Posts Tagged ‘ Perennial ’

God Damn Midwest Whales.


Perennial Abraxas: Tasty, but pretty expensive…. could use some barrel aging.


Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas: Oh well hi there, you took an arm, a leg, and one testicle to land. Thank god I wasn’t the one to trade for this beer. I would say it wasn’t worth it due to the sheer quantity of delicious beer that was needed to get this, but this beer is basically the perfect adjunct stout with peppers. Dammit Perennial, I hate you.

Meet new friends? Drink beer.

Well, new to me anyway. A friend of mine had visitors this weekend and…..of course they’re beer geeks. So naturally instead of going somewhere we stayed inside and drank a bunch of beer that wasn’t local to Portland.


This beer was frozen upon arrival, but was pretty good. Put passion fruit in anything and I’ll like it.

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I’m so happy Trillium cans now! They’re label art looks even better on cans than bottles if you ask me, and of course the beer tastes amazing.


I can’t believe our new-found friend brought a 6L Maman.


Just kidding, I was just using a tiny glass. This beer is my favorite stout of the year. God I miss regular barrel aged stouts. Fuck that adjunct business!!! Tons of dark chocolate, oak, some vanilla, caramel, with a nice spicy finish that comes from the rye barrels.


I’m not the only one that thinks so.


Fremont Coffee Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: My god that name is a pain in the butt to type out. However, now that it’s over, this beer is really good, and actually holds up in the company of our ghetto homemade bourbon county coffee stout and Maman.


JWB made a beer!


Upright Oregon Native: First time having this beer from the bottle, and I need to go and get more of this, it’s fantastic!!!!!!


This is the single cask still version of Oregon Native and, while tasty, needs bubbles.


Why not, I love this beer.

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These beers? Less enjoyment.

A Tale of Two Sumps

Dropped into Beermongers today to drink some Perennial Sump, turns out there were two different kinds….time to buckle up liver!


Normal Sump on the left, Burundi Sump on the right. Regular sump is the better beer, as it has superior mouthfeel, while Burundi is kind of thin. On the other hand, Burundi has better coffee flavors than regular Sump.

So I blended them, and it was fantastic.

More Beer and Climbing Videos

This is kind of a thing now, mostly because climbing videos are really interesting, but you can tune or tune out whenever you feel like it. No plot, no long action sequences, just something to have in the background that’s neat for the 30% of the time you’re actually watching it.



Kunhenn American Imperial Stout: Definitely the best non-barrel aged stout I’ve had in recent memory. Might have to revisit Founders RIS to make sure.


Hill Farmstead Madness & Civilization #1: Probably the best beer in the series. It smells boozy, but then tastes like chocolate and sweet, sweet bourbon. It’s wonderful.


Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4: It has been a very long time since I’ve had this beer, and it’s a fantastic IIPA. Top 10 for sure, and right up there with the best from Alpine, Boneyard, and Barley Brown’s.


De Garde Hose: That palate cleanser tho.


Alesmith Kona Coffee Stout: Extremely tasty, with a sweeter coffee profile than Jamaican Blue coffee something something darkside. However, I wish it had some bourbon aspects to it….




The Rare Barrel: This beer is as good as the brewery name of this beer is bad. Fantastic beer, but I will always be bitter at The Rare Barrel for such a pretentious name. I also don’t like how they introduced a reserve society before anyone had even tried their beer (I’m looking at you, Wolves and Hype).


Perennial Sump: I used to hate this beer, but this batch is actually really good! I approve and will actually consider seeking out more Perennial beers that don’t end with “Abraxas” and start with “BA”.


Hill Farmstead Le Sarrasin: This is a fantastic beer, like a stronger, more technologically advanced Arthur. However, if only it had a more complex funky profile…


Success! I had a tough time deciding which beer was better, but I think Le Sarrasin takes it. I don’t know, ask me tomorrow, I will have changed my mind a few times since then.



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.



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


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+


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


A family photo.


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+


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)


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




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+


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



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.


So deliciously pretty


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+


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.

Tasting at the Commons

A couple people in our tasting group were doing in-person trades with a guy from California. Since they were getting together anyway, we decided to have a tasting!


Commons Boysenberry Porter: Pretty good, but probably not something I should get before a bottle share. It’s 10%


Oh, this is going to end well.


Block 15 should be jumping up and down with this kind of name copying.


Toppling Goliath never sticks to one design for their labels. This bottle happened to be their lager…it was lagery.


Old Matilda that my friend found in the back of his fridge. It was pretty tasty.


Cisco Cherry Woods: This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know much about Cisco, but this had a nice cinnamon and cherry flavor to it. Almost like a diet version of Lou Pepe Kriek. A-


Perennial Fantastic Voyage: Not sure if I like coconut stouts…. B


Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors: Okay, well it turns out I’m full of shit. This beer is incredible and is the best variant since Bourbon County Vanilla. Perfect amount of toasted coconut. Trade for this one, it is absolutely worth it. A+


Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye: This on the other hand, is waaaaaay too sweet. B-


Midnight Sun Moscow 2011: Batch 1 Moscow is really good, I especially appreciate the dry and roasty aspects of this beer after having 2 Bourbon Counties in a row. A


Ale Apothecary Sahalien: This beer is fantastic, like a super sour Flora. However, there is a funny pickle smell to this beer, other than that, it’s flawless. A/A+


Central Water Fourteen: Don’t remember this one much. Whoops.


Alpine Duet: Love this palate cleanser!


Don’t remember this one either. My memory was lost along with that sailor.


De Garde Lee Noir: Fantastic Flanders beer. Sooo good. A


This tastes just like Maybelle. Mmmmm


Commons Eidolon: Maybe this beer isn’t fading after all…this bottle was completely different than the beer when it was fresh, but it was very nice. A-


Hill Farmstead Convivial Suarez: Delicious as always! A-/A


Russian River Framboise for a Cure: Very good framboise, might benefit from a bit of age though. A-


Toppling Goliath X-Hops: Really tasty…but I may have just been desperate for hoppy beer by this point.


Cigar City Big Sound: CCB does stout right.