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Currently drinking this. Pretty great actually, very boozy tho - one to drink over a while. Glad it wasn't another meme beer like KBS.
Oh and I had this on Sunday too. Also really great, don't think I've had a bad Founders beer yet.
My hipster friend says the coffee is too burnt and the chocolate is too sweet and it's too boozy but he's just saying that because it's such a popular beer. I've given him some before and told him it was something else and he liked it.
Founders is consistently great, OP. Try Curmudgeon if you see it. Rubaeus is usually amazing but not so much this year. KBS is really good but yes I guess it would fit the definition of a meme beer. I don't get the hype.
Had anyone had the Smuttynose really old brown dog ale? Fucking delicious barrel aged brown ale and only $11 for a four pack. Almost as good as Prairie's Okie which was goddamn $37 for a four pack.
Drinking this. Just as disapointing as all their other beers that I have tried.
I didnt even want to buy it, but I was shopping and didnt have any beer for tonight, and this was about the only thing I hadnt tried. First and last time for this one I think.
Can anyone recommend me a good bready, malty beer? I really like that flavor from the SN oktoberfest i had recently, so id like to have something else with it, maybe in a little bit of a bolder version. Would something like a bock fit the bill? Salvator doppelbock and stuff.
/ck/, I want a beer that's almost chewable. Bread in a bottle, more or less. The sort of thing that would be brewed and taken out to the men working in the field at lunchtime. Anything come to mind? Would prefer slightly lower abv, but not a must.
I am drinking a growler of Freak Tractor from Brewery in NY right now.
It is a 6.5%apv wild ale. By wild they of course just mean brett. It is pretty alright, just another mediocre US wild ale.
However, it has the most overwhelming banana taste I have ever experienced in a beer, it is almost like banana flavoring more than bananas. No brett in the initial taste or at all until the the finish, which is dry and bitter.
Drinking a couple of these tonight. Nothing crazy. Wish they sold 12 packs of the stuff though
If you get a drought stout beer in Ireland or certain bars that have barrel delivery, you can have this, but you can't bottle or can it because it goes bad. Thick as oatmeal and more bitter than black coffee.
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
The last time I had it, I poured it incorrectly. This time, I did it right, and holy shit. I'm pretty sure this is going to become my go-to standard beer of choice.
It's absolutely perfect. Hits every note I want on a normal basis, with god tier mouth feel.
I should have taken a second picture showing how this head settled. Never got under an inch for the entire drink.
99% of them are available outside Japan.
We have Hitachino Nest and MAYBE Baird exported outside of Japan, but essentially nothing else.
There really isn't much good good beer beer being brewed in Japan in the first place. I mean, they have some micro/craft breweries, but Japan is very, very small, unlike, lets say, the US. So even if craft beer were to be thriving there the amount of beer they would be churning out would be relatively small.
Unfortunately it is a niche thing over there, so the amount of good/craft beer is less than minuscule.
Picked up a 6-pack of the new Azacca today and it's a solid IPA. Nothing mindblowing and I still prefer Bell's Two Hearted ale for this kind of IPA but still very good and single hope IPAs are interesting just to learn from.
If you like FBS what do you dislike so much about KBS? FBS is definitely lower alcohol, it is thick and chocolatey though
post hoppy beers that don't taste like someone is trying to beat you unconscious with a pine tree
Try amazeballs if you go back if you like pales at all. It's pretty much their meme beer, but with good reason; it's delightful if you're into the pale spectrum at all.
I'm also very fond of Eastern and Higher Standard as high quality IPAs that don't beat you over the head with hops.
BOTTLING FUCKING WHEN
Amaze is a regular pale ale, to be clear.
Eastern Standard is one of their better beers. Higher is a double based on it.
Definitely try them again if you go back. However, if you've never been before bear in mind that their menu is pretty fluid on the food end and that what you ate this time may be gone by the next.
I'll be housesitting for someone during the storm so I'm trying to decide what to bring and drink. I'll definitely be /snowdrinking/ either a growler from some local brewery or just some bombers like Abyss.
What do you cu/ck/s think of alcoholic root beer? I've only had Not Your Father's, and it's good. Pretty sweet though. Anybody tried anything different?
Drinking: Pic related.
Buying: All sorts of stuff?
Brewing: I've only got a mead fermenting right now, but a beer is planned, a brown ale.
I like their pumpkin beer quite a bit, though I'm guessing that's going to be an excuse for /ck/ to scream meme-beer at me. My closest liquor stores don't appear to stock their normal shit so I haven't tried it yet but I want to.
was kind of disappointing desu. too sweet, kind of unpleasant for me overall. ultimately decided that if i had to have alcoholic root beer i'd buy a compatible liquor and some regular root beer and just mix.
>buy 10 bottles of St. Bernardus Abt 12
>leave them in your cellar/closet for a year
>wait for weather to get cold
This is the key to winter drinking happiness.
Nope, any fly-by-night faggot child of the Craft Beer "Revolution" who started a microbrewery in the last ten years and spent more time designing a label which appeals to hipsters than he did working on his recipes is the definition of "meme beer". So pretty much anything to come out of America in the last ten years.
>I've never had it but it sounds good. Will keep my eyes peeled for it
It's from Cigar City Brewing. Tastes like fruit juice
I've had most of their other usual beers. My favorite is Sculpin but I've only ever had one good one. That good one was incredible.
>Tastes like fruit juice
The Dorado is good, just a little too resin-y for me to justify having more than 1. Definitely try the grapefruit and habanero sculpins if you haven't
Got a few bottles of this in, its pretty decent stuff.
I have to share a country with the french and my way of life is being threatened by sandniggers, let me be pretentious about the one thing we're good at aside from pedophelia. I also said at a bar, i don't believe every bar in america serves the most basic of beers like duvel, west-malle or delirium tremens
And IPAs are meme beers, i don't need to try them all to know that
>I also said at a bar, i don't believe every bar in america serves the most basic of beers like duvel, west-malle or delirium tremens
I'll give you that. Duvel is the most popular around here. I never see Westmalle. The shitty bars here will have a local IPA on tap and that's about it. Most bars have a better selection though.
IPAs have flooded the market but one out of every ten or so is really good. The ones I enjoy are typically 10+ abv with extreme fruit flavors. The kind you drink one of and move onto something else. Not the bitter hopwater that most breweries feel they have to shit out to make any money.
>drink most days for 22 years, be stoner for few months here n' there so get a few breaks
>weed tolerance absurd, cost ridiculous, stahp
>drink 20-60 units every day for 4 months
>get out of hospital an hour ago
well, that wasn't fun. also holy shit some nurses are hot. might have over-used the "wanna go out for a drink with me?" line.
I've had ST's Pumpking, Warlock, and 2x Christmas. They were all good, you should try some if you can find any. Pumpking is the best pumpkin beer I've had so far, though I've only tried about six others.
I just tried a bottle of Desperados. Can barely taste the Tequila at all, mainly just tastes like a citrusy beer
It's got me interested in what a beer with real Tequila might taste like though, since I was recently introduced to having a pint with a shot of Jager which is delicious. Might have to try it next time I'm in my local
not all 12 are available but a few are widely available in the US. I've seen the American trappist ales for sale but haven't bought them. We have some great American non-trappist breweries that make Belgian-style ales that are extremely high quality.
Just started this experimental micro-batch today, brewed a similar one before and I'm hoping to refine it a bit before next year through various iterations.
I had a tequila barrel aged sour the other day and they went insanely well together, but they said it was a very brief aging process because the tequila would have overtaken the beer. Try a little at a time and see how it goes
Who else is sitting down with a cold glass of the good shit? Pic related
What would a belgian style beer be then because i litterally have no idea. Throw me some names i'll look up the brewing details.
I must also say that some trappists aren't even available everywhere in belgium. The west-vleteren is only sold at the abby itself and you're only allowed to buy 1 crate at a time. It is however top 3 best beers i have ever tried. Most abbies have a variant that's only sold on site and it's usually the best one too, sneaky monks...
bought this last saturday. 2nd beer from lagunitas.
the first sip immediately reminded me of a marsala wine, a sickly sweetness that I really wasn't anticipating from a beer. from then on that's all i could really taste.
never tried this style before but can't say i'm a fan of this one.
Allagash is a fantastic American brewery and they almost exclusively brew Belgian styles. My favorites from them are their tripel and their wit
I saw west-vleteren 12 for sale once in the US and the store was asking $110 dollars for it. I didn't buy it but I do like St Bernardus Abt 12 and I hear they are very similar beers.
Drinking a couple St. Arnold's Art Car IPAs. It really is the only beer they make that doesn't have St. Arnold's taste. Also you can't beat $7.99 for a sixer.
Guinness is a very light or even watery beer and the nitro makes it even easier to drink. The color is dark but it is pretty far from Old Rasputin. I love Old Rasputin and other imperial stouts too, especially Bell's Expedition.
Those were the bricks :) the abby wanted to renovate and build a new brewery section but that required money so they went and made some deal with delhaize(?) They packaged 4 bottles and a glass to be sold in regular supermarkets all over the country for i think €80. Some found their way to the US i guess. My local supermarket didn't sell the boxes when they were doing the limited sale but the owner found a pallet a year or so after the campaign.
This one is weird. It was first a fruity dark porter, I liked it but wondered how it would taste without the residual sweetness and with the malt character emphasised over the yeast. So I made a black lager with roughly the same recipe, then I made a black lager again but this time with ginger added as a dry hop, I liked the spice character but but using raw ginger leaves a really astringent bite that overpowers the hop notes towards the end. This one has come almost full circle and uses my house dual strain yeast that was originally a lager yeast with some chimay white I stole from a bottle. The lager and chimay really synergise to provide a moderate spicy aromatic note and it finishes dry and slightly tart, most likely due to some lacto baccillus that got cross contaminated from brewing next to my sauerkraut.
The malt is mostly pale and pilsner with a few types of roast malt and light crystal, about 2% oat for head retention. Hallertauer bittering with galaxy and haller flavour hop.
my only problem with that stuff is that its too expensive, rather just get a six pack of salvator for 10 bucks than a 4 pack of that for like 11. i live in the states, dont know how it is in europe or wherever.
Not him, but normie is derogatory. What you just said is like someone calling a black guy a nigger and him putting his chin up and saying "i identify as a nigger, so yes." and walking away triumphantly.
it's very good and it makes me wonder why Oskar Blues doesn't always have some kind of porter available. I'd love to see either this new coffee porter or DBC become readily available.
Oh no! What would we do without all the overhopped pine piss and the double chocolate peach cobbler sour ales? And who would design all the quirky labels with poorly draughted pictures of dragons and smelly old bastards on them?
>getting mad at labels
You realize there are probably 25,000 american beers needing labels? Breweries use all sorts of different label themes, its silly to even try and summarize what they look like as there is so little they have in common as a group
Had this with dinner. Very strange taste, suspect it was ruined.
Very nice dessert beer. Starting to really like this brewery!
Currently drinking my way through this. Very nice, Sierra Nevada stuff always being reliably good. Nice and fruity, smooth as well. Not stupidly over hopped, either.
Hmm, tricky. I think it edges them out a bit. Just that bit smoother and flavourful. Honestly it's been a while since I've had the Torpedo, tho.
Definitely worth a try if you come across it.
Why is the Belgian style of beer so intensely superior to any other form of beer?
The stores around me have year old to two year old bottles anyway. SUBURBIA!
Really, if I want a nicely aged beer I just need to grab the more expensive bottles in the suburbs. Living in the outskirts of chicago along the train tracks pays off quickly.
They were at my local grocery stores and liquor stores for a while then just disappeared after not selling well. What the fuck. I feel like I'm missing out. At least the bars still get their more special brews. Gotta love the bars around here, they really do it right even if it's 5 to 10 dollars for a good draft beer.
Trappists don't taste good to everyone. I've had some good ones, but I hate banana flavors in my beer so that rules out many, and I like a thicker body to my beer so that rules out even more. Super yeasty flavors don't really do it for me either. Trappists just aren't s style that calls out to me. I'll get a delirium every once in a while out of the can.
Really? I love right by the Chicago brewery and I have to say the hops really drive this beer. The sugary flavor takes a back seat to the hops and malt in my opinion. Could just be the batches I've gotten or maybe because of all the IPAs I drink from bombers I don't taste the sweetness as much.
Speaking of which, the only hop bombs I've had which could be described as savory were when I was on a long vacation in mendocino, the town. Kilt Lifter blew my mind. Savory hop flavor, like grass. I fell in love. You can't get it back in Chicago. What are some other savory, super hopped beers with such unique character? Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Also, the prices out there. Whew lad, the selection was much smaller but the prices were killer cheap.
Very heavy traditional imperial stout! Like it alot.
That does sound like a ripoff. I posted that picture last night and enjoyed the beer but for 10 or 11$ per 4-pack I don't think I'll buy it again. Should've been a 6-pack or should've been a bit stronger on the alcohol/"heavier". I have no complaints about the strong coffee flavor though since I enjoyed that.
Cheers man, brewing good beer is probably mu second strongest passion after my career. I had a marketing guy/headhunter practically beg me to get in touch with a brewery after trying some of my beer at a party. I'd love to help bring good beer to people but right now I want to really perfect my craft before I go public.
Every single foreign beer i have ever had was a bad version of something belgian i had before. I also admitted to being pretentious. Now back to your local micro special pumpkin stoutlagerale
>just moved for college
>parents were super lenient and picked up pretty much whatever I asked for from the liquour store that I could give them money for.
>can't drink legally until 19th birthday in 6 months
>stuck with whatever garbage people decide to serve at parties (occasionally you get blue buck, which is acceptable)
This and Hap & Harry's Tennessee Lager
I have this right now. Needed a refreshment after work.
I can't remember what i had (you could've seen this coming). I had the 3 major irish stouts some english beers, never anything american because they don't sell them here because guess what we have a better version of whatever you produce. Yes i'm pretentious i thought everyone here was. I also never said i hated stouts, this entire thread is people saying how great their special beer is that's available only in 1 bar in 1 state (this is my impression anyway, conveying what i think in a language not my own in written text is hard with all the sarcasm i usually employ). I'm open to try any beer. the only thing i ever wanted to convey was that in my experience (however lightly you might take that) whatever you can do, i can do better (please get the reference)
P.S. stouts aren't too bad, never had a belgian (that i can remember) so murphy's is the best imho
I find it hard to believe a schlafly coffee stout was anything but fantastic, but I haven't had it. There's no way something called Tennessee Lager is even passable.
That's some pretty limited experience to be making the statements you do. Especially in a group of people who have had tons of belgians.
>american beer must be awful because i've never had it
That's about what I expected.
>their special beer is that's available only in 1 bar in 1 state
Your impression of the availability of these beers is completely incorrect. You are not intelligent.
>all non-belgian beers are bad
>stouts aren't bad
>never had a belgian stout
Jesus, man, you're doing this for the attention.
I'm at over 100 belgians, atleast 5 dutch, 7 british, 10 irish, 5 german, 3 austrian an italian and a frenchie and that's counting the ones i was sober enough to remember. There's barely any foreigners for sale here and again i'd love to try some americans.
Had tons of belgians he says...
Never said i think american beer is bad, only said i have never tried one. Will you please read, not being as good as something doesn't mean bad. Democracy is good but it's not as good as freedom. That doesnt mean democracy is bad.
Not having tried a belgian stout was an anecdote. i think murphy's could be better than any belgian stout, don't think belgian stout would be bad but since i never tried one i can't say so go aheadd and bend my words again. From this post you'll be able to make that i hate freedom and i'm a communist.
You are giving me attention :^)
>mfw I've been to belgium and was it so underwhelming it hurt
Drinking some right now actually. It's very fresh and delicious.
You can't say you assume only Belgium has good beer without saying you think the beer in every other country -- which includes America -- is bad.
This is your problem, you make sweeping generalizations with no foundation. What's interesting to me is you don't stick to them, you backtrack as though you didn't.
Oh wow! Over 100!
>Even for the few American beers that are only available in one state are still as available as your beers. And our states are as big as your country.
Yeah? So why can I go to Total Wine and get enough different Belgian imports to last me a couple of weeks?
I don't understand your point. Beers from all over the world are available all over the world. I live in the US and enjoy American beers and Belgian beers that I buy from Total Wine.
The fighting here is crazy. Anyone who has experience with these different styles knows that they taste different and there are amazing beers from every style. Why would I have to choose a side instead of enjoying great American IPA's and imperial stouts while also enjoying tripels and Belgian dark ales? I'll drink both depending on what I'm in the mood for.
I've been drinking this for a bit now and I'm kind of disappointed. It is good but it feels flat and there is no coffee flavor at all. It is good but very sweet. This should not come in any size larger than 12oz because drinking a whole bomber at once would be too much. I enjoyed it though and with a growler I can space it out and drink a few glasses over tonight and tomorrow.
The snow has begun so time for a big blizzard beer. Founders Imperial Stout, bottled 12/27/13, so so good.
I had this on tap last weekend. Was nice, but pretty hot on the finish.
I love Nugget Nectar, went to Troegs recently for some. Seems fairly different from lasts years, as I remember anyway, but still a great beer.
breh i'm french and we got a lot of you guys belgian beers and even if they are great they are not "the best".
i'm not saying french beer is better, not at all, belgian just isn't some kind of graal
Nice beers you lads are getting into!
I've just had myself a summer ale from the local college brewery and it was passable, Head retention was pretty average and it seemed undercarbonated with too high of a water hardness given the lack of malt depth, but it'd be an easy beer to drink a lot of if it weren't for the hop character building so much. That said, good caramel notes and some subtle dried fruit in there and everything was pretty refreshing except for the hop buildup, but I'm a malt guy so I'm easy to overwhelm with high IBU's and alpha acids.
But hey, it was free so I can't really bitch much; I've had far worse beers; cracking another now for keks.
If you are talking IPA's then there are very few
If you are in the UK (or maybe the US I dunno) look for Jaipur from Thornbridge Brewery. Almost 6% but it's got an amazing balance to it. Doesn't taste like you are drinking cleaning fluid.
Also stay away from Brew Dog, as my dad once told me "It's all fizzy keg shite" and I agree with him.
im assuming youre comparing it to macro brews. just like costco, bulk=cheap, so micro=more expensive. and if the micro is good and has good word of mouth the free market comes into play increasing demand therefore increasing price. it's pretty simple economics my bru
Small businesses have less efficient business models, so prices from smaller companies are almost always higher.
Craft beer is a luxury product, people equate higher quality with higher price.
Craft beer tends to use more expensive base products, all malt instead of corn and rice, less efficient malt with more flavour, flavour hops are more expensive than bittering hops, craft beers tend to have more flavour hops.
Even then craft beers aren't that much more expensive than macro brews. You just have to find the right shops. I live near two specialist beer shops, one on average is nearly a pound per bottle dearer than the other. The cheaper one nearly rivals budweiser for pricing though.
A 6 pack of craft beer vs a 6 pack of bud is like 2$ in difference. Sometimes not even that. Some 4 packs just as expensive as the 6 packs but they're also usually 16 oz.
The only real expense are the specialty seasonals like imperial stouts or DIPA
>Yes. Ingredients for beer are cheap as fuck
Craft beer uses way the fuck more ingredients than light beer per volume of beer, plus economies of scale and shit
Also, craft beer usually isn't even very expensive, I mean a small percentage of it, especially west coast stuff is way overpriced, but you can get plenty of excellent beer in the $7.50-$10 six pack range
very true, you don't save any money by brewing your own. It's strictly for fun and being able to make exactly what you want. Pic is some homebrew bourbon barrel brown ale.
old speckled hen. This glass actually did the job well.
We had a few Basil Hayden's small barrels that we used at my work to add extra oak flavor to their whiskey in house for specialty drinks. One of the barrels had the steel rings popping off from all the expansion/contraction so I took it home and busted it into slivers. I've got some in one of my sours that's currently aging as well.
The efficiency for small barrels is horrible because so much evaporates, so it's better to add slices to a larger vessel or oak cubes than to fill the mini barrels.
NO no they will not. But life/death is better. I don't get the Tropicalia hype. It's very good but why are people looking so hard for it when Orpheus has two better IPAs?
A break from shoveling calls for a nice warming beer. A year of aging has really brought the malt forward on this.
I'm from /pol/
>what are you drinking tonight, anon?
pic related is what I'm drinking.
It's Hofbräu München, brewed directly at the site of the formation of the Nazi party.
I'm certain each one of you beta cucks are drinking the same hipster meme IPA faggot ale the jew media tells you to buy
It's extremely unique and very easy to drink. I think that really anyone would like Tropicalia, straight out of the can the beer is fantastic.
I will definitely try why you mentioned though.
>he has to call his barleywine "barleywine-style ale"
Yes, the product being produced with too many cost-cutting substitutions and shortcuts to be legally worthy of the actual name.
But you probably forgive him because he swears it's all totally free-trade and bespoke and shit, and that The Man set the definition of barleywine up so that it includes the big producers, but not the traditional stuff.
Well no, much more likely it is due to a TTB ruling to do with the use of the term "wine" in the name of a beer. I've noticed that every barleywine I've seen from the US seems to have "style" in there somewhere.
You have no idea what you're talking about. Your hatred of the USA is blinding you to great beer. Sierra Nevada is a big brand, they are not yuppie hipsters. The government won't allow the name "barleywine" though without "ale" included though because ignorant people will think it is grape wine.
it's settled down a bit since that picture. It's funny because there's very little yeast involved, the pellicle is a result of the bacteria. Actually, the yeast cake/trub was removed and re-cultured when it was racked into the glass carboy. We mixed that yeast cake with the yeast cake from our Flemish Red sour, so it's just a slew of lacto and pediococcus, etc.
You can see that culture in the small 1 gallon container.
>Shitty American laws
Is it a law pushed through by the wine industry or something, I have never heard such a thing, or never noticed whether this was a normal way to label such products
I got two four-packs of Duchesse de Bourgogne for $3.96 USD yesterday. They marked them down because they bottles said "Best by 3.05.2014"
I just had this last night and absolutely loved it. I'm just getting into craft beer, until now the fanciest thing I would drink on a semi-regular basis is assorted Sam Adams, and random ones I'd pick out from the health food store just because they were above 15% or had a cool bottle. I'm just turning 21, so until now I've just been drinking whatever my friends happen to pick up, or drinking from a few really old bottles of whiskey and bourbon my grandpa gave to me when drinking alone, and only getting the chance to try anything new the few times I happened to go grocery shopping with someone over 21. Recommend me some good starting beers. I've enjoyed most of everything I've ever tried, only thing I've had a bit of a distaste for before was an extremely hoppy beer.
Eh, shitty pic, sorry.
Elysian - Pineapple Habanero Sour (not expecting anything great)
Goose Island - Lolita wild ale fermented in wine barrels with raspberries
Almanac - Hoppy Sour Mandarina dry-hopped sour blonde aged in wine barrels
Crooked Stave - Origins "burgandy" sour aged in oak barrels
Fancy brews. I've seen those small Almanac bottles show up at stores near me recently. Are they generally good? Looks like most are sours and I haven't heard much about the brewery before.
I don't think I can taste any difference at all between normal Enjoy By and the current Enjoy By Unfiltered. It looks cool and might have a stronger smell but it's nothing crazy. I wish I could have gotten the black IPA to compare too.
First time trying this, I enjoy that you can get a good ale that leans towards hops without getting bashed over the head with them like a lot of the West Coast IPAs that are popular right now.
Normally I would get something more sophisticated, but I needed quantity over quality tonight. Cheers, 7 beers into the 12 pack. Still have a couple of shots of Jim Beam in the fridge.
Homebrewed bock with rye and a little chocolate malt. Turned out really nicely. Maybe my favorite homebrew so far.
Hey, OP, me, too!
Not really sure why this is the first time. Total Wine had a four pack of it for $7.30, though, so that was an easy buy.
What temperature should I drink this at? I had straight out of the fridge, which I should no better than to do with stouts, but I've been drinking a lot of milk stouts lately and kind of forgot.
The result was the alcohol being not masked at all, and the coffee tasting only bitter without the roasty depth I expect. Chocolate was clearly present, but not in my face. There was also no frothiness at all to it.
Basically, exactly not how this beer is described, and I'm assuming it's because I drank it too cold. But, still good, and I have three more cracks at it.
$7.30 is an amazing price for FBS. I've never seen it below $10/4-pack so I wonder if yours is from last year or something.
You should drink it at cellar or room temperature and it'll be much better. The thing about FBS that's different than outher stouts like imperial stouts is that you do want to keep it in the fridge. The coffee flavor will fade if you age it and the cold of a fridge will delay that. The beer still tastes better when warmed up though so if possible I'd recommend pouring a glass of it ~15 minutes before you intend to drink it and give it a chance to warm up. I don't keep most of my stouts in a fridge at all and just leave them in a dark part of the basement where they are always at a cool temperature and ready to drink. Big fan of FBS, cheers.
Went to walgreens not planning on buying beer but they had this in the cooler and it was the last one
2014 Three Philosophers, not my favorite quad, not much flavor to start with then finishes very bitter. Still after all this time aging pretty boozy too.
I got the box set of Three Philosophers as a Christmas gift with 2011, 2012, and 2013 bottles but have only drank it fresh in the past. I agree with you about it mostly; it is good but a bit bland and St Bernardus Abt 12 is better. I can't really notice the 2% Kriek that is in Four Philosophers but love the Kriek on its own.
I notice the cherry in the smell a bit but yeah definitely not noticeable in the taste. Night and day with the St. Bernardus 12 for sure, the Bernie is one of the best beers I've ever had, especially with some age on it.
Tonight I'm trying the famed La Fin Du Monde for the first time.
Was drinking this over the weekend, man is it sweet when you first start drinking but it mellows out and becomes super drinkable.
Great for 9.99. It's everywhere near me. The local beer store, the walgreens in the same strip, all the Binny's. Everywhere.
Damn Chicago is a great place for beer.
Got 6 different 3 Floyds bombers today. They're all pretty good, but I don't understand why they demand such a high price. I bought them with buddies. We got the cannibal corpse one, the blood whatever, and a few others including the admiral.
All just ok or pretty good.
Pipeworks does it better tbhonest with you.
Oh, and right now I'm sipping on Victory at Sea before going for a walk while X-Files records. My buddies are getting over at 9:30 or so after watching the SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS that I don't give a fuck about. X-Files 3Floyds party oh yes.
Victory at Sea has everything I want from a stout, and you can get it anywhere and everywhere. It's basically a vanilla coffee beer that hides its 10% abv incredibly well. It's labelled as a porter, but it is most definitely not. It's a stout in everything but name. Great texture/thickness. Perfect to sip on while writing up lab reports and reading up on chemistry articles. Munching on Haribo gummy bears, drinking nice beer to get ready for a walk to burn em off. Oh life you so sweet.
3 Floyds is unobtainable unless you're local so that is part of it. These local places get overly hyped in general. The brewery near me that is starting to get national attention makes delicious beer but from what I see online it is clear that people are building it up to be more than it is. Maybe I'm just tempted to believe that all the super hyped and hip breweries are like this to make myself feel better though. Did you have the peppermint Victory at Sea? I really liked it and it managed to be very tasteful by keeping the mint flavor mild and not in-your-face.
Been drinking this for a bit now and my impressions are that it is has extreme carbonation and the strongest banana scent of any Belgian I've drank yet. I've heard the descriptor used for this style many times but now I really smell it.
I keep seeing the peppermint VaS at my local shops for decent prices, but I don't know if I'd really like a peppermint beer. Especially since I can get regular VaS for 13.99 while the bomber is 7.99.
Oh! Speaking of stouts, I recently had Stone Xocoveza. It's delicious. It's a chocolate milk stout with spices as a fantastic undertone. The flavour and texture are spot on and make for a dangerously drinkable beer at 8.1%, just like VaS. You really have to pick it up if you like stouts in general.
Side note; I hate banana flavours in my beer. can't stand it. I don't want to drink anything that reminds me of bananas. Makes belgians difficult for me to get into. I like Delirium Tremens, but that's because you can get the cans at any bar for a decent amount of cash. I hate feeling like a pleb whenever I try other belgian ales since so many of them have these funky banana flavours that make me gag. Got any recommendations?
Drinking this. It's as good as I imagined it would be. $9 a four pack isn't half bad.
But KBS was good too. :^(
Damn you get it for 9? Is KBS already out? I totally missed it if so. My local store typically gets things a few months late for whatever reason, and they upcharge it a bit, but I've gotten Surly Darkness there and Dinosmoars from Off Color there for 44 total with tax. Dinosmoars if fucking amazing. It's so damn good. If you can ever get your hands on Off Colors darker beers please just do it. They're absolutely amazing.
The banana flavor is strongest in tripels. You won't find it in most dubbels, quads, or saisons and they're all Belgians too. I can understand disliking the style though. Personally I really enjoy the tripels I have drank but haven't had any dubel that I loved. They taste too sweet to me and I like a drier beer.
I'm always on the lookout for Xocoveza because it sounds delicious but I'm in Pennsylvania and have never seen it here. It has shipped here but stores sold out immediately.
I saw that Xocoveza last time I was at the grocery store, looked interesting but was incredibly overpriced at $11.99 for a bomber. Hard to justify that price point when you can get a six-pack of anything else for that much.
KBS hasn't been released yet, don't worry. KBS and Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout are the two beers I'm watching for most closely. I've got one more bottle of Weyerbacher's Heresy but that's my last 12oz barrel aged stout and I want to stock up for 2016. Committing to a whole bomber of BBA stout is not something that my wallet or stomach can always afford.
Aren't the bombers the bourbon barrel aged version? Stone's bombers are always overpriced but at least in this case it's a slightly different product, I think.
I paid $10 for a bomber of the current Enjoy By and it was great beer but I regretted it as soon as I left the store. For that price I should have gotten something more exotic or barrel aged.
Yeah, 13.99 for a six pack got old quickly. My local shops always have one saved for me since I visit them biweekly and don't act like an asshole/talk with them about what they like and appreciate how obscenely friendly they are. Zombie Dust just aint worth it when other, more local breweries produce incredible IPAs that are always available for cheaper. Still enjoy their Gumballhead more than anything else I've tried. No wait, their collabs with other breweries are much better. I have an empty bottle of Anicca, the one with the naked lady dragon label, where they collabed with my favourite local brewery, Half Acre. Three Floyds plus Half Acre was a godsend of an IPA. Beyond fucking delicious. Even put my Buddha beads I got in china around the bottle for a double blast of memories.
In the Summer, if you can, please do yourself a favour and get Vallejo. It is the best IPA I've ever had out of a simple 4pack. I'm so damn lucky to be able to visit their brewery, since they only put out 4 or so beers for sale while their brewery has a dozen rotating beers on tap. Half Acre is one of those local breweries that deserves every ounce of praise they get.
I'm in Milwaukee, so no Half Acre here, but i'll keep an eye out next time I'm down there. I usually stop at a craft beer store in Libertyville on my way back whenever I go to Chicago and load up on stuff they don't sell in Wisconsin
The 6pack is what I got at 14.99, which is similar to the better Ballast Point offerings, so I wasn't too offended. They say on the bottle that they're planning a wider release. Hopefully you'll see the six pack soon. My guy at Binny's got it outta the back for me when I asked for a recommendation and dropped the names of other stouts he liked. It is chocolate milk in a bottle, but if you want a different, more dark kind of stout for the same price just go for Victory at Sea.
Absolutely. I love trying more interesting beers and beers that I can keep in the cellar indefinitely but bombers are always expensive.
This is something I love about Weyerbacher. Their bourbon barrel aged barleywine is out in 4-packs now for $15. That's the same price I'd probably pay for a bomber of the same style from most breweries and it really encourages me to buy a couple packs and keep them around until next year. Not to mention that the bombers of heavy heavy beers almost demand to be shared. 12oz is a better serving size.
I've been able to get 1 or 2 bottles of KBS each of the last few years. Just have to check with your store what day it is released as the day approaches (different stores will get the shipment on different days) as it probably won't last more than a day
Planning on moving there for school, so that's some disappointing news. Still, you'll definitely be doing right by yourself by picking up some Vallejo or visiting their brewery if you get the chance.
This is probably the best Barleywine I have tried and they sell it for about $13/4pack
I am hoping they still have some around next time I go to the store
The dog fish is a 12% beer and will fuck you up. My favorite is hard to say, I really like the sam adams cream stout, hate on sam but its a damn good porter. So is that old rasputin and trois pistoles. God damn, I love all these beer, guess thats why I put them in front
Watch out with your X Files recording. It just started now (25 minutes late) because of how long the panthers/cardinals game went. Better set the next show to record too or you may miss the end.
Thanks for the concern! If there's anything good about this Xfinity bullshit is that it auto records as things air. Got it all.
On that note, 3 Floyds doesn't disappoint with its bombers, but they're never that great. Chicago wise, pipeworks does everything they do but better. Maybe it's freshness plus price, but 3 Floyds almost never seems worth it unless they're teaming up with a brewery you know and love.
They do other styles. Just had a 1/4 barrel of their IPA on tap. Pretty smooth. More American IPA than West Coast IPA.
Got pic related in the other day, but haven't tried it yet. Sounds pretty good though.
I've had a few of their Farm to Barrel series. The pluot is great, and the strawberry is good. The fresh hop sour last night was really interesting. Really floral, mixed with the sour... I'm going to recommend it to people for sure.
My 3rd bottle and I paid $20ea. It's a 750ml, so I don't think the price is way out there especially considering it has fruit added. Also, it's a 750ml, so if you're not a big fan of sours that is a lot of sour to drink. Maybe get a bottle and take it to a dinner party or something. I'm aging one to see how it goes.
Was just looking at their site. They have over 30 in the Farm to Barrel series. wow. Going to see about getting more in the store.
And yeah, I guess I could said "everything is premium... including the price!".
First time I've ever had a nitro imperial stout. It's a nice touch.
Also, this shit's pretty complex. Just a little too strong of a licorice note to be perfect.
Alcohol is also pretty potent, even at near-room temperature. I'll drink my whiskey now and then, so it doesn't stop me from enjoying it, but it's not what I look for in beer.
Dude, improve your glassware!
At least you're better than my friend who just turned 21, and refuses to believe me that she's hurting her experience by drinking out of the bottle.
>be me, redneck white trash living in Alabama
>sitting in on my bed, bathroom just a door away
>been brewing some grade A country wine in my bathtub
>about to go to bed
>say my lord's prayer until suddenly hear rustles
>noises coming from porch of trailer
>grab shotgun from off wall and haul ass
>kick door open
>bout to blow this fucker's brains out
>no raccoon to be seen
> run back into my bed room
>window busted open
>no fucking wine
That was a week or two ago.
Keep in mine, I was brewin that shit for 6 months. Without baths. And I was planning two more months. That wine would have been ripe and ready for my cousins visit back down here from Kentucky.
sperging about using a pint glass is too far.