Posts Tagged ‘ King Henry ’

That was the warm up.

God, so after all that drinking, I have to get up and do it all over again. This time though, stakes are considerably higher, as tonight is whale-slaying night.

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Deschutes Fresh Hop City: Okay, gotta get that blood flowing for some serious liver punishment that is soon to follow. Good beer though, light and very hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness.

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Oh, well look at that.

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Grote Dorst van ‘t Kasteel: So this beer was blended at Castle Neufcour in Eizeringen in 2010, and is a blend of 17 different lambics. Barely carbonated, this beer is still one of the best lambics that I have ever put into my mouth. This beer probably has the best lemon zest/citrus flavor I’m come across in a lambic, but lacks a little on the back end, where that horse blanket/wet sock funk was nowhere to be found. Oh well, still fucking amazing. Best beer of the night! A+

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WTF KIND OF BASKET IS THAT?! Well, it’s a ghetto ass basket that can house a magnum-sized whale.

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Basket was too flimsy to hold, so we had to dispense it in “water cooler almost empty” fashion.

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Grote Dorst Oude Geuze 2008: Apparently one of only 20 or so magnums, this beer recently sold at auction for lots of money. Unfortunately, this beer is not nearly as good as the 2010 bottle we had just opened. On the other hand, still a pretty good beer. Also, the experience of using that basket was kind of awesome. B+/A-

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Upright 1st Anniversary: God I love old Upright beer. This beer was aged in gin barrels and if anything that gin characteristic has only gotten stronger, aka better. A+

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Don’t mind him, he has serious business to attend to.

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New Belgium La Folie 2009 (cage and corked): God, the caged and corked La Folie’s are always stupendous, it’s a shame they stopped making them. This particular bottle had a ton of cherry presence, even more so than some krieks I’ve had. Had a nice mushroom character too, which can only be found in a few beers, including old lambic and the cage and corked la folies. A+

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Uhhhhh, don’t remember what this one was like.

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Uli/h.ertie Lambik Meets Orval: This particular blend used Drie Fonteinen as the lambic that was blended with Orval. Really tasty, but was a little on the thin side. I expected more Orval flavors in the beer than I actually got. Maybe I had too much palate fatigue? A-

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Yep, we got to use that basket one more time, this time for a 3L of de Garde Imperial Black Raz Bu. Life is hard.

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Deschutes Abyss 2007: Another fantastic beer, and it’s been years since I last had a 2007 Abyss. What a treat! I still think 2010 is better. A+

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Toppling Goliath Morning Delight: Well fuck me, my favorite non-barrel aged stout has decided to show itself. Absurdly tasty, with chocolate, maple syrup, and cinnamon as you slowly drink this beer and relish in its minute-long finish. A+

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Goose Island King Henry: This is much better than the last bottle that I tried, so there is still tons of bottle variation, and there are still some great examples of this beer out there. A+

My poor, poor liver.

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Movie Night

Watched Interstellar and Dark Knight the other day while crushing some delicious beers.

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Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine: Very tasty, with lots of citrus up front.

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Hill Farmstead Flora Blue/Black: Apparently this beer suffers from some bottle variation, which has resulted in some bottles being really not good. Luckily for me, my bottle was tasty! Fruit presence is mild, but I think that is a by-product of just drinking a lot of De Garde. Finish is a little goofy, but overall a great beer. That being said, regular Flora is way better.

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This Treehouse beer was delicious.

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IPA beer is IPA-ey.

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Apparently I can’t take photos in focus.

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Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine: A little boozy, but very tasty with lots of caramel and toffee.

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Troegs Barrel Aged Flying Mouflan: This is one of the best smelling beers in existence. It is also a really good barleywine, I would place it just behind Bourbon County Barleywine in terms of deliciousness.

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Hill Farmstead Brother Soigne: Palate Cleanser!

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Pelican Mother of All Storms: This beer is really underrated. It’s one of the best barleywines being made today.

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Goose Island King Henry: Well, shit. Really fantastic beer, but Mother of All Storms was just a tad bit better than this particular bottle of King Henry. This was a recent acquisition by a buddy, so we really don’t know how this bottle was stored for the last 4 years. My guess is someone’s smelly closet.

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Best beer of the night. Also crushed my liver.

Non Civil Disobedience

We also had other beers during that CD tasting, but I just didn’t feel like posting them last time.

 

Let’s get to work!

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Kane Porter of some sort: Solid porter with great coffee flavor, first beer from them and I’m impressed!

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Kane IPA of some sort: Tastes very similar to a bear republic or a ballast point IPA, which is not a bad thing at all. I could drink this beer all day.

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Sante Adarius Cask Strawberry: Probably the best or second best beer of the night. Light strawberry flavor with big tartness and huge funk, all while staying pretty drinkable. Might be the best strawberry beer I’ve had to date. A/A+

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Side Project Saison du Ble: Best beer I’ve had from Side Project so far. Tart, with big pineapple notes, with a nice dry finish. Reminds me a bit of Saison Bernice. A-

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Sante Adarius Embers: This was awful. D

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Can’t remember what this was called, but it was the best barleywine I’ve had in a long time. A

Speaking of which…

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Goose Island King Henry – Ghetto Edition: This edition is delicious. Definitely better than the other barleywine we had, but it was closer than we all thought. I love King Henry! A+

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Toppling Goliath David: Great DIPA, but it just makes me kind of want Pseudo Sue instead. A-

Big Bottleshare

Went to my first bottleshare at Tin Bucket! It was arranged by some people on BeerAdvocate and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. Cool people, great beer, in a great spot. Couldn’t be more pleased.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway: Delicious as always! Crazy to think that I’ve had this beer a ton of times but never actually owned a bottle…A-/A

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: This is the brand new batch, and while good…..it wasn’t as good as Fantasia. I’m really happy to try it, and quite happy that I only have one bottle. Front loading my purchases on Fantasia was a good idea. B+

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Bruery Mother Funker: Sour as hell, but more palatable than before! B

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Cascade Bottleworks XIV: Great beer, and doesn’t taste exactly the same as all the other Cascades! A

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Cigar City Lacto Guava Grove: I brought this one, and really had no idea if it was going to be any good, so I was a little nervous. Turns out it’s quite good! I with the weather was nice out because this beer would be a good lemonade substitute. B+/A-

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek: I love this beer as much as there are vowels in its name. Great kriek. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: I’ve had this a bunch lately….ain’t a bad thing. A

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DARKNESS

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Bo & Luke: Great label, pretty good beer.

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I brought this one, and it sucked. Boo. C-

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Funkwerks King: Really good initial sip, but got boring after a little bit.

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Upright Blend Love: One of Upright’s best offerings. I could drink this forever. A/A+

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Central Waters 16: Delicious, like candy soaked in bourbon. A/A+

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Oh man, we’re screwed.

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Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia and BA 4th Dementia: Love these beers. A/A+

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Russian River Consecration B3: Best bottle of Consecration that I’ve had…maybe bigger bottles is better? A

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Jester King Aurelian Lure: Great apricot sour, only West Ashely and Fou Foune are better for the style. A/A+

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Goose Island King Henry: I’ve had this bottle forever, and now it’s dead. On the bright side, this bottle was delicious and much better than the last couple of bottles I have tried at tastings. KH is honestly one of the best barleywines ever made. A+

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Prairie and Pirate Bomb!: I enjoyed Prairie Bomb! more, the vanilla was just so good. A

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Drank bottles got drank.

More De Garde + Bottleshare

Release of Mulligan in bottles happened on Thursday, so I dropped in really quick before heading over to a bottleshare.

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Bottle of Mulligan on the left, Cranberry Bu Weisse on the right. I think batch 1 is better, but this new batch is still phenomenal.

Onwards to BeerMongers!

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock: Way to start a tasting with the sweetest beer here you idiot. Ugh. It was tasty though, just too sweet for me.

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Bruery Bottleworks XII: WHERE ARE THE RASPBERRIES?! Other than that, tasty. B

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Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy: Just as good as always, the 8 months that this has been aging has really brought the coffee forward. I can taste it now! A

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More bottles arrived shortly after this was taken. Gotta love Thursdays?

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Fantome Extra Sour: A Fantome beer that doesn’t remind me of bacon?! WHAT?!  A

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio: Always tasty. I was surprised how much better this beer was in comparison to the 375 ml bottles that I have opened in the past. A-/A

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Hangar 24 Bourbon Cru: Not bad, but nothing really special. B

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Dystopia is very generic.

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HOLY SHIT WHALES!!!!

Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic: Really damn good. Very savory for a raspberry sour (I wouldn’t call this one a lambic). Nice dry finish too. It trades ridiculously high, too high for what it taste like…..but we all know that taste doesn’t correlate to trade value. A+

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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva: Meh. C

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Crooked Stave Petite Sour with Hibiscus & Cinnamon: I love this beer. Too bad I don’t have any left. A-

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Goose Island King Henry: This beer has certainly dropped off a bit, but given that, it’s still quite good. I also think the original price sticker is a nice touch! B+/A-

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Upright Blend Love 2012: This is aging better than the newer, 2013 version. I love this beer. Shame to think that my last bottle is going to Guatemala. A

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Surly Darkness: This is what Dark Lord wants to be. A-

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Revolution 3 Year Beer: LOTS of rum in this one. B+

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Crooked Stave Origins: Very tasty, but I wish the label said, “Grand Cru” on it. A-

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Upright Lactovasilios: Not doing bad at all. I wish it was more sour though. B+/A-