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Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:22 pm
by adamtrask
Two nights ago I had a Big Sky Dubbel and a Bell's Two Hearted Ale...

The dubbel was okay, nowhere near as good as the Belgian abbey style that it's aping, but it will do in a pinch. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out specifically.

The Bell's Two Hearted was an interesting IPA. Good for one pint, but then the hoppy flavor really dominates. It's sort of a novelty, being that hoppy.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:27 pm
by grammatron
I'm pretty jazzed cause a friend of mine who'd been living in Europe while in the army just moved to the town I live in now, and he's really into beer. He's been gone for like 5 year though, and during that time Georgia started allowing high ABV beers to be sold. So he's got a decent knowledge of German stuff, but is fairly new to American craft beer. We make a good team.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:29 pm
by CudNylon
What do you do about friends who are afraid of hops but love stouts and porters?

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:31 pm
by lights
I'm rather upset because a brewery near me (New Albanian) is unveiling a keg of one of their winter beers this week at a bar I like, and I won't be able to partake because I'm flat broke till Friday and it'll surely be gone by then. I've never had it, but it's described as being the bastard child of a rauchbier and an IPA, which sounds pretty amazing.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:39 pm
by Render
I had a few Green Flash IPAs at this new bar here, Big Star, the other night. It was pretty decent. I'd never seen any Green Flash stuff around here before.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:42 pm
by adamtrask
lights wrote:I'm rather upset because a brewery near me (New Albanian) is unveiling a keg of one of their winter beers this week at a bar I like, and I won't be able to partake because I'm flat broke till Friday and it'll surely be gone by then. I've never had it, but it's described as being the bastard child of a rauchbier and an IPA, which sounds pretty amazing.


I cannot imagine what such a combination would taste like.

I've really only tried rauchbier as a novelty... I can't actually see myself drinking one for pleasure.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:53 pm
by kristop
drank a growler of rogue's yellow snow on saturday, delicious.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:02 pm
by lights
adamtrask wrote:
lights wrote:I'm rather upset because a brewery near me (New Albanian) is unveiling a keg of one of their winter beers this week at a bar I like, and I won't be able to partake because I'm flat broke till Friday and it'll surely be gone by then. I've never had it, but it's described as being the bastard child of a rauchbier and an IPA, which sounds pretty amazing.


I cannot imagine what such a combination would taste like.

I've really only tried rauchbier as a novelty... I can't actually see myself drinking one for pleasure.


I've never tried one myself, I'm pretty woefully ignorant of beer styles outside of American craft stuff and the very basics of European styles. However it definitely sounded worth a trip to a bar to sample.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:03 pm
by guidance
this is the best time of year in the cleveland area with christmas ale on tap almost everywhere. i might be biased but it's my favorite winter beer.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:43 pm
by fresh salad
There is brewery here in Minneapolis called SURLY, Their Bender is the shizz.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:45 pm
by MRrrRrRrroooWwww
adamtrask wrote:The Bell's Two Hearted was an interesting IPA. Good for one pint, but then the hoppy flavor really dominates. It's sort of a novelty, being that hoppy.

shit and heck i wish i could get two hearted down here in texas. best beer ever imo.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:46 pm
by adamtrask
fresh salad wrote:There is brewery here in Minneapolis called SURLY, Their Bender is the shizz.


I really don't like the Bender much. Just too roasty for me... but if you're into heavy coffee taste in your beer, I can see how you would like it.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:54 pm
by Smerdyakov
I had a Boulevard Long Strange Tripel the other day. Good stuff.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:55 pm
by brownlights
Coffee Bender is truly great, and I'm not much of a coffee person. They somehow dialed in a great balance with the strong coffee presence up front that fades into malty deliciousness.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:56 pm
by bagwhat
This crappy tex-mex bar near me had pliny the elder on tap. during happy hour it was $3.5/pint. such a great, great beer. i don't know if it's in my head or if this is really the case, but both times i've had it on tap (this bar, and at a pizza port in sd) it seemed just a little better than in the bottle.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:00 pm
by mike
CudNylon wrote:What do you do about friends who are afraid of hops but love stouts and porters?


you've gotta walk them over, step by step - so find a red, then a hoppy wheat, then a pale, then an ipa... or you can just serve them a hoppy stout - 3 floyds manages to make most of their dark beers finish at least a little hoppy.

i think for a lot of people, hoppy stuff just takes time to get a feel for. that's how it worked for me, anyway. if they're at least open to trying it, they'll come around with experience.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:03 pm
by shankly
Had a bomber of this stuff the other day--really tasty.
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I've yet to find a DFH beer that I can't at least find some merit in.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:03 pm
by Viola Swamp
some friends and i did a blind beer gift exchange on saturday

gifted a damnation46 and got a firestone12

not bad

anybody here tasted the firestone anniversaries

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:13 pm
by Brevity
Render wrote:I had a few Green Flash IPAs at this new bar here, Big Star, the other night. It was pretty decent. I'd never seen any Green Flash stuff around here before.


Drinking one now. I think it's new to the Chicago market. Pretty great.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:15 pm
by Brevity
CudNylon wrote:What do you do about friends who are afraid of hops but love stouts and porters?


A lot of Russian imperial stouts are hoppy as hell. I think the Founders one is like 90 IBUs. Or maybe, if they're into big beers, slip them a hoppy barleywine or something?

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:09 am
by andrei
i'm drinking a stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and losing my shit

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:10 am
by fury
i want to try that so badly but i never seen it anywhere despite living close to stone

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:10 am
by andrei
they had a bunch of em at the store near me

just saw on ratebeer that they're discontinued, too, i might stock up

we don't get alesmith around here and this is the closest thing i've had to something on the level of the speedway stout

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:14 am
by CudNylon
I guess I'll go the RIS route since I'm not well versed on reds/wheats etc. I tried a Bigfoot last year on my friends and the response was mostly negative. Rogue Chocolate Stout and Bell's Porter is the only unanimous praise I can get, and Old Rasputin gets a little love as well.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:15 am
by vibracobra
andrei wrote:i'm drinking a stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and losing my shit



This stuff is incredible. Stock up if you can, I haven't seen it in my locals in far too long.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:21 am
by skittish
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had these in a flying fish sampler. esb amber was my favorite

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:25 am
by apostrophe
My girlfriend seems reassured when something has "light" in its name. I know this might be hard to ask in the quality beer thread, but anyone have any recommendations?
Right now I am drinking Sam Adams Light, which I like, but i feel like you guys would know more than i do.

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:32 am
by lobster
brownlights wrote:Coffee Bender is truly great, and I'm not much of a coffee person. They somehow dialed in a great balance with the strong coffee presence up front that fades into malty deliciousness.


yeah the coffee bender and the surly wet are my favorite. i went on their brewery tour a couple weeks ago and it was awesome. six free beers but they let you drink as much as you want if you throw the bartender a couple bucks here and then

Re: Quality Beer Thread mk. 3.5

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:46 am
by myoclonic jerk
had a stone smoked porter for the first time last night. god damn delicious.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:30 am
by palmer eldritch
had this over the weekend

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St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru. got it on clearance for $4, which i guess is a good deal. didn't love it.