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Old 01-19-2010, 04:07 AM   #1876
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Well got my hands on a sixer of this years batch of the much hyped/discussed Bells Hopslam.
Im a big fan of DIPA's and I had one last year and loved it, so this year a sixer sounded way better.



And beer delivers as advertised.
The smell is a very strong and pleasent citrus and pine.
Taste is great mix of complex flavors, some sweet from the honey, citrus, the obvious wallop of hops, its fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium, nice aftertaste.
The relatively high 10% abv might be a surprise if you didnt read the label. It is masked exceptionally well, the beer is so drinkable, this one would creep up on you.
A definite 5 out of 5.



*edit* never done this before, but if anyone with access to Pliny/Abyss/Dark Lord that cant get Hopslam, and is interested in a trade, PM me. I cant get any of those in VA.
I second everything said here. I just had my first two of the year on Saturday. This **** is liquid meth. 10%, double IPA, so lovely.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:09 AM   #1877
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RDH,

Where'd you get the yeast for your tripel?
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:58 PM   #1878
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Ever tried Bell's Two Hearted Ale? Best IPA I've ever had.

Can't get enough of this stuff. It's on tap in pretty much every bar in my neighborhood now. Makes me happy
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:07 PM   #1879
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My gf and I are cooking a Caribbean fest tomorrow, which we've never done before. Marinated chicken/ rice n' beans/ avocado salad. What's your fav/ best Caribbean beer(s)? All I've had is Red Stripe.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:46 PM   #1880
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Carib? Presidente?
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:43 AM   #1881
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Presidente?
I spent a week in the DR and this was the only beer that was available everywhere we ventured. The best thing that it had going for it was its blandness.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:45 PM   #1882
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I have some '08 left. I don't have any other vintages, so I'd preferably try to trade a bottle of 08 for other years, but I probably can spare an extra if you have something rare to trade by you.

If you want to go to a monestary and hand bottle some mead, I have a friend that converted by you and I'd consider that a pretty rare and fair trade

Otherwise, I can look up what's out by you and maybe there's something worthwhile for a trade (if you want 2008 vintage, you can read Wookie's review earlier in this thread).
Generous offer.
There's prolly nothing in my neck of the woods to tempt you to part with it tho'. Only worthwhile thing here is the Maui Brewing Co; http://www.mauibrewingco.com/mbc/MBCPubBeers.html

Their Big Swell IPA and Coconut Porter have won some decent awards and are very good. Come in cans. Their Pub Brews are sold in growlers and they have a variety, but I haven't tried many (havta escape the nippers and get down there for a tasting again some day soon). They shipped in a new head brewer from somewhere in teh North West since I last spent much $$ in their pub.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #1883
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Does anyone know what happened with the Dogfish Head Sierra Nevada joint venture, Life and Limb? I heard about it awhile back then it trailed off, and apparently came out in November, didn't see anything about it when searching the thread, has any tried it?
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:52 PM   #1884
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Does anyone know what happened with the Dogfish Head Sierra Nevada joint venture, Life and Limb? I heard about it awhile back then it trailed off, and apparently came out in November, didn't see anything about it when searching the thread, has any tried it?
It was on tap the last time I was at the Dogfish Head Pub in Rehoboth Beach. I only had a 2 oz. sample but will probably get it on my next trip when the pub reopens in February. It was a reddish brown color that smelled slightly citrusy but had a hint of chocolate and spice that I couldn't pinpoint.

I would have ordered it had I not already drank a World Wide Stout and an Immort Ale.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:04 PM   #1885
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It was on tap the last time I was at the Dogfish Head Pub in Rehoboth Beach. I only had a 2 oz. sample but will probably get it on my next trip when the pub reopens in February. It was a reddish brown color that smelled slightly citrusy but had a hint of chocolate and spice that I couldn't pinpoint.

I would have ordered it had I not already drank a World Wide Stout and an Immort Ale.
Well they created two different beers, one to be bottled, and then the one to be on tap. Both were limited edition though and idk if they will have them anymore. If so I'll have to head out to Rehoboth soon.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:23 PM   #1886
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Life & Limb beer review:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/54089
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:58 PM   #1887
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****, i lost my little notebook that had brief notes of at least two dozen beers that i'd drank at the national winter ales festival, all i know is what i drank and what i didn't.

the good news is that it enabled me to rage quit the festival and wander down to my friendly neighbourhood spoons, which had Peerless Brewery's Red Rocks ale on (link not worth visiting, just for context), which is a very deceptively nice ale, it tastes a lot like a very good strong ruby mild, but unlike most ruby ales that advertise themselves as such, it actually is, and may actually surpass Sarah Hughes' similar beer as my favourite of the genre.

plus because i had my friendly neighbourhood spoons vouchers, courtesy of a gift camra membership for christmas, it cost me next to nothing. jackpot.

as for the actual fest, from what i can remember, beckstone's black dog freddy mild was the best thing i had, derwent's w&m pale ale was also very good. allgates' california is overrated but drinkable, as is wobbly bob. annoyingly a new beer (or, at least, one i hadn't seen before) from the brewery tap that was one of my local pubs didn't settle/arrive. arse.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:48 PM   #1888
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Drinking a BEAST by Avery brewing co.

Dayum, this thing is strong.

16.42 % abv.

I taste honey and brown sugar... little syrupy but, I like it.

Not a session beer, lol at the thought of it...

But, a nice (powerful) changeup.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:38 PM   #1889
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I like Avery beers... especially the Maharaja.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:23 AM   #1890
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Look what I just got twenty 24oz bottles of ...(good for celebrating a $5k and $3k score in donkaments teh last two days):



PS; the dog's not dead or passed out drunk; she just likes snoozing...
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:00 PM   #1891
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Look what I just got twenty 24oz bottles of ...(good for celebrating a $5k and $3k score in donkaments teh last two days):...
Very nice, I just had one of those a week or so back, thought it was great, you will enjoy them.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:11 PM   #1892
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Ok so I was at my local 6-pack shop picking up some randoms. I noticed a Dog Fish Head beer I've never seen before. Looked interesting, but the alcohol content wasn't listed, thought that was weird, but I threw it in with the rest. I pay, and as I'm walking out, I realized my bill was way more than what it should be. I look down and realize that DFH beer was $11. Its the 'World Wide Stout' and later find out its has a massive 18% alcohol content. I was wondering if anyone here has had it before, and if so what are your thoughts on it? I've been on a stout kick recently, which is why I picked it up. I checked out beer advocate and it got great reviews. This is the first time I'll be having a beer with such high alcohol, let me know what I'm getting into lol.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:42 PM   #1893
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wow, I can't believe I've never seen this thread. glad I found it tonight!

I've been in the beer biz for a long time in many different capacities. My latest gig has been bartending and resident beer geek at a decent upscale beer joint. Over the last 6 or so months, I've been doing a lot of "volunteer" work at a local brewpub as well as St. Somewhere, a nice microbrewery in my area, with the goal of learning to brew on a commercial level in mind.

A few weeks ago I brewed my first commercially available beer with Bob at St. Somewhere. It's a limited-release Belgian Pale Ale to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of the place I've been working.

Here's the ratebeer listing, which doesn't have much on it yet since the only people who have tried it yet are folks who bottled beer at the brewery Saturday and those who attended a party I took a keg to the same night.

I made 8 kegs. We killed one over the weekend, the rest went to the bar. The early reviews have all been pretty positive. I haven't read through all the posts yet, but if any of y'all are in the Tampa Bay Area, let me know and I'd be happy to buy your first pint.

Thanks for reading my blatant brag.
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I've been on a stout kick recently, which is why I picked it up. I checked out beer advocate and it got great reviews. This is the first time I'll be having a beer with such high alcohol, let me know what I'm getting into lol.
I'm not really a stout fan, but two I've found recently which I absolutely love are Lagunitas Imperial Stout and Weyerbacher Heresy. They're not as strong as that DFH you mentioned, clocking in around 10-11%, but that's certainly on the strong side of things. I highly recommend giving these a try if you haven't already.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:32 AM   #1894
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Ok so I was at my local 6-pack shop picking up some randoms. I noticed a Dog Fish Head beer I've never seen before. Looked interesting, but the alcohol content wasn't listed, thought that was weird, but I threw it in with the rest. I pay, and as I'm walking out, I realized my bill was way more than what it should be. I look down and realize that DFH beer was $11. Its the 'World Wide Stout' and later find out its has a massive 18% alcohol content. I was wondering if anyone here has had it before, and if so what are your thoughts on it? I've been on a stout kick recently, which is why I picked it up. I checked out beer advocate and it got great reviews. This is the first time I'll be having a beer with such high alcohol, let me know what I'm getting into lol.
I reviewed this earlier in the thread. Several things about this beer stick out. First is the obvious 18% abv. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the nose but absent when tasting. It shows up on a smaller level during the aftertaste.

For an abv bomb the taste is very well balanced. The texture is almost chewy. I found myself playing with it for quite a long time before swallowing. There are definite hints of chocolate and what seemed to me to be black cherries. It has been a few weeks since I drank it so I don't remember more details.

Another characteristic of note was its appearance. The stout was almost jet black with no head or lacing. I suppose this is fairly normal for higher alcohol beers.

Take your time with it and enjoy.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:45 AM   #1895
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Last night I tried a Dogfish Head Midas Touch. The brewer claims that this beer is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Apparently some archaeologists unearthed some containers and had chemical analysis performed to approximate the recipe.

This beer clocks in at a 9% ABV. It pours a slightly cloudy orangeish/yellow with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is predominately sweet with an above average alcohol presence. It was surprisingly light tasting and sweet with minimal if any alcohol flavor. The sweetness seemed characteristic of some kind of tropical fruit as opposed to being citrusy. Honey was present as well. It was completely devoid of bitterness.

It stretches credulity to think that King Midas was drinking such a smooth, relatively well balanced beer in his day but who knows. For beer dorks like me it was worth sampling even at a price of $12.79 for a 4 pack at my local liquor store.

If I am going to choose one of DFH's 9.0% or higher beers I would opt for the 90 Minute IPA. It still gives me a bit of a thrill even after countless tastings.
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If I am going to choose one of DFH's 9.0% or higher beers I would opt for the 90 Minute IPA. It still gives me a bit of a thrill even after countless tastings.
Lemme preface this by saying I'm totally not a DFH guy. However, I really love their Red & White, which is fairly high octane but pretty delicious too.

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Old 01-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #1897
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Lemme preface this by saying I'm totally not a DFH guy. However, I really love their Red & White, which is fairly high octane but pretty delicious too.
Red & White is delicious but I believe that it is seasonal. Hopefully they will be releasing a new batch soon.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:58 PM   #1898
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I like Avery beers... especially the Maharaja.
Me too, this is a very good double IPA.
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Red & White is delicious but I believe that it is seasonal. Hopefully they will be releasing a new batch soon.
If it's seasonal there must be a glut down my way because I've been able to stock it regularly for almost a year now.
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I reviewed this earlier in the thread. Several things about this beer stick out. First is the obvious 18% abv. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the nose but absent when tasting. It shows up on a smaller level during the aftertaste.

For an abv bomb the taste is very well balanced. The texture is almost chewy. I found myself playing with it for quite a long time before swallowing. There are definite hints of chocolate and what seemed to me to be black cherries. It has been a few weeks since I drank it so I don't remember more details.

Another characteristic of note was its appearance. The stout was almost jet black with no head or lacing. I suppose this is fairly normal for higher alcohol beers.

Take your time with it and enjoy.
Thanks for the quick review!

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Last night I tried a Dogfish Head Midas Touch. The brewer claims that this beer is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Apparently some archaeologists unearthed some containers and had chemical analysis performed to approximate the recipe.
I found this one to be over hyped (in my situation). Before I tried it, a lot of people were like "You have to try it! Its awesome!". After I tried it, I thought it was a good beer, but nothing insane. Give me a Festina Peche/Punkin Ale/Chicory Stout any day of the week.
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