Mad Elf is a very unique beer. It tastes closer to wine in my opinion...I'm not a fan, but it's probably one of the easiest beers to get drunk on. My favorite winter beers are just good stouts and porters.
Apparently we get Dark Horse in Pittsburgh now? Does anyone know more about this? (It's awesome news--Dark Horse is one of the top US breweries IMO).
Finally got around to my Brooklyn Black Ops from last year. Pretty much an equal mix of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Sounds good just typing that but it's not worth the 25 or so bucks that I paid for it.
By absolute favorite seasonal...now available so it'll account for about 90% of what I drink until it goes away. Who knows, maybe this year I'll expand and try some of the other winters in this part of the country (Big Sky's Powder Hound is mediocre,Deschutes' Jubelale is okay, and the six pack of Full Sail's Wassail has managed to somehow almost entirely be skunky.
I'm just so happy to have really, really good beers around me this time of year. This time last year was when the beers became tolerable for me after being horrible the entire semester...but even then it was only a few steps up.
Good news as beer is getting some recognition (Taken from a danish news site).
"Tomme Arthur, the man behind the californian Port Brewing / Lost Abbey has been lured to Denmark on the 8th and 9th of march 2011, where a couple of beer dinners are being held at Noma. The restaurant that was officially named the best in world in 2010 and has 2 michelin stars."
Personally I Hope this a trend we will see more and more of in the future, as there is really no reason that beer shouldnt considered equal to wine. All the beers I have had from Port Brewing have been excellent, so it seems like a very solid and nice to see american beers getting some official recognition here in Europe.
As for seasonal beers I would have to say I am pretty excited about christmas beers in generel, especially since more and more breweries experiment with stuff like christmas IPA´s etc, instead of just the regular cloying and overspiced junk that flood the market every year.
Edit: Big McLargehuge why would you ever drink Tuborg Julebryg!!! Thats horrible even by danish macro stardards .
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Tried DFH's Chicory Stout, it was ok. I think it had too much a of strong coffee taste similar to their Indian Brown Ale and though you could taste them, not enough other prominent flavors compared to the coffee taste.
I'm definitely going to check out Southern Tier's Choklat Stout, as long as I can find it, as WVP suggested.
Brooklyn Brewery seems like they have a really good Chocolate Stout as well.
I also want to try Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale.
Their black chocolate stout is not for the faint of heart. 10ish% abv and quite strong. Definitely a dessert beer.
I just had it last night. It wasn't bad, but I thought the taste of the alcohol was alittle overwhelming. It just tasted like I was doing a shot of vodka everytime I took a drink. I've tried other beers with that much or more abv and none of them tasted quite like that.
And I'm disappointed I can't find Southern Tier's Choklat Stout. I see their Old Man Winter ale everywhere but I'm not really interested in that for some reason. But I did see their Mokah Stout, is that a seasonal too? I'm thinking I should check that out.
It is that time of year again. Beersmas time. Some amy remember me posting this last year, but every year my friends and I have a craft beer celebration where we exchange cases after wrapping them and putting thme under the tree. We do a draft to see who picks first and so forth.
It is usually just an awesome spread of craft beer, people trade with others and you end up with a great variety case of craft beers.
Last year's list:
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout
Troegg's Mad Elf
Founder's Backwoods *******
Founder's Curmudgeon Ale
Dog Fish Head World Wide Stout
Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Dog Fish Head Palo Santo Marron
Terrapin Gamma Ray Ale
Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel
Thirsty Dog 12 Days of Christmas Ale
I had a St. Bernadus Christmas Beer the other night to celebrate the last class of my first semester in grad school. It was great, and I wish I wasn't so broke, because I love Christmas beers!
Has anyone ever tried his beer from Rogue called Tom Tom beer or something like that? I saw it at D's a while back, and it looked like it was basically an aged Hazelnut Brown Ale, but I really wanted to try it.
Hi guys! I hope this is the appropriate thread to ask a couple of questions that I have about your great city.
I'll be in Pittsburgh from December 30th to January 1st. My gf and another couple (all in our mid to late twenties) are having a little road trip which involves spending a week in NYC and catching an NFL game in Detroit. Anyhow, we decided to stop in Pittsburgh (IIRC, our hotel is near Chatham University) since it's right in between the two cities, and we thought we'd try to find a few tickets for the Winter Classic.
So, basically, I'd like to know what you guys suggest we do in our short time there. Is there any bars/restaurants/attractions you guys suggest (that might be open on the dates that we're there)?
Secondly, where do you guys suggest we spend New Year's eve? I read up about the "First Night" event, but I'd like something not as family oriented. We're not big party animals, but a nice bar where we can sit, chat and drink would be nice.
Anyway, I'd like any advice you guys have on the city.
If the hotel is near Chatham University, you should be in good shape. Squirrel Hill is very close by and has good pizza shops, coffee shops, and relaxed bars. I don't know much about New Year's Eve and where to go/what's open, though.