As far as your rankings, I had no idea the Bell's was hoppy. I haven't had it fresh so I guess that fades really quickly since I found it incredibly smooth. The Perkulator is one of my favorite coffee beers because the coffee blends with the doppelbock instead of overpowering it. So good on draft. Glad you liked the Bolita. And the Black Magick was indeed hot but tasty. It's funny that it's distributed because it's only like an 1800 bottle release or something like that. Voodoo is just that small. Really glad you enjoyed them all.
edit: I guess Expedition is like Victory Storm King then which is super hoppy fresh.
I don't know what you were worried about Tyrsis, this box you sent me was awesome. Barrel Aged Wee Heavy, Speedway Stout, Two Maui Coconut Porters, Two Maui Wheat, Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla imperial stout, and Alpine Pure Hoppiness. Going to drink the Pure Hoppiness this weekend for sure but the other big ones will wait. Probably drink the Maui's soon too. So very excited about the Vanilla Stout.
Went to the Lost Abbey 5th Anniversary party on Saturday. Tried two exclusive beers for the event.
Ad-Llb - Made with Rye Barrel Serpentâ€™s Stout, Bourbon Midnight Expression and Bourbon Judgment Day. Very good, not too hot, not too bourbon-y. Smoky and delicious. Apparently they kegged a bit more of this, so it will hit bars in SoCal (and I want to try it again)
Anti-Oxident - a sour blend... I can't find what's in it, but someone on beer advocate said it's "cherry, raspberry, and acai." I can see that, as it was almost a milky red/pink/purple color, very odd. Very good, not too tart, just the right amount of sour.
Seems that douchebags during the event were hand-bottling this so they could trade it off. I do not fucking approve.
Also tried the 2011 Older Viscosity. It was good, just like all other years...
I got to have some of Stone's Levitation Ale for this year last night. They really did a great job on this batch, with a much stronger flavor then the one they brewed last year. I may grab a case of this one so I can have some on hand.
Spent the weekend in St. Louis and brought back a whole bunch of nice beer.
Schlafly 2008 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Schlafly 2007 Barleywine
Boulevard Harvest something (Wheatwine)
Boulevard Whiskey barrel aged Imperial Stout
New Belgium La Folie
Schneider 2006 Aventinus
BFM 2006 Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
What a busy holiday weekend. I made the trek up to Orange county to hit up the Bruery Provisions store. Very cool store; it's a bottle shop for wine and craft beer, has a charcuterie area with meat/cheese and a tasting area for both wine and beer.
I had a flight of Bruery stuff. This Bruery is really hit or miss for me. They're highly regarded with beers like Black Tuesday, etc, but a lot of their "normal" beers are really sort of plain. I did pick up a bottle of Marron Acidifie however, as that is pretty damned good.
Also went to the Stone Imperial Russian Stout release on Tuesday. They broke open their cellar, so I got to pick up a bottle of 07/08/09/10 IRS, as well as the new 2011 version, and the Belgo Anise version.
Stone makes a great IRS, and they age incredibly well. It's a good feeling when your fridge is so full of beer
I cut Bruery a bit of slack for being a new guy on the block. When they are on, they are spectacular, but most of there bottles that I can get at local stores I don't even like. They tend to the sweet side or just lack balance. Saison de Lente is probably the only common one that I get into. I didn't even care for Cuir very much. It was OK for a glass, but I'm not buying up everything I see like the Acidifie. Michief and Orchard White are meh. Their Autumn Maple was just too too sweet. I'm interested in grabbing some Lokal Red, though.