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Old 11-17-2007, 02:26 PM   #781
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That's still pretty steep. I'll have to see how it compares in price w/ the Rodenbach Grand Cru.
If you ever get a chance to purchase it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. La Folie is spectacular; the best sour ale I've had yet.

Are there any folks from Wisconsin out there? If so, there's been an interesting development with our friends at Leinenkugels (AKA Miller). They just bottled their Big Eddy imperial stout and thus far it's been getting rave reviews. I'm curious if anyone has access to it and could give it the ol' yea or nay. What do people think about Miller's (and other macros) dip into the craft brew scene?
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Old 11-17-2007, 03:56 PM   #782
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Oh, I didn't know Leine was a Miller subsidiary. Huh. If their imperial stout is good, they may usurp Coors's Blue Moon line as having the best offering of macro craft brews.
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:05 PM   #783
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Ok, today was not a good beer day for me. I tried two new beers:

Oat - Southern Tier and Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery.

I didn't finish the Brooklyn and probably won't finish the Oat either. I won't give a review. I'm thinking that I'm just not an 'Imperial Stout' person. Only one more stout to try in my fridge on the positive side.
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:50 AM   #784
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Yeah, if you don't like the Brooklyn BCS, I don't know what to tell you. It's not the best imperial stout out there, but it's solid, and one of the best values. Probably just not your style. Since you seem to be enjoying an IPA, if you want to give strong, dark beer another shot, you might try Flying Dog's Gonzo imperial porter. It's a cousin of the imperial stouts, but it has a strong hop character that you might enjoy.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:29 AM   #785
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Yeah, if you don't like the Brooklyn BCS, I don't know what to tell you. It's not the best imperial stout out there, but it's solid, and one of the best values. Probably just not your style. Since you seem to be enjoying an IPA, if you want to give strong, dark beer another shot, you might try Flying Dog's Gonzo imperial porter. It's a cousin of the imperial stouts, but it has a strong hop character that you might enjoy.
On a similar track, see if you can get your hands on Great Divide Yeti, a very hoppy imperial stout.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:56 PM   #786
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And now that I think about it, Victory's Storm King is also a hoppy imperial stout, IIRC moreso than the Yeti.

I'm going to do a couple reviews tonight. The first one was from last night, and I didn't take pics. I picked up a couple new brews from Smuttynose from their apparently new Big Beer series. The first I'll review is a new style, a so-called Wheat Wine. They describe it as a barley wine made with wheat, but also with a light hopping. I was a little skeptical, since I haven't really dug English-style barley wines, but I figured I'd give the wheat version a shot. It may incorporate some of the flavors I enjoy from German wheat beers. It's bottle conditioned, so that bodes well for it. I paid a reasonable $5.59 for a 22 oz bottle of 10.7% ABV beer.

The beer pours a clear reddish brown with virtually no head, even with an aggressive pour. The smell is much like an English barley wine, but perhaps not quite as fruity. The taste is a bit of a let down. I don't notice much of an addition by using wheat instead of barley. Instead, this doesn't seem to be quite as complex as the better English barley wines I've had. It's mostly a sweet, darker malt, and then there's the light grassy hopping in the finish. This isn't a bad beer, but it's not outstanding, and it's not really my style. I'm going to award it and a half .

Last edited by MrWookie; 12-05-2007 at 12:16 AM. Reason: Edit: Awarded it another half heart. I was too harsh on this beer.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:00 PM   #787
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For the second review, I picked up a bottle of Rodenbach's Grand Cru. I'm finally going to try me a Flemish sour ale. Ran me $8.89 for a 750 mL bottle, just 50 cents more than the 750 of the standard Rodenbach, so getting the Grand Cru was an easy choice. Apparently this is a barrel-aged beer, but it weighs in at a fairly light 6% ABV.



The beer pours a fairly dark red. It has a decent head at the start, but it dissipated pretty quickly.



When I first smelled this beer, I thought it might have spoiled. The cork in the top of the bottle looked a little old, and the smell was unlike any other beer. Taking another whiff, though, and I get wood and sour cherry, which is I think what I should be smelling. The taste, whoa. That's sour. It quickly overwhelms the back of my mouth. I knew what I was getting myself into for the second sip, though. There's a good bit of flavor in here behind the sourness, notably sweetness, cherry and wood, of course, but also a little more I can't quite place. I want to like this beer more than I did, but that's not to say I'm going to give it a low rating. I'll give it . Drinking a 750 of this beer is a bit on the tough side given the sourness. It has just too much of a medicine flavor from the sweet and the sour for me to want to buy this beer again. Regardless, this beer is a unique surprise for someone looking for something different.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:20 AM   #788
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Couple mini reviews tonight, both from Blue Moon that I've been putting off reviewing.

Blue Moon Harvest Moon: their pumpkin ale. Not as spicy as spicy as some, and I don't particularly taste the pumpkin. However, the hint of spice in there is still decent, even if the malt leaves a little to be desired. Still, the spices that are there work well with the rest of the beer. It's a pretty drinkable and affordable beer if you're curious if a pumpkin-flavored beer is something worth drinking. : and a half .

Blue Moon Full Moon: their winter ale. I wasn't really sure what I'd be getting myself into when I bought this one. It pours a clear medium brown, a little lighter than I expected given the advertisements about this being a dark beer. On the scale of Coors products, though, this may be the darkest thing they make. In spite of the advertised Belgian character, this beer isn't that exotic. It's a little sweeter and less hoppy than a brown ale. It's mostly just a solid, malty brown beer. I'm going to give it the same rating, and a half .
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:17 AM   #789
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Wookie, FWIW I enjoy the reviews in this thread.

I am more of a common beer drinker but I do like my beer and do enjoy trying different beers every now and then.

Do you recall if you have ever tried or reviewed Moose Drool Beer brewed by Big Sky Brewing in Missoula Montana? It is not as crazy as English Barley Wines or sour beers but is a nice dark beer that I enjoy on occasion.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:46 PM   #790
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I've seen it in stores, but I think only when I'm back visiting my parents in Seattle. I haven't tried it myself, I don't think. There's nothing wrong with "boring" beer, either. I buy Brooklyn Brown by the case, and it's nothing more than a (great example of a) brown ale. It's probably the beer I've had more of in my life than any other. I love treating myself to something exotic, but sometimes something simple and familiar is just the ticket.

I'm actually curious what beer(s) people who frequent this thread drink most often. We report on the new and exciting beers, but I'd be surprised if any of the other beer lovers in here were putting away a barley wine every night with dinner or something.
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I'm actually curious what beer(s) people who frequent this thread drink most often. We report on the new and exciting beers, but I'd be surprised if any of the other beer lovers in here were putting away a barley wine every night with dinner or something.
Everyday drinker is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - the reference standard pale ale.
Also Corona (dont' know why - it's easy to drink) and Yuengling -(very cheap at my local pub)
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:41 PM   #792
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I'm actually curious what beer(s) people who frequent this thread drink most often. We report on the new and exciting beers, but I'd be surprised if any of the other beer lovers in here were putting away a barley wine every night with dinner or something.
Lately belgian beer appears in more and more bars in New York. So I drink Hoegaarden and Chimay Blue most of the time, and Corona on the occasions when I can't find anything else. Always keep St Bernardus witbeer in my fridge, too. New York.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #793
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Have you tried many wits other than St. Bernardus and Hoegaarden? How does the former stack up? I haven't tried it, but I the style.
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Have you tried many wits other than St. Bernardus and Hoegaarden? How does the former stack up? I haven't tried it, but I the style.
I have tried Allagash and Ommegang and yesterday had some disgusting Japanese wit (Hitachino, I think). God that last one was awful. St Bernardus is clearly the best wit of all those. However, I've only seen in bottles, and maybe it gets refermented there, and thus becomes stronger than others that are sold on tap. So that might be the reason why I like it. Bottled Hoegaarden and that on draught have rather different taste and feeling, for one. But StB's is a good brew regardless.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:10 PM   #795
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Well, putting it above my beloved Allagash will mean I have to try it. I was underwhelmed with Ommegang's, and I haven't tried that Japanese one, but it got a glowing review in here earlier.
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