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HeBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale
June 28, 2013, 5:01 pm
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orangey-caramel with four-finger thick head. Herb. Pepper. Grass. Grapefruit. Pronounced hops aftertaste, but not overpowering. Sweetness as it warms. Drinkable, but not great.

Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale
April 26, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Slightly cloudy orange-amber with a small two-finger head. Grapefruit citrusy with pronounced bitterness at the end. Hint of vanilla. Syrup as the beer warms, but the bitter nip does not go away. Enjoyable and very well-balanced despite pronounced taste. Another of the “standard” craft pale ales.

anything by F Scott Fitzgerald is good
December 6, 2008, 1:01 am
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

October 3, 2008, 12:33 pm
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This beer has a 8.5% alcohol content as shown on the label, so I was quite surprised because beers usually come in at 5%. It certainly packed a more powerful punch than other beers, even though it is an ale, not stout. I checked the website and realised that the beer is fermented three times, which explains the elevated alcohol content. The added fermentation seemed to have added depth and complexity to the beer, which is very welcome. The Belgian really do know how to do their beer well. Hoergaarden is a wheat beer while Duvel is made of barley. I can’t describe the difference in taste exactly but its there for sure. The beer also had more head than usual beers, which is probably attributable to the added fermentation. All in all an excellent beer that rivals Hoergaarden. I will keep this brand in mind.

McCandless’ letter
August 21, 2008, 9:57 am
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This moved me greatly. The more I read about him the more I agree with what he has to say and what he stands for. This is potentially life changing. I shall quote his letter to Ron Franz in full here. Read the letter, than read it another time. Take the time to let its contents soak into your brain, and its wisdom diffuse through the vessels in your brain, hardened by the stifling confines of bare rationality and sterile practicality.

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Rum, pirate’s pleasure
August 9, 2008, 9:02 am
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The joys of rum!

I tried rum three different ways today: rum with belgian dark chocolate Haagen Daaz ice cream, rum with port and rum with coke. All were EXCELLENT. I think it is largely because rum is primarily sweet-based, so it blended well with all the other things. I guess it is only human to like sweet-tasting things so rum is a easy hard liquer to dig. The weapon: Mount Gay Eclipse.

Rum with port was an exhilarating experience (note: not intense!). The strength of the rum came first before the tannic and nutty aftertaste of port finished the drink. It was pretty damn alcoholic so I only had quarter a wine glass of it.

The ice cream combined really well with the rum. Since the ice cream was made of dark chocolate, it was sweet with a mild bitter aftertaste. The rum accentuated the bitterness and its alcohol content made the dessert a lot richer by giving it that slight bit of class and head.

I think I will grow to love rum. MUAHAHAHAHA burp

May 1, 2007, 5:44 am
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