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Happy New Year everybody. Here is to 2016 and more rarities.

 

Last night was my last session for a while now so thought I would go out in style (these were mostly shared over the course of a few hours :embar:​)

 

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Celebrated last night with beers from Left Hand Brewing and Boulder Beer. The Nitro Sawtooth from Left Hand was pretty good. Hazed And Infused is my favorite from BB.
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Didn't have a single beer yesterday -- was still recovering from a baby shower (not for us, just one we threw) the day before.  But lots of beer, and lots of new arrivals too.  Sorry for the huge post.

 

Started out with the last one in my Advent beer boxes, as recommended, even though I wasn't supposed to enjoy it until two days later at the earliest.  Fortunately, the time limit was related to adequate carbonation, and this beer had that in spades.  Really nice, kinda wish I had another to lay down for a while, and I especially liked the little write-ups they put in with each bottle:

 

 

And, since the in-laws are still in town, we then proceeded to start in on the calendar from the first day of Advent -- and these guys did it right too, starting in late November instead of just December 1.  All three of these were really nice and, amazingly, I'd never had any of them before:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since it was the day after Christmas, we ended up making it a bit of a big night.  To be fair, however, there were four of us drinking.  I broke out of the calendar for a bit to compare another bourbon barrel aged Double Bastard with the normal version.  I was amazed that the Crime, aged on hot chills, wasn't disgusting. It was actually really interesting, with a bit of green-pepper flavor and some heat in the back of the throat that built up.  Again, this was a 500ml split among 4 people, so the amount of the serving may have helped too:

 

 

 

We closed out the night with the next from the calendar, another which, amazingly, I somehow hadn't had yet.  It was good.  The write up was great, however (and yes, the Block 15 pint glass was a Christmas gift too.  My in laws know me well):

 

 

 

This one was a pleasant surprise.  I'd picked up four of these bottles and, while they say they're best after some time in the middle of this month, had had a couple over the summer.  I was not impressed then.  I opened these up when some friends stopped by and the time really helped them out.  The overwhelming sweetness had receded a bit and they were much more interesting.  Here's to patience:

 

 

A Christmas gift from a friend.  Always a nice reminder, especially with how other breweries use hops today:

 

 

This is exactly what you'd expect / hope for.  The downside was that I opened it up at the start of our friends' baby shower, but I'd had to work all day and hadn't really eaten anything.  I started way too big -- strong, sweet, and bourbon-y:

 

 

This was a huge change following the Block 15, and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.  Probably had them in the wrong order.  Much drier and more restrained, and, of course, a markedly different style:

 

 

This was later, and it was very nice.  Funky, a bit tart, if I remember correctly, and enjoyable.  Sorry about the price tag; a friend had brought this one: 

We closed out the shower by going to a bar, where I continued my poor decision making -- had Payette's 12 Gauge BBA Imperial Stout (big, sweet, and strong), Upslope's Imperial IPA (I like it), and then whisky/ey.  I hadn't been that dumb in a while.

 

 

Also, I'm awash in holiday gifts of beer this year.  In addition to the awesome ones above, some mixed sixes made their way to me from Florida:

 

 

And a whole lot of goodness came to me by way of Maine:

 

 

 

I really may have more beer than I know what to do with right now.

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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post
 

Didn't have a single beer yesterday -- was still recovering from a baby shower (not for us, just one we threw) the day before.  But lots of beer, and lots of new arrivals too.  Sorry for the huge post.

 

Started out with the last one in my Advent beer boxes, as recommended, even though I wasn't supposed to enjoy it until two days later at the earliest.  Fortunately, the time limit was related to adequate carbonation, and this beer had that in spades.  Really nice, kinda wish I had another to lay down for a while, and I especially liked the little write-ups they put in with each bottle:

 

An outstanding post with some serious rarities.

 

I am particularly interested in your Enjoy After review because I was bought a bottle of this for Christmas which is for after some time (7th?) in April. Would you recommend leaving a few months after that date based on your experience?

 

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@Steven Cash -- thanks!  In my experience, the most I could offer would be to wait to some time near the "enjoy after" date and have it then.  I really have no idea of how these would change with more age.  There are some beers that I've had that have become markedly better with a lot of time; and some that have just gone downhill and become a bit of a disappointing mess.  
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Thanks for the insight @brp2 - I will do as you say.
 
I agree totally with your point that some beers age better than others. Had a massively disappointing Hel & Verdoemenis Cuvee 2009 recently and it has (almost) put me off beers aged in the bottle. It was flat (possibly to be expected but I have had older beers which have been retained much more carbonation), thin and watery (presumably due to the large mess of sludge at the bottom and the sugars crystalized to the side of the bottle) and had a madeira taste which all beer seems to develop over time but this is not so welcome in an imperial stout.
 
It was twice the price of the standard beer and not a patch it. I think some of these wax sealed limited editions are an exercise in marketing over substance but no doubt I will continue to fall for them.
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Did you buy it from the De Molen beershop?.. De Molen is one of those breweries I wouldn't buy an "aged" beer of... Just not consistent enough... Maybe their issues have been long solved, but still...
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Did you buy it from the De Molen beershop?.. De Molen is one of those breweries I wouldn't buy an "aged" beer of... Just not consistent enough... Maybe their issues have been long solved, but still...

 

I bought it from either Beergium of Saveur Biere - cannot remember which.

 

I agree on the unpredictability of De Molen. They have some amazing beers in their line-up but in addition to the inconsistencies they make some plain terrible beers too. Love their barrel-aged variants though.

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Disagree - some of their BA beers are over the top. Too much Bourbon, very American. That being said, they do make real good beers.

Oh, and concerning Beergium... Jan 02 and me and me mate already have an order in... shog[1].gif

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Found some Orval, at last, and some other

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Today, more from Amsterdam brewery 't IJ

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Flink is a nice bitter and hoppy blonde. Columbus I have yet to discover. (Wow, bad pun.)
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Originally Posted by hc4thehc View Post

Disagree - some of their BA beers are over the top. Too much Bourbon, very American. That being said, they do make real good beers.

Oh, and concerning Beergium... Jan 02 and me and me mate already have an order in... shog[1].gif


​The Wild Turkey H&V and Weer & Wind are sublime. I see you have a few BA De Molens on that list - hope they are to your liking.

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Only one of 'm is for me (Bommen & Granaten Rioja BA)...

Very hop-driven imp stout.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dunham-petite-mort/330410/

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Columbus I have yet to discover. (Wow, bad pun.)

Didn't like that one at all. frown.gif Funky yeast aroma's I also found in Zatte. Not for me.
post #9705 of 10835
Excellent quad. Rio Reserva's better though.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/struise-xxxx-quadrupel/173564/

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