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Old 12-14-2012, 11:08 PM   #301
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Well it's time! Im off work for two weeks so its time to start cracking these open!
I'm starting with the caramel quad because its the first recipe in the book, and I've had them in my fridge the longest.

Bottle: Clean, good fill

Aroma: Wow, I'm getting a big wiff of toasted caramel and to a much lesser extent something I can only describe as maybe dark fruit. If this is a 10% beer, I am not detecting any alcohol in the aroma.

Appearance: Opaque and deep brown/raisin in color. Little head, faded almost instantly.

Flavor: Again wow, tastes just like it smells, but not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is present but faintly hanging out in the background. No off flavors

Body: medium-full, low carbonation.

Overall: very tasty, just wish it had a little more carbonation. As I sit here and type, I am feeling a slight alcohol warmth. And now that I look at my glass again, I believe I am drinking this faster than I should. Definately a sipper, would go great as an after dinner drink while conversing with the in-laws, cause you'll need it.

Edit: Yes definately a sipper!

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:17 PM   #302
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Have been following this thread intently. Wanted to get in on it but couldn't. Would love to do it for next year.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:28 AM   #303
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no label on mine... i had labeled some of them to test out a new labeling system... paint the bottle with a "chalk board" paint and use chalk. reusable, but that beer went out before i started it...

so far i've recieived;

1) Caramel Quadrupel (biochemedic)
4) Juniper Rye Bock (dgez) <----- arrived w/ bonus! thanks dgez! can't wait!
5) Fruitcake Old Ale (SavoryChef) <---------arrived in perfect shape and looking good!
8) Honey Ginger IPA (RedBeard1)
9) Crabapple Lambicky Ale (Clanchief)
10) Gingerbread Ale (sfrisby)

the old fruitcake ale i thought was outstanding - the next day i had the gingerbread porter which i really enjoyed. nicely balanced, good carb, nice bite and very little hop influence which i think makes perfect sense... the next day i had the honey ginger IPA... i think the honey and ginger wiped out a lot of the hop influence - very good beer with a perfect head, carb, etc... so far i've really enjoyed them all and like mine the least.

i might go with the quad tonight - but i already had a martini and don't want to be on the floor.

i'm going to revisit all of them in january and then save a bottle of each for next year to compare/contrast... hopefully i can return for next year.

 
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:45 AM   #304
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duplicate post somehow.

 
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:39 PM   #305
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I have received

Caramel Quad
Juniper Rye (Thanks for the extra !!)
Fruitcake Old Ale
Crabapple Lambicky Al
Gingerbread Ale

If it was shipped to me I did not get the Honey Ginger IPA, if anyone is not going to ship to me if you could let me know that way I can plan around that and know about what I need to complete the shipping. I do hope I get shipped the Spiced Cherry Dub and the Christmas Gruit, as those look / sound like they should be quite tasty.

I will begin posting reviews of those I drink after Sunday...when I am off for 3 weeks
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #306
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Fruit has shipped. I received mine. I thought the cherry dubbel was a no show for this year. Right?

Edit: nope. It was the weizenbock that was a no show.

 
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #307
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Fruit has shipped. I received mine. I thought the cherry dubbel was a no show for this year. Right?

Edit: nope. It was the weizenbock that was a no show.
Right on the weizenbock...and the cherry dubbel is going to just be a dubbel...Pint_destroyer was unhappy with the cherry version(s) and did not feel it was worthy of sharing, so wanted to just send his base dubbel
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #308
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Fruitcake Old Ale:

Bottle: Nice label, good fill

Aroma: I'm getting spices up front. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon type spices. Hints of tart fruit.

Appearance: Deep chestnut brown, pencil thin head that dissapated over a few minutes.

Flavor: Yeah, if you were to crush up and juice the month of December, this is it. Spices, a tart fruitiness, sour (not a bad sour, but a slight puckering). To me, the spices are the dominant flavor, followed by a cherry/blueberry tartness. Great finish, the flavor lingers long after your last sip.

Body: Medium-Light. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: I hate fruit cake, but I love this beer! The flavors are in perfect harmony with each other. While I think the spices are the dominant flavor, they are not over powering. Excellent brew, Great job!

 
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #309
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Thistlehair: Honey Ginger IPA

Bottle: Nice label, good fill

Aroma: Honey and ginger up front, faint hop aroma.

Appearance: Dark straw in color. Pretty good clarity. Good head, about a half inch on the pour, faded to a thin layer that stayed for the whole beer.

Flavor: Its all here, a touch of sweetness from the honey, a little bite from the ginger, bitterness from the hops. Very good. As its warming up a little, I'm starting to pick up on a little bit of fusels...or it could just be that ginger bite, I can't tell. I'll try another in a a week or so to see if I still detect it. Just curious, what was the ferm temp on this?

Body: Light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: Another excellent brew. The honey and ginger complement each other very well. Clarity and head were great. Crisp and refreshing!

 
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:30 AM   #310
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