Growler Guys hosted a large bottle share for a bunch of the beer geeks in Portland. We all decided to bring beers that we wanted to share with people/couldn’t finish on our own.
So everyone brought big imperial stouts.
I thought it would be funny to bring a carbonated Hair of the Dog beer. SodaStream works, every time. In this particular case, Adam from the Wood
10 Barrel Cucumber Crush: This beer is perfect for getting ready. I fucking love this shit. A+
Hill Farmstead Arthur: Mmmm, this is not an imperial stout, I’m just not quite ready yet. A
Cantillon Fou Foune 2014: This is superior to the 2013 vintage. Way more apricots in this one. Thanks to my buddy Bruce for bringing this one! A+
Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2014 Cork : Bruce strikes again. Not quite sure that this is as good as the 2013 I opened a few weeks ago, but whatever, it’s all delicious. A+
That Bruce guy is such an asshole.
Block 15 Super Nebula: Mmm, this one is the batch that was aged in Pappy Van Winkle 20 barrels. Can you taste the /rar?! A
Cigar City Marshal Zhukov B1: This beer is 6 years old…..and it’s aged surprisingly well! I imagined an oxidized mess, but it turned out to be pretty good. On the other hand, you should drink this one fresh. B
Jester King Atrial Rubicite: Best beer that Jester King makes by a mile. Do you like raspberry jam? I do, so I love this beer. A
Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra: Let the stouts begin.
Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway: This is the best variant. So ridiculously good. A+
Alesmith Kopi Luwak Barrel Aged Speedway: Such a long name, but it’s really damn good. A/A+
Hill Farmstead E.: NOT A STOUT THANK GOD! I’ve had too many stouts in the last week or so…
Side Project Saison de Rouge: This one is really good, definitely better than the other Side Projects I’ve had aside from Fuzzy.
Bruery Chocolate Rain: This is not the beer to have last, but we did it anyway.
So, these are just some of the bottles that showed up at the tasting. If I had to guess, I would say about 50-60 bottles were there, but I’d rather not die, so I only had the ones I listed above.
Went to De Garde yesterday for the release of a few beers, despite the high wind warnings and imminent doom.
Don’t mind the rubber band, this month’s Block 15 Sticky Hands is pretty good. Less floral and more resin though.
De Garde Deux Tetes: Two heads, or two tits? Smells like used diapers if you don’t let the glass sit around for a while, but after it breathes it tastes delicious. Nice, tart and funky up front but the finish is all sweet apples.
De Garde The Lucy: Imagine a De Garde version of Cantillon’s Vigneronne and you pretty much nailed it. It’s fantastic. Bright, crisp, with a little bit of mint on the noise, this reminds me of a fruity champagne but without that drying/tannic finish. A+
De Garde The Boysen: Even though I think the Lucy is better, I think this is the beer that will get everyone’s panties in a bunch…because boysenberries. It’s freaking amazing, but the fruit comes off really strong here, almost overwhelming the base beer. Doesn’t matter though, I’ll shower in this without a moment’s hesitation. A+
My liver will remember this pain for a long time.
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the 5th: Oh, I like this beer, a benchmark barrel-aged imperial stout!
Apparently they did a special barrel selection too? Hmm.
Fifty Fifty Coconut Eclipse: Imagine Almond Joy + an enormous imperial stout. This is good, but way too cloying for me. I’ll take a Proprietors instead.
Mikkeller skull fucking in a bottle: This was retarded. So awful.
Fifty Fifty Vanilla Coffee Eclipse: This one was good, but if you put vanilla in a stout, you’re going to get compared to 2010 Bourbon County Vanilla Stout, and then you’ll lose that comparison.
Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu’s: Probably my favorite beer of the tasting, absolutely amazing. Best chili beer out there in my opinion.
Jackie O’s Farewell my Friends: a 5 year old apple sour? Really damn good, even if I don’t taste any apples here.
OH THANK GOD A PALATE CLEANSER!
Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, Coffee KDS, and Spice Wars KDS: Coffee wins.
Bruery Grey Monday: At around 18%, this was delicious, but probably not the smartest idea to open it last…..
My friend from Tahoe was unexpectedly in town, on his birthday. I pretty much walked into him with a few friends at Hair of the Dog last night. Things got a little crazy from there.
I was not ready.
Okay, regular Adam, this is reasonable.
Adam batch 6 (from 1994 I think), much less reasonable. Tastes like sherry, or port.
Doggie Claws from 2004? Really good actually, and worlds better than the monstrosity that is 2014 Doggie Claws. I was surprised how hoppy this beer was, since hops fade, and this beer would have been in 5th grade.
Soy sauce? Nope, it’s actually a bottle of Dave, but they didn’t have any labels for us, because of sketchy business practices.
Could be a $1,400 bottle of soy sauce, only one way to find out!
They were kind enough to give us a prop bottle for photo proof. So weird.
Hair of the Dog Dave: Okay story time. This beer was produced in 1994, and won first place at the 1998 Toronado Barley Wine Festival. The strength was achieved by taking 300 gallons of Adam and freezing it three times, leaving only 100 gallons. It’s actually illegal now for a brewery to freeze distill beer without a separate license…so this will never be made again. Time for tasting notes! This beer has the greatest amount of bitter dark chocolate I have ever experienced, and at 29% ABV, hides the booze presence really well. It almost feels like the heat from the alcohol is an extension of the bitter finish imparted by the chocolate flavors. Also, this beer has the longest finish out of anything I have ever tasted, you could still taste the beer a minute or two after each sip. Kind of ridiculous. Was it the best “whale” I’ve had? Nope. That honor would go to Blauw and M. See below:
We kept on drinking after the Dave, but I’ll save that post for later.
De Garde Belle Ensemble: A non-fruited lambic style beer from De Garde. It’s good, with more funk than I’m used to seeing from De Garde, but their wheelhouse is really in the realm of fruited sour beer. I like this beer, but I can only imagine what this would have been like if De Garde had put blackberries or something along those lines into this beer.