Beer 2019

New thread for a new year.
I'd like to open this year with a question.

Can you guys mention the various beers you've had with an ABV above 15%?
I'm trying to figure out which breweries currently, and in the past, produced a beer consistently with this ABV level.

Anybody have ideas for a lot 18 beer label, start posting them here. We are considering doing a contest of some sort, if anybody wants to take on a project to run it.

I keep forgetting to get the dimensions for the label but, it's the same for any 12oz bottle beer.

No single style of beer, think a rotating style of beer so we can keep it fresh, bottling a beer in August before game one then having the last case after our NCG in January wouldn't be optimum as well as guessing how many cases to produce for the season just wouldn't be optimal.

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Aslin just released their Black Friday Stout lineup - 7 different stouts, all at 16.5%. Coco Mostra is getting ready to drop, and it is 16.5%

Pretty sure The Bruery has several beers that are over 15%- Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain come to mind, but I think there are more.

I've not had a lot of luck with higher content beers. Most of them come off overly boozy without the flavor to carry it.
Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island was pretty decent. It's right at 15%. I can't say I've had any others that were worth remembering at that level.
I keep giving Barleywines a chance, and I keep getting disappointment. It's just a variety I can't get into.
Sliding in below your threshold are
Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head. At 12%, it was fairly decent.
Love You With My Stout by Evil Twin wasn't bad either. It's 12%.

I think 9%-12% is really the sweet spot. Above 12% the number of drinkable beer compare to the swill is just not a good ratio.

Only one I've had that comes to mind immediately is Dogfish 120 Minute.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

And World Wide Stout.
The Raison D'Extra is between 15-18%

We are having a big share, with mostly big stouts tonight, so I'll take a peek and report back later.

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Ohh, didn't know they had a cranked up version of R'aison D'Etre. If it's good I will have to seek some out.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

Haven't had the Extra in a few years. IIRC it wasn't quite as tasty as Etre, but the jacked up ABV makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, so there's that.

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Dogfish Head also has their Olde School Barleywine at 15%

But will this be good for VT and the ACC?

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Speaking of 'being good for VT' and this topic - did anyone else receive the fan survey and notice the question about beer being made available for purchase?

But will this be good for VT and the ACC?

Nope. It will be GREAT for the ACC and VT.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

If it weren't good for the ACC I don't think I could hardly stand it.

'Cause, you know, it would be indirectly good for VT.

D9 Brewing has a "Defying Gravity" series where they're exploring high ABV Sours. Only one I've seen from the series so far is Cape Canaveral which is 14%.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

Apparently I have never logged a beer higher than 13.3% into Untappd (Weyerbacher Insanity). Now I must find one so I can actually contribute something useful to this thread. Damn you Egbert!

Don't say I never gave you anything.

I gave you a pain in the neck.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

And a few more inches around the waistline 😂

Yeah just checked mine, though I haven't been very serious about logging any of my beers in a while. 13.1 is the highest ABV I've logged

Wow, just checked mine. (vtnerf)
Several 120 minutes, Fort, Higher Math, Sam Adams Triple Bock (2007), BCBS, and Pirate Bomb all over 15%.

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Tactical Nuclear Penguin by BrewDog. Drank half of it, left it opened in the fridge for 6 months, and the second half tasted about the same.

my friend kept his bottle in the freezer. nursed it for a yr.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Had yall's Theory of Chaos the first year yall did it (~17%?) and it was surprisingly good (not a knock on you, I just typically don't like the super high alcohol beers).

Had 120minute in 2016. Most money I've ever spent on one beer and top two worst beers I've ever drank. 60 and 90 are pretty amazing...120 is too much for me.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

I know people tell me I'm nuts all the time, but the OG 120, say 15 years ago, was an amazing representation of a hoppy IPA. Lately it's gotten sloppy and messy in its presentation and flavor. Not sure what they changed (prob just batch size) but it is NOT what it used to be.

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I'll have a taste of 120 if on draft or someone opens theirs, but it's really a hoppy liquor. let it age 7+ yrs then drink.

raison d'extra with a decade on it is spectacular too.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Mine was out of a bottle...whew. Ass kicker.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

First year was 13.5.
Past three were 18%.

Boss wants me to do a 15% ABV IPA.

Looks like early spring for that. Going to do a completely different method to keep it from being boozy and hot. Lots of late hops to bring out the fruit hops type thing.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

that's going to be sweet AF

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

I just remember me and some buddies walking in and yall's old taproom manager guy asking if we wanted any "...well...yeah." And gave us two tickets each lol

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

I still need to get up there and try some of the stuff on tap. The 15% IPA isn't my speed, but I think you've mentioned some variations of squatch in the past.

I'm kind of hoping to get my band in up there, and have an even better excuse.

almost always split any stout over 14% or IPA over 10%. super tricky because each can be so big and boozy.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Having a few peeps over tonight to split these...plus some other stuff they bring.

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umm how many people!?!

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Between 6 and 12...not sure final head count.
I just know there is next to zero chance I finish a bottle by myself.
Starting at 6, more than welcome!!!!

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
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ha. just making sure it wasn't like 3 of you putting in the Grossman's work.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout is a bourbon barrel support that floats around 15% depending on the year they make it.
Pretty sure Avery has a couple other very high ABV beers.
EDIT: here are a couple others by Avery.
Rumpkin (rum barrel aged pumpkin ale)
Plank'd (rum barrel aged coconut Porter)

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Unrelated to the question at hand, but anybody tried Casita Cerveceria out of NC? They are my new favorite brewery and it's not even close. Former Duck Rabbit head brewer, still brews out of DR and makes a bunch of IPAs, pale ales, and a few darker ones as well.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Why so high?

I agree with others who said that the taste seems to go away when the ABV gets above 12%.

I'm a big fan of Trappist-style beers.

I have this years Theory Of Chaos we just kegged yesterday. It's 18% this year. Changed some methods a bit and it's not as hot nor as sticky in the past. I like it this year.

I wanted to get some opinions on other beers and a general list to think about.

There are some beers on the list I have forgottten about.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Hope Higher Math is one you are forgetting about. Permanently.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I don't think I ever had it.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Some folks I respect have had good things to say about Southern Tier Old Fashioned. Hoping to dig some up soon.

Is the "sort by" function on the untappd app broken for anyone else? I can choose the parameters but the "apply" button is missing.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

High ABV beers? can't figure out Untappd?

I meeeeaaan...

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Last Sunday when it was beautiful here in Richmond, the fiance and I went to Legend for the first time in a while and I had their Taproom Series Anniversary Imperial Brown Ale (8.3% ABV). I'm a huge fan of their flagship Brown Ale, so I had high expectations for this and was not disappointed. Really nice nose and super buttery, chocolaty finish that doesn't overwhelm you. Great for the winter if you're looking for a nice mid-week brew.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Aside from The Bruery, Dogfish Head, and Evil Twin I can't think of anyone who regularly brews at 15%+

Lickinghole Creek makes several beers (with multiple varietals) in the 12-14% range.

You guys should post your Untappd usernames below, so I can see what you're drinking.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

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@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

That's a strange username

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Follow the signs...you can do it!

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

My next check-in tonight will be 1000. Not unique, but total. #803 unique.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

bthurm75 is my username

I think I will show up as WilliamTravis. But, I'm not as active with it anymore.

an untappd user has no name

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

Pretty sure mine is ashore13. But, I have entered anything in a while.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

We post the Two Deep podcast beers under TwoDeepVT.

@hokie_rd

Awesome work on the podcast. I listen every week!

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Thanks, appreciate the listen!

@hokie_rd

Honestly, don't think I've had a 15%er that I thought was any good. I agree with others in that 10-12% is the sweet spot where a beer can still taste like a beer, but still pack a punch. Victory Golden Monkey is one around that range that I like.

Most beer that is that high ABV usually doesn't taste like the style it's trying to be. For example. Dogfish Head World Wide Stout taste more like a really thick port wine than a traditional stout.

Usually they all don't taste that good either cause your paying for just plain high alcohol That's just my experience though.

Beer trends are ridiculous.

Want a good high ABV Beer. Try a Belgian Strong Dark Ale at around 10 to 12 percent. Amazing and still retain the style profile and amazing taste.

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Not much here to dispute.
Especially beer trends are ridiculous.

I don't get the milk shake beers and stuff. Some people love them. We blend beers sometimes for the novelty but that's it. I use it to teach flavor development and how you can fool your tastebuds into thinking something else.

For instance we do a vanilla cream ale each year at the beginning of the summer and serve in pushed by nitrogen. People talk about how sweet it is. It's not. The sugar content in it is very small, it's dry. But the vanilla fools our sense of taste into thinking it is sweet.
We have a stout with cocoa in it. Quite a bit of cocoa. Mix the vanilla ale with the cocoa stout and people are fooled into thinking it's sweet like a glass of chocolate.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

And yes, I know I started off talking about weird beer and mentioned a vanilla cream ale and a cocoa stout.
I'm not the owner and sometimes I get overridden.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Beer trends are hilarious to me. The obsession with IPA is comical. When things get to the point that a beer that goes by the name Cascadian Dark Ale gets labeled Black IPA, things have just gone too far. I mean... the name includes the word pale. Pale black? I think not.

And sours... I love a good sour. But, most of the stuff being made is trash. It's a lactic acid bomb. Tastes like vomit. That's because everyone is doing berliners, which can be good, but I can't seem to find many. They are quick and easy for the brewery to turn out, and get their sour on the market. But they are nothing compared to a Flemish red or an oud Bruin. But... people buy the lousy sours like crazy, and the breweries keep pumping them out.

I've been building a solera Porter for about a year and a half now. It's going to be tasty, and a proper sour.

I'm starting a Flemish red next week. I finally have 2 wine barrels to use to age.
I'm going to rush it and see if it's ready in June.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

If you need some QA/QC, I know a guy.

Oh boy... I guess now the question is - how long will this canned beer stay good for? And where can I go buy enough to pop one at kickoff every game for the next decade or so?

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

For a pilsner, usually not much longer than 6-8 months. Some, maybe 12. It has to do with how much oxygen is purged from the can before filling and prevented from entering before capped.
Also, depends on how cold it has been kept since filling and when it is opened.

If you want to extend the life as long as possible, buy the cans the day they were delivered to the retailer and then store at 35F.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Panning a short trip to Charlotte to check out the local breweries. Focusing on Uptown/NoDa area because there are so many. Will probably limit it to 3-5 depending on how much we enjoy each. Looking for tips on which to hit. Want at least one where I can bring home bottles or cans which I can't easily find elsewhere for swapping. At least one to just hang out in for a bit. One with a restaurant would be nice ( not a food truck fan), and one for late night music. And of course which are your favorite two for what they brew, and why?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

OMB has a big, nice restaurant.
Lenny Boy also brews Kombucha, if you're into that kind of thing.
Sycamore gets POPPING during the summer, not sure how it'll be right now.
Vine Barrell (apparently alot of stouts now) and Resident Culture (I've never been to these two, buddy of mine recommended them).

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

OMB has a nice red.

This is going to be great for the ACC.