Archive for January, 2015

Recovery Beers

After having the box set, we decided to keep going because we had all brought really tasty bottles to open since it had been a while since we were all in the same place at the same time.

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Sante Adairius Westly: Since this beer isn’t fresh anymore, some of the apricots have faded, but there is still tons to like here. White wine, funky apricots, and a nice grassiness put this beer right at the top of the sour apricot scene. A+

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Fifty Fifty Pappy Van Winkle Eclipse: Probably the best Eclipse variant I’ve ever had. That PVW barrel really did wonders here. You know, because I can 100% tell the difference between barrels from different distilleries. Also, my penis grants wishes.

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Goose Island Nuthulu: Best beer of the night. Toasted hazelnuts up front with a big hit of vanilla on the back end, but without interfering with the base stout flavors. I’m not a huge fan of overwhelming vanilla, but this hits the perfect amount of vanilla for a beer. I need some of dis. NOW. A++

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This is a surprise…

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Block 15 Pappy’s Dark 2011: NOT INFECTED MOTHERFUCKERS YEHHHHHHHHH

Lost Abbey Box Set

$700 box of beer? Why not.

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But first, I should warm up with a glass of Hop Venom, just to get the palate going.

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Oh hai there.

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Lost Abbey Track #1: Tons of oak and tannins here. Slightly acetic, but we’re off to a pretty good start.

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Lost Abbey Track #2: Pretty good, I get some cherries, but no peaches. Also, note the big boy ABV of 12.5%.

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Lost Abbey Track #3: I don’t remember what I thought of this one…

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Lost Abbey Track #4: Meh, really didn’t like this one.

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Lost Abbey Track #5: Pretty tart but with crazy jammy aspects. Probably the best one of the bunch.

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I give up, let’s just have the rest of the photos.

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Money shot.

Urban Farmhouse

Step 1: Get keg.

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Step 2: Drink keg.

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Chaos

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Barley Browns Chaos: Very good, but this CDA leans more towards stout than IPA. Chocolate and fudge dominates this beer, with hops as kind of an afterthought. I would consider this beer to be a hoppy stout more than anything. If you’re looking for something that’s more in alignment with CDAs, look no further than Barley Browns’ Turmoil.

When making fun of North Korea, drink beer.

I’ve been wanting to watch the Interview for a while now, and thanks to North Korea, I can watch it from the comfort of my own home. Seeing this movie makes me want to revisit Team America: World Police because movies that make fun of North Korea are way more entertaining than they should be.

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Pelican Mother of all Storms: Really delicious this year, seems to get more vanilla each time I try a bottle. I also noticed that the bottle now says that the beer is bottled in Tillamook instead of Pacific City, so I wonder if the original location is still brewing beer. Also, sweet reflection of my buddy’s bottle opener on the beer glass was not intentional, but awesome.

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De Garde Corbeau Noir: Dark sours are really hard to pull off, and I think that as a style, it’s dumb. That being said, this beer is pretty good for a dark sour. More tart than the Origins Grand Cru I had the other day, but there is still enough malt to make this not taste like a vinegar bomb.

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Upright Undercurrent: It’s been a very long time since I opened up some of my Sole Composition bottles, and I wanted to fix that. Undercurrent is a strong saison with currants(?) added, or something to that effect. It’s a nice, clean saison with some jammy flavors. Upright doesn’t really do anything that plays to the ends of the flavor spectrum, so everything is in moderation, but executed perfectly. A

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Upland Malefactor: AN UPLAND BEER THAT DIDN’T TEAR MY FACE OFF!

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De Garde Imperial Chery Blu Bu: This is a tasty beer, but not quite on the same level as Cherry Raz Bu. That being said, we thought that this beer could use a little more time in the bottle to allow the flavors to integrate and mellow out a little more. B+/A-

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Upright Wedding Beer: This beer is Upright at it’s best, bright, citrusy, with a little bit of gin aromatics. I would put this in my top 10 saisons without a second thought. A+

That’s it for Oregon

Last night was Oregon’s best chance at a winning a title game for years. Unfortunately, they had to play against a team that looked like a bunch of Uruk-Hai led by an enormous quarterback, who, after shrugging of Oregon linebackers over and over again, started to remind me a lot of this guy:

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Anyways, a bunch of beer was consumed, some of it in happiness when Oregon scored, and most of it in sadness and Elliot and Jones proceeded to march through the Oregon defense.

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New Glarus Cranbic: Way sweeter than I expected. Want moar sour.

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De Garde Currant Gin Bu: Moar sourness achieved!

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: Still one of HF’s best saisons, regardless of price.

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Surly Pentagram: 6.66% ABV? They totally didn’t water down this beer to get to that ABV.

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Sante Adairius Cask 200: I would say this beer is better than Arthur by a hair, but Brother Soigne takes it. I’ll just have to get more bottles of this to really decide.

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De Garde The Boysen: Stupid good. Jammy and funky. I look forward to more De Garde sours that have spent more time in the barrels than their berliners.

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Commons Creme de Peche: Less peach than I anticipated, but my mouth is also ruined at this point. Also, my happiness and hopes of Oregon winning against OSU were also ruined at this point.

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: Defeat beer.

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Upright Fantasia: One defeat beer wasn’t enough, we needed two.

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Bed time.