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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #500 on: 05 May 2015, 16:07 »

I have acquired a six-pack of Shiner Prickly Pear. I know nothing about it beyond the fact that it's Shiner and seasonal (and would assume it tastes like pear), but given that I've never met a Shiner product I disagreed with, I anticipate dinner greatly.
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« Reply #501 on: 05 May 2015, 20:06 »

Had a few tasty beers tonight, my favourite of which was an interesting hybrid of a Belgian Tripel and an Imperial IPA. It was pretty much my favourite parts of both styles, and holy shit it was tasty. Not something I'd have regularly, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #502 on: 26 May 2015, 18:01 »



Drinkin' one of these, pretty fucking tasty. Perhaps my favorite lager.
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« Reply #503 on: 02 Jun 2015, 09:24 »

My roommates and me bought a case of Hacker-Pschorr Hefe-Weisse on my initiative. This was a very, very good purchase.

I'm currently drinking one and it's fantastic. I'm usually a sucker for Pilsner style beers , which are most common where I'm from. I'm still lusting after our Flensburger Pilsener. Relatively cheap in northern Germany, bitter as fuck, and very very refreshing. They're located in the town where my paternal grandparents live, so I've been to their brewery, and I've also taken a liking to IPAs, which are almost impossible to get here, but this Weisse is amazing.
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« Reply #504 on: 02 Jun 2015, 11:54 »

Beer from Munich is the best, I keep telling you

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« Reply #505 on: 02 Jun 2015, 13:20 »

bitter as fuck, and very very refreshing. They're located in the town where my paternal grandparents live, so I've been to their brewery, and I've also taken a liking to IPAs, which are almost impossible to get here, but this Weisse is amazing.

Is bitter a common thing with pilsners? I prefer IPAs for that factor, and I'm looking to expand my experience with variety.

I've seen the word, never known much of what it meant. I like knowing what things mean before I buy them.

Why aren't 'beer tastings' a thing? Like they do with wine, but beer? Do they happen in other countries, maybe?
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #506 on: 02 Jun 2015, 19:51 »

They are, to a certain extent. If you go to some breweries they'll give you free samples, or cheap flights so you can try everything.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #507 on: 02 Jun 2015, 20:24 »

Hoppier pilsners are also becoming a growing thing, at least in the US. I'd recommend Firestone Walker's PIVO, Lagunitas Pils, and 5 rabbit Super Pils (not extremely hoppy, it just happens to be my favorite pilsner.)
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #508 on: 16 Jun 2015, 18:27 »



This is what I'm drinking tonight.

It was much more expensive than what I thought; the price tags were switched. This is apparently a fucking amazing double bock from Ayinger brewery in Bavaria. They've had since the 1800's to figure this shit out. I have high expectations. I'm an IPA guy as far as I've experienced to this point, but I'm trying to branch out, and not many people know this, but Germany apparently has a reputation for making quality beer, you guys. Like, it's apparently, a thing over there?*

Also, each bottle comes with a tiny plastic horse, as pictured above.

This beer has across the board amazing ratings.

I do not know what percent of that consists of people bought off with teeny plastic horses. I don't know how many people could be bought off with teeny plastic horses, but I expect it's more than you'd think, because humanity's fucking weird.

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« Reply #509 on: 16 Jun 2015, 18:31 »

each bottle comes with a tiny plastic horse, as pictured above.

This beer has across the board amazing ratings.

I do not know what percent of that consists of people bought off with teeny plastic horses. I don't know how many people could be bought off with teeny plastic horses, but I expect it's more than you'd think, because humanity's fucking weird.


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It's a goat. And I'm an idiot.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #510 on: 16 Jun 2015, 18:42 »

Troegs makes a damn good double bock, too.
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« Reply #511 on: 16 Jun 2015, 20:04 »

Yeah, but Ayinger really is the king of dopple bocks.

(also I believe Ayinger is available everywhere, wheras Troegs is not. :(  )

I just tried the Hop Tart from New belgium... not a fan. I like tart, and I like hops, but this combination just didn't do it for me.
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« Reply #512 on: 16 Jun 2015, 20:15 »

I mean, it was interesting, but if Ayinger is king of Doppelbocks, I'm not sure I'm a fan. It wasn't disagreeable, I'm not saying anything close to that, but it was definitely not my favorite flavors.

Also, pretty sure I've never seen Troegs before.

Next to try, a pilsner. A good pilsner, I mean. I did enjoy a Miller Lite one time, but I have ethical disagreements just with the way they spell their name, so I mean, there must be better. I doubt it's even too difficult to locate better.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #513 on: 16 Jun 2015, 20:46 »

Troegs is from Hershey, PA, a mere one state over from me, which is probably why it's easy for me to find. I've never seen Ayinger before.
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« Reply #514 on: 16 Jun 2015, 21:35 »

Troegs is from Hershey, PA, a mere one state over from me, which is probably why it's easy for me to find. I've never seen Ayinger before.

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« Reply #515 on: 16 Jun 2015, 22:10 »

In person, I mean.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #516 on: 17 Jun 2015, 19:40 »

Chaos:

If you're anywhere around Chicago i recommend Super Pils from 5rabbit. But I also really like Lagunitas Pils. But there are so many. do a mix pack!

I'm probably going to stop by Three Floyds sometime soon, I'm really excited about it!
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« Reply #517 on: 18 Jun 2015, 06:24 »

At trivia night yesterday I had a chocolate porter from a local brewery, it was good but it had the consistency of chocolate syrup. I ended up sipping it over like an hour and a half.
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« Reply #518 on: 18 Jun 2015, 13:01 »

That doesn't sound like beer.
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« Reply #519 on: 18 Jun 2015, 13:03 »

I still want to try it.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #520 on: 18 Jun 2015, 13:24 »

I got a six pack of this a week or two ago: http://smalltownbrewery.com/our-beers/year-round/

It's... disgustingly sweet and vanillay, IMO. Apparently the higher percentage versions are better, though, from what I've read - I'd guess they're simply fermenting the excess sugar.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #521 on: 18 Jun 2015, 13:30 »

I had that! It tasted like...soda, honestly. It was tasty enough, but...HOLY FUCK THERE'S A 19.5% ABV VERSION? That's ridiculous.

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« Reply #522 on: 18 Jun 2015, 16:46 »

huh, I didn't know they bottled the 19.5 version. I've only had it on tap.

I like their beer, but it is definitely not going to appeal to everyone.

Apparently they were investigated by the ATF because they suspected that it was made with grain alcohol.
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« Reply #523 on: 18 Jun 2015, 21:55 »

You've had it on tap? Jealous, the closest I've had to that ABV on tap was Dogfish 120 (which was 18%, I believe).
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #524 on: 21 Jun 2015, 14:55 »

Had a Rogue Chipotle Ale last night. It had a noticeable kick, but it was by no means overwhelming. Definitely worth trying.
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« Reply #525 on: 21 Jun 2015, 14:58 »

Got some more Spotted Cow today. I suppose I should branch out a bit, though; there's a large variety of beer brewed around here.
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« Reply #526 on: 21 Jun 2015, 15:04 »

I'll be in Milwaukee for Thanksgiving, you better believe I'll have some Spotted Cow.

Btw, is it only Spotted Cow that can't be sold out of Wisconsin or is it all New Glarus beers?
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« Reply #527 on: 21 Jun 2015, 21:24 »

All New Glarus.

Spotted cow is their most popular, but if you get a chance, definitely try some of their other beers. Moon man is very good, and they make some great lambics.

If you pass through Chicago on your way to WI, stop and see if you can get Small town 19% on tap. I don't think it is consistently available, I had it around a year ago at Headquarters.
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« Reply #528 on: 22 Jun 2015, 04:12 »

Well I'll be flying, but I definitely plan on visiting Chicago someday.
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« Reply #529 on: 03 Jul 2015, 19:36 »

Decided to try a different beer this time. It's pretty good.

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« Reply #530 on: 05 Jul 2015, 17:54 »

It's been an interesting couple weeks in beer drinking for me, because in that time I've had the worst fucking beer I've ever tasted in my entire life.



And the best



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« Reply #531 on: 12 Jul 2015, 07:06 »

Went to four breweries yesterday: St. Boniface, Lancaster, Spring House and Sly Fox. Sampled a lot of beer. But even more than that, I realized something. As recently as a year ago or so? I was a huge hophead, IPAs were my jam. They were my #1 and it wasn't even close. Do I still enjoy a good double IPA? Of course! But IPAs aren't even in my top 3 anymore. Stouts have taken up the top spot, followed by barleywines and Belgian Tripels/Quads.
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« Reply #532 on: 12 Jul 2015, 19:06 »

Went to four breweries yesterday: St. Boniface, Lancaster, Spring House and Sly Fox. Sampled a lot of beer. But even more than that, I realized something. As recently as a year ago or so? I was a huge hophead, IPAs were my jam. They were my #1 and it wasn't even close. Do I still enjoy a good double IPA? Of course! But IPAs aren't even in my top 3 anymore. Stouts have taken up the top spot, followed by barleywines and Belgian Tripels/Quads.

In my limited time since my alcohol options have expanded past asking a friend whose going to the store before a party if they can get me something, I've discovered that I only really seem to enjoy the flavor of stouts and porters. Does that make me a snob?
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« Reply #533 on: 13 Jul 2015, 08:49 »

No? It means you know what you like.
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« Reply #534 on: 06 Aug 2015, 18:48 »

In honor of today being India Pale Ale Day, I'm drinking an Abita Seersucker Summer Pilsner.

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I just found out about it being IPA Day, okay? I haven't had many pilsners before and I've tried a the IPAs they were selling before, okay?

It's not bad. Not bad at all. Tasty.
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« Reply #535 on: 13 Aug 2015, 23:08 »

Had a Dragon's Milk by New Holland. Nothing beats a bourbon aged stout.
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« Reply #536 on: 01 Sep 2015, 19:33 »



Tasty, but not really worth what this four pack cost me.
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« Reply #537 on: 01 Sep 2015, 19:48 »

I have no photos, but Mystery Romp, by Crooked Letter Brewing Company was the first porter I ever drank, and it was the weirdest fucking thing that I liked, but at the same time, didn't know what to think of.

It tasted closer to a watered-down cappucino than any beer I've ever had, but I mean that in a positive way, because the only cappucinos I've ever had were from Starbucks and could only have been improved by adding other liquids.

 I liked it, I might add one to the sample box I'll be selecting when I'm in town tomorrow. Definitely adding a hefeweizen, I've never had one of those, either, try a lager, a few other types of brews I've never tried. The place I found is very into local stuff, might get a 6-pack of the city's beer, a single bottle if that's available for the sample. I'm branching out; I know I like an IPA, I've tried probably a dozen different brands, but I'm inexperienced with most other types of beer to the point I've only tried, I think, one stout, and definitely only one porter.
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« Reply #538 on: 01 Sep 2015, 20:13 »

I wonder if I would've liked this more a year or so ago when I was still into IPAs. I mean, I still like IPAs, but they've gone from my favorite to like...fourth (after stouts, barleywines and Belgians/Belgian-style tripels and quads).
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« Reply #539 on: 02 Sep 2015, 23:38 »

Tonight, I sampled this:


It was not un-enjoyable, but what the fuck, there is so much banana and so little else. I like banana, more than I probably should, I am not complaining, but what else was I supposed to taste? Tomorrow, I try a different hefeweizen, similarly local because for some reason, that's what the place I've found sells.
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #540 on: 03 Sep 2015, 04:57 »

I have acquired a six-pack of Shiner Prickly Pear. I know nothing about it beyond the fact that it's Shiner and seasonal (and would assume it tastes like pear), but given that I've never met a Shiner product I disagreed with, I anticipate dinner greatly.

I've had this and gotten their Ruby Red beer. They're both pretty good.
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« Reply #541 on: 03 Sep 2015, 05:17 »

I had their Holiday Cheer last winter. I think it was made with peaches and pecans. Tasty stuff.
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« Reply #542 on: 12 Sep 2015, 11:58 »

Boise has some great beers.
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« Reply #543 on: 14 Sep 2015, 17:30 »

Y'know, people litter a lot near my apartment unfortunately. Just something you have to deal with living in a downtown area. The fact that the litter usually comprised of Natty Lights and Keystone probably says something about people who drink those.

Unrelated news, a new brewery opened recently. Which makes 3 in town and 5 in the county. Unfortunately I missed the chance for free samples because of le ulcer, but I look forward to trying it out after Thursday when I am finally released from my bonds (presumably, I feel much better, but I still have to sit through the GI appointment).
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« Reply #544 on: 15 Sep 2015, 21:09 »

The fact that the litter usually comprised of Natty Lights and Keystone probably says something about people who drink those.

See, I do have opinions on people who prefer what I call 'gas station beer,' but then, my opinion is stupid because for fuck's sake, I do enjoy a good Coor's Light from time to time when I can't afford better. It's nutty, dammit, and for no other reason, because I recall that Diggnation approved it at a time when I could not drink and only experienced intoxication through the lens of Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht once a week.
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« Reply #545 on: 16 Sep 2015, 16:32 »

So a store that's near my apartment carries a mixed six-pack featuring beers from six different NC breweries. I have bought one with the intention of expanding my horizons. Although I am sure drinking one tonight wouldn't hurt anything, I'm going to be a good boy and wait until tomorrow's GI appointment. My two weeks of mandatory sobriety (and also mandatory eating starches for every meal until I want to die, but that's unrelated to this thread) is near an end.

First up will be Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC.
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« Reply #546 on: 17 Sep 2015, 19:26 »

I flipping love variety packs of beer, especially of the 'build-your-own variety.' I wish I could find more places that did that. While the one I've located has a fairly fantastic selection of beer brewed in this bassackward Southern state, all that means is that I have to go back a third time before I've sampled their entire catalogue.

Also, dude, good on you for doing what the doctor says. I worked in a clinic doing data entry to aid the transition to online medical records, and I am aware of things now that can happen from ignoring doctors' advice. This bassackward southern state has terrible health issues because people don't effing listen to the people who went to school for this/know more than grandma, who smoked a pack a day and lived to 97.

Sorry, that was supposed to be congratulations and happy drinking, because you posted that yesterday
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« Reply #547 on: 19 Sep 2015, 15:02 »

Thoughts on Weeping Willow Wit: The bottle set very high expectations, promising 'summertime in a glass.' But what I got was something that didn't taste especially different from other pale ales. I was especially underwhelmed by the bitter orange flavor that I was promised not coming through. Overall, it was good, but in my (admittedly very young and uncultured) opinion, not special.

Next up in the local six-pack is the milk stout from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (whose logo, incidentally, actually looks like both a duck and a rabbit) in Farmville, NC. Milk Stouts are my favorite, and this one is no exception, perfect level of sweetness.

Also, dude, good on you for doing what the doctor says. I worked in a clinic doing data entry to aid the transition to online medical records, and I am aware of things now that can happen from ignoring doctors' advice.

I mean it seems like one day shouldn't make a difference, but I was given a medicine with a very specific 14-day course of treatment. That amount of time could have been made up or it could have been created by pharmaceutical scientists for a specific reason, and I didn't really feel like taking that bet.
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« Reply #548 on: 29 Sep 2015, 21:58 »

There are too many pumpkin beers.  Some are quite good, some are awful, several are sweet, and some are overly spiced.  Du Claw 31 (I tried it last year, didn't even see it this year) reminded me of nothing more than cough syrup, way too sweet with an aftertaste that was just nasty.  Blockhouse pumpkin (out of Pittsburgh) is a bit too cinnamonny, you don't smell anything else, and it takes over the finish, but otherwise it's an enjoyable brew.  Penn Brewery Pumpkin Roll (also out of Pittsburgh) tastes like somebody cut up last year's jack-o-lanterns and tossed them into the vat  :-P

The pumpkin shandies are really quite good, though.  I've tried Jack-O-Traveler and Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch (good luck finding the latter, it went fast).  Like any good shandy they were light and refreshing, not heavy, but a nice hint of pumpkin and spices.  PumpKick from New Belgium is also well spiced, but a little heavier than the shandies and a bit on the sweet side. 

But my favorite so far is Lancaster's Baked Pumpkin ale.  It's damn near perfectly balanced, not too sweet, lightly spiced mainly with nutmeg, with a vanilla finish that gives the effect of pumpkin pie a-la-mode. 

I want to try Dogfishhead's Punkin, but it wasn't available at the tastings I've been visiting.  And I don't have the scratch for it or PumpKing (we sell that one at $85 a case). 

On a different note, I finally tried not-your-father's root beer (the 5.9 ABV version).  Initially, yes, it tasted exactly like root beer.  But it was from a can (the brewery ran out of bottles and started canning instead) and the aftertaste was pretty awful - I think there's anise in it, which I despise, and there's some other foul, bitter taste that lingers a bit too long. 

Maybe it's the aluminum...
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Re: The Big Fat Beer Thread
« Reply #549 on: 30 Sep 2015, 13:25 »

Maybe it's the aluminum...

Very possibly.

I dunno about aluminum being especially foul and bitter, but I've recently realized it's got SOME effect on the taste. I'd have argued until a few weeks ago that was people making shit up, but I've come around. Did some testing, got a couple of Coors Light, which I consider the best of the gas station beers, glass bottle and aluminum can, drank them back to back, and I'm convinced now. Not the greatest of beer, but hella better than most the rest cheap beer around here, at least when it's in a glass bottle. Aluminum can seemed to wreck that, brought it down to just another, different of course, but no better than a Budweiser.

Before anyone brings up accusations of sloppy science, I did this twice, first time starting with the glass bottle, the second time starting with the aluminum can. Multiple trials. I couldn't bring in other people to corroborate my results, but I know what I found was true for me personally, and given this is subjective, I think that's unimportant.
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