Posts Tagged ‘ Block 15 ’

Makes me want to snowboard

Block 15 released this beer a few months late :(. Still awesome though!

de Garde Anniversary

A lot of anniversaries lately, with more on the way!

In this episode, de Garde gets an age upgrade!

Quick pit stop at Block 15…

Why hi there beautiful…

REVEAL YOUR SECRETS!!!!!

Friday Nights at Growler Guys

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Whoever the hell made this is one fantastic homebrewer. This is the best homebrew I’ve ever had.

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de Garde Bu Rice: Still tasty, but I think it’s falling off right now purely due to how sour this beer has gotten since it was released.

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de Garde 3rd Anniversary: While Bu Rice deteriorated over time, this beer is getting better. Mmmm.

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Upright Heart’s Beat: Here’s another beer that’s improving! Before it wasn’t sour or funky enough, but now the huge cherry bomb is starting to develop some other characteristics. This could easily go a few more years.

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Sante Adairius Southern Sunrise: My favorite beer of the evening, and while I think apricots are a better fruit to use in beer than peaches, this beer is easily better than West Ashley in my opinion.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Vietnamese Coffee Speedway: God damn that’s a long name to type out. Whatever, this beer is fantastic. On the other hand, I still think my favorite Speedway variant is just normal Vietnamese Coffee.

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Also, don’t spill beer. You might just have to zamboni it.

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Block 15 Super Nebula Breakfast with Woodford & Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean: Woodford is way better. The end.

Drinking and Food Network

Yeah, we’re really domesticated. Don’t hate.

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Alchemist Focal Banger: Something is up with this batch, it’s not nearly as floral as I remember previous batches being. Oh well, it’s still darn tasty! B

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Upright Fatali Four: I’m running out of these, and it’s making me sad. I just can’t get enough of the tartness, funk, and heat, with just a bit of wine barrel at the end. A+

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Had Breakfast with the Buffalo recently, so it was nice to see how this bottle compared. Mouthfeel is better than the Lost Barrels version of Super Nebula, but not quite up there with Buffalo. Chocolate, coffee, fudge, and barrel are all present though. A-

Relaxing night for stouts!

A friend came over after a long day where we just watched a movie and checked in on some smaller bottles that are ill-suited for our regular group of friends. Once you hit a certain number of people, it’s just not worth opening beer where people only get to have an ounce or two, it’s silly. This isn’t the Midwest where 30 guys split a bomber. It’s madness!

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Block 15 Breakfast with the Buffalo: Wow, this beer was too smoky and bitter when it first came out, but it is killing it now! As it currently stands, it’s one of the best stouts I’ve had this year. Unlike the Lost Barrels version I also had recently, mouthfeel is not an issue here. It is slightly less thick than Bourbon County Brand Stout, so things are looking good! Maple is nice and subdued, it adds a little bit of sweetness and depth to the beer but this beer is still very much a bourbon barrel aged stout. If you have one of these, drink it now. A+

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: This bottle is from 2013, which is the last year before Goose Island was acquired by ABInbev if I recall correctly. Anyways, after my comparison on Breakfast with the Buffalo to Bourbon County Stout it was time to check into one of my older bottles. The results? FANTASTIC! This beer was great if a little boozy upon release, but 3 years have turned this beer into a chocolate, fudge, and bourbon dessert sitting on a pillow made of marshmallows. Also one of the best stouts I’ve had this year. A+

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Upright 7th Anniversary Saison: Can’t just drink stouts all night long, had to finish on a nice and refreshing note! This beer is fantastic, but I don’t like the fact that these bottles like to explode when you open them, that’s why the label is a little messed up. đŸ˜¦

Anyways, that beer is still amazing, and gets an A-/A grade. The minus is due to the fact that it explodes. Grr.

Housewarming!

No, I didn’t move. I’m going to end up dying in this apartment, but a friend just moved and of course we had to christen the place! Don’t mind the fact that there’s not much in the apartment and we hadn’t really helped them move in yet….

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Other Half Hop Showers: This can was weird, didn’t taste like Hop Showers to me, way too bitter for that. I’m not sure on the age of this can, so that might be a factor.

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Block 15 Super Nebula: This bottle is the Lost Barrels version from 2011, where they used previously lost barrels that were discovered at the Buffalo Trace warehouse. They date back to 1989, so that’s pretty awesome. This beer was good but too smoky when it was first released, but the 5 years sitting around has done it well! The smoke has faded, leaving behind a nice chocolate, bourbon, and oak flavor profile. Still smoky up front though! Dinged points on thin mouthfeel. B+

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Bandaids. >_<

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Bottle Logic Stronger Than Fiction: Wow that’s a lot of coconut! Other than that, this beer was kind of weird, mostly because it’s a strong ale and I don’t really think many people get the strong ale profile right aside from Hair of the Dog and Kuhnhenn. B

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This beer was unremarkable, not because I remembered what it tasted like, but because I don’t remember what it was like. This is known as drunkard natural selection.

Sour Beers, Mmmm

A few friends were in town while Belmont Station’s Puckerfest was going on, so we kind of just parked our asses there and drank for a while.

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From left to right: Block 15 Framboise Black, de Garde Unblended The Purple, de Garde Unblended Black Raz, and de Garde Unblended Red Raz. The Purple and Red Raz win.

Stone Fruit Tasting

I don’t want to see peaches or apricots for a while. I still can’t taste anything.

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Pizza Boy Permasmile: What the hell is a Pennsylvania wild ale? One that was made by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Amish? Anyways, this beer is pretty good, but I expect it cost something north of $30, which is unacceptable.

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Odell Zardi Ale: Not very good.

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Night Shift Mystery Weisse: I really liked this beer when it first came out, and it’s still really good. Things have changed, as the beer has become more sour over the last two years or so. It reminds me of sour, green mangoes, and it’s tasty.

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Wow I’m bad at taking photos. Thankfully, Quetsche Tilquin is the opposite of the quality of this photo. It tastes fantastic, and since plums are used, it counts in this stone fruit tasting! One of the best beers of the night if you ask me.

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de Garde Biere Stone: Wow, the “Biere” series from de Garde just consistently kills it. Big peach and apricot presence but you can still taste the chardonnay barrel, it’s almost SARA like. However, the finish isn’t quite as strong as SARA’s, but it trades that for huge fruit notes.

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Casey Peach  The Cut: SO. MUCH. SULFUR. However, after letting my glass breathe for half an hour or so this beer almost tastes like a geuze, but I didn’t get a ton of peaches here.

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de Garde Stone Bu: Batch 1! This beer is incredibly sour now, but it still has most of its peach flavors intact. I’m not sure if I have any left, but I think it’s about time to drink these, they aren’t getting better.

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Sante Adairius Westly: This second batch tastes way different than the original batch. It’s much less fruity, and way funkier. I am not sure which batch I prefer, but I think I’d love to mix the two batches and have a field day.

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Cantillon Fou Foune: This is the new 2015 batch, and it’s honestly a little disappointing. I expected it to blow Westly out of the water, but it wasn’t even close. Neither fruity nor funky, this beer needs time in the hopes that it will improve.

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Sante Adairius: Southern Sunrise: Oh wow, I really, really like this beer. Probably the best or second best beer of the night, and better than Westly. Lots of peach, some funkiness, and all that delicious wine barrel finish that I love SARA for.

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Ugh, another turd photo.

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Battery acid.

12 oz. Beers

I spend too much time drinking bombers and 750 ml beers. Problem is that small bottles are just too difficult to split between more than just a few people. Thankfully, most of my friends were out of town last week, so the survivors left in Portland were able to drink some smaller bottles that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to drink.

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Block 15 Three Season’s Kriek: This is a batch 1 bottle from a few years ago, one of 850ish bottles. This beer has aged very gracefully, with some nice savory dark fruits complimenting the tartness of the beer that was present when fresh.

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Fort George 3 Way IPA: New batch of 3 Way!!!! It’s spectacular with tons of citrus and pine, finishing with a little bit of malt and bitterness. I’m going to put the hurt on this beer in the months to come.

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Hair of the Dog Fred From the Wood: Oh the days when Hair of the Dog bottled carbonated beer! 2013 Fred from the Wood was pretty good when it first came out, but it really just begged to be aged. Well, 3 years later….it’s extremely tasty. The really aggressive oak notes from the fresh beer have mellowed really nicely into the sweetness that is Fred. Happy I waiting on my bottles this long before drinking them.

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Crooked Stave Flor d’Lees: Mmmmmm, I need to drink more Crooked Stave.

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Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Or: This is a batch 2 bottle, and I’m going to sadly say that it isn’t as good as it was the last time I had it. Flavors started to fall flat, and the beer didn’t get more sour with time, which is what I was going for. Oh well, you can’t win them all!

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Block 15 Framboise White: Another batch 1 bottle, and it’s carbonated! This beer was completely still when it came out a few years ago, but over the years my bottles have slowly carbonated. This was my last one, and it has to have been the best beer Block 15 has ever made. Tons of raspberry here, with a nice level of tartness that cuts the sweetness of those incredible little golden raspberries. THEN THERE ARE BUBBLES!!!!

Beer and Snowboards

A friend came over the other day needing some help with his snowboard, and I was only too happy to help. Oh, we drank beer too, because of course we did.

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Trillium Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street: Oh this beer looks like orange juice. Tastes like it too! Great beer to scarf down while talking shop about snowboards!

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: This is a 2014 bottle that had been sitting in my fridge with a split vanilla bean for 4 days. I have to say that this is the best one yet, as the 2015 bottles tasted more strongly of vanilla up front, with stout notes taking a back seat. Not here. Big chocolate and fudge dominate, but the vanilla isn’t going without a fight, making it self known through the middle and finish. Reminds me a bit of old Bourbon County Vanilla when it was younger, without some of the refinement. I’ll take it!

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Block 15 Turbulent Consequence Peche: If anyone is still out there that thought this beer was kind of minty, it’s gone now. Tastes great!