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I am enjoying another of the commercial beers that Morticai sent.  This one is an American Sour with Cherries, a collaboration with Pink Boots Society, brewed at Hogback Mountain.
It pours with a big slightly pink mostly white head that fades quickly, but still leaves nice lacework.  The beer has a bit of chill haze - it seems to clear up in the glass and on the second pour as I am drinking.  It has a pretty pink color.
Aromas are very light, with no real sourness or cherries - my wife says, "honey on toast".
Flavor is very tart, I think mostly from the cherries, but has some added complexity from the fermentation.  Cherry flavor is low as is the bready malt contribution.  Finish is dry and tart.  Medium-thin body, smooth CO2 and a puckering finish.
This is a very refreshing beer. 
I wonder if Pink Boots made this same beer all over the country or if they changed it up in different breweries?  I may have seen a version of it somewhere else.
Thanks, Morticai!

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I am finally having the first of Morticai's homebrews, the 2015 Maple Barleywine.
He also sent some homemade maple syrup, so we made savory French toast for dinner, with sliced French bread, cherry wood smoked bacon and some poblano peppers in the mix.  Mmmm, good....
The beer poured with little to no head, but left persistent lacework in the glass, so it wasn't highly carbonated, but had enough CO2 to offset some of the sweetness.
It was a bit cloudy, amber colored.
Maple aroma and flavor was light, but I would expect that since it is a highly fermentable sugar.
This was a very full bodied beer with a strong malt sweetness (mostly caramel with some dark bread flavor) and a noticible alcohol warmth.  It had a significant hop flavor - not citrusy, but more spicy, and a sweet and bitter finish.
Overall impression was of a very fresh American Barleywine and it accompanied the French toast well.
I am looking forward to comparing it to the other version he sent, the 2012 edition.
This was a very big beer, with strong but clean alcohol flavors, high hop flavor and bitterness and strong malt flavor.  Again, I am really looking forward to the older version to see how it aged.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Portland search
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:51:29 AM »
Breakside. Up towards there is mcmenamins Kennedy school. Not great beer but one of the coolest bars I've ever been too. Other than that, Horse Brass, and Apex. 50 beers on tap and most of them are fantastic!


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I like McMennamins as well.  We have stayed at four, but like the Kennedy school best.
Ecliptic Brewing had very good beers.  They are across the river - you'd probably need a car.

edited to correct the brewery name

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The first of Mort's beer-swap beers.  So malty it reminds me of pumpernickel.

Trying to post pictures makes me feel like an idiot.
This would be a photo of Queen City Brewery's Munich Dunkel, from Burlington, Vt.
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I give up.  20 minutes is too much time and I have a beer to enjoy.


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BJCP written exam on Saturday.

I hope this went well today Jeff!!!!
The best advice when taking the written test is "make sure you get the questions that you have completely mastered".  It was my third try when that happened.  I hope you nailed it, Jeff.

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I received Mort's box today, which included not only two large commercial beers and three homebrews, but some homemade maple syrup as well.  Very nice!

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From Jeffy's box.  Disclaimer: I'm not a beer judge. Just a guy that likes beer!

Imperial Porter
Aroma: greeted with dark chocolate, some dark fruit.  Smells like a treat, I want to take a sip, but first...
Appearance: bottle was generously filled, very little headspace.  Poured dark brown, almost black, but holding my glass to the setting sunlight there are ruby highlights.  A tan head stayed around for a bit before fading to a ring that stayed for the duration. 
Flavor: at last! Sweet dark, chocolate with slight roast and bitterness to balance.  This is one of those beers that you suspect is high in alcohol, but you can't taste it.  Dangerous!  Tastes like a treat.  No diacetyl or other off flavors.  Clean fermentation.
Mouthfeel: This beer is full with a creamy mouthfeel.  No harshness or astringency.  Slightly warming, but no hot alcohol. 
Overall impression:  Tonight is cold and windy in Ohio.  A storm just passed through.  I'd love to build a fire and sip another glass of this beer.  Well done, thank you Jeff!

Nice presentation!  I felt this one was a bit underattenuated for my taste.  The other versions (whiskey bbl and coffee) seemed to cut the sweetness a little better.
I am glad you seem to be enjoying it though.  Cheers!

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Beer Travel / Re: New York beer report
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:21:32 AM »
I'm headed there tomorrow.

Any updates on the "go-to" places?
In Manhattan my favorite pub is the Blind Tiger in the W. Village.
In Brooklyn, I like Torst and Spuyten Duyvel.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:18:18 PM »
Yeast product worked fine. Figured I would just do USPS if I have to lie from now on.
I used to send beer USPS because it was cheaper and very reliable, but I felt bad because of the lying.  Knowing that no harm is done shipping homebrew through the mail doesn't make it legal, so I now fill out a UPS form on-line and drop off the package at one of their sites.  That way I don't have to lie.  When you register a package on line they do not ask what is in the box.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 29, 2016, 04:12:11 PM »
Came across the Corsair Ryemageddon on sale at a good price last weekend and gave it a whirl. A really interesting rye whiskey. It's whiskey distilled from rye and chocolate rye and aged for six years (it's the aged version of their normal rye). Nice depth of earthy flavor. Probably the second most earthy rye I've had behind High West Rendezvous Rye.

FYI - Corsair sells 10 and 15 gallon barrels on their website at extremely reasonable prices if one is looking for a larger barrel.

A few weeks back I also picked up a bottle of Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch for a little under $30. It's 91% Canadian rye whisky, 8% rye-heavy bourbon and 1% sherry. It's smooth, spicy and fruity. Sweeter and heavier than the Corsair. It's not garbage Canadian rye that's often not rye at all. It's genuinely rye whisky. If the Corsair rye is a solid expression of the earth side of rye then this is a solid expression of the spicy and subtly fruity side of rye. Between the two it's an excellent range of rye whisky.
I wasn't too fond of  Ryemageddon myself, but I have used three of their barrels for various club project beers.  The barley wine from the Triple Smoke barrel was awesome.

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I am aware this post my be "too politicy" for this forum, so feel free to police it if you want.

My issue with the post is that it is a qualified woman's expertise is ignored in pursuit of something  related to the gender. Being a woman can really suck, especially when you work really hard to become respected in a male dominated field just to be ignored or marginalized. Unless you've experienced it in real life, there's no real way to explain it besides that.

I'm better at examples, so I'll give you one from my own life. To set the stage, I work as a Project Controls analyst in Construction. I have become an integral and respected member of our team (manager's words, not mine). Lately, I have worked my way into proposals. On a recent proposal, I worked directly with the lead estimator. I found tens of millions of dollars in errors, oversights, and general crap on a $50MM proposal. The VP of Construction requested that I be in the room when the "top brass" came in to review the proposal. I was excited to be invited, hoping to show my expertise and perhaps help answer questions about this subject that I was very familiar with. When all the upper management (all men) came in, they looked at me and the only other woman (a secretary) and asked why we hadn't made coffee yet. Queue the heart sinking. I went and made coffee. I could come up with at least 50 other examples of stuff like that, but that's the freshest one.

Anyway. My initial response had nothing to do with Annie herself or how she responded. It was more about how we (meaning women) are sometimes treated when all we want to do is to be taken seriously. I know that it is unintentional in many cases, but that doesn't make the action any less sucky. :/ Did the execs mean to belittle my contribution? Probably not, but it still sucked.

Well, now you guys know a bit more about me than is probably needed, but I had to say it.
Idiots. 
Why did you not turn around and ask the secretary to make coffee?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 28, 2016, 11:58:27 AM »
I was in the Spanish supermarket today and found among the Corona and Modelo a six pack of 16 ounce (half liter) cans of DAB Export for $6.99.  Such a deal!  I remember this beer, which is the first one listed as a classic example, as having a sharp, minerally character.  I will try some again after work today.
This doesn't mean that all of the beers in this category need to have this character, but it is what I remember about this particular beer and the old style descriptions.

Is there a packaged date on those at all? Best by?  What a steal. I have never even seen those in the can.
Looks like 19 January, 2016, which is probably correct.  They used to have this in stock and I thought since I may have been the only person buying it, that they decided not to reorder.  It wasn't on the shelf six or eight weeks ago.  Now they have at least a case.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 28, 2016, 11:18:08 AM »
I was in the Spanish supermarket today and found among the Corona and Modelo a six pack of 16 ounce (half liter) cans of DAB Export for $6.99.  Such a deal!  I remember this beer, which is the first one listed as a classic example, as having a sharp, minerally character.  I will try some again after work today.
This doesn't mean that all of the beers in this category need to have this character, but it is what I remember about this particular beer and the old style descriptions.

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Perhaps those forums rules are the reason why the paper lacks any actual data or analysis beyond mere conclusion.

well sure- its the ol' " i could tell you bit i'd have to kill you"   :o

I'm calling for a blind test between an AHA forum Helles vs. a GBF forum Helles. Grudge match?
You would have to have a test first to identify the judges who can detect "it" and of course that test would be administered by an "it" expert, most likely from the GBF.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:08:03 AM »
You could always enter it as a Helles Export and as a German Pilsner and see where it scores higher.  You might be surprised!
Entering competitions is always a surprise.  ;)
Rather than send in twice as much beer, I prefer to keep it in the keg for personal consumption.

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