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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    I just read a new study saying that alchohol is more deadly and harmful than all other drugs by far.....I was persuaded to think beer is worse than meth or crack....

    Are they talking about addiction and binge drinking? What do they say about drinking in moderation?
  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    Went to a Halloween party, friend has a large, LARGE selection of cellared beer. Had a 2004 Stone Russian Imperial Stout (I didn't even know they bottled this!) and it was pretty fucking incredible.
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  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    Anyone in SoCal? San Diego Beer Week starts tomorrow. Pretty incredible shit going on.
    Events San Diego Beer Week, 2010
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  • TSwizzleTSwizzle Fearless Joined: Posts: 322
    Thanks for that link! I love SD Breweries.
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    Wooooo! Please don't bash me too hard, but I just discovered BevMo! for the first time evurr. It was like I died and dun gone to heaven. It felt like I was in an Office Depot, but instead of office supplies, there was booze and drinking supplies. Back to school shopping is fun now. :rofl:

    I bought:
    - Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (4-pack)
    - Young's Double Chocolate Stout
    - Paulaner Salvator Double Bock
    - Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

    I took some pics of the bottles. You can view them at my blog.

    I can't wait to try them!
  • shadowcharlieshadowcharlie ★ஜ۩dip۞set۩ஜ★ Joined: Posts: 9,168 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Just had a bottle of Delirium last night. Amazing beer.
    .........which one?
    Wooooo!
    I bought:
    - Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (4-pack)
    - Young's Double Chocolate Stout
    - Paulaner Salvator Double Bock
    - Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier
    if u like russian imperials u have got to try dark lord Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. / Brewery & Pub - Munster, IN - BeerAdvocate and black albert Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers - Oostvleteren, Belgium - BeerAdvocate
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  • shadowcharlieshadowcharlie ★ஜ۩dip۞set۩ஜ★ Joined: Posts: 9,168 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    also for those that like IPAs try out
    I hardcore U IPA
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    if u like russian imperials u have got to try dark lord

    Fo' sho', but the problem is, from what I hear, that is one rare brew. I can only dream of obtaining such a thing.

    Thread revival time. I guess it's time for some mini-scorings of the beers I've tried recently.

    Old Rasputin (A-)
    This stuff is amazing. Coming from Guinness, the flavors of this beer hits you like a truck. Now I get to experience these "complex" flavors people are always talking about. From the start, I get this dark, fruity flavor which then transitions into the most roasted, burnt coffee flavor I have ever tasted. A very fine beer, but it's something I'm not going to be drinking too often.

    Young's Double Chocolate Stout (B-)
    Well... It's like Guinness, but with a good dose of chocolate. Usually, you find people mentioning "dark chocolate" flavors in beer, but this beer is more on the milk chocolate side. It's sweet. I kinda do enjoy this beer, but it's somewhat of a novelty for me. I would take a Guinness Draught over this beer.

    Paulaner Salvator Double Bock (B+)
    This is a good tasting beer. It tastes... like some kind of honey water/nectar thing. Seriously. There was an instance when I took a sip of this beer right after sipping some Old Rasputin, and what resulted was a strong amplification of honey. I've never tasted anything so sweet. It was delicious, though.

    Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier (Pass)
    Not going to give this beer a grade, because although I don't like it, it's not a bad beer. It deserves to pass. Not a brew for me, though. From what I understand, this is a filtered wheat beer, which means the banana scent will be more subtle. That banana sweetness is definitely something I love. I guess the suppressing of the banana kinda leaves me with some spice notes as the dominating taste, which I'm not too fond of. What is that spice note, anyway? It's the same kind of taste that Bud Golden Wheat gives. Is it cloves or coriander?

    Blue Moon (C+)
    It's a wheat beer and leans toward the citrussy side. Nothing special or noteworthy. Nice and simple. Maybe a good beginner hefe?

    Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse (A+)
    My favorite hefe to date. The banana note is so dominating and delicious. One of the few beers that I have trouble drinking slow and savoring. This stuff goes down fast and smooth.

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen (A+)
    * NOTE: I had this on tap.
    Okay, I know I said the Franziskaner was my favorite hefe, but I'm actually still debating it and considering this beer instead. Imagine this as the lemony/citrussy version of the Franziskaner. So, instead of being dominantly banana-ey, its citrussy. I was at the pub today and I finished this beer before the appetizers even came.

    Guinness Stout (B-)
    * NOTE: I had this on tap.
    After trying Old Rasputin, Guinness just seems like a very simple, coffee-flavored water thing. I still like it. For me, it's a wonderful beer in a minimalistic sort of way.

    Bonus Review:

    Irish Car Bomb (A)
    * NOTE: I had this at a pub and the Guinness was from tap.

    I tried this for the first time tonight. I was a bit intimidated because first of all, I've never chugged anything before, and secondly, I see people failing the chug on YouTube. Damn, it must be pretty harsh going down, right? Nope. I downed it in 4 seconds. I loved it so much, I got a second one and downed it in 3 seconds. It seemed pretty easy and I definitely want to practice and get it down faster. Why? It's a FUN drink. Dropping the shot into the beer was fun and the time-attack just made it even better.

    The concoction itself tasted pretty damn good. Bailey's Irish Cream was the dominant flavor, and I guess when mixed with the beer, it becomes like an Irish creme-flavored milk with a tiny hint of coffee. You don't taste any alcohol at all; not even from the whiskey. I'm baffled by the people who fail at drinking this. It's tasty and goes down so easy. You can mistake this for a kiddy drink.

    In the end, I looked at the bill and wtf'd when I saw that the drink was $10 a piece. Don't these normally go for $6? Screw that. I'm going to start making these at home.

    At the pub tonight, I had the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis first. Then I ate a small appetizer of cheesy, bacony potatoes and lamb sliders. After that was when I had two consecutive Irish Car Bombs. It resulted in tipsiness. Very fun.

    ----

    Well, I guess that's all I got for now. I'll spam this thread some more in a week. Gonna get more beer. I'm gonna definitely get a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which is the top-ranked wheat beer at Beer Advocate. I'm also gonna try some Sierra Nevada Celebration.
  • CryohCryoh Rock Shock Thunderous Beat Joined: Posts: 9,639
    People can't down Irish Car Bombs because they are bitches.
  • MCPMCP Joined: Posts: 2,012
    Curieux: Ale aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels. (A)
    11% alcohol, corked.
    Yummy. May 2010.
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    Just had a bottle of Delirium last night. Amazing beer.
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    Blue Moon (C+)
    It's a wheat beer and leans toward the citrussy side. Nothing special or noteworthy. Nice and simple. Maybe a good beginner hefe?

    Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse (A+)
    My favorite hefe to date. The banana note is so dominating and delicious. One of the few beers that I have trouble drinking slow and savoring. This stuff goes down fast and smooth.

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen (A+)
    * NOTE: I had this on tap.
    Okay, I know I said the Franziskaner was my favorite hefe, but I'm actually still debating it and considering this beer instead. Imagine this as the lemony/citrussy version of the Franziskaner. So, instead of being dominantly banana-ey, its citrussy. I was at the pub today and I finished this beer before the appetizers even came.
    Never heard of Sierra Nevada's hefeweizen. I will look out for it at the store.

    You know what's weird, I don't taste the banana at all in Franki piss water (that's what my friend calls it), and I hate bananas. I've had other beers with a banana flavor and I dislike them thoroughly, but I love Franki piss water.

    While blue moon is good, in Eureka California they make Great White which is similar, but in all ways better, according to my taste buds.
    Bonus Review:

    Irish Car Bomb (A)
    TOP TIER! A++++! Not for tasting, it's for getting drunk, FAST. And in fact it doesn't taste bad when downed in one go.
  • shin neferioshin neferio BEHOLD! Joined: Posts: 805
    blue moon and sessions beer ftw.
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  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    Christmas Time means Christmas beers!

    So far...
    Anchor Christmas Ale 2010 (comes in a magnum bottle)
    Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper (an amazing imperial stout)
    Corsendonk Christmas
    Dupont Avec Les Bon... something. It has a super long french name. It's a tasty Saison.
    St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
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  • jonny419jonny419 Joined: Posts: 74
    Just had a bottle of Delirium last night. Amazing beer.

    Tremens I hope, best by far
    wiki wrote:
    Delirium tremens (also referred to as The D.T.'s) is an acute episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol, first described in 1813.

    :lovin:

    Also, someone metioned Session beers, I just found that myself and was really pleasantly surprised. Is the Sessions Black any good?
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  • iShottoiShotto COME AT ME BRO Joined: Posts: 2,077
    i always associate Irish Car Bombs to chocolate milk in flavor.

    Guiness is (imo) the dark beer meant for drinking all night where as a lot of the others i find over powering after 2-3 12 oz bottles.

    I like the Old Rasputin though, that shit was amazing.
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  • IrennicusIrennicus Joined: Posts: 1,429
    If I was going to buy a Sessions I'd just save the money and buy a budweiser.
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  • the_king_of_tacosthe_king_of_tacos Joined: Posts: 31
    i gota love where i live, there is good beer all around
    here in my town there is a nice little brewery that produces some good shit, the rouge brewery is an hr to the north and deschutes is still within a days drive
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    the rouge brewery is an hr to the north and deschutes is still within a days drive

    Damn. So lucky. :looney:
    I like the Old Rasputin though, that shit was amazing.

    It's a great dessert beer. Drink it for dessert, or drink it with a dessert like chocolate cake or brownies.
    You know what's weird, I don't taste the banana at all in Franki piss water (that's what my friend calls it), and I hate bananas. I've had other beers with a banana flavor and I dislike them thoroughly, but I love Franki piss water.

    Everyone's smelling and tasting receptors are different, I suppose. If you read beer reviews, you'll notice everyone picks up different aromas and notes. Sometimes it's just hard to identify something precisely. The sweetness/maltiness for me resembles most to bananas, but someone else might say it's more like bready malt or apples.
    TOP TIER! A++++! Not for tasting, it's for getting drunk, FAST. And in fact it doesn't taste bad when downed in one go.

    When you put it that way, I should probably change my rating to a perfect score. I didn't give it that plus because I thought it would be more of a challenge, but I must admit that it's probably my favoritest bar drink ever now.
  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    Tried two more beers tonight.

    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (A-)
    - A nice, mild balance of banana and cloves. I'm not at all a fan of the clove flavor, but it blends in so well that even I can enjoy it. Refreshing and drinkable. I still like the Franziskaner and Sierra Nevada wheat beers way better, since they focus on the fruit tastes and for the most part omits the cloves.

    Sierra Nevada Celebration (A)
    - I'm not an IPA guy, but I loved this brew. I finished one earlier and I'm now craving more. Good thing I bought a 6-pack. I'm still developing my palette and can't seem to identify what the flavors are in this beer. From reviews I read, many call out "pine", but I have no clue what pine smells or tastes like. Is this pine I'm tasting? I don't know, but it's very nice. Finishes with what tasted like bready malt.
  • TheEvilChinaManTheEvilChinaMan I think english! Joined: Posts: 1,160
    I love IPAs. For some reason to me a beer should taste like an IPA, full of hops with a strong taste.

    I'm pretty sure most have hit on this, but the Top Favs of IPAs (at least my list in no particular order):

    -Stone Pale Ale, IPA, Ruination IPA
    -Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, IPA
    -Sam Adams Pale Ale
    -Mirror Pond (Deschutes) IPA

    Other non-IPA/Pale Ales that are worth drinking:

    -New Belgium Fat Tire, Tripple Ale
    -Hoegaarden (if you love Blue Moon, try this instead)
    -Stone Arrogant Bastard (around an 8% alcohol beer)
    -Sam Adams Boston Lager
    -Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale
    -Dos Equis Lager (if you have to be cheap but don't want water, get this)


    Only time you should be drinking shit beer (Coors' Light, BEAST, Pabst, etc) should either be before a sporting event or drinking games. It is only a dis-service to yourself to not try quality beer. If you happen to live in California or Colorado, craft beer should be the only thing you drink.
  • g3nshir0_g3nshir0_ Joined: Posts: 371
    I'm no beer aficionado so I simply just take a 40 oz. of Steel Reserve(not so much anymore because it tastes like ass but the punk rock hobo in me rears its head sometimes) or Budweiser. I don't have money to buy all the fancy beers and I don't think I would even want to unless it was for a certain occasion. There isn't much to celebrate, and when there is, I'm usually drinking liquor.
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  • TheEvilChinaManTheEvilChinaMan I think english! Joined: Posts: 1,160
    Most supermarkets/liquor stores sell a 32oz Stella Artois/Stone(in CA)/Blue Moon for about the same price as any malt liquor. Though if you are just trying to get drunk for the sake of getting drunk, the spirits is what you should be looking at.

    Has anyone tried crafting their own brew? I want to try, but I hear that the cleaning is more of a bitch than the actual brewing process.
  • g3nshir0_g3nshir0_ Joined: Posts: 371
    It's just that I'm a little guy so most people are shocked when they find out I can drink so much. I usually don't drink at all, so I tend to grab a 40 to unwind and pour a little on the curb for the people in my life incarcerated/dead.

    I don't drink to get drunk because it's almost impossible unless I'm pouring shot after shot down and I usually don't have that luxury.
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  • NegroNinjaNegroNinja N-Word Ninja Joined: Posts: 2,620
    that Sam Adams winter ale actually isn't too bad, had about 6 pints tonight, couldn't get enough.
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    Ayinger Celebrator (C+)
    - Nice, sweet roasted malt taste. A little carbonated. Medium body. Easily drinkable. Despite it's decent taste, I think it's a bit boring to drink.

    Anchor Steam Beer (B-)
    - Has that pungent/earthy citrus hops, grapefruit rind scent. Tastes malty. Easily drinkable. Pretty decent.

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (B-)
    - Also pungent/earthy citrus hop, grapefruit rind scent. Tastes like a mild version of the Celebration. Hardly to no bitterness at all, despite being a Pale Ale.

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA (A-)
    - The perfect balance between the Pale Ale and Celebration. Has a bit of bitterness and fresher hop taste. Smells less pungent/earthy than the Pale Ale.

    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (A)
    - The Celebration is certainly the best of all three. Hardly or no pungent/earthy smell. The aroma from the wet hopping smells so nice. Best flavor and aroma of the three, also. Very floral/fruity and super fresh. The most bitter, but I love it despite that, which is surprising because I'm not a fan of bitter beers. This would be my session beer of choice, but since it's seasonal, Torpedo will take the slot.

    Miller Genuine Draft Light 64 (D)
    - I'm getting strong water notes and extremely light beer notes. Very carbonated. I guess it's pretty decent if you need a water substitute.

    Miller Lite (D-)
    - Same as above, but I get some stanky notes in this one.

    Currently in stock to be reviewed:
    - Ridgeway Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout (seasonal)
    - Lagunitas A Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale (seasonal)
  • 3b1r4h3b1r4h omgz liek woahhhhhhh Joined: Posts: 499
    ok guys i'm a beer expert, but i'm not gonna post paragraphs about beer in here. i just want to mention that all these reviews of german wheat beers that talk about cloves and bananas are crazy. PURITY LAW there is ONLY 4 ingredients. ALL of those flavors come from the water, malts, hops, or yeast that they use. the germans are VERY good at interpreting different flavors with their choice of what and yeast but NONE of those beers have more than the 4 ingredients i just listed.

    the BELGIAN wheat beers however generally contain coriander and orange or grapefuit peel.

    i also wanted to post in this thread to cry about how i got drunk last night and split up my 6 pack of 2007 avery mephistopheles.

    oh well.
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  • iShottoiShotto COME AT ME BRO Joined: Posts: 2,077
    ok guys i'm a beer expert, but i'm not gonna post paragraphs about beer in here. i just want to mention that all these reviews of german wheat beers that talk about cloves and bananas are crazy. PURITY LAW there is ONLY 4 ingredients. ALL of those flavors come from the water, malts, hops, or yeast that they use. the germans are VERY good at interpreting different flavors with their choice of what and yeast but NONE of those beers have more than the 4 ingredients i just listed.

    the BELGIAN wheat beers however generally contain coriander and orange or grapefuit peel.

    i also wanted to post in this thread to cry about how i got drunk last night and split up my 6 pack of 2007 avery mephistopheles.

    oh well.

    well i figured that was a given....It's like when you review rum or cheese or wine, there maybe flavor notes that hint at cherry or nuts with out actually containing them...simple concept really.
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  • xX_Deus_XxxX_Deus_Xx ItsCool2BeDismissive Joined: Posts: 2,579
    subscribe to thread.

    recommend someone (me) that never drinks a good ale.

    i like newcastle, if that tells you anything.
    Have fun, and be safe with it.

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  • NIKO:ONENIKO:ONE Joined: Posts: 918
    I've went back to drinking a 40 of old english and a tall can of old e with a couple bong hits almost every night now.
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  • VangardBVangardB Joined: Posts: 367
    Drinking my first Arrogant Bastard Ale! I'm liking it alot! I.P.A.s weren't really my thing but i love them now
  • NegroNinjaNegroNinja N-Word Ninja Joined: Posts: 2,620
    Drinking my first Arrogant Bastard Ale! I'm liking it alot! I.P.A.s weren't really my thing but i love them now

    I think that stuff actually does turn you into an arrogant bastard...never seen a night where anyone drinking that didn't end up in an argument.
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  • TheEvilChinaManTheEvilChinaMan I think english! Joined: Posts: 1,160
    I think that stuff actually does turn you into an arrogant bastard...never seen a night where anyone drinking that didn't end up in an argument.


    You should thank its almost 8% alcohol by volume content. Most beers hover around the 4-5% marker. Drinking 6 ABs is like drinking a 12 pack.

    I love it though. I think it is a great dinner beer. Drink one of those with a burger and get a buzz going off one drink.
  • VangardBVangardB Joined: Posts: 367
    yeah it was delicious! still have a slight buzz going. i'm hoping world market has double bastard. that should be real good!
  • TheEvilChinaManTheEvilChinaMan I think english! Joined: Posts: 1,160
    If you have a Bev'mo, then you would be in luck!

    I'm spoiled, SoCal is so close to San Diego (micro-brew capital USA).
  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    ok guys i'm a beer expert, but i'm not gonna post paragraphs about beer in here. i just want to mention that all these reviews of german wheat beers that talk about cloves and bananas are crazy. PURITY LAW there is ONLY 4 ingredients. ALL of those flavors come from the water, malts, hops, or yeast that they use. the germans are VERY good at interpreting different flavors with their choice of what and yeast but NONE of those beers have more than the 4 ingredients i just listed.

    the BELGIAN wheat beers however generally contain coriander and orange or grapefuit peel.

    i also wanted to post in this thread to cry about how i got drunk last night and split up my 6 pack of 2007 avery mephistopheles.

    oh well.

    If you were a "beer expert" you'd know that when beers are described with these flavors, it's to give ideas as to the taste of the beverage. We're not saying the hefeweizen has banana in it.

    For example, you can get chocolate/vanilla and coffee notes in lots of Russian Imperial Stouts. Not all RIS' have chocolate or coffee in them. That flavor can come from the roasted barley and malts.

    IPA's can be described as citrusy or piney. They don't actually have orange juice or pine in them; it's the type of hop variety used that can imbue that flavor.

    Jesus.
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  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    subscribe to thread.

    recommend someone (me) that never drinks a good ale.

    i like newcastle, if that tells you anything.

    Newcastle is a brown ale, so if you can get your hands on Alesmith's Nautical Nut Brown, you can see how good Newcastle actually should be.

    Aside from that, start on the easier to drink stuff. A good Amber Lager (Karl Strauss) a tasty golden belgian (Duvel, Delirium Tremens) and bitter IPA (Ballast Point Sculpin, Green Flash IPA) or a nice dark beer (Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout, Deschutes Abyss)

    You're probably not going to like a lot of stuff your first time. Give it a few tries. Three years ago, I couldn't drink an IPA, it was a bitter hop bomb to me. Now... I can't bear to be without them!
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  • shadowcharlieshadowcharlie ★ஜ۩dip۞set۩ஜ★ Joined: Posts: 9,168 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Christmas Time means Christmas beers!

    So far...
    Anchor Christmas Ale 2010 (comes in a magnum bottle)
    Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper (an amazing imperial stout)
    Corsendonk Christmas
    Dupont Avec Les Bon... something. It has a super long french name. It's a tasty Saison.
    St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
    Nøgne Peculiar Yule really did it for me this season...
    the st. bernardus is great too, all their selections are great tho im not too found of the wit
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    Dear Beer Thread,

    I bought a case of Sierra Nevada Celebration today. It was the last one at the market and I don't know whether they will keep on stocking it up or not, but I think this case should be a good fix for me.

    Today, I tried Shiner Bock, which tasted like a really light/subtle version of a couple of double bocks I've had, Ayinger Celebrator and Paulaner Salvator. It was okay.

    I also tried a Budweiser American Ale and it was pretty decent. It's nothing like their lagers. It tasted like what would be a light version of a brown ale, but it was very smooth and easily drinkable. It actually had flavor (lightly malty), which surprised me. Not a bad beer.

    Oh, yeah. A couple of days ago, I tried Lindeman's Framboise and Lindeman's Pomme(?). It was a raspberry lambic and a green apple lambic. They both tasted like sparkling apple cider, but one tasted raspberry-ish and the other tasted like green Jolly Ranchers. Both were very sweet. I swear, they both just taste like flavored sparkling apple cider or some kind of soda and you don't taste "beer" until you let the flavor linger on your tongue for a little bit. It's very sweet stuff.

    Lastly, I tried a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) for Christmas. I guess I can really taste the quality/expensiveness. The color was a really strange dirty black-brown. But wow, for a 9% ABV ale, it tasted nothing like I expected. If I recall, it was almost satin smooth in feel with a nice fruity flavor. Me and the fam couldn't taste or smell the alcohol at all. It was masked so well that I would have thought it was a regular 4-5% ABV beer. In the end, I don't think I'll be buying this again. $12 a bottle? Psssssshhhh. It's a one-time-try beer for a special occasion for me.
  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    Lastly, I tried a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) for Christmas. I guess I can really taste the quality/expensiveness. The color was a really strange dirty black-brown. But wow, for a 9% ABV ale, it tasted nothing like I expected. If I recall, it was almost satin smooth in feel with a nice fruity flavor. Me and the fam couldn't taste or smell the alcohol at all. It was masked so well that I would have thought it was a regular 4-5% ABV beer. In the end, I don't think I'll be buying this again. $12 a bottle? Psssssshhhh. It's a one-time-try beer for a special occasion for me.

    Chimay is definitely pricey here. It's funny, I just went to Brussels this year. The small 12oz bottles of Chimay? 1.25 euro. That's like 2 American.

    My wife and I had a good laugh. Here I am spending 5-7 bucks on 12oz... and it's 2 bucks in Belgium!
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  • VangardBVangardB Joined: Posts: 367
    Just tried Ruination IPA! I think i'm in love with anything by stone...i got a good buzz going...just sayin
  • TheEvilChinaManTheEvilChinaMan I think english! Joined: Posts: 1,160
    Chimay Grand Reserve is Trappist beer, stuff is brewed by monks. You know it is gonna be good. When imported to America, there is a stiffer price because part of it is donated to charity.

    VangardB: You've found quite possibly the best IPA out there. Only problem is that a damn six pack is 16 bucks. Stone is some top notch quality stuff. I have yet to dislike anything from them.

    If any of you enjoy Blue Moon, then try Hoegaarden. It is a super tasteful white beer.
  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    I downed a bottle of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild Ale. It was tasty. The smell was amazing. It smelled like Sierra Nevada Celebration, but fresher and better. It had a big hoppy bite that lingers a bit, but the taste was very good.

    I also had downed my Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout, but it was disappointing. Compared to Guinness, it was similar, but fuller bodied and stronger on the roasted malts. It's a very one-note brew. I didn't like it because it had some strange medicinal off-taste. I don't know how else to describe it.

    Lastly, I did some shopping. Here is what I got in stock at the moment:

    - Samuel Adams Winter Classics (12-bottle case)
    - Old Rasputin (4-pack)
    - Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (4-pack)
    - Kostritzer Black Lager (4-bomber case)
    - Sierra Nevada Celebration (12-bottle case)
    - Baltika 6 Porter (2 bottles)
    - Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen (1 bottle)
  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    Finally made it down to a true bottle shop in Downtown San Diego. I was there for about five minutes... and spent $100 bucks. I got:

    - 2 bottles of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    - Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
    - 3 bottles of Liefman's (Cuvee Brut, and kriekbier) I was looking for fruitesse, but they didn't have any :(
    - Ballast Point Victory at Sea '10 (I'm going to age this one. Tastes like burnt chocolate fresh... much smoother after a year.)
    - Great Divide Oak Aged Espresso Yeti

    It's funny, the main reason I went down was to get a bottle of Deschutes Abyss. The owner says, "Man I had 16 cases last week. All gone." Ugh, beer is an expensive hobby! But a tasty one.
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    I'd kill for an Abyss, let alone your Yeti and Victory at Sea. :looney:

    I think I'm going to need to research stores outside of Bevmo. :rofl:
  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    I'd kill for an Abyss, let alone your Yeti and Victory at Sea. :looney:

    I think I'm going to need to research stores outside of Bevmo. :rofl:

    You're in LA?
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  • 3b1r4h3b1r4h omgz liek woahhhhhhh Joined: Posts: 499
    stuff



    ... anyway :looney:

    I think i'm gonna crack open another 2007 mephistopheles tonite.. cuz i'm bored =(
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  • Jon MoxonJon Moxon I don want cher life Joined: Posts: 246
    ok guys i'm a beer expert, but i'm not gonna post paragraphs about beer in here. i just want to mention that all these reviews of german wheat beers that talk about cloves and bananas are crazy. PURITY LAW there is ONLY 4 ingredients. ALL of those flavors come from the water, malts, hops, or yeast that they use. the germans are VERY good at interpreting different flavors with their choice of what and yeast but NONE of those beers have more than the 4 ingredients i just listed.

    the BELGIAN wheat beers however generally contain coriander and orange or grapefuit peel.

    i also wanted to post in this thread to cry about how i got drunk last night and split up my 6 pack of 2007 avery mephistopheles.

    oh well.

    The German Purity Law only has 3 ingredients, and Wheat ain't one of them.
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  • TyrsisTyrsis Salty Joined: Posts: 318
    The German Purity Law only has 3 ingredients, and Wheat ain't one of them.

    But dude, he's a "beer expert."
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  • 3b1r4h3b1r4h omgz liek woahhhhhhh Joined: Posts: 499
    ok so if wheat isn't allowed (which it totally is)

    how do you explain the PLETHORA of wheat beers being made in germany for almost 1000 years? you know, like Weihenstephaner... the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040 who puts out like 4 different wheat beers?

    and yes... i work with over 400 beers on a daily basis. i know what i'm talking about.

    if you have any serious questions please ask :wgrin:
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  • Tuna Fish RiotTuna Fish Riot Joined: Posts: 1,025
    ok so if wheat isn't allowed (which it totally is)

    how do you explain the PLETHORA of wheat beers being made in germany for almost 1000 years? you know, like Weihenstephaner... the oldest brewery in the world dating back to 1040 who puts out like 4 different wheat beers?

    and yes... i work with over 400 beers on a daily basis. i know what i'm talking about.

    if you have any serious questions please ask :wgrin:

    What do you work as?

    Also, it is known that German brewers didn't always adhere to Reinheitsgebot for ALL their brews. Even Weihenstephaner. Their wheat beers do not follow the German Purity Law. Not that it's a bad thing.
  • 3b1r4h3b1r4h omgz liek woahhhhhhh Joined: Posts: 499
    i'm a bartender at one of the highest rated beer bars in the country with over 400+ beers

    and the purity law was repealed some time ago, thank god.

    now we can all drink delicious grut beers and goses (german salt beer)
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