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Old 12-02-2018, 04:06 AM   #7801
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Bcbs fans,

Found out my local target was actually selling the wheatwine and regular bcbs for $9.99, so grabbed two more of the wheatwines after reading some amazing reviews.

Tried one today. Underwhelming. Just kinda sweet and malty, not really my thing. Oh well.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:14 PM   #7802
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Looking for thoughts for Portland, ME. I haven't been in a year or so. I have a ticket for Saturday's Dinner release at Maine Beer Co, so that is what brings me up from Boston.

It looks like Bissell is packaging Swish on Saturday, so I'll stop in there too. After that, I'm looking for recommendations on where I should go. I'm probably going to spend the night and come back Sunday so I should have plenty of time.

I'll probably stop at Allagash to see what they have that isn't distribute. They just finished putting Coolship Resurgam into distribution for the first time. I have a bottle in the fridge now, I would not mind getting some other Coolship beers if possible. Also, Foundation and Austin Street are right there.

I was also thinking about going to Barreled Souls in Saco on the way home. Beyond that, I could go anywhere, and would appreciate any recommendations.

For food, I'm thinking some combo of Duckfat, Boda, Honey Paw, and J's Oyster Bar. I've been to them all before and they are great. Not planning to mess with a good formula, but if there are new things I should know about, I'm open.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:43 PM   #7803
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

That’s a good start you’ve got. Austin Street/Allagash are musts. Foundation I think is a tier below but it is right there.

I would fit in a meal at Central Provisions. That was my favorite meal in Portland (went to Eventide, Duckfat, and Fore Street as well).

I loved Tandem Coffee as well.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:33 AM   #7804
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Two recent stouts:



I think it's great that they're making so many different kinds of Dragon's Milk. It's fun to have different varieties available. That being said, many of them have been bad. I don't remember all the ones I've tried, but my recollection is that the coffee version was ok, and virtually all the other ones were not good. But at $5 or so for a BA stout, hard to complain about.

This one is worth complaining about. It was revolting. I dumped it after just a few sips, so I don't remember the different ways I thought it was revolting, just that I remember making a very solid pledge to myself that I was never buying Dragon's Milk of any variety ever again. Fortunately I bought this as a single rather than a 4-pack.

This is the one I opened tonight:



I loved it. I think I like fruit-flavored stouts more than most people (with the notable exception of garbage banana Dragon's Milk), so I'm not sure how widely my opinion would be shared. But the raspberry worked great. It's also worth pointing out how well Avery manages to make high ABV beers taste reasonable. This was a 14% beer that tasted far less alcoholic to me than the garbage Dragon's Milk at 11%. Their best example of this is Tweak at 18% or so, which I might revisit this weekend if I'm feeling frisky.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:08 AM   #7805
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

coincidentally, I had both of those beers together at a share a month or so back. I took one sip of that dragons milk and hated it. it tastes 100% exactly like banana runts. I LOVE banana runts, but not in a stout. I opened a really good coconut stout from a local brewery (Deviate) that night and the 2 mixed were fantastic!

Raspberry Truffale was great. Agree that it's scary how well Avery hides the ABV in some of those big stouts.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:41 PM   #7806
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

Another great beer from Avery I've enjoyed recently is Plank'd. Stout with coconut and aged in rum barrels. Thought it was truly fantastic.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:01 PM   #7807
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

I had a 4 pack of that banana monstrosity rattling around and finally dumped three of them last week.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:14 PM   #7808
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

My BCBS haul was pretty meager. I didn't get up early enough, and it flies off shelves pretty quick in Madison, WI. We got 1 of the Chocolate Orange, one of the Bramble, and 2 of the 2016 BCBS which I thought was pretty GOAT level. Was hoping for a 2018 BCBS, but I figure I will have it on tap at some point.

Wife and I then went to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend with a couple of friends for just general vacation + Side Project shenanigans. In our time there we got to split 2 bottles of 2018 Beer:Barrel:Time, tried some leftovers of Derivation 9 or 10 from someone who wanted to keep the bottle but couldn't finish it (it was rum barrel aged with cinnamon I think, and ended up being kind of a cola-flavored drink, as rum barrel aged beers often can be - a pretty big disappointment). Beer Barrel Time was extremely good and I think better than I remember last year's being (we still have a bottle of last year, but didn't get any to-go this year.) We had Peche du Fermier and Framboise du Fermier as well. The peach was one of the best sours I've ever had. Truly elite. The Framboise was ok, but too lactic as can happen with Side Project sours/saisons, and a tier below the raspberry sours that Funk Factory puts out. Hit up 2nd Shift and Perennial as well, which are always fun. St. Louis is an awesome city to visit for 2-3 days.
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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

PSA: 2013 BCBS still bangs

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Re: The Beer connoisseur thread

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My BCBS haul was pretty meager. I didn't get up early enough, and it flies off shelves pretty quick in Madison, WI. We got 1 of the Chocolate Orange, one of the Bramble, and 2 of the 2016 BCBS which I thought was pretty GOAT level. Was hoping for a 2018 BCBS, but I figure I will have it on tap at some point.

Wife and I then went to St. Louis for Thanksgiving weekend with a couple of friends for just general vacation + Side Project shenanigans. In our time there we got to split 2 bottles of 2018 Beer:Barrel:Time, tried some leftovers of Derivation 9 or 10 from someone who wanted to keep the bottle but couldn't finish it (it was rum barrel aged with cinnamon I think, and ended up being kind of a cola-flavored drink, as rum barrel aged beers often can be - a pretty big disappointment). Beer Barrel Time was extremely good and I think better than I remember last year's being (we still have a bottle of last year, but didn't get any to-go this year.) We had Peche du Fermier and Framboise du Fermier as well. The peach was one of the best sours I've ever had. Truly elite. The Framboise was ok, but too lactic as can happen with Side Project sours/saisons, and a tier below the raspberry sours that Funk Factory puts out. Hit up 2nd Shift and Perennial as well, which are always fun. St. Louis is an awesome city to visit for 2-3 days.
did you get a chance to buy a Coconut Vibes while you were there? Buddy cracked one of his Saturday night and it is probably the best beer I've had in 2018 so far. Was initially surprised at all the hype it was getting but holy **** is it good.
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