Beer Brawl™ 31 – Cellar Raid

Since we are still waiting for our Sink the Bismark to round out our High Octane beer brawl, I decided that we would should each raid our cellars and bring out some unique beers.  So after much internal debate, three of us met up at the Liquor Outlet in indulge in some epic beers.beerbrawl31_1

Joining me on this podcast was Kevin Malavarca from the Liquor Outlet in Boonton NJ and John Hoyos from Hunterdon Distribution. The only prerequisite I have for the Beer Brawl™ is a love of beer.  You don’t need to know anything about the beers we are drinking only a willingness to try them and voice an opinion.

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On Tap:

  • 3 Floyds Mikkeller Hvedegoop
  • 2008 Lost Abbey Ten Commandments
  • The Bruery Papier
  • Great Divide Barrel Aged Hibernation
  • 2008 Captain Lawrence Nor’ Easter
  • Russian River Supplication Batch 3

Download the podcast and listen to all the details about how these Amazing Beers stacked up against each other.

beerbrawl31_23 Floyds Mikkeller Hvedegoop

The first beer of the night was a collaborative beer with Mikkeller and 3 Floyds.  This 10.4% abv beer was very Barley wine like with a heavy sherry sweet nose.  The beer had a good round flavor with a surprising strong dry Bitterness.

beerbrawl31_32008 Lost Abbey Ten Commandments

This southern California beer had a great aroma and flavor of raisins and honey, and almost minty.  We assumed the minty herbal flavor was a result of aging rosemary in the beer. Like the first beer was also very good and finish very dry.

beerbrawl31_4The Bruery Papier

WOW! enough said. Probably one of the best beers any of us has had.  This beer was just about perfect.  Amazing aroma and flavor that just didn’t quit.  I’d horde this beer if you can find it.

beerbrawl31_5Great Divide Barrel Aged Hibernation

WOW! enough said. Probably one of the best beers any of us has had.  This beer was just about perfect.  Amazing aroma and flavor that just didn’t quit.  I’d horde this beer if you can find it.  Wait didn’t I just say that, well it was another OH MY GOD type of beer.

beerbrawl31_62008 Captain Lawrence Nor’ Easter

How do you follow up two nearly perfect beers?  Well try a Captain Lawrence, another awesome beer.  It aged very well, the elderberries became a nice compliment to the beer allowing the bourbon aged ale to come through very nicely!

beerbrawl31_7Russian River Supplication Batch 3

lover of sour beers, this was a great “kreik” to finish off the night of a shit ton of amazing nectars.  This sour ale has been aged in oak barrels for over a year with sour cherries added.  Great sourness, not quite puckering but great flavor and complexity.

I’m working on future Beer Brawls™, we have a High Octane, Dogfish Head, and Porter Beer Brawls™ coming up. We’d also love to hear your suggestions!


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8 Responses to “Beer Brawl™ 31 – Cellar Raid”

  1. Thomas Ham Says:

    Interesting. I always thought Supplication as a very “puckery” sour.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Sour, Yes. Delicious Yes. Loved it, Yes, but was the Cantillon Kreik face pealing sour. Either that I’ve had so many sours lately that I’m getting desensitized to the “sour puckering” effect

  3. Thomas Ham Says:

    I LOVE IT! But it is pretty damn sour I thought. But, I might be too much of a noobie to sours as well.

  4. nate Says:

    Sigh…I’m currently weeping over not having any of these in my cellar. I’d love to try the Papier. I’ve got a few Bruery beers in my cellar, but never even seen that one.

  5. Simply Beer Says:

    Nate, all I gotta say is if you findit, buy it, sell a kidney… It’s that good IMO.

  6. John Hoyos Says:

    Papier can be found if you look hard enough. It is definitely available in the state of NJ.

  7. John Hoyos Says:

    Papier can definitely be found in NJ if you look hard enough. I’ve seen at least one store with at least one bottle and I know there are more still out there. That is, unless, Peter and Kevin have tracked them all down already.

  8. Simply Beer Says:

    I found one John, my buddy got me one in Brooklyn for $22.

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