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RE: Official Beer Tread
I was feeling dank today so I picked up Sixpoint's Shatter Imperial IPA. Low IBU for the style (listed as 25 IBU) but a nice hazy gold. (Guessed the SRM right at 6.) The packaging makes it out to be a pretty dank IPA and I had high expectations after remembering the Burley Oak Gucci Flip Flops I had a summer ago.

Right off the bat it is vivid citrus and fruit, definitely a saturated profile. The pineyness wasn't there at first for me, so this beer didn't seem all that dank at first. But I got up mid-review to get the door and then came back ten minutes later...a little oxygen exposure did the trick for this one. When I got back, the vivid citrus and fruit had mellowed a bit and a dank piney aroma and taste had settled in. The description on the can basically dares you to sit and waft the aroma from afar before pouring, so perhaps this was a design choice. Sort of like a delayed release of dankness. Interesting. The can continues to radiate dankness after the contents have been emptied, so trash or stash it if you're sampling more than just the Shatter in one sitting.

Also picked up two variations of Vasen's Velvet Walrus, the vanilla mint and the bourbon barrel. We'll see how those go.
11-01-2019 06:58 PM
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Veil Norfolk opens Saturday at noon. Perfect opportunity to get a beer before either the football or bball game this weekend and check the new space out.
11-07-2019 10:28 AM
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Expect large crowds at the Veil in Norfolk this weekend. The opening has been hyped quite a bit. I'm looking forward to getting by there the week of Thanksgiving when I'm back in town.
11-08-2019 01:11 PM
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I dig anything to do with coolships so I guess this makes the list
11-08-2019 10:29 PM
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Consume Life. Drink Art. So says Adroit Theory of Purcellville. I was out that way today and I stopped in for a few. Yowie wowie.

First and foremost, definitely an Uber/Lyft/need a stone-sober DD trip. (Average ABV for their darker beers is 8%+) They don't do sampler flights but they will sell you individual 4oz pours (in a classy little snifter). Those servings are good if you have some free time and want to run the gauntlet of their offerings. They'll sell you a 10oz or 16oz of even the strongest stuff, which kinda scares me. I indulged in a 16oz of the B/A/Y/S and a 4oz of the oreo cookie BlVcK Celebration variant while I was in.

I have never doubted the quality of Adroit Theory in my limited sampling experience of their products, and they reaffirm their trustworthiness with their fresh offerings. B/A/Y/S is an imperial stout with a touch of raw, unrefined bite and I have cherished it through the years. I hadn't consumed BlVck Celebration in a long time but this time was a special one with the oreo variant. Sweet, decadent, and delicious. Adroit Theory brings me back to the beginning of my craft beer journey, chasing those intense flavors and high ABVs. Makes me feel young again, ya know?

They had a saison and a kolsch available and I initially passed on them to pursue the nostalgia of the darker beers, but I had a sip of a friend's 4oz of both. Good stuff. Their kolsch has a touch of honey to the finish and their saison leans heavy on the peppery phenolic notes. Not the sort of thing I'd go there for, but certainly passable offerings for someone not into dark beer or IPAs.

I didn't get much into their lighter offerings while I was there, which means I missed out on all the Illusion of Safety variants that they had. After my IoS disaster years ago, I have been cautious with anything fruity with sediment in the bottle. I still stay away from such things now, but some of my drinking companions were quite positive about the merits of this batch of IoS. If I can find it on tap somewhere local, maybe I will reconsider my stance.
11-09-2019 10:47 PM
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(11-08-2019 01:11 PM)Fatmonarch Wrote:  Expect large crowds at the Veil in Norfolk this weekend. The opening has been hyped quite a bit. I'm looking forward to getting by there the week of Thanksgiving when I'm back in town.

It was very busy but since they have a bar on each of the 3 floors, a table outside and separate lines for food and to-go beer, the lines moved pretty fast. They did a great job with customer service too.

This place will be rocking more often than not. It's convenient to Ghent, not far from OConnors, next to Handsome Biscuit and Toast and there are apartment buildings being built all around the neighborhood. Should be cool to see the area around it grow the next few years.
11-11-2019 09:25 AM
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Anyone have a good recommendation for a rye beer? I've been doing some research on adjunct grains and rye has always been a favorite of mine. I've had some Rye IPAs (Schlafly and Laughing Dog being the better ones) and the occasional generic rye ale (Atlas Rowdy was really the only one). Old Ox Black Ox was eye-opening as far as rye in dark beers. And of course Boulevard's Rye on Rye, which is one of the most profound beer experiences that I have ever had.
11-16-2019 09:51 PM
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I split a growler of Scaldis Noel with a two other enthusiasts last night and I can report that this year's iteration is fantastic. Had a snifter, a decent cigar, and a rousing discussion about the state of Belgian beer. Fruity, strong, and smooth. Still have to get my hands on some Prestige and Peche Mel sometime.
11-30-2019 07:16 PM
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Do yourselves a favor and acquire some Benchtop Altbier. This stuff is sensational.
12-06-2019 07:21 PM
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Throwing a quick plug for Hardywood's Gingerbread Stout. I'm not normally a stout guy but that stuff is fantastic.
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