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Buckfast 1

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  1. BCBS Wicked Weed Freak of Nature imperial IPA (really great imperial IPA - resiny pine, dank cannabis, grapefruit, orange peel, grassiness, and sourdough bread; huge dank hop character, it was reminiscent of rubbing fresh hop cones in your hand and smelling it) Elevation 7437 imperial IPA Westbrook Gose
  2. One of my buddies in Denver is marrying the owner of the Alchemist's niece tomorrow. The wedding is supposedly going to be stocked with Heady Topper. I wish I was going to that wedding. Forget the bridesmaids, I would be cozying up to her uncle.
  3. Where are you getting all of these New England beers from? Do you have a reliable beer trading partner up there? It's kind of crazy how all of these New England IPAs from Tree House, Trillium, Maine Beer Co., Lawson's, and Hill Farmstead have all vaulted up the BeerAdvocate Top 250 rankings over the past year or so. I have to admit I've been a little skeptical of the fanfare associated with these New England IPAs, particularly after being underwhelmed by some of Lawson's IPAs at GABF -- although, in fairness, I was kind of drunk and my palate was probably blown by that point. But these New England IPAs seem to be getting consistently great reviews from you, and I trust your taste buds. I need to get my hands on some of these beers to further evaluate.
  4. Your wife did a nice job picking out beers. Lot of great stouts in there.
  5. What did you think of this one Buck? I really liked it. I got a nice chocolate and coconut flavor with hint of Bourbon with a little alcohol burn but in a good way. I really liked the bourbon barrel-aged Siberian Night as well. I first experienced it a couple years ago at GABF and my friend from Pennsylvania sent me a bottle last year, so I was pumped to find a 4-pack on the shelves over Christmas. I also got a 4-pack of Thirsty Dog's Wulver wee heavy ale aged in bourbon barrels (12% ABV), which was fantastic as well. That is another style you should definitely check out if you like big, malty beers. Thirsty Dog does some really impressive barrel-aged stuff.
  6. I picked up a nice selection of Christmas treats at a liquor store in Dayton, OH last night: Thirsty Dog Siberian Night imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast imperial stout and barleywine aged in bourbon and scotch barrels Troegs Mad Elf Belgian strong ale with honey and cherries Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA Maine Beer Co. MO pale ale Jackie O's Brick Kiln barleywine Rhinegeist Mosiac pale ale
  7. GM, I'm sorry to hear about your son. I've had type I diabetes for about 20 years, so let me know if you or your son have any questions about anything. I know how stressful it was for my parents when I was first diagnosed, but it gets a lot easier once you get comfortable with the routine and learn how to recognize high and low blood sugar symptoms. I have always been thankful that I got a disease that is relatively easy to manage and that has never interfered with me living a normal life doing whatever I want to do. Good luck to you guys and let me know if I can be of any help!
  8. I love Mama Bear. One of my favorite Crooked Stave beers. You've got a Secret Santa that knows what's up. I just picked up some bottles of Crooked Stave & Mr. B's new Plum Batonnage aged in French white wine barrels with plums.
  9. I got let out of work at noon yesterday due to blizzard conditions in Denver -- which started a pretty epic little afternoon/night of drinking strong beers: Pliny the Elder Bourbon County Regal Rye imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, candied cherries, fresh sour cherries, and sea salt Rare Barrel Map of the Sun golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with apricots Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale imperial porter with sour cherries Terrapin Wake-n-Bake imperial coffee oatmeal stout Evil Twin Soft DK imperial stout Surly Abrasive imperial IPA The Regal Rye was pretty delicious, although perhaps not as good as Cherry Rye or Backyard Rye from past years. I got lots of espresso/roasted coffee, really prominent oak barrel notes, rye whiskey, caramel, chocolate covered-cherries, brown sugar, blackberries, raspberries, dark fruits, and some mild saltiness that lingered on the palate. I didn't particularly love the lingering saltiness that left you with a tingling sensation of salt on your tongue -- it just seemed somewhat distracting from the overall flavor of the beer. That said, it was a really enjoyable drinking experience. The Rare Barrel Map of the Sun was fantastic. Huge fuzzy apricot and peach flavors with the perfect degree of sourness in my opinion. Everything I have ever had from Rare Barrel has been awesome (i.e., Cosmic Dust, Ensorcelled, Dubious Nights, Home Sour Home, Impossible Soul). They are probably my top target for beer trading right now.
  10. It's been an amazing beer weekend on my trip to San Francisco. I went to the Rare Barrel in Berkeley yesterday and to Russian River in Santa Rosa today. I had at least a taster of basically everything on the menu at both places. The beers have been fantastic. It has been an epic beer pilgrimage.
  11. I had a great evening of drinking in San Francisco last night at City Beer Store, Mikkeler Bar, and Toronado: Cantillon Fou' Foune lambic with apricots (incredible beer - I was stoked to see a bottle behind the bar at City Beer Store and to meet a few people willing to go in together for the $80 bottle to share) Fieldwork Good Conduct imperial brown ale with maple aged in bourbon barrels Altamont Maui Wowie IPA BFM Square root 225 saison aged in oak barrels Mikkeler Spontangreenapple spontaneous wild ale with green apple Alpine Pure Hoppiness imperial IPA Russian River Pliny the Elder imperial IPA Alpine Duet IPA I'm planning on trying to head over to Berkeley now to go check out the Rare Barrel and Fieldwork.
  12. I just went to Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco. They make a lot of great IPAs with various combinations of some of my favorite hops -- Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin. It would definitely be one of my local hangouts if I lived in San Francisco.
  13. I've got an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco tomorrow morning. I'm hoping that the panel isn't too hot tomorrow. At my last appellate oral argument, I had barely finished introducing myself when the judges cut me off and drilled me with questions for the entire 15 minutes. I'm at least feeling pretty good about the facts of this case.
  14. Yeah, it had always eluded me as well. I just happened to see that a brewpub out in 'burbs tapped it last night, so I drove out there at halftime of the MNF game to get a pour.
  15. That's so awful. I'm really sorry to hear that. When my brother's best friend died from an opiate overdose, I really thought it would be a wake up call to my brother as well. But, instead, it just pushed him and their other mutual best friend (who overdosed on heroin earlier this year) deeper into addiction as an attempt to numb the emotional pain. I think it is really hard to escape the cycle of addiction unless you undergo a total change in life circumstances. I'm just so thankful that my brother moved out to Colorado with me and has been doing great over the last two years. I hope the best for your family, Lombardi.
  16. Alesmith Speedway Stout with Vietnamese Coffee Alpine Pure Hoppiness imperial IPA Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn imperial IPA The Pipeworks NvU was really good, but I thought that Alpine's Pure Hoppiness was significantly better. The Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee was really fantastic as well.
  17. I don't think anyone here is talking about starting a new "war on drugs."
  18. I had another friend die from a heroin overdose over the weekend -- the third this calendar year. His story was similar to a lot of the stories that have been shared in here. He was an outgoing, funny, former Division I athlete that seriously injured himself in an accident, was prescribed opiate painkillers that he became addicted to, and then eventually moved on to heroin once the opiate painkiller supply dried up. He had been trying to get clean for about six months. My brother had kind of been serving as an unofficial addiction mentor for him. From the outside, it seemed like he was on the right path and he was saying all the right things about how he was excited to truly live life and to leave his dark past behind him. He moved from his apartment in a party-centric part of downtown to a quieter part of town near his office and has been focusing on his job and doing a lot of healthy, active outdoor activities like skiing and hiking. My brother and I just went on a road trip to go camping with him a couple months ago. And then yesterday we got a text from a mutual friend saying that he was found dead alone at his home with heroin by his bedside. It's just so sad to see another good life wasted because of heroin.
  19. I went to the December release for Casey Brewing & Blending up in Glenwood Springs today. I had a bunch of delicious fruited sour wild ales: Peach Cut Apricot Cut Plum Fruit Stand Bing Cherry Cut Low End wet-hopped with Cascade Check out the color on the Peach Cut, Bing Cherry Cut, and Plum Fruit Stand.
  20. Maybe Morgan's daily lectures regarding the merits of peaceful non-violence were starting to sink in with the Wolf.
  21. tough choice. Big Boi puts on a great show. I havent seen run the jewels but i have heard they do as well. I was really excited to see RTJ in such a small venue, but I have seen them live three times over the past year. I've also seen Outkast and Phantogram live a couple times each over the past year and a half, but this is likely a one-time opportunity to see the collaboration of Big Grams at Red Rocks. Run the Jewels and Nas are performing together on Thursday night at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, so I might still try to pull off seeing both of them on back-to-back nights. It will be a lot of driving on wintery mountain roads in January, but I think it would be worth it.
  22. how was this 1 buck? saw it there as well but wasn't a fan of their choc/p-nut butter 1 so I passed on this. I love Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake, and I always go out of my way to get some each year because it is not distributed to Colorado. It is probably one of my favorite coffee imperial stouts in the country, as I really enjoy its bold, upfront coffee character. If you like coffee-forward beers, I would definitely recommend it. I found a few 2014 Wake-n-Bakes in the back of my dad's fridge from the last time I visited my dad in Florida (he's more of a canned macrolager on the beach-type of guy). I think I preferred the fresh 2015 edition though because the coffee character in the 2014 had dropped off quite a bit over the past year.
  23. Wow. A lot going on here. Pepper chocolate with strong spice, almost coconut. Consistency of founders breakfast stout. Worth a try for you stout guys. I really enjoyed the Xocoveza last night as well.
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