Had Great Divides Expresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout at Petrol Station it was great. 4 1/2 hook ems.
Had Great Divides Expresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout at Petrol Station it was great. 4 1/2 hook ems.
has anyone tried the oak aged belgian yeti? been thinking about grabbing one, but there's always other $#@! to buy.
I love the Yeti series, the Belgian is really good, the yeast adds a little lightness to a very heavy stout. I rank the Yetis as this:
1. Espresso Oak Aged
2. Chocolate Oak Aged
4. Oak Aged
5. Yeti (the reg 12 oz one)
Thank you good sir. ShaggyBevo comes through again. Really looking forward to them.
And Great Divide also makes great beer, haven't had a bad one from them yet. I had the Hercules the other night and it was at least a 4, if not 4 1/2, hook 'em DIPA.
I'm not an expert on Belgians, but this one was decent. A bit spicy, sweet. Bananay, if that's a word.
Its worth a try, if you like Belgians and are poor. I'm a big fan of Full Sail too. They always make solid beer.
The first batch of OB Deviant Dale's was canned on Wednesday.
Have to chime in to concur with the Alpine Exponential Hoppiness love. A perfect beer. So hoppy and flavorful and yet balanced and really hides it ABV. Was fortunate enough to partake of this a second time with an über fresh bottle. Just great, great stuff. The extremely limited nature of it only adds to its appeal. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
Additional review: Jolly Pumpkin's Noel De Cslabaza
A Belgian Christmas Ale aged in oak barrels. A really great sour beer (something we don't get enough of in Texas). Pours a very dark brown. Great cherry tart smell. Taste is sour, cherry, spicy and even a bit sweet. 9% ABV that you can't really taste but feel later.
5 hook ems!
I guess I will post my Exponential Hoppiness review too...
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
poured from bomber into tulip
A: reddish orange. thin but staying layer of head. sticky on the side of the glass.
S: smells great. grapefruit and citrus, then pine.
T: very hoppy, as to be expected. but also very well balanced and easy to drink considering the alcohol content. very minimal alcohol burn. the oak is more pronounced than i expected. its an interesting taste in a big DIPA. not as sweet as many beers of this style, but also not a palette-wrecker. again just very well balanced, but not getting the great citrusy flavors like in pliny.
M: very full bodied. perfect carbonation. almost creamy. noticeably sticky on top of mouth. perfect mouthfeel
O: really tasty beer. would go through the effort for this one again, but its not my top 2-3 alltime favorite DIPAs.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-08-2012
so overall it wasn't my favorite beer of all time, but it was probably in the top 15 of the ~600 beers I've logged. thanks shaggy trading alliance!
I submit Founders Double Trouble Double IPA.
I will confess going into this I was cautiously optimistic. I love the Founders B Stout, RyePA, Imp Stout and think their Porter is the best I've ever tasted. I just don't like the Centennial IPA.
On to the tasting,
There was almost no head, which kind of goes with the dIPA. It also looked a little more straw colored than I was expecting.
But God Damn, this is $#@!ing tasty. It makes the Bells I had right before taste like tap water. There are the hints of grapefruit that get stronger as it warms, but they aren't overpowering like sometimes I think Dugana gets. It also seems a little more potent at 9.3% which you can start to notice as it sits out.
The more I taste it, the more it reminds me of Firestone Walker Double Jack, but just slightly more harsh.
Overall, if I could buy this all the time I would. At 10.99 a four pack, it is a little pricey, but should be cheaper than most of your dIPA bombers.
Had some Kwak, very good stuff. Looking forward to it fresh in Belgium this summer.
Happy Camper IPA is also Available in Austin Tx :)
Iron thistle. 4 hookems.
Rahr has been coming on strong lately with snowmageddon, and la grange, but iron thistle is still my favorite. I haven't had too many scotch ales, but this one stands out. Very sweet. Vanilla and figs mostly. Sometimes I taste a slight smokiness. Definitely not for hopheads.
Rahr Iron Thistle used to be awesome 3 or so years ago. Had it this year, as I love scotch ales. This tastes nothing like a scotch ale anymore. Could barely finish it. Tastes like a light-ass bock.
1.5 hook ems, but just my opinion
I made my way back to Toronado in SF this weekend, maybe my favorite place on earth.
Unfortunately I dragged ass after the Stanford game so I didn't get there until like 7pm and it was ridiculously packed. Toronado is an awesome afternoon hangout when it's somewhat manageable in there. It turns into your typical cluster$#@! bar when the sun goes down and the masses invade.
But I was able to drink a couple of Pliny the Elders, and then I decided to try a beer that made my weekend.
Lost Abbey (San Diego) Serpent's Stout
It takes a special beer to knock your socks off AFTER you've been drinking Pliny the Elder. I was kind of tired of hops and originally ordered a Ninkasi Imperiale. Bartender said if I want a stout I should try the Serpent's Stout. What a great call.
My favorite beer ever is Deschutes' The Abyss. The Serpent's Stout doesn't have as many crazy complex flavors as Abyss, but it is delicious as hell. I like stouts but sometimes when you start getting into that imperial stout realm you start getting sludgy beers. This one has all the flavors of a stout but also a hop balance and just a great taste that completely hides the 11.0% ABV.
Speaking of that 11.0% ABV, I had to leave Toronado following that one, because the night would not have ended well otherwise. I got back to my hotel for a nightcap before falling asleep in my room and completely bailing on my plans for the rest of the night. Whoops!
4 1/2 hookems.
Last edited by TornACL; 02-27-2012 at 01:51 PM.
Dales' Pale Ale
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Death Valley Pale Ale
Indian Wells Brewing Company, California
Golden, coppery color when poured
Pretty flat finish in the sense that you don't really taste much but a touch of citrus. No head to speak of in the pour.
There are far better APA's out there than this one.
1 Hook'em. I wouldn't pour it out the drain, but I wouldn't run out and buy it again either.
The official beer of Barcelona. You typical yellow, fizzy lager similar to the macrobrews found in the US. Not a lot of character or depth but it is easy to drink. It gets a 1/2 point bump because if you're having an Estrella Damm you are probably somewhere in Catalonia, and that's worth something.
3 1/2 hook 'ems
5 hook 'ems when bought for 1 Euro per can from some guy on Las Ramblas after the bars close at 3:30am to drink on the walk or cab ride back to the hotel.
South Austin Belgian Style Golden Ale
Had two 8oz pours at Whip In. I like where they're going with this. They're brewing a style of Belgian that is actually available in the states and dominated by some great beers, i.e. Duvel, La Chouffe, Moinette, etc. So it's possible to take the Pepsi challenge and $#@!.
Good pear flavor but needs more spice and carbonation. No fluffy head. The mouthfeel isn't as crisp as the ones from Belgian, but that's something they can definitely fix. Think of the mouthfeel like this:
Three hook 'ems.
South Austin Saison D'Austin
Also on tap at Whip In, but I only took a sample. Way too sweet for a saison. No pepper, not enough carbonation, not complex enough.
One hook 'em.
according to a BA, looks like Le Petite Prince and Noble King are making their way around the state in 750's. Now at whip in as of this AM
Saint Arnold Endeavour:
Yes! So, so excited to have their Divine Reserve 11 double IPA back as an always available, year round offering!
DR11 was one of my favorite beers and I have been eagerly anticipating this release. While, due to the nature of DIPAs, I can't do a real side by side of this versus the remaining DR11s in my beer cellar, this tastes (at least) as great as I remember. Perhaps better than DR11? Can't say for sure. However, for reference, I am one who liked Pumpkinator better than DR9 (and I appear to be in the minority on that opinion) so take what I say with a grain of salt.
Pours a great reddish/orangish color (which I associate with citrusy IPAs). Incredible citrusy smell! Seriously, I sat around and smelled this for a while before and as I was drinking it much like Paul Giamatti did with wine in Sideways.
Taste is just a great blend of hops and tropical fruitiness. I have come to realize (in no small part due to the many great beers I have had/documented in this and the San Diego beer threads) that, while I love all types of IPAs and DIPAs, the ones that I am the most excited about are those which have a very citrusy, fruity and/or floral note. This reminds me of how I felt after trying Alpine's Duet (which I need to try again and compare with this). Very excited that Texas has what I consider to be a world class DIPA that I would gladly put up against other states' signature DIPAs. I think this is a steal at $5.99. I would certainly have paid more for this if it were the sales price. Can't wait to have this on tap and have growler fills of this to bring home!
Extremely drinkable-especially for 8.9% ABV. I am seriously considering cracking open another bottle. Perhaps I will adhere to the command inside the bottle cap:
Needless to say, 5 hook ems...
Is Endeavor only available in bombers or will there be 6 packs?
Best by date on the bottle was 3/16/12. Just a little head, like most DIPAs. Nice orange color, although it's a little paler than some others I've had. Great floral and citrus notes (orange/grapefruit) as you smell and taste it up front, and a really nice bitterness on the back end. The label says it's 9.3% ABV, but it doesn't taste like it. I keep trying other DIPAs, but I always come back to this one. The balance, floral/citrus hops and smooth drinkability set it apart from the others I've had.
Dogfish 90 minute is the only other one that I would put in the same class, and I have not been able to find that locally in a while to do a taste test (disclaimer, I have not had either Pliny yet, although they're on my list when I find them).
Meantime Chocolate Porter
4 Hook 'Ems
Very mild, subdued flavors. Balanced and easily drinkable, but by no means complex. Delicious with my Fish & Chips though.
So far the US beers kick the local London beers ass. Just visited a bottle shop that had a lot of US and San Diego beers and the proprietor agreed. They are really excited about the US beers over here and say they can't get enough.
Alright Guys - i need some help frm our shaggy friendz to help me fill up 25 empty slots for bombers @ the store by nxt week - Recommendations please...
Lagunitas for the poor folk. You have rahr yet?
2nding lagunitas. great beers all around.
Guinness, as served in Dublin
I've always been a fan of a good old Guinness, but as of today I can now confirm that they do actually taste better on the Emerald Isle. Fuller, richer, creamier. Just better. Puts a big smile on my face.
Made it to Hamiltons here in SD yesterday.....
Fifty/Fifty Eclipse Stout- 2010 vintage, aged in Wittenhouse Rye Barrels.
At $42 bucks a bottle, it beat out Westy 12 as the most expensive beer ive ever bought. But, its it hands down the best stout ive ever tasted. Easily. Better than Stone RIS, Rogue RIS, Abyss, Speedway Stout, Dark Lord, KBS, BCBS, etc etc
Wow, I dont wanna go full beer nerd in a review as im currently heading off to Craft and Commerce, but ill just say its in the top 5 beers ive ever had and worth every penny.
6, yes 6 Hook Ems
Football .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA
Bada Bing .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Classics .. Bellmont