The Official Beer Thread - Page 661
If it's anything to go by, I'd certainly buy it again. And not just cause it was cheap.
Finally figured out my San Diego plans. We'll be staying near Gaslamp for one night. And, so that this trip isn't only about beer, I think my only real goals are to get to AleSmith, Lost Abbey, and Societe while i'm there. Anything else would be gravy.
Aside from that, I've had some new stuff recently. Unfortunately, not all of it is recent enough that I remember it all that well. This is one of those beers. Another from the BeerVent Calendar, I remember liking it, but don't really recall why. Possibly because it was older and mellower, as I'm not usually that big of a fan of barleywines.
I do remember liking this. It was nice and refreshing. Not earth-shattering, but tasty and good.
While I often lament my state's isolated and highly limited market, I was surprised to be able to get my hands on both of these. Not quite as hoppy as that amazing Fishdog River brew linked above (I do like the Stone style commentary), these were still nice. The Boulevard Calling was, in my opinion, great. It got close to the sweet, full flavors these beers are going for and I really enjoyed it. Sierra Nevada's Tropical was a bit of a disappointment, however. With a name like that, I expected more.
Keeping with the head-to-head theme, how about some stouts? The Ivan the Terrible was another from the Advent boxes, and it was pretty good. The Dark Truth disappointed me, however, as it just came across as a bit thin.
The barrel aged Planktown was a bit of a one-trick pony; some whiskey barrel flavor and not much else of note. The Tonnellerie was enjoyable, but I don't remember much more than that.
This one was interesting. Don't think I'd had anything from Laughing Dog before, and the nose made me think maybe it should stay that way -- the smell is just super sweet and almost fake peachy. Fortunately the flavor wasn't just sweet; there was a bit there, but a bit of sourness too and some balance. Unfortunately there was also an odd bitterness that crept in about half-way through, making this just ok.