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Back home for a few weeks (Pops is in the hospital for a procedure). He needs to move. 51 step walk up built a year after the titanic sunk. Ran a few Chicago marathons and stays active with golf (weather permitting) but these damn stairs are too much, along with the space. Some rooms he never even goes in (butler's pantry, sunroom, library, game room and my old bedroom) so want to get him out of Chicago or at least somewhere else without the walk up but he's as stubborn as his childhood nickname (Charlie mule).

 

Hendricks tonight with nostalgia where living until I left for college down in NOLA. Wonderful architecture and masonry in Hyde Park but at 103 years old, it needs some upkeep and at 82, healthy or not, can only do so much.

 

I'm tasked with pushing him hard to move when he's discharged tomorrow. He makes excuses not to at any turn. Suggestions/recommendations are welcome. Remember though: stubborn x 26.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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2016 bourbon County brand bourbon barrel aged stout

 

Very nice. This batch is fine.

Snagged two of the barley wines too.

 

MPC.

Sorry to hear. But stick with it. Consistency will win out. Feeling sorry for oneself is natural but without enabling, it won't last long. He will see you mean buisness for his own good and he will come around.

Good luck.

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MPC, hope Pops is recovering well and feeling good.

 

About that stubborn thing... Play your strengths.

Some situations need to be worked with because you're sure as hell not going through them. ;) :laugh:

Edited by Hedonmonkey

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What they said, Cap'n.

2016 bourbon County brand bourbon barrel aged stout

Very nice. This batch is fine.

Indeed,

 

I get a slightly more maple/coconut characteristic than in past years, which I really love.

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Nice. Yeah they also flash pasturized this batch to ensure what happened last year would not. I have never had the stout before but will be interested to taste the difference between last year's and this year's barleywine.

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Yup, I'd heard that they did a flash pasteurization, and I can definitely say that it hasn't had a dulling effect on the flavor at all.

 

People are sure funny, though. Over the last three years (prior to this one) the Black Friday line at the opening of Elizabeth Station was a mere 8 people.

 

This year, after the reported widespread infection of the 2015 BCBS Coffee Stout and Barleywine, I expected no line, whatsoever.

 

Instead, there were over 60 people lined up, and there were only 4 cases total that were available. (In previous years, they had up to 25 cases for sale.)

 

I guess there really is no such thing as bad publicity. :wacko:

Edited by Absomphe

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As I sip this, I realize that the biggest change in flavor this year is a prominent deep, dark frutiness (like a great English barleywine would have), and a bit less chocolate.

 

The body may be just a tad thinner (it's still wonderfully syrupy) but that works perfectly for me.

 

Overall, i would say this is the best vintage I've ever tasted, and I've tried every one since the 2009.

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Hakutsuru Junmai Ginjo "White Crane".

 

Mineral and a strong lemony citrus scent. Honeydew melon lingers in the background. Smells very similar to the Momokawa Diamond ginjo sake from SakeOne (not surprising when you consider the fact that they import the stuff themselves). Mouthfeel on the thin side. Taste is similar to the smell. Very light, crisp, and dry. Very clean, as to be expected, again, of a ginjo level sake. Fairly refreshing for how dry it is. The melon character builds as the brew warms. A decent sake that goes for about $15 per 750ml bottle. Not bad, but we’ve had better. Still, a respectable sipper; but, we just seem to be a sucker for those junmai sakes. The ginjos are just a little too faint for us to fully savor.

Edited by Alfred Jarry

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As I sip this, I realize that the biggest change in flavor this year is a prominent deep, dark frutiness (like a great English barleywine would have), and a bit less chocolate.

 

The body may be just a tad thinner (it's still wonderfully syrupy) but that works perfectly for me.

 

Overall, i would say this is the best vintage I've ever tasted, and I've tried every one since the 2009.

That's great. And I too noticed this resembles a barleywine more so than I had expected.

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Kibo Junmai "Hope".

 

Flinestones Kid’s vitamins to a “T.” So… heavy mineral smell mixed with tutti-fruity? Fruit punch but with a heavy (may I emphasize heavy) must-like quality, similar to what you’d find in a pan-fried liver or kidney. Gizzards and fruit anyone? That flavor completely lingers on the back end of the tongue, too. There’s melon rind in here as well. Weird is a word. Fruit spliced with the musty piss of a dehydrated man. This is actually kind of gross; but, not gross enough to sink. It’s literally the equivalent of eating a kidney while drinking fruit punch. Completely in conflict with itself! If that sounds appealing to you, then pick this up. Otherwise….???

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Kikusui Funaguchi "Gold". :heart:

 

Smells of glutinous rice with a squirt of citrus. Sweet like an overripe banana with nice cantaloupe character. Nice body and mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Sweet and dry as a sake should. For 19%, the alcohol is there but very well hidden. It is only detectible in the nice warming sensation it creates in the throat and stomach. Evidently, you can get this sake in various coin operated vending machines in Japan. Pretty nice pickup. Definitely a sake we would purchase again.

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And now here's something we hope you really like.*

 

 

* With thanks to Rocket J. Squirrel.

 

 

AleSmith Speedway Stout with Vietnamese coffee, followed by small glasses of Big Bad Baptist, Big Bad Baptista, and BCBS 2016 in celebration of yet another great deluge today.

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Cracked open the BCBW. Wow. Biggest nose and taste of raisin in a English style BW I have tasted since the Brandy barrel aged old stock.

 

Lots of fig and toffee too. 100% better than last year. Like biting into some good Cadbury fruit and nut chocolate.

Wow. Top notch.

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MPC, hope Pops is recovering well and feeling good.

 

About that stubborn thing... Play your strengths.

Some situations need to be worked with because you're sure as hell not going through them. ;) :laugh:

Thank ya, baby doll.

 

Today it's some Goose Island Green Line and Modelo. Simple stuff in Pop's pad while watching some American football.

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Kirin Koshi No Takumi Tokubesu Junmai "Sake Specialist".

 

Minerals and some acidity; not much to the nose. Taste earthy tones; very mushroom-like. Dry and nowhere as sweet as most other sakes. Slight almond bitterness on the back of the tongue. Decent, but more akin to a table sake than a premium one. If you’re looking for more premium sakes to sample, then we’d give this one a pass. There are far better sakes out there for the same buck.

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Drinking wine while I wait for a shipment of four new [to me, at least] absinthes to arrive. :thumbup:
Picked up an inexpensive Grenache/Syrah blend that hails from the southern Rhone valley in France -- 2014 "Halos de Jupiter" Costieres de Nimes
It's remarkably fragrant and complex for a $13 wine. Medium-bodied. Provencal herbs, lavender, licorice. Silk smooth. Yummy. :heart:

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Kikusui Junmai Ginjo "Chrysanthemum Water". :heart:

 

Nice rounded melon on the nose. Sweet honey smell. Very similar to the other brews we’ve had from Kikusui (all of them were quite nice). Cleaner than the others, though. This isn’t surprising considering it is a ginjo sake. Sweet but dry, light bodied, and crisp. Has some nice mineral components to it as well, finishing slightly bitter on the back end, similar to a walnut skin. Dangerous drinkability. Over all, a very nice ginjo. A good starting point for anyone looking to explore the style.

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Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival". :heart: :wub: :heart:

 

Heavy strawberry on the nose. Light fruit and minerals. Pineapple citrus to the extreme. Literally, like smelling pineapple juice. Tastes the same. Smooth sweet pineapple juice with the dry finish of honeydew melon. This is a superb sake, and an excellent daiginjo. The flavors are so smooth and pronounced (and yet subtle at the same time) that this could be considered bar-none the best sake we’ve ever sampled. This is a sake to be sipped and savored (or slammed if you’re some crazed Francophile dead-guy). Seriously, we don’t have the sense of restraint to sip this. We think we're turning Japanese, we really think so.

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