678.  Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout
Feb28

678. Samuel Adams – Thirteenth Hour Belgian Style Stout

I finished the Goose Island Night Stalker and was feeling pretty good. So, I thought I’d go out to the beer fridge and find another big Stout to finish off the night. It’s been that kind of week, and I think I deserve it. And, since were moving soon, I thought I’d get rid of some of the bigger bottles out of the beer fridge. I picked up this beer as part of a special three pack at Sam’s Club right before...

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677. Goose Island – 2012 Night Stalker Imperial Stout
Feb28

677. Goose Island – 2012 Night Stalker Imperial Stout

The last couple weeks have been insane – between buying a new house, trying to get ours ready to sell, and work being crazy busy. I haven’t had much time just to sit down and enjoy a beer. But now that it’s Friday night, I’ve got a chance to enjoy one. So, I thought I grabbed the best one I could see in the beer fridge. I picked up this brew at the liquor store probably about a year ago because I’m a big...

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676. Green Man Brewing – IPA
Feb18

676. Green Man Brewing – IPA

Well, we agreed on an offer on a new house today! It’s exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. So, to take the edge off, I thought I’d grab a beer. This is another one of the group of beers my sister brought back for me from her trip to Asheville, NC this past fall. The bottle says, “Green man India pale ale is delectably hoppy with a properly balanced body. Generous hop additions give it a wonderful...

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675. Bell’s Brewing – Porter
Feb14

675. Bell’s Brewing – Porter

It’s Valentines Day and with everything we have going on, we’re having dinner at home. I went into the fridge to find something to enjoy and found this one hiding in back. I’m not quite sure when I got it, but it is a bottle with batch number 10212 on it. Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.6% ABV, 1.055 OG, ~140 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown,...

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674. Avery Brewing – 2009 Mephistopheles’ Stout
Feb12

674. Avery Brewing – 2009 Mephistopheles’ Stout

It’s Wednesday night, and my wife and kids are out at a class, so I sat down to really take time and enjoy this one. I was working on the review earlier for number 666 Lucifer, and remembered I had this one stashed away in the beer fridge. I picked it up at the local liquor store, because I couldn’t believe that it was actually 16.83% ABV. I had to give it a try, but I knew I should probably give it some time to mellow....

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673. Lost Abbey – Double Red Poppy
Feb08

673. Lost Abbey – Double Red Poppy

My dad is in town for the weekend, and we decided to go out to dinner with him tonight. We’d been to Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal, IL once and I thought the pizza sauce was way too sweet. However, since they had some pretty good beers on tap, I thought I’d give it another chance. We had their New York style pizza and it was actually pretty good (less sauce). After hearing the beer selection, I decided to go for this one,...

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672. Kona Brewing – Big Wave Golden Ale
Feb07

672. Kona Brewing – Big Wave Golden Ale

We picked up Buffalo Wild Wings dinner and I sat down with this beer to watch the Olympics opening ceremonies. This beer was given to me by my wife as part of a mixed 6-pack she bought me for my birthday. Since my birthday was back in September, I figured I’d better have this lighter beer soon. Location: Poured into a chalice glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 4.4% ABV, 21 IBUs, 10.3° Plato OG, ~110 Calories...

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671. Asheville Brewer’s Alliance / Green Man – 2013 Hoppy Saison
Feb06

671. Asheville Brewer’s Alliance / Green Man – 2013 Hoppy Saison

We just got back from looking at a house we might buy and now we’re making pizza and settling in to watch the first night of the Olympics. Home buying is stressful and so I needed a beer when I got home. My sister brought this beer back for me from her vacation in Asheville, NC. It’s a collaboration beer from all the breweries in Asheville. It’s a limited release of only 999 bottles, so my sister felt this would be a...

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670. Penn Brewery – Märzen
Feb04

670. Penn Brewery – Märzen

I’m home from work a bit early and the snow is just starting to fall. Everyone’s in a bit of a panic, since we’re supposed to get between 8-10 inches of snow tonight. After throwing some salt on the driveway, I reached in the beer fridge and grabbed this beer. My dad and sister gave me this beer, along with many others, when they stopped at the brewery for lunch when they were in Pittsburgh. The bottle says,...

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669. French Broad Brewing – Rye Hopper Ale
Feb03

669. French Broad Brewing – Rye Hopper Ale

This is another one of the many beers my sister brought back for me from her trip to Asheville, NC in the fall. I had a craving for a rye IPA, so I was happy to find this rye pale ale in the beer fridge. Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.9% ABV, 59 IBUs, 10.5 SRM, 15° Plato OG, ~180 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s reddish-brown in color and slightly hazy. The head...

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668. Sierra Nevada – 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Ale
Feb02

668. Sierra Nevada – 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Ale

I found this beer this afternoon, when I was cleaning out the basement. I like to hide beers in the basement, where it’s cool, and find them later. I figured I’d kick off the big game with a big beer, and the Super Bowl just kicked off. I bought this beer a year or two ago at the liquor store, with the intention of sticking them away and having one every year or so. Location: Poured into a small goblet glass at my home in...

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667. Samuel Adams – Norse Legend Sahti
Feb02

667. Samuel Adams – Norse Legend Sahti

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we’re staying in from the cold and cleaning house. I figured it was time to take a break and have a beer. I’m trying to clean out the beer fridge, since we might be moving soon, and this is one of the bigger bottles in it. I bought this in a mixed 3 pack of these Sam Adams specialty beers last Christmas. My friend Travis bought the same pack and said the barleywine could use some age, so...

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