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Virtual Happy Hour (Brew Pics and Reviews)

Zardnaar

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Raspberry sour wheat beer.

Pass from me was not good. Tastes as advertised.

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Cadence

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Voyager's Getaway by Humble Forager. An Imperial Pastry Porter with Coconut, Vanilla, and Cocoa. 12% ABV, 91 (4.17/5) on Beer advocate. With the richness and ABV, it's a spectacular porter to split a can two or three ways with friends on a cold night (so this one won't get because I'm the only one here that drinks). Background is lanterns in the tree just downhill from the cabin I'm in.
 

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Thunderstruck Coffee Porter by Highland Brewing. Definitely coffee - a bit moreso than I usually like (a bit bitter?) but not bad. If you want a coffee beer, this might be it. Beer advocate gives it an 88 (very good) and 3.93/5. 5.8% ABV. Last weekend for the tree being up.

In other news, my not-quite-teen learned that not all the green-gold cans he might grab out of the fridge are ginger-ale... and that a chocolate porter tastes very different than ginger-ale! He was decidedly not a fan.
 

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Hi-Wire Brewing 10W-40. Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee, Chocolate & Vanilla. Wow that's smooth. Nice flavor - my brain keeps wanting it to be thicker/heavier, but it's not (and I think that's a good thing). 8% ABV. The 92 (Outstanding), 4.16/5, on Beer Advocate seems justified.
 

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Hi-Wire Brewing 10W-40. Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee, Chocolate & Vanilla. Wow that's smooth. Nice flavor - my brain keeps wanting it to be thicker/heavier, but it's not (and I think that's a good thing). 8% ABV. The 92 (Outstanding), 4.16/5, on Beer Advocate seems justified.

It was pointed out on my FB page that that's a lot of head. I will confess to being a completely inept pourer, that was right down the middle.
 

Zardnaar

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A dry few weeks.

Monteith's Phoenix IPA.

NZ beer on special at supermarket. $20/dozen ($14 USD approx) 5% ABV.

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Here we have two major breweries that on most beer plus imported and microbrewery.

This is from the one I'm not such a fan of but Monteith's is the best they have imho. I've posted their pilsner here before.

Well this one is a disappointment. Watery, barely hopped with slightly bitter aftertaste. Even for the price one can find better.

Still cheap enough and drinkable just a bit average. Wouldn't buy again same price as my Krombacher so fairly pointless buying it. 6/10 meh.

Drinking a second bottle now, 10 more to go. Probably take a week.
 


Cadence

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Southern Tier Salted Caramel Imperial Ale. Wasn't sure what to expect on this one. It's trying really hard to be cream soda. I like beer, I like cream soda, this is not the way to combine the tastes. It isn't bad, but either separate would be better. Apparently they also make a Salted Caramel Imperial Stout. 8.6% ABV. 89 (Very Good), 4.19 out of 5 seems high.

Poured this one correclty-ish (as far as not having a huge head like the last one), but messed up the exposure on the picture.
 

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Zardnaar

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Back to old reliable, the he Stella was even more meh than the Phoenix IPA. Krombacher was free a thank you for feeding a cat.

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Stella was free would not buy it though prefer not to drink it.
 


Zardnaar

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I have a friend who is a big Stella fan. I've never been able to figure out why.

Yeah there's better and cheaper euro macro lagers.

Here it's a "premium" beer costs a few bucks more per dozen than most.

Think it's a legacy thing when it was one of the few imported beers one could buy.
 

Zardnaar

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At an Indian place warm summer night. Nothing kills a curry like a lager.

Took a punt on a hoppy pilsner. Not overly familiar with this brand.

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Not to bad. More flavour than my underwhelming IPA the other day. Thinkihave 2 left out of that dozen.

Would give this one a 7.5. Drinkable and enjoyable would buy at the right price. Has smoother/nicer hopped pilsners but also had worse.
 

Cadence

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Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout from Australia. I was surprised by a kind of fruit taste at first and then wasn't sure for another sip or too. I think it reminds me of one of some high percent chocolate bars that have a fruit reminiscent flavor. Was happy to see beer Advocate agrees about the taste. They gave it an 87 (Very Good) 3.86/5. Seems right. Higher if you like the fruit on the edges, lower if not. In the middle for me. 6.3% ABV.
 

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Zardnaar

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Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout from Australia. I was surprised by a kind of fruit taste at first and then wasn't sure for another sip or too. I think it reminds me of one of some high percent chocolate bars that have a fruit reminiscent flavor. Was happy to see beer Advocate agrees about the taste. They gave it an 87 (Very Good) 3.86/5. Seems right. Higher if you like the fruit on the edges, lower if not. In the middle for me. 6.3% ABV.

Wonder if I can get that one here? I'll look for it tomorrow.

Aussie beer is terrible (worse than our traditional beers also terrible). but I haven't tried their craft beers much. Good wine though.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Finished off the last of my Saint Valentine's Stout, a beer I brewed with chocolate, vanilla, rum, and raspberry. Managed to get the perfect amount of carbonation.

Paired with a nice sun-grown indica. Got me focused on organizing my collection just right.
 

Cadence

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Finished off the last of my Saint Valentine's Stout, a beer I brewed with chocolate, vanilla, rum, and raspberry. Managed to get the perfect amount of carbonation.

Paired with a nice sun-grown indica. Got me focused on organizing my collection just right.

How.big of batches do you brew and what kind of set-up?
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
How.big of batches do you brew and what kind of set-up?
Usually 5.5 gallon batches.

It's a simple set-up. I have two converted Igloo coolers, one for the hot liquor and the other is the mash tun, with a false bottom. I cook in a 8 gallon SS pot over a propane camping stove.

I have a couple of glass carboys, one for primary and then once that's done, I rack into the secondary. I use both a PLAATO and a Tilt to monitor the fermentation. The PLAATO does a good job of tracking the activity, while the Tilt is good for monitoring SG and temp. I have an old 7" tablet that I use as a monitor.

I keep the carboys in my basement machine room. It's a steady 67* in there and there is virtually no sunlight. That makes it the ideal controlled environment for that. I keep the primary carboy on a worktable so when it's time to rack, I'm literally just putting the autosiphon in and letting gravity do the work. The primary carboy is 6.5 gallons. It's a nice visual cue for me to know which is primary and which is secondary and I can maximize my batches. Assuming about a half gallon of trub loss, I get about 2 cases of beer from a batch.
 

Zardnaar

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Wife's birthday 2.0.

Nickel and Dime Dark by Good George.

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NZ microbrewery, stout ABV. Not to bad not much of a dark beer fan. Probably prefer a stronger porter/imperial stout in the 6.5-10% range.

Don't know until you try it's nice at least. 3.5/5 IPA next plan. Would drink again. Happy hour around $3 usd.
 

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