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Old 10-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #11
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Yeah Fuller's ESB is different than 1845. I love Fuller's ESB. That's a pretty solid beer IMO.

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Old 10-12-2008, 02:31 AM   #12
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Yeah Fuller's ESB is different than 1845. I love Fuller's ESB. That's a pretty solid beer IMO.
Fuller's 1845 is a big hit in my book. The ESB? Not so much. Neither was Breckenridge's EESB (DESB?), just too much gas on that one. I was really taken with a local brewpub's ESB (Lovejoy's Hug ESB), so I really wanted to find something like it. Hug has this REALLY rough, intense, tongue-scraping thing going on that I THINK might be Northern Brewer hops - Anchor Steam has the same ouvre - that really does it for me.

Black Sheep? Meh.

Duchy? Very nice. Lots going on in there. Very fresh and floral.

Tonight I'm on the Lagunitas. It's pleasantly warming and drinkable, but would be a lot better with more head, and maybe less hops.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:28 PM   #13
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L-R:
Lagunitas Sirius High-Gravity Cream Ale
Avery IPA
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen (could not find Altbairisch Dunkel...)
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
DuPont Foret, aka Moinette Biologique
Baltika #6 Porter
Lindeman's Cuvée René Gueuze
Verhaege Duchesse de Bourgogne
Avery Ale to the Chief
Stone Smoked Porter
Steamworks Lizard Head Red
Nethergate Old Growler Porter
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale
North Coast Old Stock Ale

I've never tried any of these beers before. Half the styles are new to me, too.

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:46 PM   #14
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I haven't had Steamworks Lizard Head Red of the Nethergate Old Growler Porter.

My favorite of all those is the duchesse, but I'm afraid this year it just isn't the same as it was the last couple of years. Way more vinegar than I like in a sour now. Sort of disappointing. I had La Folie last night, and I remember what a good sour should be.

The Lindemans gueuze is also a good beer, but not my favorite gueuze. I wouldn't kick it out of bed.

The rest are all pretty good, overall. I had the Stone smoked porter with vanilla beans added last night. Holy crap was it awesome.

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Old 11-09-2008, 09:17 PM   #15
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I just had the Duchesse de Bourgogne recently. Excellent Flemish.
You seem to have access to a pretty decent beer selection. Do you shop at a store locally? Or are these online purchases?

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Old 11-09-2008, 09:23 PM   #16
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The Wells Bombardier in your first pic is a well made beer. I tried it the first time a week ago. Very tasty.

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Old 11-09-2008, 11:27 PM   #17
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Do you shop at a store locally?
Both of these hauls were from Central Market (north) in Austin.

The Green Flash tastes a lot like my dry-hopped Riwaka Red....
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DFH IBA: I didn't care for it until I read the DFH site - IMHO, it's just not great as an American brown, but as a Scotch ale, I can dig it. It just doesn't have the huge hop character portended, but the molasses, roasty, and coffee notes of a Wee are there. I'd love to put one side-by-side with an Old Chub or McEwan's.

Edit: Baltika #6: retch! It's a BJCP commercial example of a Baltic porter. I dumped it after drinking half the pint. Old Growler? Awesomely huge esters. Like a maltier, deeper 1845! Thumbs up.

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I'm a fan of the Avery IPA. I had the cask version over at the Flying Saucer. Tasty.

Avery Ale to the Chief is like a mouth full of cascade hops. It's awesome if you like cascade hops. I love 'em.

Stone Smoked Porter totally blew me away. I couldn't believe how good this beer was. It's the only smoked beer I've ever had I didn't want to spit out.

I haven't tried the Old Stock Ale yet, it's waiting in the fridge for me. That isn't one to be drinking on a weeknight.

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Avery Ale to the Chief is like a mouth full of cascade hops. It's awesome if you like cascade hops. I love 'em.
Are you sure about the cascade? I was going to say that the Chief is like the first English-style DIPA I've tried... could be that giant sugary, estery nose throwing me off. Or just the 8.7%.
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