Posts Tagged ‘ Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord ’

Time to drink some whales

Most of these are of the midwest variety, and honestly, I was disappointed in most of them. I’ll explain why at the end.

 

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Trinity Brewing 7 Day Sour: More like 7 day turd. It’s like someone took a crappy berliner and squeezed lemons into the bottle. D

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Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxxas Batch 1: This beer is serious. I loved this thing when it was fresh, and it is holding up very, very well. Still akin to drinking liquid cinnamon toast crunch. A+

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O look, batch 2 Barrel Aged Abraxxas decided to show up too! Several notches worse than batch 1, but still delicious. B+

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A family photo.

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Three Floyds Dark Lord Earl of Biggleswade: This beer, is fucking weird. The earl grey tea finish is just throwing me for 10,000 loops along with a direct shot of diabeetus. C+

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Three Floyds Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: Straight up marshmallow and diabeetus. Really delicious for the 3oz that I drank in the photo, but I didn’t want to get near the rest of the bottle. A+ (volume dependent)

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Three Floyds Portuguese Brandy Dark Lord: So this is what the blood of a diabetic tastes like. This is by far the sweetest beer I have ever had in my entire life as a beer geek. Even the Duke of ‘beetus (Southern Tier Creme Brulee) would get crushed in comparison to the ‘beetus King. Imagine Oberyn Martell getting his head crushed by the Mountain. C

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OH THANK GOD THIS BEER IS SO GOOD HNNNNNGH. A+

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Rare Barrel Ensorcelled: This beer is pretty good! I really like the raspberry notes in this, and it doesn’t carry the rusty coin taste that I associate with most dark sours. I’m so happy the Dark Lord is over. B+

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Rare Barrel Proportional Response: This beer is kind of meh. Very Bruery-esque.

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WHAT?!

Drie Fonteinen 1998 50th Anniversary Oude Geuze: One of the best sours I’ve ever come across…right up there with Lente, if not slightly above it. Velvety carbonation, with tons of mushroom, minerals, funk, with a squeeze of citrus. Here’s another Drie Fonteinen beer that’s better than anything I’ve had from Cantillon. A+++

Ghost whale photo for reference.

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So deliciously pretty

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Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu’s: 2nd best stout of the day if you discount a tiny sip of BVDL. More body than batch 1 BA Abraxxas, but doesn’t have the same cinnamon toast crunch punch. A+

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Final Damage.

So, basically….my beef with the midwest whales (BA Dark Lord Variants), is that they are really not that great, cost $50 if you even have the chance to buy one, and are super overhyped due to the supply vs demand inequality out there. I have more or less stopped trading for beers from that region aside from Goose Island beers mainly because I have to give up so much more superior beer to end up with one bottle of above average beer, or something that is supposed to be beer, but is in reality a bottle of soy sauce put through a Sodastream.

That being said, I went to sleep cuddling with that bottle of 50th Anniversary Geuze. That beer is nuts.

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Taking Moby Dick to the Slaughterhouse

I’ve been looking forward to this tasting for a really long time. Even though the number of bottles wasn’t particularly high, the quality of the beers was….legendary.

Whale status even.

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For those who read this blog regularly, this bar might look familiar.

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Fate Black IPA with Coffee: So much coffee. B

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No one talks on their cell phone while pouring walez anymore. Ann pairs well with a towel roll.

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Hill Farmstead Ann: This beer doesn’t resemble Anna in my opinion, and that’s a good thing. Really nice brett presence with light wine barrel notes and some slight tartness. Super drinkable, you could easily down the whole bottle solo. The light lemon peel on the back end is a great way to finish. A+

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Gotta finish whales while taking a knee out of respect.

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As an Asian person, I had to use a banana. It had to be done.

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Hill Farmstead Mimosa (featuring Banana): Wow this beer is unique. I’ve never had such a citrusy beer before!  Nose has all the fruits you can imagine. Orange, lemon, pineapple? The flavor proceeds to destroy your face with tons of fruit, moderate tartness, and a slighty bitter and dry finish that remarkably resembles that of a mimosa! Big props to my Vermont trader for sending me this! A+

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Dat yeasty goodness.

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This guy is listening for the cries of beer geeks everywhere as his whale bites the dust.

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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus: Super funky nose. Flavor is intensely sour with a good punch of funk towards the finish. One of the best non-fruited sour beers out there. A+

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This guy had some massive sour beer farts after this.

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OH SHIT IT’S A GUSHER. GIMME DAT BAGUETTE SO I CAN SOAK THIS SHIT UP!

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The bread is telling this guy that Tomme was saving all the carbonation for this beer. “HELLO? DOG? YES, THIS IS YOUR HAIR” (Hair of the Dog Shirt)

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Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek: This beer is insane. So much fresh and juicy cherries with a strong amount of tartness. Best beer of the day, and best kriek I have ever experienced. Hands and snifter down. A+

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This is what $800 going into your liver looks like.

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Some delicious fruited berliners from John Wakefield and Funky Buddha

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The old man is explaining what whales are to the French.

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“I SAID WALEZ!”

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Drie Fonteinen Framboos: Funkiest beer of the day, with nice raspberry flavor. On the other hand, I expected more raspberry. A

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…and down the hatch!

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Bourbon Dark Lord paging Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: “You ready for this diabeetus bro?!”

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Boubon Dark Lord and Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord: BVDL>BDL. Bourbon was just super sweet, while the vanilla variant was less cloying. The two beers gave the whole group diabetes. They both get A’s

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Those who pour together, finish whalez together.

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Best beers in order: Cable Car Kriek, Mimosa, Isabelle Proximus, Ann, Framboos, and then the diabeetus twins.

Hunahpu’s Day

Got up at shit-o-clock in the morning for this…..It better not disappoint!

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Hmm, looks like I’m about 1000th in line at 7AM….this is the parking lot for Home Depot which is about 1000 feet from Cigar City, and the line changes directions three times.

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Oh thank god I can get 3 bottles of beer I didn’t even really want.

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Thanks to BA Brystmar for finding our little plot of land and sharing some memories of college!

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Oh, so this is what 7000+ beer geeks looks like. This might be too much geekery…

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I’ll just drown my nerves with a 2007 Westy 12: Fuckin’ good.

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My first of several Wakefield Berliners. Best beers of the festival and made me realize that when done correctly, berliners can fight at lambic-whale weight. This one was starfruit and kumquat. A+

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Another Wakefield berliner, this time aged in cabernet barrels. Not as good as the first one, but still mind-shattering. A

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Gotta bring some Commons beer to represent at the pouring tent! Beer was well received by everyone present.

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Wakefield collaboration with somebody using passion fruit on the left, Wakefield sour apple on the right. Super tasty. A and A+

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You know the beer is good when a Cantillon just sits on the table…forgotten.

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Vermontoise by Hill Farmstead: Way overcarbed. Still good because it’s hot out and beer is cold.

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Wakefield Passion Dragonfruit Berliner: Best beer of the day, and pooped on the Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord that I also got to try. This is probably a Top 5 or Top 10 beer for me. I couldn’t be happier. A++

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We rounded the day off with some Upright Provison.

I had many more tastes and samples of beer, but wasn’t able/was lazy to take photos. Whatever man, it’s a beer festival.