6'er of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot and a bomber of Stone's Old Guardian and do some good to the palate.

mitchrock
February 4th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Had Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine last night. Not bad. Not as potent as other Barleywines. Liked the taste.

Azagthoth
February 5th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Last night I enjoyed a 12 oz bottle of "Adam", from Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

This was the first old ale that I have had, and it was outstanding ! Poured an easy 3 finger head with a lovely brownish froth to it. The lacing was excellent until the last drop, as was the head which remained until the last sip (but did diminish in size to about .5 finger head). The body was full and extremely smooth, very malty and the chocolate/roasted/smokey characteristics were not overpowering. I also picked up a leather like taste, and the alcohol was very much there that presented itself at the very end of each sip.

Definitely try this one.

GALLY
February 8th, 2008, 07:56 AM
I just had this year's anniversary brew from the Firestone Brewery called "11". It was very tasty....

Azagthoth
February 8th, 2008, 08:30 AM
I just had this year's anniversary brew from the Firestone Brewery called "11". It was very tasty....

I picked this one up at Bevmo a few weeks ago. I think the bottle was 17 bucks before tax & CRV. The fancy box/packaging probably has a lot to do with the cost, but the brew is highly rated on beeradvocate. Did you read the paper that came with it? It suggests to let it age for 3 years. Ouch ! Don't think I have the willpower for that, heh.

There were about 20 of them when I got mine, and a couple of days later they were completely sold out.

Azagthoth
February 8th, 2008, 08:42 AM
Had Avery's "The Czar" last night which is a Russian Imperial Stout. Yes, I have been on a kick lately with this style.

This one ranks in at 11% ABV and oh boy you surely know it. Goes down very thick with a heavy toffe- molasses flavor and plenty of dark fruit. The coffee/chocolate tones aren't too overpowering. This one is definitely a sipper. Not the best RIS stout I have had, but certainly worth trying and would be an ideal compliment to a piece of chocolate cake w/vanilla ice cream. Just dont count the calories :)

GALLY
February 8th, 2008, 01:14 PM
I picked this one up at Bevmo a few weeks ago. I think the bottle was 17 bucks before tax & CRV. The fancy box/packaging probably has a lot to do with the cost, but the brew is highly rated on beeradvocate. Did you read the paper that came with it? It suggests to let it age for 3 years. Ouch ! Don't think I have the willpower for that, heh.

There were about 20 of them when I got mine, and a couple of days later they were completely sold out.

That wasn't a bad price. I live close to the Brewery in Buelton and was there last Friday. I picked up three bottles and had to try one of them. I have the other two waiting for some special occasions. I think I paid $16 bucks for the 22 oz bottle. They said they had a quite a few bottles left. I might have to go back and get more.....

They had one last year called "10" and that was very good also.

Azagthoth
February 8th, 2008, 02:46 PM
That wasn't a bad price. I live close to the Brewery in Buelton and was there last Friday. I picked up three bottles and had to try one of them. I have the other two waiting for some special occasions. I think I paid $16 bucks for the 22 oz bottle. They said they had a quite a few bottles left. I might have to go back and get more.....

They had one last year called "10" and that was very good also.

Right on !

Firestone is coming out with their new "Union Jack" IPA that will be available today, 2-8-08. $9.99 for a sixer. Gonna have to pick up some of that.

mudfisher
February 10th, 2008, 07:07 PM
If you are looking for a good strong after dinner beer.

EKU 28 is fine choice.

Lagered for months, during which time ice forms and condenses the beer, raising the alcohol to 11%; deep color, orangey-sweetness and heavy texture; best for sipping instead of port or brandy!

I picked this up at Bevmo on Friday and I really enjoy it. I recommend it to anyone who likes dopplebock's.

Azagthoth
February 13th, 2008, 07:26 AM
A couple evenings ago I had the opportunity of enjoying Three Floyd's "Gumballhead". Its a pale American wheat ale, and one of the best in its respective category by far. It is very "fruity" if you will - lots of banana, pineapple, and other sweet fruit going on in there. There is definitely a hop presence, but mostly in the finish and not at all bitter. Body is pretty light, but not in a light beer kind of way. The ABV is next to nothing, so these are very easy to put down. Could have finished 3 or 4 bombers of this stuff easily (although, this bottle was 14 bucks). This is the ideal beer for a day out on the river in the 110 degree heat, our out at the pool. Most definitely it would compliment a great summer's night barbeque and could make for a suitable pizza beer.

All around this stuff kicks ass in so many ways, and is worth the 14 bucks for a bomber of it.

http://www.threefloyds.com/images/dspGumballhead.jpg

Lososaurus
February 14th, 2008, 06:10 PM
I really like the Tatonka Stout at BJ's, I don't know if 'Tatonka' is spelled that way, but I'm sure they'll know.

Azagthoth
February 19th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Last night I went with Southern Tier's "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Simply amazing !!! Up there with Stone's IRS and the Old Rasputin from North Coast. Definitely worth the $12/22 oz price tag.

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 22nd, 2008, 11:08 AM
Last night I had some Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale - its a Scotch Red style. And had a Bear Republic IPA. Damn tasty!

Azagthoth
February 22nd, 2008, 11:54 AM
Last night I had some Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale - its a Scotch Red style. And had a Bear Republic IPA. Damn tasty!

Ive heard great things about that IPA. Still need to try that one.

Last night I had the Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Great Divide. Not impressive, just like their non-oak aged version. Not sure what it is but they just dont sit well with me. Alcohol isn't covered up too well, carbonation is next to nothing, and smoothness could be better.

Genghis John
February 25th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Widmer Snow Plow

http://www.beverageworld.com/images/stories/PkgDsgnAwds-March2006/Silver_WidmerSnowPlow.jpg

Some mental patient brought some over to my house a few weeks ago. Good stuff.

mitchrock
February 25th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Widmer Snow Plow

http://www.beverageworld.com/images/stories/PkgDsgnAwds-March2006/Silver_WidmerSnowPlow.jpg

Some mental patient brought some over to my house a few weeks ago. Good stuff.

That is good stuff.

Just bought more of Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball and a sixer of Sierra NEvada's Bigfoot. Cannot wait to try the Bigfoot this weekend.

Azagthoth
February 25th, 2008, 03:47 PM
That is good stuff.

Just bought more of Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball and a sixer of Sierra NEvada's Bigfoot. Cannot wait to try the Bigfoot this weekend.

A couple buddies and I completed 17 years worth of Bigfoot during the last couple of weekends.

We had the 1990 & 1992-2008 versions. All we were missing was the 1991, but at that point it is all malt/chocolate/ and carmel and little differences as each year goes by. I would say the 1998 was an amazing all malt brew, and the 2006 was at its peak and truly defends the purpose of aging barleywines. The 2007 was in that "transition" stage if you will, and didn't hold up to the 06 or 08. It seems as if 2-3 years is the peak for the Bigfoot. Man, I could drink this stuff all day long from any year, just simply amazing.

Henry1515
February 25th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Hey Mitchrock, where did you find the hairy eyeball at? I love that beer!

mitchrock
February 25th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Hey Mitchrock, where did you find the hairy eyeball at? I love that beer!

BevMo in Cypress. Got it on Friday night when I went to teh beer tasting. Also, they will be tasting Stone this Friday night.

MY favorite beer right now.

Henry1515
February 25th, 2008, 04:22 PM
I might have to go down and check that out!

FishMonger
February 25th, 2008, 05:50 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

http://www.stonebrew.com/tasting/ipa/ipa.jpg

Nothing better for my money.

6.9% mother****ers!

They even have this at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Del Amo mall in Torrance ON TAP. On Tap always tastes better. They also have Arrogant Bastard on tap, but the original is disappointing after you've had the Double Oaked, which they don't have.

Overall, Stone just has an awesome brewery and beer.

rthbaum
February 25th, 2008, 06:23 PM
This is one of my favs, about $10 a four pack.

Trois Pistoles has a dark brown color topped with a rich foam mousse.
Its slightly sweet taste is enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.
Since May 1997 ...MORE
(trwa-pee-stole)
Strong dark ale
9% ABV

Azagthoth
February 25th, 2008, 08:48 PM
This is one of my favs, about $10 a four pack.

Trois Pistoles has a dark brown color topped with a rich foam mousse.
Its slightly sweet taste is enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.
Since May 1997 ...MORE
(trwa-pee-stole)
Strong dark ale
9% ABV

Trois Pistoles is absolutely fantastic, as is everything from Unibroue. Haven't had a bad or mediocre one from them yet.

Their 17th Anniversary just came out, definitely pick that one up.

mitchrock
February 25th, 2008, 10:23 PM
They even have this at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Del Amo mall in Torrance ON TAP. On Tap always tastes better. They also have Arrogant Bastard on tap, but the original is disappointing after you've had the Double Oaked, which they don't have.

Overall, Stone just has an awesome brewery and beer.

Just had STone IPA on tap last night at Lazy Dog in HB and loved it.. Wished they still had Lagunitas IPA on tap as I like it even more than Stone.

sonnyboy11
February 25th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Lagunitas' Hairy Eyeball is back. Time for you Nancies to man up. The Hairy Eyeball, at 8.8% alc, is a whole different animal than what your used to from your every day ale. If you like pounding brews then skip this one. If you like a nice sweet brew with crackers and cheese then leave the Eyeball alone. BUT if you like strong ale and can hack it then knuckle up and grab a sixer while it's at your local BevMo. I can't say you won't be sorry. Actually, I'm pretty sure you will be.

rinkrat
February 26th, 2008, 01:38 AM
Agree on the Stone beers. Stone is the best beer going.

petey
February 26th, 2008, 10:43 PM
If anyone is ever in British Columbia, you've gotta try Whistler Premium Export Lager. Out-****ing-standing. By far my favorite beer.

Whistler Brewing Company (http://www.whistlerbeer.com/index.php/home)

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 27th, 2008, 09:58 AM
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball is a fav of mine. It should be all over the place now in the specialty beer stores.

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 28th, 2008, 10:16 AM
Guess I'm on a tasting spree. Last night it was Stout night - Drake's Imperial Stout was up first. Has anyone else tried this? The flavor was good but the complete lack of carbonation ruined it for me. Did I just get a bad bottle or is that the way it is supposed to be?

The other Stout I had was the Rogue Chocolate Stout. Wow, if you like chocolate, this is the one for you! After each drink, my teeth felt like they were coated in chocolate milk. My wife really enjoyed this one.

I was hoping to move on to a few more but Stouts are damn filling and didn't go with the dinner at hand.

Azagthoth
February 28th, 2008, 11:35 AM
Guess I'm on a tasting spree. Last night it was Stout night - Drake's Imperial Stout was up first. Has anyone else tried this? The flavor was good but the complete lack of carbonation ruined it for me. Did I just get a bad bottle or is that the way it is supposed to be?

The other Stout I had was the Rogue Chocolate Stout. Wow, if you like chocolate, this is the one for you! After each drink, my teeth felt like they were coated in chocolate milk. My wife really enjoyed this one.

I was hoping to move on to a few more but Stouts are damn filling and didn't go with the dinner at hand.

Holy crap, I too had Drake's Imperial Stout last night !!! However, i was very unimpressed. Like you stated, it was close to zero in carbonation. I would assume the bottles are fine, hell they are mini growler like. Shouldn't be any air getting into those things.

It certainly didn't come off as an Imperial Stout to me. Too thin, didn't have that molasses and chewy backbone, and the overall flavour was far too weak for what an Imperial Stout should be. The ABV was pretty low too, BUT very apparent due to how thin and low carbonated the brew was.

Worst of all, I was getting a really salty taste coming off of each sip. Did you encounter that as well ?

Arrogant Ba$tard
February 28th, 2008, 11:56 AM
Holy crap, I too had Drake's Imperial Stout last night !!! However, i was very unimpressed. Like you stated, it was close to zero in carbonation. I would assume the bottles are fine, hell they are mini growler like. Shouldn't be any air getting into those things.

It certainly didn't come off as an Imperial Stout to me. Too thin, didn't have that molasses and chewy backbone, and the overall flavour was far too weak for what an Imperial Stout should be. The ABV was pretty low too, BUT very apparent due to how thin and low carbonated the brew was.

Worst of all, I was getting a really salty taste coming off of each sip. Did you encounter that as well ?

A little bit. I was so distracted by the thiness and lack of carbonation. Definitely crossing this off my list and giving it an unrecommended rating.

BeerMan
March 9th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Kern River Brewing Co.'s Just Outstanding IPA

tried that and got a new growler out of it over the weekend. very crisp with a full body. the JO IPA goes down smoothly with a dry-hopped finish.

also sampled Isabella Blonde (ok with some sweetness), Sequoia Red (biggest disappointed since it is not as dry and coppery as it should be), and Class V Stout (my 2nd favorite of KRBC, very solid and malty).

KRBC also serves food pub-style, as they should be pub-styled. I recommend their waffle fries.



have I mentioned that I got my very first growler?

DougW8
March 11th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Drink to your health. Here's a link to an article about the health benefits of beer.

Link: (http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100197361&GT1=31036)

rinkrat
March 11th, 2008, 09:59 AM
The nearest brewery to my house is on the Belmont Pier and it's called Belmont Brewing Company. I always like to support the local businesses so I tried some of their "Strawberry Blond" brew that they actually market and is available in the stores around town.

Strawberry Blond has to be the WORST BEER I HAVE EVER TRIED!

When you pop it open and take that first drink, all you get as the fake taste of strawberry flavoring. It's the kind of strawberry that you taste in a lifesaver or chewing gum and not what you want in a beer. WHO THE HELL thought that adding fake strawberry flavoring to a beer would be appealing? It is downright NASTY.

DougW8
March 11th, 2008, 10:04 AM
I used to go to Belmont all the time. I don't remember any beers that really stood out.

Genghis John
March 14th, 2008, 03:49 PM
New Bridgeport Beer!
http://www.bridgeportbrewandalehouse.com/images/ourales/rope_left_side_bottle.jpg

My favorite brewery does it again. I am not a huge fan of Reds/Ambers but this one is mighty tasty. Reminds me of a lighter Jamaican Red Ale from Mad River Brewing.

A must try if you like Reds/Ambers

Azagthoth
March 17th, 2008, 08:18 AM
Friday night we had the Firestone Eleven. Definitely worth the 20 bucks I paid for the bottle. Easily one of the most complex brews that I have ever tasted. It comes with a printout of how they did it. In the end, its a blend of an imperial stout and a couple of other oak aged brews that I dont think Firestone ever released. Looking back, this could easily be one of the best beers I have ever had.

Last night I went with Don de Dieu from Unibroue. Another solid and consistent brew from Canada's best.

GALLY
March 19th, 2008, 07:57 AM
Friday night we had the Firestone Eleven. Definitely worth the 20 bucks I paid for the bottle. Easily one of the most complex brews that I have ever tasted. It comes with a printout of how they did it. In the end, its a blend of an imperial stout and a couple of other oak aged brews that I dont think Firestone ever released. Looking back, this could easily be one of the best beers I have ever had.


Concur entirely. I bought three bottles around Super Bowl time from the brewery in Buelton. I wish I had bought more. I think they are out of it now. I have one bottle left and I am saving it for a special occasion (I would say the Kings winning the cup but I would like to eventually drink it...ha ha ha).


Last week I tried Maredsous 10. That was pretty tasty as well. Those Benedictine monks sure can brew some good stuff.

Azagthoth
March 20th, 2008, 08:53 AM
Concur entirely. I bought three bottles around Super Bowl time from the brewery in Buelton. I wish I had bought more. I think they are out of it now. I have one bottle left and I am saving it for a special occasion (I would say the Kings winning the cup but I would like to eventually drink it...ha ha ha).


Last week I tried Maredsous 10. That was pretty tasty as well. Those Benedictine monks sure can brew some good stuff.

If you have the willpower, definitely age the Firestone Eleven for a few years. It is recommended by the brewery to do so. As spectacular as it was fresh, I could also sense that a few years down the road (if stored properly) would really bring out the beer in its peaking stage.

I didn't care much for Maredsous, nor did I think much of Duvel (brewed by the same company). I will have to try them both again..... very possible I just had a bad bottle that was exposed to too much of the florescent lighting at Bevmo.

Cheers fellow Firestone connoisseur :)

GALLY
March 24th, 2008, 12:29 PM
Cheers fellow Firestone connoisseur :)

I live about a half hour from the brewery in Buelton. If you are passing through the area let me know and we can meet up for a pint or two. The unfiltered DBA puts the stuff you buy in the store to shame.

Azagthoth
March 24th, 2008, 01:31 PM
I live about a half hour from the brewery in Buelton. If you are passing through the area let me know and we can meet up for a pint or two. The unfiltered DBA puts the stuff you buy in the store to shame.

Will do ! That would be fun.

I am hoping that sometime in the near future I'll be able to get a couple of buddies in on a road trip to hit up the following:

Anchor
Rogue (brewpub in nor cal)
Sierra Nevada
Russian River
Firestone
Hair of the Dog

And many others, but Russian River and Sierra Nevada are the biggies on my list :)

By the way, how is the new Union Jack from Firestone? I have had no luck getting it down here.

GALLY
March 24th, 2008, 01:52 PM
I haven't tried it. When I do I'll let you know.

I actually don't get to the brewery very often (I'd like to stay married ha ha ha) so I when I do I usually go with the unfiltered since I can't get it anywhere else and it's my favorite......

Arrogant Ba$tard
March 24th, 2008, 02:03 PM
Will do ! That would be fun.

I am hoping that sometime in the near future I'll be able to get a couple of buddies in on a road trip to hit up the following:

Anchor
Rogue (brewpub in nor cal)
Sierra Nevada
Russian River
Firestone
Hair of the Dog

And many others, but Russian River and Sierra Nevada are the biggies on my list :)

By the way, how is the new Union Jack from Firestone? I have had no luck getting it down here.

Add Lagunitas to your list. They are not too far from Russian River Brewing. Check their website as the tasting hours are limited. Cool little tasting room.

Azagthoth
March 24th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Add Lagunitas to your list. They are not too far from Russian River Brewing. Check their website as the tasting hours are limited. Cool little tasting room.

Ah, yes.... thanks for the heads up there !

I finally checked out Hollingsheads on Fridee night. Pretty cool place, except the large crowd and hearing Ducks fans yelling "kick his ass Parros" !!! The employees there were most helpful and courteous.

I loaded up with a lot of good German brews. What I especially dig about the place is that you can pick out a single bottle from any 6 pack to buy individually. I don't even wanna know how much money I have blown in the past on lousy 6 packs, just because that is the only way a brew would come (as opposed to on draft or in a bomber).

I also managed to get my hands on a bottle of the newly released Angel's Share (Bourbon Barrel) from The Lost Abbey. Cant wait to put that one down :)

If I get some time once I arrive home from work, I'll make a list of everything that is in my fridge right now. A great assortment and variety of tasty brews :)

roenick
March 25th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Since we retuned just yesterday from nine wonderful days on the Big Island of Hawaii, I will pay homage to a local brew that we enjoyed a lot!

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper1149/stills/0wg279q3.jpg

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/2511.jpg

Azagthoth
March 26th, 2008, 06:48 AM
Since we retuned just yesterday from nine wonderful days on the Big Island of Hawaii, I will pay homage to a local brew that we enjoyed a lot!

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper1149/stills/0wg279q3.jpg

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/2511.jpg

Just a heads up-

Islands (well at least the Montclair location) is now serving the Kona Pipeline Porter. Haven't had it yet, but its got a B+ overall on beeradvocate.com.

That would probably wash down the teriyaki chicken tacos quite well, or accompany their tasty onion rings :)

Azagthoth
March 26th, 2008, 06:55 AM
Monday night I went with Moylans "Ryan Sullivans Imperial Stout".

Go ahead and pass on this one, folks. Very uninspiring and bland. It wasn't undrinkable by any means or thrown off by anything in particular, just quite basic and far too subtle. I was hoping for some complexity, but there was none to be found.

By the way, the so called hop shortage hasn't affected the San Dimas Ranch Market. 10 bucks even, out the door with a 6 pack of Stone Ruination.

Genghis John
March 26th, 2008, 09:22 AM
It's time to see Az grow up before our eyes. The days of Coors light are long behind him and he is now the Microbrew king!

Azagthoth
March 28th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Last night I had The Angel's Share from the Lost Abbey.

Absolutely outstanding and one of a kind ! A spectacular barleywine that is pretty easy to put down, and well too easy for that matter at 12% ABV. Well worth the $15 / 12 oz bottle.

BeerMan
March 28th, 2008, 07:20 PM
It's time to see Az grow up before our eyes. The days of Coors light are long behind him and he is now the Microbrew king!

leading him down the right path to, well, righteousness didn't take too much effort. most of you know what I'm talking about. good job, fellas!

BeerMan
March 28th, 2008, 07:21 PM
btw, microbrew fest at the Santa Anita on April 5.

Azagthoth
March 31st, 2008, 07:00 AM
I finally got my hands on Union Jack from Firestone. One of the best IPAs out there ! Don't pass this one up if you see it in stores. It is a very earthly one, and safe to say it would make my top 5 IPA list. It really reminds me of Hair of the Dog's "Blue Dot" Double IPA.

Azagthoth
April 6th, 2008, 12:11 AM
Here is what we consumed thus far over the weekend. Included, is text copy/pasted from my personal online blog.

Boston Beer Company

LongShot Grape Pale Ale (3.75 / 5.0) *Not too shabby, refreshing most of all.


De Struise Brouwers

Pannepot - Old Fisherman?s Ale (4.0 / 5.0)*Pretty good Quad !


HaandBryggeriet

HaandBryggeriet Dark Force (4.25 / 5.0) * The most obscure beer I have ever tasted but in a very good way. Tastes like an Imperial Stout, but goes down with no syrup-like typical imperial stout characteristics. Imperial Stout for sure, but at the same time you're throwing down a smoothe wheat ale. Just strange but a good strange.


Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Hefe Weissbier Hell (3.75 / 5.0) *Somewhat let down.... Definitely prefer the Paulaner and Franziskaner hefs to this one.

Kloster Winter-Traum (4.0 / 5.0)* Awesome brew.

Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock (4.25 / 5.0)* FANTASTIC Dopplebock. A must have.


Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub

Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale (3.75 / 5.0) *This stuff was damn near horrendous for its style, avoid!!!


Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

W?07 Pale Ale (4.0 / 5.0) * Surprisingly this was very good, considering it was from Pissmer.

GreatSaveGerber
April 8th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Victory "Twelve" and Horny Devil Ale are both terrific. HD has lots of coriander and other spices, while "Twelve" is just a lovely, rich brew.

Jan/GSG

mitchrock
April 9th, 2008, 01:19 AM
BevMo in Cypress got more of Lagunitas Imperial Red in. Am loving that stuff.

rinkrat
April 9th, 2008, 09:11 AM
I'm on a self-imposed sabbatical for the month of April. Please mourn for me.

mitchrock
April 9th, 2008, 10:28 AM
I'm on a self-imposed sabbatical for the month of April. Please mourn for me.

Say it aint so!

Arrogant Ba$tard
April 14th, 2008, 08:22 AM
Had a Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary IPA last night. Was pretty good. Refreshing for an IPA. Clocks in at 8.7%. I also had a Firestone Union Jack. That had some serious bite to it. Strong taste of alcohol. Very bitter. Not something I would want to drink more than one of in a sitting. Wrecks your taste buds for anything that comes after it.

Azagthoth
April 14th, 2008, 10:24 AM
Had a Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary IPA last night. Was pretty good. Refreshing for an IPA. Clocks in at 8.7%. I also had a Firestone Union Jack. That had some serious bite to it. Strong taste of alcohol. Very bitter. Not something I would want to drink more than one of in a sitting. Wrecks your taste buds for anything that comes after it.

I still need to get around to the Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary. Their Hop Ottin IPA is by far one of my favorite IPAs, so I am sure the 20th will be in fashion as well.

The Union Jack is absolutely killer ! I had no problem putting 3 down in a sitting, but definitely wouldn't go past that.

I just picked up Serpents Stout from The Lost Abbey. I will report back on that once I've tried it.

Arrogant Ba$tard
April 14th, 2008, 12:03 PM
I still need to get around to the Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary. Their Hop Ottin IPA is by far one of my favorite IPAs, so I am sure the 20th will be in fashion as well.

The Union Jack is absolutely killer ! I had no problem putting 3 down in a sitting, but definitely wouldn't go past that.

I just picked up Serpents Stout from The Lost Abbey. I will report back on that once I've tried it.

I've been slowly making my way through the Lost Abbey selections. They have been good but I haven't tried the Saison style ones. I don't particularly care for that style. It also originally scared me as all Lost Abbey brews have raisins added in the brewing process. I usually stay away from anything with added fruits. I do plan to visit Lost Abbey in May. They bought the old Stone facility. I had been there to visit Stone many times.

Azagthoth
April 15th, 2008, 06:58 AM
Serpents Stout:

This one is definitely up there with Stone's Imperial Russian Stout and the Old Rasputin from North Coast. Easily makes my top 5 Imperial Stout list and for several reasons. The carbonation is flawless. The aroma is out of this world and definitely one that grabs your focus immediately and lets you know this one ain't fooling around. It really is as smooth and crisp as the best Belgian ales out there (this one actually reminds me of the Trois Pistoles and La Terrible a bit because of the chocolate malt). The coffee and alcohol on the back end aren't overpowering, just appropriately there. It has a nice hint of vanilla with complex dark fruits underlying this delicious stout.

Don't think twice about dishing out $13 bucks for this beauty. It sure as hell is worth it. I don't know if a Belgian Russian Imperial Stout style exists, but if it did - this is a prime example. That was the impression I got based on its smoothness and complexity.

By the way, it is very drinkable at 11% ABV. Took me about an hour to finish it, and actually got better as the brew came closer to room temperature.

Genghis John
April 24th, 2008, 04:45 PM
I've been slowly making my way through the Lost Abbey selections. They have been good but I haven't tried the Saison style ones. I don't particularly care for that style. It also originally scared me as all Lost Abbey brews have raisins added in the brewing process. I usually stay away from anything with added fruits. I do plan to visit Lost Abbey in May. They bought the old Stone facility. I had been there to visit Stone many times.

Lost Abbey is excellent beer!!!!

lithium
April 24th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Quick question.... I tried a beer at a sports a while back and I can't remember what it was called, but it was amazing... The waitress brought me 3 different kinds of Heff and one of them seriously tasted like blueberries.... Does anyone know what that is called? I really want some more..... =)

Azagthoth
April 25th, 2008, 07:47 AM
Quick question.... I tried a beer at a sports a while back and I can't remember what it was called, but it was amazing... The waitress brought me 3 different kinds of Heff and one of them seriously tasted like blueberries.... Does anyone know what that is called? I really want some more..... =)

Maybe they brought you a blueberry wheat ale..... There are multiple breweries out there that have "Blueberry Wheat" as the name for their blueberry wheat ale. What restaurant/bar did you have this at? My friend got one in a sampler from the yardhouse, and it was some type of blueberry pale ale that I believe came from Hawaii.... Might that be it ?

Did you try actual other hefs, or were they the wheat ales like Pyramid and Widmer that everybody mistakes as a hef? It really bugs me when I hear people order a "hef", instead of asking for a Pyramid or Widmer. Both of those beers are garbabe in my opinion. I also can't stand hearing a bartender say "we've got hef" when in actuality they don't. Widmer and Pyramid are nothing even remotely close to an actual hefeweizen. Bad mass marketing for you there.

Go with a Paulaner or Franziskaner to get an idea of how a genuine hefeweizen is. You'll love them and most likely never put down a Pyramid or Widmer ever again. BJ's has a decent hef too.

Genghis John
April 25th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Maybe they brought you a blueberry wheat ale..... There are multiple breweries out there that have "Blueberry Wheat" as the name for their blueberry wheat ale. What restaurant/bar did you have this at? My friend got one in a sampler from the yardhouse, and it was some type of blueberry pale ale that I believe came from Hawaii.... Might that be it ?

Did you try actual other hefs, or were they the wheat ales like Pyramid and Widmer that everybody mistakes as a hef? It really bugs me when I hear people order a "hef", instead of asking for a Pyramid or Widmer. Both of those beers are garbabe in my opinion. I also can't stand hearing a bartender say "we've got hef" when in actuality they don't. Widmer and Pyramid are nothing even remotely close to an actual hefeweizen. Bad mass marketing for you there.

Go with a Paulaner or Franziskaner to get an idea of how a genuine hefeweizen is. You'll love them and most likely never put down a Pyramid or Widmer ever again. BJ's has a decent hef too.
I personally am against those fruity beers. Waste of beer in my opinion.

I was up near Sacramento recently and River City Brewing has a pretty nice Hef

Azagthoth
April 25th, 2008, 09:33 AM
Some new ones I tried this week

Lagunitas - Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

Beer Advocate has this one classified as an American Strong Ale but I highly disagree and would throw it into the Imperial Red Ale category. In a nutshell, this one was one chewy all malt brew. It had a great hop smell in the nose, but there was barely any hop taste in the mouth which bummed me out. Beautiful color to it and nice lacing, but in the end really did nothing for me. Wasn't bad but I just wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Lagunitas - Olde Gnarlywine

Not too shabby for a barley wine. I guess I am spoiled with great ones like Bigfoot and The Angel's Share that in turn make this one from Lagunitas less appealing. It was pretty damn sweet and had a killer smell, but the body was ltoo light for what I'd expect from a barley wine. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one either (or any Lagunitas brew for that matter) but definitely try it and see what you think. Maybe there is something I am missing. In the end, everything I've had from Lagunitas just doesn't cut it. Not bad, but their output is just barely above average in my opinion.

Genghis John
April 25th, 2008, 09:38 AM
Some new ones I tried this week

Lagunitas - Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale

Beer Advocate has this one classified as an American Strong Ale but I highly disagree and would throw it into the Imperial Red Ale category. In a nutshell, this one was one chewy all malt brew. It had a great hop smell in the nose, but there was barely any hop taste in the mouth which bummed me out. Beautiful color to it and nice lacing, but in the end really did nothing for me. Wasn't bad but I just wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Lagunitas - Olde Gnarlywine

Not too shabby for a barley wine. I guess I am spoiled with great ones like Bigfoot and The Angel's Share that in turn make this one from Lagunitas less appealing. It was pretty damn sweet and had a killer smell, but the body was ltoo light for what I'd expect from a barley wine. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one either (or any Lagunitas brew for that matter) but definitely try it and see what you think. Maybe there is something I am missing. In the end, everything I've had from Lagunitas just doesn't cut it. Not bad, but their output is just barely above average in my opinion.

I know I have said this before AZ, but I am really impressed. You have come so far in just a few years from the guy chugging swill in his backyard.

Bravo!

mitchrock
April 25th, 2008, 09:43 AM
HAven't tried either of those Lagunitas brews yet.

Azagthoth
April 25th, 2008, 09:57 AM
I picked these up from the store yesterday and will report back as I consume them

Koningshoeven - Tripel
The Lost Abbey - Lost & Found Abbey Ale
The Lost Abbey - Avant Garde
The Lost Abbey - Devotion Ale
Founder's - Founder's Black Rye
Port Brewing - Old Viscosity
Rogue - Mom Hefeweizen (I think it's just a new name for the previous Half-e-weizen)

Ever since I tried the Serpent's Stout and The Angel's Share, The Lost Abbey has become a quick favorite.

mitchrock
April 28th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Met up with psychopick at BevMo on Friday. Picked up Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Impressed by the hops and full bodies taste. A very fulfilling brew coming in at 9% alcohol.
http://www.dogfish.com/media/beverage/medium/90Min_2shot.JPG

Also picked up Sringboard Ale by New Belgium. Haven't tried it yet to review.

Azagthoth
April 28th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Met up with psychopick at BevMo on Friday. Picked up Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Impressed by the hops and full bodies taste. A very fulfilling brew coming in at 9% alcohol.
http://www.dogfish.com/media/beverage/medium/90Min_2shot.JPG

Also picked up Sringboard Ale by New Belgium. Haven't tried it yet to review.


I was disappointed with the Springboard.

However, that Dogfish Head 90 minutes IPA is absolutely outstanding. One of the best Double IPAs out there. An excellent balance of malt and hops with a great body to it.

Azagthoth
April 28th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Just though I'd give you all a heads up on the Sam Adams Summer Ale that was just released. Last year it really was one of my favorite summer brews by far. Picked some up on Friday night and I don't know what the hell they did wrong here..... far too much lemon, no malt, tastes like Widmer !!! Perhaps I got a bad 12 pack or maybe they are trying to cut cost and use less ingredients.... I'd like to hear if anybody else encountered this as well.

Genghis John
April 28th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Just though I'd give you all a heads up on the Sam Adams Summer Ale that was just released. Last year it really was one of my favorite summer brews by far. Picked some up on Friday night and I don't know what the hell they did wrong here..... far too much lemon, no malt, tastes like Widmer !!! Perhaps I got a bad 12 pack or maybe they are trying to cut cost and use less ingredients.... I'd like to hear if anybody else encountered this as well.

Crap. The thing I hate about that beer is that it tastes different every year. It goes anywhere from damn good to awful

I guess it is on the awful end of the spectrum this year

Arrogant Ba$tard
April 28th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Crap. The thing I hate about that beer is that it tastes different every year. It goes anywhere from damn good to awful

I guess it is on the awful end of the spectrum this year


It might just be a slightly skunked pack. I'd buy some from somewhere else and try again.

Genghis John
April 28th, 2008, 04:02 PM
It might just be a slightly skunked pack. I'd buy some from somewhere else and try again.

I hope that's the case

psychopuck
April 28th, 2008, 10:06 PM
I was disappointed with the Springboard.

However, that Dogfish Head 90 minutes IPA is absolutely outstanding. One of the best Double IPAs out there. An excellent balance of malt and hops with a great body to it.

I made the mistake of trying it after a Dogfish. The two really clashed.

I will have another Thursday night & submit my findings.

Azagthoth
April 29th, 2008, 07:25 AM
I made the mistake of trying it after a Dogfish. The two really clashed.

I will have another Thursday night & submit my findings.

Understandable. I find its best not to mix any beers period, but if you are then definitely start with something at the bottom like a pale ale then work your way up to a Double IPA. You really can't get a true taste if your palate is destroyed to begin with.

Azagthoth
April 29th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Crap. The thing I hate about that beer is that it tastes different every year. It goes anywhere from damn good to awful

I guess it is on the awful end of the spectrum this year

Is it common for them to change the recipe each year? I know some breweries do that with their seasonals and it really pisses me off.

Azagthoth
April 29th, 2008, 07:41 AM
Last night I went with Curieux from Allagash. It's a bourbon barrel aged tripel. Finally I can say that I've had a brew from Allagash that I really enjoyed. Everything I have had from them up to this point was mediocre at best. Really didn't care much for their dubbel, tripel, or FOUR in previous tastings.

Now, onto the good stuff !

The reflection of bourbon is very well suited in this perfectly carbonated tripel. Lots of tropical and sweet fruit in both the aroma and mouth. The 11% ABV is quite present and gives a spicy touch to this smooth brew during the finish. This one was definitely a sipper for me, and didn't go bad as it got warmer during the session.

This bottle ran me just under 20 bucks and was definitely worth it. Very limited so grab one while they are still available !

Genghis John
April 29th, 2008, 08:40 AM
Is it common for them to change the recipe each year? I know some breweries do that with their seasonals and it really pisses me off.

Yes just about every brewery does

Genghis John
April 29th, 2008, 08:41 AM
I was disappointed with the Springboard.

The Springboard is a very very different beer. Most people don't like Belgian white Ales. I like that it's so different.

This beer is best drank ice cold on a very hot day

Azagthoth
April 29th, 2008, 09:43 AM
The Springboard is a very very different beer. Most people don't like Belgian white Ales. I like that it's so different.

This beer is best drank ice cold on a very hot day

I definitely love witbiers. Blanche De Chambly and the Sam Adams White Ale are two of my favorites in that style. There was just something about the Springboard that didn't sit too well with me. Seemed a little weak and light for the style.

Azagthoth
April 29th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Yes just about every brewery does

Oh well. As long as the Celebration Ale and Bigfoot stay the same I'll be happy :)

GALLY
April 29th, 2008, 12:23 PM
I definitely love witbiers. Blanche De Chambly and the Sam Adams White Ale are two of my favorites in that style. There was just something about the Springboard that didn't sit too well with me. Seemed a little weak and light for the style.

I really like the Sam Adams White Ale. That is my everyday come home from work beer right now.

rinkrat
April 29th, 2008, 01:05 PM
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psychopuck
May 2nd, 2008, 04:46 PM
I tried the Springboard again, and I agree with KJ. This is a refreshing ale with a lighter taste. As KJ said, this would be great & the end of a hot day.

Azagthoth
May 5th, 2008, 09:05 AM
Did anybody hit up the Port Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party?

I was unable to attend, but sent some money along with a buddy of mine that went. On Friday we'll be meeting up and I'll get my Cuvee De Tomme, Inferno, and 2nd Anniversary Double IPA from him.

Some new ones I tried over the weekend:

Weyerbacher - Heresy


This was an outstanding Russian Imperial Stout. Probably would make my top 5 of the style.


The Lost Abbey - Devotion Ale

Pretty damn smooth and good overall, but maybe not worth it again considering the price I paid.

Victory - Hop Wallop

One of the absolute best Double IPAs out there.

Lagunitas - Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Finally something from Lagunitas that I really liked ! A pretty mild Double IPA and heavy on the malt. And for $3.50 you simply cannot beat that !

Here are a few goodies that I picked up on Fridee:

Southern Tier - Unearthly Imperial IPA
Founders - Devil Dancer
Allagash - Black
Allagash - Victor Ale
Dogfish Head - Burton Baton

Also, this year's batch of Sierra Nevada Summerfest is just wonderful. A bit more balanced than last year's and very easy to put down. I'll definitely be grabbing some more of this and its wonderful for the hot weather :)

Genghis John
May 7th, 2008, 11:34 AM
I tried the Springboard again, and I agree with KJ. This is a refreshing ale with a lighter taste. As KJ said, this would be great & the end of a hot day.
Glad you liked it.

This is my new favorite beer. I highly recommend it

http://www.belmontbrewing.com/photographs/bottle.jpg

Here's a pretty good review of this beer


The aroma was full of grainy malt characters. Not as sweet as I have seen in others, but it had a nice citric hop presence as well. Some nice grassy tones as well. The flavor followed perfectly, really making this quite the hoppy little red ale. The first notes of grains coming through very clearly, but then melding seamlessly with a strong citrus and pine like hoppy punch. Some light notes of caramel coming through now and blending it all together. The finish is strong, nice and drawn out with a good amount of hoppiness and bitter flavors riddled throughout. Nice light bodied ale that stayed very well carbonated and had an excellent dry finish to it.

Overall this was a very quality session ale. It took the amber ale theme and hopped it up a little but overall stayed pretty true to its form. Could have had at least three of these without issue. Definitely a must try here

Azagthoth
May 8th, 2008, 10:27 AM
Allagash Black........ is............. outstanding !

mitchrock
May 11th, 2008, 08:59 AM
Visited Alaskan Brewing Company last Monday in Juneau and loved it. They let you drink as much as you want. Tried all the regular brews and a couple of small craft brews. First was a Jalapeno IPA. Was hoppy with just a slight bite. Was brewed for Cinco De Mayo. The other craft brew was a coffee brown ale. By far the best brown ale ever. Everyone there that tried it agreed.

On another note have to agree with KJ and psychopuck on Springboard. Nice light tasting beer. Last night, after getting back from vacation it was the perfect beer to wind down to.

roenick
May 11th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Ok, so I broke down and bought this beer because my wife wanted to try it:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/full_size/70943.jpg

It is ok but I really like a good English Lager and Lime better. My wife liked the Chill a lot.

WingHater
May 11th, 2008, 07:44 PM
It probably tasted like this crap will

http://images.usatoday.com/money/_photos/2008/03/03/ad-beerx.jpg

Azagthoth
May 12th, 2008, 06:36 AM
Visited Alaskan Brewing Company last Monday in Juneau and loved it. They let you drink as much as you want. Tried all the regular brews and a couple of small craft brews. First was a Jalapeno IPA. Was hoppy with just a slight bite. Was brewed for Cinco De Mayo. The other craft brew was a coffee brown ale. By far the best brown ale ever. Everyone there that tried it agreed.

On another note have to agree with KJ and psychopuck on Springboard. Nice light tasting beer. Last night, after getting back from vacation it was the perfect beer to wind down to.

You lucky guy! Are you going to post any pictures? Did you bring any beer back with you?

I really want to try their barleywine which seems to be impossible to get down here. A jalapeno IPA? Interesting.

roenick
May 12th, 2008, 07:46 AM
You lucky guy! Are you going to post any pictures? Did you bring any beer back with you?

I really want to try their barleywine which seems to be impossible to get down here. A jalapeno IPA? Interesting.


I had the name of the local Alaskan sales rep (for LB) a while back. I will see if I can find it. He was always my source to get Alaskan Brewing stuff in SoCal. Now that they have gone national you can pretty much get their stuff in any store. Although I am spoiled being up in Seattle I can get all their stuff. The Summer Ale is out now - mmm!

http://www.nwmicrobrews.com/Alaskan/Summer_Ale2.jpg

Azagthoth
May 12th, 2008, 08:01 AM
I had one of the best beers ever on Fridee evening, which was the Choklat (Imperial Stout) from Southern Tier. Go out of your way to find this one and I assure all of you that it is worth the heavy price. This one is thick and chewy with a perfect balance of belgian bittersweet chocolate and slight hop bitterness with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

What I loved was that after 3 rinses of my pint glass, it still smelled like heavy chocolate. This one is too easy to put down in the sense that it's 11% ABV, but it is so damn heavy and chewy I really don't know if I could finish more than one 22 oz bottle in a sitting.

We also sampled Dogfish Head Golden Era Imperial Pilsener which is in my opinion how a standard pilsener should be. If single bottles of this stuff weren't so damn pricey I would definitely drink more of it. It wasn't quite as bitter as the Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsener, but very well balanced and done perfectly.

Insanity from Weyerbacher was also sampled on Friday, but it was a bit of a letdown. Waaaayyy to much of a hard liquor influence (I believe it was aged in bourbon barrels). We had both the 2008 and 2005 versions. Don't go out of your way for this one.

The new double stout from Greenflash is exceptional. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be grabbing some more of it in the near future. I highly recommend it to all of you here.

Last but not least was the new Inferno from The Lost Abbey. It was a good beer, but nothing more, nothing less than that. When it comes to Belgian Ales, I tend not to prefer the Belgian pales, but rather Belgian strong dark ales, tripels, etc... Still worth it though to check out.

psychopuck
May 16th, 2008, 09:24 PM
I finally had the Hairy Eyeball, and me likey.

BeerMan
May 18th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Henry and I had a chance to pick this up in Kernville last week.

http://www.mojave-red.com/imgs/lb.jpg

this bock isn't so bad at all. smooth and heavy with a good finish.

then we stopped by the Indian Wells Brewing Company today. not knowing all their beers, I asked about their IPA. it is more aptly named Desert Pale Ale and is a pretty hoppy brew. (edit: I had my growler filled with that stuff to take home!)

http://www.mojave-red.com/imgs/dp.jpg

if you can find either somewhere (BevMo?), pick it up.

or make a trip.

BeerMan
May 18th, 2008, 07:30 PM
It probably tasted like this crap will

http://images.usatoday.com/money/_photos/2008/03/03/ad-beerx.jpg

it did. I was forced a blind taste on that beer. the lime was ok, but the rest was too fizzy.

Azagthoth
May 19th, 2008, 06:57 AM
We tried a crapload of new ones at the Stone Brewery at the San Diego Storm on Saturday. The Victory Storm King is very good and one of the best RIS that I have had. Brought back a growler of the oaked AB hassle free this time :)

BeerMan
May 19th, 2008, 04:29 PM
http://www.letsgokings.com/gallery/files/2/5/0/img_4537a.jpg
Just Outstanding IPA for dinner in Troy Meadows!

Arrogant Ba$tard
May 20th, 2008, 09:49 AM
Heading down to the San Diego area this weekend to finish off the last micro brewpubs that I haven't been to. Alpine Brewing, Ballast Point and maybe Oceanside Aleworks. Will make the mandatory Stone visit of course.

Genghis John
May 20th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Dogfish Head Midas touch

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/183/394266950_46d7b4e3c7.jpg?v=0

I was watching Modern Marvels last week and decided to give this beer a try.


His golden touch may have conferred fabulous wealth on King Midas, but he nearly starved to death when even his food and drink were converted into the precious metal. The well-known legend is based on an actual ruler of the ancient kingdom of Phrygia in central Turkey around 700 B.C. Under a huge mound at the capital of Gordion, a University of Pennsylvania Museum expedition in 1957 excavated an intact burial chamber which likely belonged to King Midas himself. The body of a 60-year-old male was laid out in state on a thick pile of purple and blue-dyed textiles inside a unique log coffin.

Most remarkably, the tomb held the largest Iron Age drinking set ever found--157 vessels, including a ram-headed and lion-headed situla--for preparing, serving, drinking and libating a special beverage at the funerary feast of the king. The secrets of the beverage were revealed by the new methods of Molecular Archaeology. Dr. Patrick McGovern of the Museum discovered that the residues inside the vessels belonged to a "Phrygian cocktail," which combined grape wine, barley beer and honey mead. Starting with the ancient chemical evidence, Dogfish Head Brewery "re-created" a marvelous golden elixir, truly touched by King Midas.

In layman's' terms they found a tomb they think belongs to King Midas and tested the residue found on some urns, determined it was beer and ran more tests to figure out the ingredients and brewed the beer.

This beer is very different from any other beer I have had. It is pretty sweet because of the honey. There is no yeast or hops in the beer. If you can appreciate a very good different beer, you'll dig it. If you need a really hoppy beer, you should pass.

It also runs about $15 for 4 of them.

It's 9.0% abv with only 20 ibu

Juniordog
May 20th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Don't know if anyone else has posted this one (even if it has been posted it more then deserves another mention). "Lost Coast Great White Ale" (or just "Great White" as most people call it), is massivlely delicious and i highly recommend everyone try it. It's brewed in Eureka, Ca.

santiclaws
May 20th, 2008, 12:50 PM
K?stritzer Schwarzbier
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/2225.jpg

This was my first foray into German "Black Beer" territory. This is dark beer with a blond soul - it looks like a bock or stout, but is actually a lager. Not a heavy beer at all, it is an easy drinking brew, perfect for summer. It does have the sweet taste of chocolate and coffee that lingers after you take a drink, which is reminiscent of a dark beer, but it just doesn't have the same weight and body.

Overall, very nice. Available at your local Bev-Mo.

Azagthoth
May 20th, 2008, 01:29 PM
K?stritzer Schwarzbier
http://www.ratebeer.com/beerimages/2225.jpg

This was my first foray into German "Black Beer" territory. This is dark beer with a blond soul - it looks like a bock or stout, but is actually a lager. Not a heavy beer at all, it is an easy drinking brew, perfect for summer. It does have the sweet taste of chocolate and coffee that lingers after you take a drink, which is reminiscent of a dark beer, but it just doesn't have the same weight and body.

Overall, very nice. Available at your local Bev-Mo.

Speaking of dark colored German beers, Weltenburger's "Kloster Asam-Bock" is an outstanding doppelbock which can be found at Hollingshead in Orange. Highly recommended.

Azagthoth
May 27th, 2008, 08:20 AM
Mitch is the man.

I finally got my hands on the Alaskan Stout and LOVED IT !!! You suggested it a while back and I finally saw it at BevMo on Friday so I got a 6'er. Very good call, dude !

mitchrock
May 27th, 2008, 11:00 AM
Mitch is the man.

I finally got my hands on the Alaskan Stout and LOVED IT !!! You suggested it a while back and I finally saw it at BevMo on Friday so I got a 6'er. Very good call, dude !

Picked up a 6er myself. Glad you liked it.

Just tried Mad River's John Barleycorn BarleyWine. Great tasting Barley Wine that came in a 6 pack. Cypress Bev Mo marked it down to $9.99 for the 6 pack. Put it up with Lagunitas Gnarlywine as one if my favorite Barley Wines.

Azagthoth
June 2nd, 2008, 08:31 AM
Samael's Ale from Avery's is unbelievably good. We had it during a tasting on Saturday night and it was by far the highlight. 14.90 % ABV so split it between a few buds !

DougW8
June 5th, 2008, 07:01 PM
I've been waiting for this place to open. New pub opens on Monday in Claremont.

Belgian-style pub to open in Claremont - DailyBulletin.com (http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_9483238?source=most_emailed)




A Belgian-style pub featuring nearly 30 imported beers on tap is set to open Monday in the Village Expansion.
The Back Abbey, housed in a tiny Spanish-style building beside the Laemmle Theatre on Oberlin Avenue, will feature an additional 50-60 imported beers in bottles, a rich wine list and a unique food menu of burgers, sausages, salads and other items, said owner John J. Solana.

BeerMan
June 5th, 2008, 07:30 PM
I've been waiting for this place to open. New pub opens on Monday in Claremont.

Belgian-style pub to open in Claremont - DailyBulletin.com (http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_9483238?source=most_emailed)

that's it! I'm moving to Claremont!

http://katiestooksbury.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/mexicans-moving-truck.jpg

I'm stopping at Taco Bell first.

DougW8
June 5th, 2008, 08:26 PM
that's it! I'm moving to Claremont!

http://katiestooksbury.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/mexicans-moving-truck.jpg

I'm stopping at Taco Bell first.

Best news is the pub is walking distance from my house.

Azagthoth
June 6th, 2008, 07:55 AM
Best news is the pub is walking distance from my house.

You lucky guy !

I'm about 5 minutes away, so I really have no reason to complain :)

Genghis John
June 6th, 2008, 11:07 AM
I have been on a big Dunkel kick recently

I have been drinking Warsteiner and Hofbr?u Dunkels. Good **** maynard!

WingHater
June 6th, 2008, 11:11 AM
Need to hit up Bevmo tonight

Azagthoth
June 6th, 2008, 01:27 PM
I have been on a big Dunkel kick recently

I have been drinking Warsteiner and Hofbr?u Dunkels. Good **** maynard!

I enjoyed Franziskaner's Dunkelweizen. I don't think it's rated very highly on BA, but I did enjoy it and would definitely get some again :)

Genghis John
June 6th, 2008, 03:31 PM
I enjoyed Franziskaner's Dunkelweizen. I don't think it's rated very highly on BA, but I did enjoy it and would definitely get some again :)

Where did you try/buy it?

Try the two I recommended. I do like the Hofbrau better than the Warsteiner. You can get both @ Bevmo

BeerMan
June 6th, 2008, 04:50 PM
I've had the Franziskaner. they're pretty good.

KJ, BevMo carries their stuff. I got a gift pack with a couple of 22 oz glasses in it last year.

Azagthoth
June 6th, 2008, 06:52 PM
KJ - what Beerman said. BevMo carries it, although the one I had was from the San Dimas Ranch Market.

Genghis John
June 8th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Az: I tried the Sam Adams Summer Ale the other day. It sucks this year, you didn't just get a bad 6'er

Azagthoth
June 9th, 2008, 07:27 AM
Az: I tried the Sam Adams Summer Ale the other day. It sucks this year, you didn't just get a bad 6'er


That's good to know KJ, as I was considering picking up a 6'er to give it a second chance.

I picked up the Midas Touch a couple weeks ago and will report back once I try it. I also have the DFH "Aprihop" which should be interesting, as well as their "Raison D'extra". I had their "Burton Baton" not too long ago and was pretty impressed. That was a barrel aged Imperial IPA if I recall. Their "Olde School" barleywine was a bit of a letdown, but their "90 Minute IPA" is among the best out there, while their "60 Minute IPA" is pretty solid too.

Genghis John
June 9th, 2008, 10:02 AM
That's good to know KJ, as I was considering picking up a 6'er to give it a second chance.

I picked up the Midas Touch a couple weeks ago and will report back once I try it. I also have the DFH "Aprihop" which should be interesting, as well as their "Raison D'extra". I had their "Burton Baton" not too long ago and was pretty impressed. That was a barrel aged Imperial IPA if I recall. Their "Olde School" barleywine was a bit of a letdown, but their "90 Minute IPA" is among the best out there, while their "60 Minute IPA" is pretty solid too.

Just remember the Midas touch is an ancient style beer before it was discovered that adding hops to beer added flavor, etc.

It's going to be very different from any beer you have ever tried

dgrycan
June 11th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I will also say that Sam Adams Summer Ale sucks donkey balls this year. I bought a sixer, and the woman at the counter said "you know, it's only a few dollars more for a 12 pack". I had an already large assortment, and just wanted the six. I'm glad I saved the few bucks - because It's going to be slim pickens before I go back to the remaining few bottles. Here's hoping that some people I don't like come for a visit this summer.

On the other hand, my wife wanted a light beer for summer, and I see that Belgium's Skinny Dip qualified quite well. I snuck one the other day, and wow I was pleasantly surprised the taste of this so-called light beer. It wasn't spectacular, but it was very refreshing and impressed me a lot.

mitchrock
June 11th, 2008, 01:28 PM
I guess I'm the only that liked Sam Adam's Summer Ale. Not my beer of choice, but drinkable. Usually, I don't like their Summer Ale due to too much of a lemony taste. It was more subtle this time around.

Arrogant Ba$tard
June 11th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I personally cannot stand Sam Adams. The only one I sorta liked was the black one. There are just too many other great beers available everywhere now. SA used to be a good choice when the selection was poor. Now it just tastes syrupy to me.

BeerMan
June 11th, 2008, 04:23 PM
I wonder what's up with SA nowadays? they used to be the beer of preference.

I second AB's take on their Black Lager. that beer is something.

I think the people at SA are trying too hard.

Genghis John
June 12th, 2008, 08:12 AM
I wonder what's up with SA nowadays? they used to be the beer of preference.

I second AB's take on their Black Lager. that beer is something.

I think the people at SA are trying too hard.

I agree with AB$ that the industry passed them up. I was at the Yardhouse last week and the other Black Lager on the menu(forgot the brewery) is better than Sam Adams

Azagthoth
June 12th, 2008, 08:56 AM
I really like the SA Winter Lager and Boston Lager. The rest are ok, better than BMC and a good choice to go with if you're ever stuck having to go to Chili's, Applebee's, etc...

mitchrock
June 12th, 2008, 10:32 AM
Love SA Cherry Wheat and Honey Porter.

dgrycan
June 12th, 2008, 12:11 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed their White Ale this year, which I think might be a reason for my strong disappointment for their Summer Ale. I've always been a fan of their seasonals.

Arrogant Ba$tard
June 12th, 2008, 03:21 PM
I tried a Deschutes Hop Henge IPA last night. Pretty solid.

WingHater
June 12th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Tried Stone Ruination IPA for the first time over the weekend. Great beer.

Genghis John
June 13th, 2008, 09:20 AM
Kostritzer Black Lager

Blows away Sam Adams Black Lager. They have it on tap on The Yardhouse.

Fooferah
June 13th, 2008, 02:26 PM
FYI, IPA fest starts tomorrow at Lucky Baldwin's.

mitchrock
June 15th, 2008, 03:57 PM
Wow, just tried Dog Fish HEad Palo Santo Marron and I was glad I spent the $12.99 for the 4 pack. Incredible. From their site
"Palo Santo Marron (Holy Tree Brown)

An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means "holy tree" and it's wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the Palo Santo wood. It was a huge hit at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub when first released in November of 2006, so it's coming back... into full production!

At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition."


The caramel taste is great!

BAD91
June 16th, 2008, 03:10 PM
I had Smithwick's for the first time ever and I REALLY liked it.....this coming from a dude who likes to put lemons in his Hefe....(AB, I know what you are saying!!). I am more of a light beer drinker but i really enjoy Bass or Harp when I am at a pub. I know it's not like anything you guy (and girls) like to drink on here.....as much as i like beer i am a pretty simple guy. I just say this one last thing....for whatever friggin reason, I love SOL!!! (take that AB!!)..

mitchrock
June 16th, 2008, 03:29 PM
.....this coming from a dude who likes to put lemons in his Hefe.

I always thought you were fruity! :3head:

BeerMan
June 16th, 2008, 04:16 PM
his back is always fruity.

that said, how's your back, BAD91?

BAD91
June 16th, 2008, 04:26 PM
his back is always fruity.

that said, how's your back, BAD91?

im doing somewhat better....i had another MRI done and i meet with the doctor tomorrow...thanks for asking...
I am taking it slow but i have to get back to work ASAP....all i know is...i am taking better care of myself....in terms of nutrition and streching before and after working out...
I will be doing some curls at the draft party on friday...YES!! bud light!!!

Azagthoth
June 17th, 2008, 07:41 AM
I had AleSmith's "Horny Devil" last night. Simply amazing and worth the $10. They put the coriander to great use in this one. Very well balanced and extremely complex overall. Try it !!!

rinkrat
June 17th, 2008, 09:21 AM
Tried Stone Ruination IPA for the first time over the weekend. Great beer.

One of my favorites!


I just tried Sam Smith's IPA and it is quite refreshing also!

Azagthoth
June 17th, 2008, 09:24 AM
One of my favorites!


I just tried Sam Smith's IPA and it is quite refreshing also!

I haven't had a bad Sam Smith yet ! Their Imperial Stout is fantastic.

Henry1515
June 17th, 2008, 05:41 PM
coors light

BeerMan
June 17th, 2008, 05:53 PM
coors light

next time I see you, I'ma gonna have to kick yo ass!

mitchrock
June 23rd, 2008, 10:49 AM
Picked up more Dogfish 90 Min IPA and Stone's Ruination in a 6er. Wanted hoppy beers to deal with this summer heat.

Azagthoth
June 23rd, 2008, 11:23 AM
Picked up more Dogfish 90 Min IPA and Stone's Ruination in a 6er. Wanted hoppy beers to deal with this summer heat.

Mmmm, I love the 90 Minute IPA.

Yesterday I enjoyed the "Tripel Karmeliet" from Brouwerij Bosteels. It's an outstanding tripel, however it could earn a few more points if it didn't come in a green bottle. The green skunky aftertaste was VERY minimal, but still present which holds the overall beer back.

I got my hands on a 2008 Rogue Russian Imperial Stout which I'll probably be having tonight :)

BeerMan
June 23rd, 2008, 10:37 PM
any of you ever had Firestone's California Pale Ale?

oh man, that shiz was the bomb! perfect for the end of a hot day.

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 06:44 AM
any of you ever had Firestone's California Pale Ale?

oh man, that shiz was the bomb! perfect for the end of a hot day.

I am getting confused by Firestone. I've had their Pale Ale before and wasn't huge on it. Now they have new bottle designs, and it says Pale 31 instead of Pale Ale. Beer advocate has them classified as two different beers, but maybe they just added the 31 to the name? Who knows.

Haven't had the California Pale Ale yet. Is that a new one? Where did you find it ?

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 06:57 AM
So I had Rogue's Russian Imperial Stout last night.

I would put it in 3rd place as far as the RIS style goes (only behind Stone and the Old Rasputin). This beer will do EXCELLENT with aging. It is still very fresh and easily the most hoppy RIS stout that I have had. It was incredibly smooth with a nice touch of hazelnut in the nose with a creamy finish. Like most others, this one got a bit better as it warmed up throughout the session. Overall it was pretty straightforward and not too complex which is fine by me. The 15 dollar ceramic bottle gimmick is not worth it, but if these were available for 7 bucks in a 22 oz bottle like they use to be I would drink the hell out of this stuff.

My advice is to buy a few and let them age. They will be wonderful in about 2-3 years. Though the 15 bucks is steep, at least try it once since it's pretty rare and hard to come by.

Genghis John
June 24th, 2008, 09:40 AM
any of you ever had Firestone's California Pale Ale?

oh man, that shiz was the bomb! perfect for the end of a hot day.

I really like their Double Barrel Ale. I am going to have to try that

mitchrock
June 24th, 2008, 09:50 AM
Firestone's 31 pale ale is pretty good. Recommend it. Comparable to Stone's Pale Ale.

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 09:51 AM
I really like their Double Barrel Ale. I am going to have to try that

DB is good stuff, but their Union Jack is by far the best I've had from Firestone. Check that one out if you haven't already.

Genghis John
June 24th, 2008, 10:06 AM
I had this last night. Pretty Good IPA. Not as hoppy as I expected. This was supposed to be a double. It could have been the heat of something but I have had much hoppier

http://www.marinbrewing.com/images/template/brewery_build/beer_photos/white_knuckle.jpg

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 10:16 AM
I had this last night. Pretty Good IPA. Not as hoppy as I expected. This was supposed to be a double. It could have been the heat of something but I have had much hoppier

http://www.marinbrewing.com/images/template/brewery_build/beer_photos/white_knuckle.jpg

That is a goddamn good beer ! We had that at a recent Double IPA tasting. One of the best DIPAs out there for sure. Where did you get yours from? It's pretty hard to come by !

Genghis John
June 24th, 2008, 10:28 AM
That is a goddamn good beer ! We had that at a recent Double IPA tasting. One of the best DIPAs out there for sure. Where did you get yours from? It's pretty hard to come by !

I liked the beer. Just not as hoppy as I would think. I grabbed a 22 ouncer at the Bevmo in Irvine on Sunday. One of the employees there recommended it and they had it in the back. Maybe call around and see if the ones by you have it.

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 10:46 AM
I liked the beer. Just not as hoppy as I would think. I grabbed a 22 ouncer at the Bevmo in Irvine on Sunday. One of the employees there recommended it and they had it in the back. Maybe call around and see if the ones by you have it.

It sounds like your BevMo and the one Mitch goes to are far better than the ****ty one we have here in Glendora. I go to Lone Hill Liquor which is leagues above BevMo, but still it sounds like you guys are picking up some stuff that I can't really seem to get up my way.

I really don't care much for Marin. I find them to be very average at best, but definitely was impressed with the white knuckle. You're right, it wasn't very hoppy but the flavor was excellent.

mitchrock
June 24th, 2008, 10:52 AM
It sounds like your BevMo and the one Mitch goes to are far better than the ****ty one we have here in Glendora. I go to Lone Hill Liquor which is leagues above BevMo, but still it sounds like you guys are picking up some stuff that I can't really seem to get up my way.

I really don't care much for Marin. I find them to be very average at best, but definitely was impressed with the white knuckle. You're right, it wasn't very hoppy but the flavor was excellent.

Agree with your take on Marin, average brewery. Will have to try this Double IPA you and KJ are talking about.

Also Az, when the BevMo by me opened, I was lucky enough to have KJ come down and show me the good brews to get me started.

Genghis John
June 24th, 2008, 10:54 AM
It sounds like your BevMo and the one Mitch goes to are far better than the ****ty one we have here in Glendora. I go to Lone Hill Liquor which is leagues above BevMo, but still it sounds like you guys are picking up some stuff that I can't really seem to get up my way.

I really don't care much for Marin. I find them to be very average at best, but definitely was impressed with the white knuckle. You're right, it wasn't very hoppy but the flavor was excellent.

I know Bevmo has different distributors by areas. Creeping Death was able to get Bass Pubs cans for me for yearsat his Bevmo when I couldn't even find them in Orange County. Luckily my Bevmo carries them now.

If you can't find the Marin White Knuckle, shoot me a pm and I'll grab you a few.

Azagthoth
June 24th, 2008, 11:33 AM
Mitch/KJ

Have you guys seen any of the new Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale from Sierra Nevada? I've heard that Hollingshead is carrying it, and might try to snag some next time I am in the OC area for work.

mitchrock
June 24th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Mitch/KJ

Have you guys seen any of the new Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale from Sierra Nevada? I've heard that Hollingshead is carrying it, and might try to snag some next time I am in the OC area for work.

Haven't noticed. I'll look for it this weekend for you.

Genghis John
June 24th, 2008, 11:46 AM
I haven't seen that yet Az.

I did try Yuengling this last weekend. It is hard to get West of the Mississippi. I did drink it in 100 degree weather after a horseback ride but I was really impressed. BLOWS away Budweiser,Rolling Rock, etc and considering it's the oldest brewery in America it should be far more popular and readily available.


http://beerinfood.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/yuenglingbeer2.jpg

go
June 24th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Last weekend since it was so freaking hot was a good weekend to drink beer instead of wine. I drank a couple beers I usually get from Trader Joe's, even though I had a cold.

Oranjeboom and Brouczech. Both are lagers and pretty refreshing and a couple of the cheapest beers you can get at TJs.

BeerMan
June 25th, 2008, 06:23 AM
on the subject of different BevMo distributors, the one in in West Hollywood is 110% better than the one in Van Nuys, all because the WeHo store has a different management since they shelf more bottles (beer and wine) than the other. the VN store never stocks the Oaked ABA, for instance.

the other difference is that, from my house, traffic sucks going that way than to VN.

as for the comparison between Firestone's 31 and Stone's Pale Ale, the 31 wins, hands down. I know that Stone's is great, but to each its own.

Azagthoth
June 25th, 2008, 06:58 AM
as for the comparison between Firestone's 31 and Stone's Pale Ale, the 31 wins, hands down. I know that Stone's is great, but to each its own.


Wow, that is saying a lot. I trust your word and will give the 31 a shot sometime.

I love the Stone Pale, but if Firestone's is better.......

Fooferah
June 25th, 2008, 08:23 AM
Here's an article in the NY Times about beer collectors. My uncle Bill was interviewed for it. AZ, you will probably be interested in this...

For the Connoisseur, the Art of Aging Beers - NYTimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/dining/25beer.html?ex=1215057600&en=d065d8b89fbb61bc&ei=5070&oref=login&emc=eta-1)

Azagthoth
June 25th, 2008, 08:31 AM
Here's an article in the NY Times about beer collectors. My uncle Bill was interviewed for it. AZ, you will probably be interested in this...

For the Connoisseur, the Art of Aging Beers - NYTimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/dining/25beer.html?ex=1215057600&en=d065d8b89fbb61bc&ei=5070&oref=login&emc=eta-1)

Is your uncle THE Dr. Bill ?!?!?!?

Fooferah
June 25th, 2008, 09:00 AM
Yep!

Genghis John
June 25th, 2008, 09:06 AM
on the subject of different BevMo distributors, the one in in West Hollywood is 110% better than the one in Van Nuys, all because the WeHo store has a different management since they shelf more bottles (beer and wine) than the other. the VN store never stocks the Oaked ABA, for instance.

the other difference is that, from my house, traffic sucks going that way than to VN.

as for the comparison between Firestone's 31 and Stone's Pale Ale, the 31 wins, hands down. I know that Stone's is great, but to each its own.
I am now buying some Firestone 31 on the way home today

Azagthoth
June 25th, 2008, 09:23 AM
Yep!

Holy crap !!!! What a small world.

I had a couple of friends that went to a recent tasting at his house and got pretty smashed. Heh, my buddy Bob stopped counting after the 40 something-ith beer that he sampled. I wish I could have gone !

Fooferah
June 25th, 2008, 09:28 AM
Yeah, he throws some pretty epic tastings. What's really cool is that when I go over there, I can try anything in his whole collection that I want. I've had some really really rare stuff.