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    What beer are you drinking Winter '08/'09

    Couldn't find a beer thread, so I figured I'd get one going.

    Visiting a friend in North Carolina and I decided to drag along some of my vintage ales that have been aging while I was away at school.

    Consumed so far over the last couple days:

    North Coast Old Stock 2007
    J.W.Lees Harvest Ale 2000
    J.W.Lees Harvest Ale 1998
    J.W.Lees Harvest Ale 1997

    Every one of them were still showing quite well, the J.W.Lees were are very much on the sherried side, but not at all tired/flat/flawed.
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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    I have been working the arrogant bastard of late… just seems to be right

    I passed up a 3L today of it... figured i woudl save the $75 for bourbon... but I was very tempted...

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Trying different beers, including some of the old school. The all-malt Michelob released a year or two ago is settling into a good beer, it seems to have lost its citric and drying edge and has a good clean maltiness and well-integrated hop flavors. It still seems different than what I recall from the 1970's and 80's, but is an excellent product.

    Gary

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Anyone ever try Boston Beer's Utopias? I have not had the pleasure, though I have had their Triple Bock ... which was an interesting brew.

    Currently at home I have some Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Bell's Cherry Stout
    Jay

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Been drinking Imperial Stout as winter has (sort of) set in. Samuel Smith, Great Divide Yeti (Oak Aged), and North Coast Old Rasputin. At the same time, I find myself retreating to old favorites from time to time, notably Samuel Adams, which has become a regular for me again.

    Regards,

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    My younger brother brought me several micros from breweries around Leeds UK. The fave so far is Old Goat Strong Bitters at 8% by the Cropton Brewery. It is designed for bottle conditioning but this one tastes great now......malt and hops galore. The alcohol is barely noticeable. I'm also working my way thru the mixed case of Sam Adams seasonals.

    Randy

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Harpoon Winter & Wachusett Winter. The Harpoon is to die for... BB

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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by doubleblank View Post
    My younger brother brought me several micros from breweries around Leeds UK. The fave so far is Old Goat Strong Bitters at 8% by the Cropton Brewery. It is designed for bottle conditioning but this one tastes great now......malt and hops galore. The alcohol is barely noticeable. I'm also working my way thru the mixed case of Sam Adams seasonals.

    Randy
    I'm on my second case of the Sam Adams Seasonal, too. The Holiday Porter and Old Fezziwig Ale are quite good, plus you can't beat the labels this time of year. Very Festive. I just can't get into the Cranberry Lambic, though. Those, I'll have to give away.

    The beer I have really been enjoying is the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock Limited Edition brew. Have gone through a couple of large bottles, and it is quite tasty on a chilly evening. But, at $14 for a 25.4 oz bottle, I really don't want to like it too much!
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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    beer? what's that?
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    Re: What beer are you drinking Winter 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    I just can't get into the Cranberry Lambic, though. Those, I'll have to give away.

    The beer I have really been enjoying is the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock Limited Edition brew.
    I'm with you on the Cranberry Lambic. Yuck.

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate the Chocolate Bock.

    Boston Beer has become somewhat mainstream (and therefore (perhaps) sneered at by some of the beer elite), but they really do make some excellent beers. It's sometimes difficult to find smaller brewers making quality lagers (easy to find lots of excellent ales), and medium to dark lagers are my preferred brew.

    If I'm not mistaken, hasn't Boston Beer become the largest American owned brewing operation? (A-B is Belgian, Coors is Canadian?, Miller is South African, etc.) Not to hijack ... just curious if my thought is correct.
    Jay

 

 

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