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I had been waiting a long time for this to be released and even longer to get it up here in Northern Michigan. When it finally came in beer geeks from T.C. rushed in to snatch up the very limited supplies. So, was it worth the hype?
Despite some disappointing reviews I had seen, I have to say that this was an excellent, memorable and interesting imperial IPA. Resiny hops and a solid malt backbone gave it some nice balance, but the finish stayed very dry and hoppy. It also might be one of the most attractive brews I have ever seen. If you can still track this down I would highly recommend picking up a bottle.
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This beer is one of the biggest and baddest stouts you are likely to find in a can. With the low carbonation, it was not the most attractive imperial stout I had ever seen, but it had a unique and enjoyable blend of flavors. This is a pretty thick and serious stout that is not overly harsh. Definitely a nice offering from possibly the first canning craft brewer.
After cracking this beer open the other night I remember thinking it was almost criminal that I had not given it a try before. I knew it was supposed to be good and it was always there on the shelf, begging me to take it home. Perhaps I overlooked it because it was so easily available. When I was in Philly I was always on the lookout for the next whale. Whatever the reason, I am here to say that if you like big and complex beers you should definitely pick it up. It is full, roasty, hoppy and delicious. This is a world class RIS.
I distinctly remember trying this beer for the first time in a room at the Holiday Inn in Traverse City, Michigan. I thought it was pretty bad then, but having it now it seemed a lot more enjoyable. If you like coffee you will probably love this beer. Possibly the most coffee flavored beer I have had to date.
After a bit of a hiatus I am settling in here in MI. Since my last post I have had quite a few beer adventures, including a trip to Founders, Short’s and a new years eve full of insane beers. Unfortunately none of that will make it here, but I am hoping that I can start posting more regularly again, even though the internet here at my parent’s place where we are currently staying is pretty bad.
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This is another beer that my wife really wanted me to get. She was a fan of the cows on the label and I liked the novelty of having a beer with the same name as a former Red Wings defenseman, so in the mix-a-six it went. Turns out this is a pretty decent wheat beer.
The Oracle review will probably be my last proper post for awhile. I am moving back to Michigan in the next couple weeks and I am actually about to pack away my computer. The move will bring many exciting chages, including a possible opportunity for me to enter into the beer industry.
I am not sure what it will all mean for the blog, but I guess time will tell.
To my friends from Michigan who read this, I will see you soon!
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