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Made a New-Year's resolution in 2012
to drink and explore craft beer. Makin'
good on my promise.

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    Lagunitas “Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale” American Strong Ale: Another Undercover season is upon us. This is my favorite limited release after Cappuccino Stout. Like most other Lagunitas releases, this one also has a pretty hoppy profile on it with plenty of sweet caramel malt to back it up. Citrusy, piney notes. Subtle roastiness. Undertones of fusel notes with a medium-plus body and a somewhat lively mouthfeel. Slick on the palate with much of the roasted malt falling on the back of the palate. Sweet caramel malt and hop bitterness fall mid to front.

    Lagunitas “Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale” American Strong Ale: Another Undercover season is upon us. This is my favorite limited release after Cappuccino Stout. Like most other Lagunitas releases, this one also has a pretty hoppy profile on it with plenty of sweet caramel malt to back it up. Citrusy, piney notes. Subtle roastiness. Undertones of fusel notes with a medium-plus body and a somewhat lively mouthfeel. Slick on the palate with much of the roasted malt falling on the back of the palate. Sweet caramel malt and hop bitterness fall mid to front.

    — 23 hours ago with 10 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #impressions  #lagunitas  #undercover investigation  #undercover investigation shut down ale  #american strong ale  #strong ale  #limited  #rotating 

    And another 5 bottles lay to rest in Brewgie Howser Cellars. Found these Rogue XS Imperial Stout bottles at a local liquor store waay underpriced. I bought one about a month ago for $8.59, loved it and went back today to buy more. Unfortunately the price went up a little to $9.99 a bottle, but considering Rogue is selling them on their website for $17, I’d still say that’s a pretty awesome deal. I have a few more releases I’ve acquired for my beer cellar, so here’s an updated list of what I’m aging.

    Updated Cellar List:

    • 2012 Almanac Barrel Noir (bottled Winter 2012; purchased 01/2014)
    • 2013 Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter (released 12/2013)
    • 2013 Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout (batch 9; released 12/2013)
    • 2014 Beachwood BBQ Touvarish (batch 2; released 01/2014)
    • 2013 The Bruery Black Tuesday (2 bottles; bottled on 09/14/2013)
    • 2013 The Bruery White Oak (batch 4; released 07/2013; purchased 12/2013)
    • 2013 The Bruery Windowsill (released 09/2013)
    • 2013 Deschutes Abyss (released 11/2013; “Best After 08/16/2014”)
    • 2014 Dust Bowl Black Blizzard (bottled 01/09/2014)
    • 2013 Evil Twin Lil B (bottled 03/20/2013; purchased 01/28/2014)
    • 2013 Founders Imperial Stout (bottled 12/18/2013)
    • 2013 Firestone Walker Parabola (batch 4; released 04/15/2013)
    • 2014 Firestone Walker Parabola (2 bottles; batch 5; released 03/2014)
    • 2014 Firestone Walker §ucaba (batch 4; released 01/16/2014)
    • 2013 Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin (batch 1; released 09/16/2013)
    • 2013 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (5 bottles; bottled on 11/08/2013)
    • 2014 North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVI (released 02/01/2014)
    • 2014 Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt (released 03/2014)
    • 2012 Rogue XS Imperial Stout (4 bottles; purchased 04/2014)
    • 2013 Rogue XS Imperial Stout (purchased 04/2014)
    • 2014 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (2 bottles; released 01/2014)
    • 2013 Sierra Nevada Narwhal (released 08/2013)
    • 2012 Sierra Nevada / Russian River Brux (2 bottles; released 07/2012; acquired 01/2014)
    • 2013 Speakeasy Syndicate No. 1 (2 bottles; released 12/05/2013)
    • 2014 Stone Old Guardian (bottled 01/24/2014)
    • 2013 Stone w00tstout (bottled on 06/25/2013; acquired 01/2014)
    — 1 day ago with 11 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #rogue  #xs imperial stout  #imperial stout  #stout  #beer cellar  #wine fridge  #beer fridge  #cellar  #cellaring 
    Knee Deep “Hoparillo” Triple IPA: Made another trip out to Tap House Pizza for lunch with my lady and found this gem on draft. Seriously, Knee Deep is killing it with their hop program. Normally I’d frown upon a brewery who predominantly only makes IPAs, but when they’re as good as this I say ‘keep em comin’. Juicy tropical, citrus aroma with tons of orangey and grapefruity goodness. Almost dank. Resinous on the palate with plenty of fusel notes for being nearly 13% alcohol. Sticky, bitter finish with a lingering sweet finish. Probably my favorite Knee Deep IPA I’ve had. Plus I’m a fan of single-hop IPAs.

    Knee Deep “Hoparillo” Triple IPA: Made another trip out to Tap House Pizza for lunch with my lady and found this gem on draft. Seriously, Knee Deep is killing it with their hop program. Normally I’d frown upon a brewery who predominantly only makes IPAs, but when they’re as good as this I say ‘keep em comin’. Juicy tropical, citrus aroma with tons of orangey and grapefruity goodness. Almost dank. Resinous on the palate with plenty of fusel notes for being nearly 13% alcohol. Sticky, bitter finish with a lingering sweet finish. Probably my favorite Knee Deep IPA I’ve had. Plus I’m a fan of single-hop IPAs.

    — 2 days ago with 12 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #impressions  #knee deep  #hoparillo  #triple ipa  #imperial ipa  #ipa  #limited  #tap house pizza 
    Unibroue “Trois Pistoles” Belgian Strong Dark Ale: One of the first beers I ever tried. My brother brought me St Bernardus Wit, Racer 5 and this. At the time I didn’t particularly care for it, but it’s now one of my favorites in the style. Great spice profile with plenty of dark fruit esters and Belgian Candi sweetness. Autumnal spices like nutmeg and clove with a hint of nuttiness. Dark cherry, fig and raisin. Pronounced yeastiness. Dark fruit dominates the palate with the spice characteristics taking a backseat and then eases into the Belgian Candi sweetness. Undertones of toffee. Full-bodied with a somewhat velvety body and sharp carbonation.

    Unibroue “Trois Pistoles” Belgian Strong Dark Ale: One of the first beers I ever tried. My brother brought me St Bernardus Wit, Racer 5 and this. At the time I didn’t particularly care for it, but it’s now one of my favorites in the style. Great spice profile with plenty of dark fruit esters and Belgian Candi sweetness. Autumnal spices like nutmeg and clove with a hint of nuttiness. Dark cherry, fig and raisin. Pronounced yeastiness. Dark fruit dominates the palate with the spice characteristics taking a backseat and then eases into the Belgian Candi sweetness. Undertones of toffee. Full-bodied with a somewhat velvety body and sharp carbonation.

    — 2 days ago with 22 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #impressions  #unibroue  #trois pistoles  #belgian strong dark ale  #strong dark ale  #dark ale 
    Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA: I was pretty stoked to see a Hopslam in my beer mail. I hear this is the bees. Huge hop profile with dominating citrus notes with resinous pine. Well-balanced supporting malt bill with caramel, honey and likely some residual sugars. A bit tropical with perhaps some pineapple lingering beneath the surface. Resinous on the palate with a subtle lingering bitterness. Medium-plus body with a semi-sweet finish and a moderate lively mouthfeel. This definitely didn’t disappoint.

    Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA: I was pretty stoked to see a Hopslam in my beer mail. I hear this is the bees. Huge hop profile with dominating citrus notes with resinous pine. Well-balanced supporting malt bill with caramel, honey and likely some residual sugars. A bit tropical with perhaps some pineapple lingering beneath the surface. Resinous on the palate with a subtle lingering bitterness. Medium-plus body with a semi-sweet finish and a moderate lively mouthfeel. This definitely didn’t disappoint.

    — 2 days ago with 17 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #impressions  #bells  #bells brewery  #hop slam  #double ipa  #ipa 
    Tröegs “Nugget Nectar” Imperial Amber Ale: Got around to trying some of those beers ironchefmiyagi13 sent me a while ago. This Nugget Nectar had a sweet malty aroma with echoes of honey with plenty of floral / pine, citrus and tropical fruit hops. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Decent, medium-minus body. Most of the malt bill is in the aroma with a dominating hop profile on the palate. A bit bready on the backend. Well-balanced with a lean towards bitter. Some fusel notes detected with mild carbonation. I would drink Amber Ales more often if they tasted like this.

    Tröegs “Nugget Nectar” Imperial Amber Ale: Got around to trying some of those beers ironchefmiyagi13 sent me a while ago. This Nugget Nectar had a sweet malty aroma with echoes of honey with plenty of floral / pine, citrus and tropical fruit hops. Pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Decent, medium-minus body. Most of the malt bill is in the aroma with a dominating hop profile on the palate. A bit bready on the backend. Well-balanced with a lean towards bitter. Some fusel notes detected with mild carbonation. I would drink Amber Ales more often if they tasted like this.

    — 2 days ago with 10 notes
    #beer  #craftbeer  #craft beer  #impressions  #troegs  #nugget nectar  #imperial amber ale  #imperial amber  #amber  #amber ale 
    NYC

    Just got back from my trip to New York City. Went for only 4 days, but had an amazing time and drank tons of East-Coast beer. I’ll have lots of updates to come, but for now I just gotta settle in and clean

    — 1 week ago with 6 notes
    #chit chat  #beer tour  #NYC