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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Goose Island Juliet. The first few drinks were interesting. After that, I didn't care for it.


"First few drinks" as in first few beers or first few sips? Big difference. Devilish

So true...it was the first few sips. Since it was a 750 ml bottle, I can't imagine drinking a few of them!

Bought some Stella Artois for tomorrow's tailgate and am also taking some Half Acre Over Ale.
Dogfish Head Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. Thought it appropriate before taking in the Wynton Marsalis show last night. This is an American Double Imperial Stout - I thought I was going to have to use a knife and fork, but it was surprisingly light on its feet and paired well with the Gumbo I had.
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Founder's Centennial IPA
Founder's Russian Imperial Stout


Did you get to try the All Day IPA?


No, I still need to pick that up. I had these at a business conference dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the choices.
We tasted through a few beers last night, and here are some thoughts (beers are somewhat in rank order):
Deschutes Black Butte XXV - The group's hands-down favorite. Long, long finish with a lovely head and full body
Bell's Expedition Stout - Always a crowd pleaser - 2x the hops and 5x the malt of their Kalamazoo Stout
Surly Smoke - As the name implies, this does taste smoky, in a campfire from a distance kind of way. This would go amazing with BBQ.
Boom Island Yule - Belgian strong brewed with quite a lot of fruit, but integrated well
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale - A quality wee heavy.
Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter - A decent coffee beer, just a little thinner than I'd like.
Third Street Brewhouse - Sugar Shack Maple Stout - The maple adds a layer of sweetness which was a refreshing change of pace, but after a few ounces I was done with it -- too sweet.
Bell's Cherry Stout - uses Michigan tart cherries, so definitely not sweet!
Flat Earth Black Helicopter - A weak oatmeal stout
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut (Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale) - Not as advertised; just odd
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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Enjoyed with BBQ at Lillie Q in Chicago. Great beer, but glad I only had 8 ounces because it's a heavy beer!


I'm on the fence about this one. My local shop has a bunch. Is it worth the coin?
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Originally posted by EB Wine:
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Enjoyed with BBQ at Lillie Q in Chicago. Great beer, but glad I only had 8 ounces because it's a heavy beer!


I'm on the fence about this one. My local shop has a bunch. Is it worth the coin?


Shane, it's been probably 2 years since I last had one, but I remember thinking that if it was a wine, it would be a 95 or so. You have to consider the style, though. As EB stated above, you can't have too much of it. Think of it as something to pair with a chocolate dessert. If opening a 22 ounce bottle, it's good to split with 4 people.
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by EB Wine:
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Enjoyed with BBQ at Lillie Q in Chicago. Great beer, but glad I only had 8 ounces because it's a heavy beer!


I'm on the fence about this one. My local shop has a bunch. Is it worth the coin?


Shane, it's been probably 2 years since I last had one, but I remember thinking that if it was a wine, it would be a 95 or so. You have to consider the style, though. As EB stated above, you can't have too much of it. Think of it as something to pair with a chocolate dessert. If opening a 22 ounce bottle, it's good to split with 4 people.


Thanks. I've never been big on Imperial Stouts, but the buzz around this one has me curious.
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Rochefort 10 Trappistes with lunch today.


Excellent. How do you think this stacks up against the Westy XII?


Westy XII is the finest beer in the world imo, with Rochefort being in the top 5.

That said, the Rochefort is easy to buy and the Westy I have to have a friend ship it to me from Europe.
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Rochefort 10 Trappistes with lunch today.


Excellent. How do you think this stacks up against the Westy XII?


Westy XII is the finest beer in the world imo, with Rochefort being in the top 5.

That said, the Rochefort is easy to buy and the Westy I have to have a friend ship it to me from Europe.


Agreed. For me, it's currently:

- Westy XII
- Rochefort 10
- St. Bernardus Abt. 12
- Ayinger Bräu Weisse
- Pliny the Elder
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Rochefort 10 Trappistes with lunch today.


Excellent. How do you think this stacks up against the Westy XII?


Westy XII is the finest beer in the world imo, with Rochefort being in the top 5.

That said, the Rochefort is easy to buy and the Westy I have to have a friend ship it to me from Europe.


Agreed. For me, it's currently:

- Westy XII
- Rochefort 10
- St. Bernardus Abt. 12
- Ayinger Bräu Weisse
- Pliny the Elder


You have very fine taste in beer, Shane.

I have had more St. Bernardus Abt.12 than any beer in the world with ease.

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