613. Highland Brewing – Barrel Aged Imperial Kashmir IPA
Oct10

613. Highland Brewing – Barrel Aged Imperial Kashmir IPA

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, I’m in Atlanta, GA, visiting my friend Joe, who took me to Taco Mac. After having a couple local beers, including Monday Night Brewing’s Drafty Kilt and Red Brick’s Hoplanta, we headed down to  The Fred. It’s a speakeasy kinda place with some good beers, including Red Brick’s Smoked Vanilla Gorilla Porter that I started with. I’ve had several beers from...

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589. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Burton Baton
Aug10

589. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Burton Baton

Its one of the first Saturdays that we have nothing we have to do, so my wife and I are relaxing on the back deck. The moment just called for a beer, so I reached into the beer fridge to see what I could come up with. This is one of the big beers my friend Travis gave me from his vacation to Virginia Beach about a month ago. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long time… ever since I homebrewed my own wood aged IPA. To...

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564. Russian River Brewing – Supplication Ale
Mar25

564. Russian River Brewing – Supplication Ale

  I found out I’m going to need mitral valve repair heart surgery this coming Friday, so I’m digging in the beer fridge for a few good ones before I have to head to Mayo Clinic for the surgery. I picked this one up in Seattle when I was there a few months ago, and brought it back on the plane with me. The bottle indicates it’s aged in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. It says its aged in the barrel 12-15 months...

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505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly
Dec22

505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly

As I mentioned in my review of Urban Chestnut’s Thrale’s, I’m in St. Louis for the holidays and we’re at International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game. We’ve already had a couple of beers while watching the game, as well as some awesome BBQ from Bogart’s down the street.  I wanted to go for a local beer I couldn’t get elsewhere, and this looked like the...

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500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak
Dec15

500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak

As most of you know, I celebrated the halfway to 1000 beers point with a bit of an online celebration – giving away bike chain bottle openers and cards.  The other thing I did was have a poll to select which beer I should enjoy for #500.  Withe the help of a tweet from @Schlafly, this beer easily cruised to the top spot.  So, as promised, I cracked this one open at the end of the celebration week and enjoyed the halfway mark....

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471. Elliott Bay Brewing – Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Oct02

471. Elliott Bay Brewing – Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Seattle for work and am having dinner with my cousin at Elliott Bay brewpub.  I started with their dry hopped IPA, and had their excellent fish tacos (which were a bit unevenly matched).  After dinner, as well as some great family conversation, we both finished with one last beer. I’ve always been a fan of bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout, and saw they had this one in the cask, so I...

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462. Goose Island – 2011 Bourbon County Stout
Sep13

462. Goose Island – 2011 Bourbon County Stout

Today’s my birthday, and I had a nice dinner out at Lucca Grill here in Bloomington, IL with my family, and enjoyed a couple of Boulder Beer Mojo IPAs (but I didn’t get a picture so I won’t count it here, yet).  When we got home, I put the kids to bed, and finished off my birthday evening in perfect fashion with this beer.  Thanks to my sister Kelly who gave me a four pack of this beer as a thank you for always...

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382. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Bourbon Barrel Aged Deadhead Double Red
Dec03

382. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Bourbon Barrel Aged Deadhead Double Red

We were out getting our Christmas photos done at the local pack ’em in, rush ’em through, up-sell them like crazy photo studio.  Talk about an incredibly stressful afternoon!  Fortunately, the photo studio is right next door to the local brewpub Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works.  We decided to relax and enjoy a beer or two while waiting on our photos.  I decided to go for the biggest thing on the beer menu to help...

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376. Rogue Ales – John John Hazelnut
Oct26

376. Rogue Ales – John John Hazelnut

Once again, I’m back at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, Illinois for our monthly steering meeting for the ABNormal Brewers.  It’s getting a bit chilly outside, so I thought I’d go for something a bit hearty.  Unfortunately, they had just run out of the Founders Breakfast Stout, so I thought I’d try this one. Location: Enjoyed a pint glass, at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL. Numbers:5% ABV, 13º PLATO, 34...

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368. Boulder Beer – Barrel Aged Mojo IPA
Aug29

368. Boulder Beer – Barrel Aged Mojo IPA

I’m in Boulder, Colorado for work, and we’re free for the evening.  I was excited to make it back to Boulder in order to try a few beers I couldn’t get back at home in Illinois.  After a stop at Twisted Pine Brewing and trying their Hoppy Boy IPA and Bough Breaker Barleywine, it was time to get some dinner.  Right around the corner was Boulder Beer Company, which had a nice menu and some great beers. They also had a...

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361. Southern Tier – Oak Aged Imperial Unearthly India Pale Ale
Aug26

361. Southern Tier – Oak Aged Imperial Unearthly India Pale Ale

Another special release during the Bruegala beer festival, this one sounded pretty good.  I’ve had several Southern Tier beers, and they do a pretty good job with some big flavored beers.  I made an IPA aged on oak chips once and was surprised by how good the mix of hops and oak flavor tasted.  This one was a much bigger beer, and it didn’t disappoint with an equally big flavor. Location: Enjoyed a 3oz sample, in a...

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295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft
Apr06

295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft

I’m still at the Stone Brewing event, as we finally get this beer here in Central Illinois.  I’ve already had (this evening) their Double Bastard and the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, and wanted to get something that might be a little more rare than these.  When I sampled this, it had some really interesting flavors, so I capped off the evening with this one. Numbers: 6% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep brown/black...

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