Posts Tagged ‘ Dark Horse ’

Before Jetting Off Again

I have been extremely bad at staying in Portland over the last few weeks, and it isn’t going to improve. Since I hadn’t seen so many of my friends lately I had people over so we could hang out and catch up before I fly away again.

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: This bottle is a year and a half old, and I think it’s in its prime right now. Super clean, but the tartness has developed a little bit more. One of my favorites from HF.

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Upright Old Tom Blend: Only 1 of 60ish bottles, and it is absolutely fantastic. Like Special Herbs without the spice, but with the gin finish turned up to 11. I’m a huge fan of this beer and it was definitely one of the best beers of the night.

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Fanta Flora Blen F’n Diculous #3: Pretty good, maybe a little too sour, but good effort from Fanta Flora. Note: improve your damn spelling next time.

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Central Waters Eighteen: This beer is really good. Boozy as is typical with Central Waters’ big stouts, but it isn’t thin like their beers. IT HAS VISCOSITY! YESSSSSS. Chocolate, coffee, and barrel.

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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th: REALLY GOOD MMMM ROASTY!

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Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter: I don’t like faro beers, but this was actually decent. That being said, a regular lambic this old would have been out of this world, whereas this one was merely moderately tasty. Listen Drie Fonteinen, I’m really happy you stopped bottling faro beers.

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de Garde Imperial Apricot Bu b1: One of the big boys, batch 1 Imperial Apricot Bu. At this age, it tastes like straight fou foune (a fresh bottle). Tons of apricots are still present here, and the funk that has developed over the last three years has kind of brought this in line with a super fresh bottle of lambic. So what I said about stone fruit beers from de Garde and how they don’t age? This is the big exception to the rule.

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Not Science.

Here’s that other stuff.

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BA Plead the 5th

I feel like I haven’t had this beer in ages, so when a friend asked if I wanted to trade for some, the answer was a no brainer!

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It was a good choice.

Why not keep going, what could possibly go wrong?

My liver will remember this pain for a long time.

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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the 5th: Oh, I like this beer, a benchmark barrel-aged imperial stout!

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Apparently they did a special barrel selection too? Hmm.

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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.

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Mikkeller skull fucking in a bottle: This was retarded. So awful.

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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.

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Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu’s: Probably my favorite beer of the tasting, absolutely amazing. Best chili beer out there in my opinion.

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Jackie O’s Farewell my Friends: a 5 year old apple sour? Really damn good, even if I don’t taste any apples here.

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OH THANK GOD A PALATE CLEANSER!

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Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, Coffee KDS, and Spice Wars KDS: Coffee wins.

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Bruery Grey Monday: At around 18%, this was delicious, but probably not the smartest idea to open it last…..

Yeah….

This stout is pretty much perfect. Hard to find anything wrong with Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, and it comes in 12 oz. bottles. Perfect for taking on solo!

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Delicious!

Beer should be more like this

How do people have to god damn sell their god damn beer in enormous bottles?! I know it’s cool and ages better, but what if I want a big imperial stout by myself?! I don’t want to go through a mental checklist of what I need to do within the next hour and a half to see if it’s safe to drink my stupid beer. “Do I have to drive in the next 2 hours? Am I drinking on an empty stomach? How many empty calories do I want to drink today? Does this snifter make my ass look fat?”

FUCK. THAT. SHIT.

Give me 12 oz bottles.

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Thank you! Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th: One of my favorite barrel-aged imperial stouts. So much chocolate and barrel character it’s amazing. A