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 on: February 26, 2017, 07:23:56 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by Jay
It sure is one damn fine beer John, without doubt one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've sampled   adfundum1    and you have access to this nectar....I'd be round there like a shot buying every bottle they have    Wink

Hard luck on the Grey Monday (so near yet so far mate) that store sounds like it stocks some real treasures......one day you'll hit gold.

Cheers,
Jay   

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 on: February 26, 2017, 07:00:18 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by John B
That's a damn fine beer Jay, as you well noted. The last one I had was on tap a little while back, but there are some bottles on the shelf at my favorite beer store here and I may just have to pick one up soon.

Speaking of that beer store, I was in it recently and was checking out their amazing selection when I spied a bottle of something tucked away on an upper shelf. Could it be?... Yes, it was a bottle of that extremely rare Grey Monday from The Bruery which Filip lavished praise upon earlier in this thread. I've never seen one before, so I picked it up and was admiring it when the store owner happened to walk by. There was no price tag on the bottle so I asked him how much and he got a big grin and said "That one's mine, not for sale". Soooooo, I've come about as close as you can get to that elusive Grey Monday, without actually putting it to my lips.   Cry

Cheers - John

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 on: February 26, 2017, 03:28:19 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by Jay
.....I'll open another "biggie" this weekend.


.....and here is that "biggie"

No doubt you'll be familiar with this beer John, from Goose Island it's the one and only Bourbon County Stout - the original bourbon barrel aged stout.

This is the 2015 release weighing in at 13.7% ABV and luckily not one from the infected batch.

WOW WOW...WOW what an absolute beauty - heaps of chocolate, wood, coconut and warming bourbon booze on the aroma..LOVELY.

Taste is sweet, roasted almost charred, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fudge and an almost liqueur like finish.

This has been on my "to try" list for ages and thanks to the generosity of a special friend I can now tick it off my beery bucket list.





Cheers,
Jay   adfundum1

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 on: February 24, 2017, 11:53:36 AM 
Started by Jay - Last post by Trappist
Wow Jay,
What a great choice there !!! I'm stunned !!!!
That chocolate - orange beer, aged in Grand Marnier barrels !
Possibly the ultimate dessert beer..... knowing oranges and chocolate are such a great match with eachother!
I sure would love to try this  adfundum1
Truely exceptional stuff you expose here mate  thumb up thumb up thumb up applauding
Cheers,
Filip

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 on: February 23, 2017, 04:41:16 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by Jay
Cheers mate   thumb up

To be fair John I can't take credit for the choice of beers, all chosen by Linda and my does she know my tastes    adfundum1     I'll open another "biggie" this weekend.


Cheers,
Jay.   

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 on: February 23, 2017, 12:41:05 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by John B
You really do find some interesting and top notch beers Jay. Thanks for sharing your tasting notes and beautiful pictures!

Cheers - John

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 on: February 22, 2017, 09:15:00 PM 
Started by Jay - Last post by Jay
A few more standout "non Belgians" have recently been savored -

Firstly from US brewery Prairie and this is by far the best I've been lucky enough to sample from them - it's their Apple Brandy Noir, a 12% Imperial Stout that has been aged in apple brandy barrels.

What a dark and sweet beauty....masses of caramelised stewed apples, sweet cocoa, warming brandy, buttery burnt sugar and liquorice spicing....a beauty.





Next one from my favourite adjunct brewers Omnipollo and it's Lorelei, a 10.5% Imperial Porter that has been brewed with toasted coconut and maple syrup.

Tastes like a dark chocolate bounty bar coupled with caramel, fudge, maple syrup, vanilla and a lovely roasted coffee finish.




Now for one that had me a little undecided..was it a little TOO much. From the UK it's Magic Rock Grand Marnier Bearded Lady, a 10.5% Imperial Stout that is brewed with chocolate and orange then aged in Grand Marnier barrels.

My if you don't like oranges then stay WELL clear, this tastes like liquid Terrys Chocolate Orange (a chocolate here in the UK) masses of orange and chocolate the heaps of Grand Marnier but without any real barrel character.
A very nice dessert beer but I could only manage the one can, the orange is that powerful...still a great beer.




Lastly from American barrel masters The Bruery it's their White Oak, a blend of 50% Bourbon barrel aged wheatwine and 50% Mischief.
It's a bloody stunner - toffee, Bourbon, coconut, vanilla....absolutely bang on.




Cheers,
Jay   thumb up


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 on: February 21, 2017, 11:39:41 AM 
Started by Trappist - Last post by Trappist

Cheers,
Filip

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 on: February 21, 2017, 11:39:03 AM 
Started by Trappist - Last post by Trappist

Cheers,
Filip

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 on: February 20, 2017, 05:24:47 PM 
Started by Viv Barber - Last post by noctilucus
Just as side info: this brewfirm exists since 1-2 years and has done a crowd funding last year to build their own brewery; construction is as far as I know still ongoing.

From their beers that I've tasted so far, this is definitely the most powerful and boldest.

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