Birthday Tasting #1

One of my friends celebrated his birthday with a bottle share. Well, things may have gotten out of hand…

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Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus: Not a bad sour, and a good way to start off. B

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Cascade Blueberry: This is the second batch that was just recently released. It’s not nearly as sour as the last batch, with more fresh blueberry and grass flavors. It’s super drinkable, but not quite as good as the live cask version that I had a couple weeks ago. Still significantly better than that old bottles though. A

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Cascade Sang Royal: This is the original batch, and it is super sour. Super, duper sour! The fruit is all gone, while every distinctive cascade sour beer flavor is brought to the forefront. This beer shouldn’t be aged any longer. B

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Surly Darkness 2008: This beer is good. Oxidized flavor with some soy sauce, but not in a bad way. It helped balance out the sweetness of the beer. A-

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Upright Port/Whiskey Barrel Six: This beer smelled fantastic! It had great flavors up front, but lacked on the finish. It was a little too thin on the back end. While good, I think Upright needs to do this barrel treatment with a beer that’s maltier than Six. A-

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Three Floyds Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord: Wow this beer is sweet! The barrel really starts to come through when it warms up, and it is really quite tasty. However, the amount of effort spent to track this bottle down is not worth the reward. A

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Upright Barrel Aged Seven Batch 1: This beer is freaking amazing. One of the best beers of the night for sure! So much better than the later batches, but I’m not sure if that is a result of the age difference between the beers. Nice and tart, with some floral notes, and backed up by brett funk. It’s a masterpiece! A+

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway 2007: Never saw this one coming! This beer is really nice, but there was some sourness in the beer that I wasn’t expecting. Not sure if it was due to oxidation. A-

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway 2012: This beer is fantastic! Way better than the 2007. The bourbon, oak, chocolate, and vanilla is all nicely done and none of the flavors overwhelm the others. I need to trade for some of this. A

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Samuel Adams Triple Bock 1994: This beer is freaking weird…it’s also 18 years old (giggity giggity). C

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Hill Farmstead Damon: One of the best beers of the night as well. The front end of the taste is rather lacking, but I don’t know if it’s because of the beer itself or because I have palatte fatigue at this point. On the other hand, the finish on this beer was probably the best of the night, the dose of barrel at the end is truly amazing. A

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Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Grand Reserve: This beer is quite tasty, and I was starting to get drunk. B+

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Not for pregnant women.

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Too much beer. Can’t taste anything!

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And another one

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Hill Farmstead Abner: What a refreshing change! I want all the hops!!!!!!!!! This beer was extremely well executed, with huge citrus presence without being overly bitter. A

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Upright Fantasia Reserve: This beer pooped on Captain Lawrence Flaming Fury.

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Best beers of the night! Bourbon County Rare and Bourbon County Vanilla! A+ for both beers

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Cantillon St. Lamvinus: One of my favorite sours. It’s sooo good, but we probably shouldn’t have opened it, I was smashed. A

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DeStruise Special Kay: This beer should not have been opened at all. Look at the chaos!

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22% ABV is stupid. This beer ended me.

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