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Rogue Shakespeare Stout. Really good. I've had 3 pints of it so far, and it gets better every time.

Elysium Brewing Company seasonal Pumpkin Ale. Yummy. One of the best ways to eat pumpkin, IMO.

Arrogant Bastard Ale. It's not as good as it pretends to be. It screams out two notes, very loudly, with otherwise nothing of interest. Musically, it's some wannabe punk rocker screaming into a mike and pretending that it's "edgy" and "real".

Black Boss Porter. Three notes of taste, two of nose. Nicely dark, but otherwise, kind of boring. Not very smooth.

About a dozen different IPAs, so far. Too pale, too thin, too watery, and usually too pissy. I suppose it used to be once was a good way to sterilize, store, and serve water in a high-disease high-temperature tropical third world hellhole, which is how the British got a taste for the stuff when they were running an Empire in India, but, like the "Gin and Tonic" for malaria, the time for the need for the stuff is past. A decent charcoal filter does the same job, better.

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From: technoshaman Date: November 9th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Elaborate a bit more on the Shakespeare Stout?

Thanks for the warning about Arrogant Bastard... I'd wondered. Dead Guy Ale, on the other hand, is pretty good. Sort of a medium ale, pretty mellow, hint of crispness in the finish but not too much... (doing this from way far back memory, but remember that it was good...)

I'm with you on the IPA. Blecch.
jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: November 9th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Shakespeare is a really dark, strong but smooth, somewhat malty stout with a slightly chocolate finish. If I recall correctly -- it's been over a decade since I've had any. ;-)
From: technoshaman Date: November 9th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooers. Any idea where one might get some?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: November 9th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can buy bottles of it at the Trader Joe on CapHill, which implies its probably in most all of the Pacific Northwest Trader Joes.

You can get it by the glass at Hopvine on CapHill, which is where I first encountered it.
jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: November 9th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I know, it's only available in the Pacific Northwest. I think the brewery is in Oregon, I used to buy it in Spokane, WA.
elfs From: elfs Date: November 9th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that pumpkin ale is evil. I had two pints when Charlie was in town: really smooth wheat beer that tastes like pumpkin cookies. Yum.
jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: November 9th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang it, I miss the Rogue brews. The Shakespeare Stout was my favourite. I was also fond of Deschutes brewery's Black Butte Porter, though the quality was really variable from brewing to brewing.
From: technoshaman Date: November 9th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I rather liked the Porter myself...
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