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Title: Pliny the ...
Post by: ryang on February 13, 2012, 04:01:52 PM
Younger that is.

On tap @ Falling Rock taphouse, Denver, 2/12/2012 (ternary day!)

Quite a scene in the bar.  Doors open at 11am, tapping at 1pm.  Get there early to get a ticket.
When I got there around 12:30, my wife and I got 2 of the last 8 blue tickets.  Blue tickets guaranteed a glass, red ticket most likely.

To kill the 30min wait, I get a 2008 Bigfoot on draft in a snifter (still from Barleywine month).  Wow.
Super rich malts.  Some grassiness and indications of hop, but very subdued.  Malt rocks my nose.  Creamy tan head trims down to a fine lace coating the top of this copper beauty.  Bitterness has faded considerably, but provides enough contrast to the sweet malt to procure near perfect balance.
I'm glad I started collecting in 2010... a good sign of greatness to come.

12:55pm:  Manager gets on top of bar and starts talking over the speakers... "The time has come!"  It's an orderly environment.
People start lining up with tickets in hand.  We had met up with friends at a table, so the waitress brings ours to our table.
We sit there, looking at all these beers.  I can smell it just sitting there.  We are all nervous.  This is a beer consistently ranked one of the top in the world afterall...  Hops.  Hops.  Lots of freaking hops.  Smells of citrus oil, pine forest, fresh hay.  Clearer than I had envisioned. 
A hearty "Cheers" from all at the table.
First sip is crisp, clean, BIG hop.  No perceivable alcohol.  Impressive at 10%.  Hop lingers.  Flavor very similar to aroma... pine, citrus, hay, hint of malt.  Dry finish.  Very dry finish -- quite nice for the hops to rain dance in your mouth.  Bitterness lingers but is not harsh.  Very smooth.  Stays on the tongue a long time. 
I think I can drink the rest of the glass..

I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this exclusive, elite beer.  Was it everything that it's hyped up to be?  No.  Was it a fantastic beer?  Yes.  Anything to improve upon?  I think I would like a bit firmer bitterness.  It was pretty soft.

Overall, a great experience and we (my wife and I) ended up drinking 3 glasses.  They sold out eventually, but it was pouring for quite a while.

Satisfied.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: euge on February 13, 2012, 07:09:28 PM
Lucky. No I'm not jealous at all.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: Pinski on February 13, 2012, 07:49:46 PM
Doesn't look like I'll be finding any of the Younger this year either :'( Oh well, I still have lot's of my Pliny the Imposter in the keg and a few bottles for good measure to drown my sorrow.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: oly on February 15, 2012, 11:27:41 PM
Doesn't look like I'll be finding any of the Younger this year either :'( Oh well, I still have lot's of my Pliny the Imposter in the keg and a few bottles for good measure to drown my sorrow.
Pinski, don't despair. You can still get your Younger... Saraveza will have it at the weekend:
Sun, Feb. 19th - Mon, Feb. 20th: Yes, it’s that time of year again, folks.  Pliny the Younger is back, and we’ll be selling tickets in Saraveza’s Bad Habit Room till they’re gone, this Sunday at 2 pm sharp. Tickets are good for one 8 oz. pour anytime between 5 and 10pm the following day (Monday), and are limited to one per customer.  Come Monday, no lines, no rush; if you have your ticket, you’re guaranteed your pour.
I had my fill (2 8oz tasters  :)) at my local bottleshop yesterday. A nice experience. Check out Saraveza, I had it there last year. If you get a ticket you'll be good to go.
You might check Belmont station as well, I think their younger tasting is upcoming.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: Pinski on February 16, 2012, 10:36:39 PM
Thanks Oly! I got an email from Belmont St., they're selling tickets for a tasting next weekend too.  Picked up one for Sunday and a pair for Monday after work with my sweetie.  :)
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: morticaixavier on February 23, 2012, 10:36:17 PM
Well, I MAY have tried the younger finally. The local bottle shop had

"This is not the IPA you are looking for" from "That one Brewery"

20 ounce pints for 6.50. worth it. a very nice big hoppy beer. you could tell it was strong but not immediately. The balance between sweet alcohol and bitter hops was just about perfect. nice citrus aroma. yummy
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: euge on February 24, 2012, 12:47:28 AM
Was it unique?
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: tschmidlin on February 24, 2012, 12:58:53 AM
Well, I MAY have tried the younger finally. The local bottle shop had

"This is not the IPA you are looking for" from "That one Brewery"

20 ounce pints for 6.50. worth it. a very nice big hoppy beer. you could tell it was strong but not immediately. The balance between sweet alcohol and bitter hops was just about perfect. nice citrus aroma. yummy
A 20 oz pint of younger for $6.50?  Either you got a real deal or it was not PTY, and at ~11% it should knock you on your butt.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: Pinski on February 24, 2012, 01:10:37 AM
Well, I MAY have tried the younger finally. The local bottle shop had

"This is not the IPA you are looking for" from "That one Brewery"

20 ounce pints for 6.50. worth it. a very nice big hoppy beer. you could tell it was strong but not immediately. The balance between sweet alcohol and bitter hops was just about perfect. nice citrus aroma. yummy
A 20 oz pint of younger for $6.50?  Either you got a real deal or it was not PTY, and at ~11% it should knock you on your butt.

I was going to make the same comment regarding a deal. I paid $12 for a ticket to a Pliny tasting. The ticket entitles the holder to one glass of the Younger and one of the Elder.  Not a screamin' deal but I finally get to try the fabled Younger and half the fee goes to a charity fundraiser so I'm OK with the hype helping out a good cause. 
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: tschmidlin on February 24, 2012, 02:18:31 AM
I was going to make the same comment regarding a deal. I paid $12 for a ticket to a Pliny tasting. The ticket entitles the holder to one glass of the Younger and one of the Elder.  Not a screamin' deal but I finally get to try the fabled Younger and half the fee goes to a charity fundraiser so I'm OK with the hype helping out a good cause. 
That seems more like it, I think it goes for about $6 for 10 oz around here, but I haven't had it in a couple of years.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: skyler on February 24, 2012, 07:52:25 AM
Well, I MAY have tried the younger finally. The local bottle shop had

"This is not the IPA you are looking for" from "That one Brewery"

20 ounce pints for 6.50. worth it. a very nice big hoppy beer. you could tell it was strong but not immediately. The balance between sweet alcohol and bitter hops was just about perfect. nice citrus aroma. yummy

According to a few who were there, Taylor was having a little fun with everyone and that was actually a DIPA from Berryessa.
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: morticaixavier on February 24, 2012, 08:43:31 AM
Well, I MAY have tried the younger finally. The local bottle shop had

"This is not the IPA you are looking for" from "That one Brewery"

20 ounce pints for 6.50. worth it. a very nice big hoppy beer. you could tell it was strong but not immediately. The balance between sweet alcohol and bitter hops was just about perfect. nice citrus aroma. yummy

According to a few who were there, Taylor was having a little fun with everyone and that was actually a DIPA from Berryessa.

entirely possible. The staff was obviously in on some kind of joke. regardless, it was delicious and strong. I'de beleive 11% i'd also beleive 9% not less than that though. I was fairly toasty after my one pint.

Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: Pinski on February 24, 2012, 09:03:59 AM
entirely possible. The staff was obviously in on some kind of joke. regardless, it was delicious and strong. I'de beleive 11% i'd also beleive 9% not less than that though. I was fairly toasty after my one pint.

I love when that happens! My girlfriend gets a bit lippy and giggly after just one glass of my Pliny the Imposter.  ::)
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: ryang on February 24, 2012, 09:09:38 AM
$8 for 10oz glass when I had it.

Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: Pinski on February 28, 2012, 09:10:48 AM
Was it unique?

I finally had a chance to have a couple tastings of Pliny the Younger last weekend.  It was really good. OK, really, really good.  To Euge's question, "Was it Unique?" I would say it is as unique as a son is to a father, which in this case seems entirely appropriate. My impression of the Younger compared to much more exposure to the Elder is that the two brews are very similar as you would expect. My expectation was to find the Younger bigger all around, however as I compared the two side to side I found the Younger to have bolder, fresher, better hop aroma and flavor and the Elder to have a more pleasing ovarall depth of complexity.  What is striking to me about the Younger and consistent with the roots of the Elder is the fantastic balance achieved in both of these beers.  Younger weighs in at 11% and the Elder at 8%. These are BIG beers.  They are both so well and similarly balanced however, that I don't get a sense of "Wow, that's strong!" when drinking either.  In fact, during the first tasting I asked the tender to verify which was which again, somewhat shamefully. I went home last night and had SN Bigfoot Barleywine that came in at 9.6% and got a much bigger alcohol impression.  My thoughts are that while the Younger is a great beer the apple didn't fall far from the tree in my opinion.  I don't see myself going to great lengths to acquire more of the Younger unless the opportunity presents itself when the Elder comes around often enough to provide a nice treat. I'd be curious to hear what other folks think of the Younger.  My girlfriend said she prefers our Pliny the Imposter, and my Grandma thinks I'm handsome too.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: beer_crafter on March 08, 2012, 12:14:20 PM
After having PtY, i have to say that I think Avery Maharaja (when in good condition) is actually a more impressive/unique beer.  The problem with Maharaja is that because the volume of production is so much greater, it's quite possible to get old/oxidized bottles and kegs.  With PtY, the demand so far outstrips supply, that nearly 100% of the pints of PtY consumed each year are in great condition. 

The two beers are VERY different, but there aren't that many 11% IPAs out there. 
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: tschmidlin on March 08, 2012, 01:39:49 PM
I really enjoyed some Whiny the Complainer yesterday - a great beer from Big Time Brewing in Seattle.  9.1% ABV, but on the drier side and easy to drink.  A dangerous beer. :)
Title: Re: Pliny the ...
Post by: tschmidlin on March 11, 2012, 12:11:42 AM
i had a couple of snifters of Younger last night - very nice, as usual.