Dark Horse Perkulator. It's a malt w coffee grounds added and its about the coffeeiest coffee beer I've ever had. Old coffee, sadly though. Burnt and bitter. Still, not nearly as bad as I'm making it sound, though likely not a repeat purchase.
Woodchuck cellar series Dry hopped cider. Damn good and I'm not a cider guy.
Stone Suede porter on deck to cheer the cardinals past the bucs.
Let me know your thoughts on that Suede. May grab some this week, depending.
The 'chuck and Stone both sound mighty interesting. They on shelves now?
Picked up a couple of the Southern Tier Warlock Pumpkin Imperial Stout (As well as restocking on the Miles Davis Bitches Brew that just hit the shelves again. The Brew is mighty tasty!).
Plan to open up one of the Warlocks with some friends tonight along with a few other pumpkin offerings for a mini pumpkin beer fest.
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Thoroughly enjoyed a few bottles of Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA last night. The most pleasing aspect of this beer is that the hops are so aromatic, followed by a nice crisp but not overly cloying hop bite. Solid malty backbone too. I'll be buying more!
"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
Having some GL Nosferatu on draft with lunch. It's good. Definitely leaning more hoppy than malty sweet, and not as sweet as last year, which I appreciate. The roasted malt is part of the point with this style, and I don't put up with it from many breweries, but GL brings such a mineral-y malt character to the table that I can enjoy it. The pronounced hops are what seal the deal for me.
"A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
I think i have pumpkin beer dripping out of my ears after last night!
Managed to get through these 12 last night with several friends. In addition to trying some current pumpkin ales we were trying to finish off a few bottles that had been sitting for about a year, in some cases intentionally and in some cases not so much.
Shipyard Pugsley Series Smashed Pumpkin 2012 - Had gotten a bit tart. Not bad but not great.
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambic 2012 - Not much pumpkin left but not a bad lambic by itself.
Chatoe Rogue 2012 - Apparently it had gone bad. Lots of moist cardboard. Most of it went down the drain.
Alltech Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale 2013 - Rather bland and unremarkable. I didn't have high expectations but it managed to still fail to live up to them.
Uinta Oak Jacked Pumpkin 2012 - Again not much pumpkin but a pretty tasty beer with time perhaps helping the influence of the barrel to really shine.
Cigar City Good Gourd 2013 - Not available locally which was unfortunate as it was quite good. Probably the winner of the evening. Makes me wish I could try the one off rum white oak aged version.
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Heavy Seas Great'er Pumpkin Barrel Aged 2012 & 2013 - Not much pumpkin left in the 2012 as expected but a pretty good beer. The 2013 has a bit more pumpkin spice and also plenty of vanilla influence that made it quite good. Probably the second place finisher.
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale 2013 - Another import not available locally but this one was a bit of a disappointment. Rather bitter on the finish and not enough pumpkin or sweetness to balance it out. Didn't seem to match with past reviews.
Southern Tier Pumpking 2012 & 2013 - The 2012 had pretty much lost all the pumpkin spice that made it one of my favorites last year and tasted more like drinking cornbread! Not necessarily bad but not what I we had expected. Even more surprising is that the 2013 tasted almost exactly the same. Not sure what to make of that. Maybe we had a bad bottle.
Southern Tier Warlock Pumpkin Stout 2013 - Moderate pumpkin nose and taste doing battle with the roasted malts. Pretty good but not a must have.
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I didn't take detailed notes, but last weekend my friend and I drank a ton of pumpkin beer that was sent back from Bardstown at the KBF. Judging from my Untappd page we had 9:
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 7% - 3/5
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 5.6% - 2.5/5
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale 4.6% - 4/5
Schalfly Pumpkin Ale 8% - 4/5
New Belgium Pumpick 6% - 3/5
O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer 5.5% - 4/5
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin 9% - 2.5/5 - Should have been lower than that. It was really pretty bad.
Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin 8.5% - 3.5/5
Epic Fermentation Without Representation 7.8% - 4/5
My buddy and I agreed to democratize our ratings which kind of homogenized the results a bit, but neither of us give out any 1 or 2 star ratings really. The Smashed Pumpkin was kinda hard to drink, and was probably a 1.5 in my mind. Don't know how I rated it that highly. It was a huge disappointment because the regular Shipwreck pumpkin was a damn good session beer for the season. Pumpkin beer is a curiosity, once-a-year kind of thing, but if I were inclined to have any of these while watching the games on Saturday, this would be the one. The O'Fallon was the surprise of the night to me. It was creamy and tasted the most like fresh pumpkin pie. The Epic was probably closer to a 4.5, but it wasn't intensely "pumpkin" just a great beer. It also came very late in the night and we were feeling no pain, so my memory of it isn't extremely sharp.