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Posted: 07/26/2013 8:24 AM

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Note to the MadFrairs Faithful: If this is unacceptable in this forum, please accept my apologies and do away with this thread.

One thing I discovered at what Windsor would call "the old board" is that almost all of us can bond over a) our die-hard devotion to the Padres, b) our endless disdain for The Dodgers, and c) the one thing that goes best with baseball—and that's beer.

I no longer live in San Diego. Shame, because you all have so many fine craft breweries to enjoy.

Well, last night, I had my first taste of Stone's Woot Stout. Woot Stout, if you don't know it, was first introduced at last week's Comicon. And yet I found it at a little ol' BBQ joint here in my quaint hometown up north. Thumbs up to this baby! I'm not sold on a lot of Stone's products, but I sure loved this one.

Anyone else sampled this fine brew?
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Posted: 07/26/2013 11:20 AM

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Never tried the Wood Stout, but I am a big fan of Stone brewing in general. If you have the chance, go check out their brewery in Escondido.   Good food too.

Padres Baseball: Waiting until next year since 1969.

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Posted: 07/26/2013 11:53 AM

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Definitely curious to try out that series. Wil Wheaton collaborated somehow... probably by looking over the brewers' shoulders and cracking nerd jokes that only he found funny.

I'm a free man after next Thursday and no longer have to be buried in books, so I will instead be drowning myself in every kind of delicious beer I can get my hands on.

1 more week...
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Posted: 07/26/2013 11:54 AM

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Oh, and I fully intend on being a regular contributor to this thread. May it see many, many pages of posts from refugees and regulars alike!
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Posted: 07/26/2013 12:08 PM

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UncleBolt wrote: Never tried the Wood Stout, but I am a big fan of Stone brewing in general. If you have the chance, go check out their brewery in Escondido.   Good food too.
I used to live about 1/4 mile away from there.  Never went, really.  It's a beautiful facility, but the food is insanely overpriced(cool, I would love some fried rice with tofu, for $18, at a brewery....)  They charge sales tax on all beer (even at the bar) and won't serve you more than a 10oz pour of anything over 8%, which is a pretty ridiculous cutoff.  Yes, please, I would love a 10oz. pour of Pliny for $6, plus tax!

Not to mention the whole thing where every bartender there either a) is a grade-A jerk to you or b) ignores you completely.

Stone has fallen so far behind the SD beer scene.  It's, what, the fourth (fifth? sixth?) best brewery in North County alone.  I'll admit to not really trying a lot of their smaller run stuff.  Maybe it's great.  I tried a few of those mix tapes they do, and they were putrid.  But then again, they were all mixed with Old Guardian, and Old Guardian is putrid.
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Posted: 07/26/2013 12:27 PM

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LevelAgain wrote: Note to the MadFrairs Faithful: If this is unacceptable in this forum, please accept my apologies and do away with this thread.

One thing I discovered at what Windsor would call "the old board" is that almost all of us can bond over a) our die-hard devotion to the Padres, b) our endless disdain for The Dodgers, and c) the one thing that goes best with baseball—and that's beer.

I no longer live in San Diego. Shame, because you all have so many fine craft breweries to enjoy.

Well, last night, I had my first taste of Stone's Woot Stout. Woot Stout, if you don't know it, was first introduced at last week's Comicon. And yet I found it at a little ol' BBQ joint here in my quaint hometown up north. Thumbs up to this baby! I'm not sold on a lot of Stone's products, but I sure loved this one.

Anyone else sampled this fine brew?
Windsor Canada ? Is that where you are now ?


edit: I fully support a beer thread

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Posted: 07/26/2013 1:24 PM

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Unk, the Woot Stout is a bourbon-barrel-aged brew @ 13%.

Sport, here's to your freedom!

Moldy, you can find the 'tude at a lot of breweries. Don't put up with it. I got my bombers for $7.99 a pop. That'll last me a bit, because at 13%, you want the small pour.

TP, Windsor is our friend from the UK. I'm in Santa Cruz.
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Posted: 07/26/2013 2:48 PM

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Mmmmmmm....beer...

I read the BeerAdvocate mag pretty regularly and they had an interview with Wheaton a month or so ago about his homebrewing adventures. Seems he and his son have done it pretty regularly for awhile now. I don't think they mentioned the Stone collaboration at all though which is a little odd.

That Woot stout sounds like a pretty crazy beer, but probably not my cup o' tea, so to speak. I like mine more in the 5.0 - 8.0% range...any more than that and I find there aren't too many breweries that do a good job of balancing the alcohol content.

Stone was my first "whoa, THAT'S what beer is like??" moment so many years ago, so their Smoked Porter and Ruination will always have a special place on my palette, but there are definitely better SD breweries these days....I just picked up an Alesmith X yesterday (YUMMMM!!) and it was delicious.

It's just hard finding room for more beers in the fridge when it's so easy to get a Deschutes 12-pack for like $13 here in the Pacific NW....
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Posted: 07/26/2013 3:14 PM

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It's funny you mention the alcohol balance, Dre. I usually love all kinds of beer, but the higher the ABV the more interesting it tends to get (for me, anyway) in terms of flavor.

BUT....

Probably about 2 months ago I had some kind of strong ale or imperial something or other... I honestly can't remember what the beer was, but it was from Rip Current Brewing in San Marcos. They have a decent lineup of core beers and some interesting specials... but man was this particular brew awful. Its biggest problem? The alcohol. It really was the most prominent note in the ale, and it made it intolerable. It was the first beer I haven't finished in as long as I can remember.
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Posted: 07/26/2013 3:26 PM

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Regulary attend AA and NA meeting which help my stay sober.
Thinking that my addiction to this team is just as strong as my addiction to drugs and alcohol.I will continue one day at a time staying sober but I have no self control when it comes to the Padres.
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Posted: 07/26/2013 4:01 PM

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sportwarrior wrote: It's funny you mention the alcohol balance, Dre. I usually love all kinds of beer, but the higher the ABV the more interesting it tends to get (for me, anyway) in terms of flavor.

BUT....

Probably about 2 months ago I had some kind of strong ale or imperial something or other... I honestly can't remember what the beer was, but it was from Rip Current Brewing in San Marcos. They have a decent lineup of core beers and some interesting specials... but man was this particular brew awful. Its biggest problem? The alcohol. It really was the most prominent note in the ale, and it made it intolerable. It was the first beer I haven't finished in as long as I can remember.
The Black Lagoon Strong Ale or the Rescue Buoy Russian Imperial by chance?  Just poking around their website and those two jumped out at me...

I don't actively stay away from high ABV beers (unless they're barley wine-style ales...never have been able to like those...) but they need to be a good beer first and foremost.  I don't want a beer that you made 12% just because you could but have it taste like the back end of a rocket engine.
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Posted: 07/26/2013 4:28 PM

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Good work, Dre. It was definitely Rescue Buoy. Most brewers in San Diego are very good at what they do, and Rip Current is relatively new so I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. It was probably an early batch and they hadn't yet dialed in the recipe for large scale production.

Or, maybe it was just always awful, I dunno. But whatever the reason, the version I had was bad.

Generally, though, I know what you mean about the taste. My first really high ABV ale was Judgment Day from Lost Abbey. I split a bomber with my buddy, and neither one of us could finish our pour. That was 6 or 7 years ago now, so it goes without saying that my tastes have developed and I have since "acquired" a taste for those rocket engine ales. Not everyone does, though. That same friend's tastes settled in around ambers and wheats and lighter ipas and stouts. He doesn't enjoy the heavy stuff like I do. Not many of my other friends do either, actually, which means when I buy a bottle I get it all to myself haha.

I actually have a small bottle of Lost Abbey Angel's Share in my fridge waiting to be cracked in celebration of something fantastic. I probably will probably drink it next week. It's a barrel aged strong ale, and probably one of my favorite drinks on the planet. It also happens to be something like 12-14% abv!

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Posted: 07/26/2013 5:00 PM

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sportwarrior wrote: 

I actually have a small bottle of Lost Abbey Angel's Share in my fridge waiting to be cracked in celebration of something fantastic. I probably will probably drink it next week. It's a barrel aged strong ale, and probably one of my favorite drinks on the planet. It also happens to be something like 12-14% abv!
That sounds amazing...I do like the strong ale/wee heavy style quite a lot and you know that you're getting a quality beer with just about anything Lost Abbey puts out.

The last high ABV beer I had was just a couple days ago when I tried something from the New Belgium brewery "Lips of Faith" series called Pluot Ale...I had never heard of a "pluot" before and had to try it.  I still don't really know what it is (plum + apricot??  Leave my fruit alone!) but it was a pretty tasty beer...and 10% ABV to boot.  Nice sweet and spicy combo, almost tasted like effervescent white wine, but a little too sweet for me.  Could be a "middle ground" beer for your buddy to try maybe?
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Posted: 07/26/2013 5:23 PM

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Dre1023 wrote:
sportwarrior wrote: 

I actually have a small bottle of Lost Abbey Angel's Share in my fridge waiting to be cracked in celebration of something fantastic. I probably will probably drink it next week. It's a barrel aged strong ale, and probably one of my favorite drinks on the planet. It also happens to be something like 12-14% abv!
That sounds amazing...I do like the strong ale/wee heavy style quite a lot and you know that you're getting a quality beer with just about anything Lost Abbey puts out.

The last high ABV beer I had was just a couple days ago when I tried something from the New Belgium brewery "Lips of Faith" series called Pluot Ale...I had never heard of a "pluot" before and had to try it.  I still don't really know what it is (plum + apricot??  Leave my fruit alone!) but it was a pretty tasty beer...and 10% ABV to boot.  Nice sweet and spicy combo, almost tasted like effervescent white wine, but a little too sweet for me.  Could be a "middle ground" beer for your buddy to try maybe?
It really is just an amazing strong ale. The bourbon really comes through in a balanced way. In fact, if you don't like bourbon, it's almost certainly because of the overwhelming taste of alcohol... Angel's Share lets you taste all the flavors bourbon drinkers appreciate without that ridiculous kick.

Your best bet is to find it on tap somewhere. Lost Abbey cracks a barrel every once in a while in their tasting room, and I come across it in the wild every so often at places like Toronados or Neighborhood or High Dive. Bottles are pretty expensive... I think the 350ml in my fridge was like $15 or something, so it's much more cost effective to grab a pour somewhere if you are curious enough to give it a whirl.
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Posted: 07/27/2013 8:07 AM

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Dre, Sport,

Should we get you two a room? (Easy now,...I'm talking about a tasting room.)

It's good to see the discussion. And now I have a few new brews to look for.

So, Dre, you're a northwesterner? Lots of good breweries up your way. I may be hitting a few of them in September.

Carry on, and cheers!
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Posted: 07/27/2013 9:41 AM

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PBR is making a comeback
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Posted: 07/27/2013 12:15 PM

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Clay, there is only one way you could possibly believe this assertion—which you make regularly—and that's if you're drinking it excessively.
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Posted: 07/27/2013 1:40 PM

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I've had 4 PBRs sitting out on my backyard patio table for the better part of a year now, soaking up the sun. Bet they've aged to perfection. I know the labels have.
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Posted: 07/27/2013 6:42 PM

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You can never age those enough. Even "forever" would be too short of a time. The questions is, Sport, why do you have them in the first place?

Popped one of my Woot bottles for tonight's game. Seeing the Padres load the scoreboard if pleasing. Getting loaded myself makes it even more enjoyable.

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Posted: 07/27/2013 6:59 PM

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My roommates and I rarely have cheap beer in our house, but when we throw BBQs or parties we tend to build a large surplus very quickly. Some get slowly and reluctantly consumed, and some end up as centerpieces on patio furniture.
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