As some of you may know that I belong to a Buffalo Beer Advocate tasting group.  The group has been getting bigger over the past year and we’ve accumulated a pretty solid group of great guys and beer nerds.  Last night we had a huge gathering as we were only missing Scott Jr. (who was in Las Vegas) and The Fuj (who had some sort of weak excuse) but we welcomed the addition of three new guys into the fold. The group typically gets together every 5-6 weeks for a bottle share of some sort and at times, gets together for some sort of themed tasting.  Occasionally, the themes can get a little strange or sound really weird but gets pulled off with ease. (ie. A weird theme was suggested during this gathering, an Infected Bottle share).

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Before…

At the time this picture was snapped, it was before the last stragglers had arrived but it should give you an idea of what a Blind Bottle share looks like.

As you can see, there were a ton of great bottles cracked open.

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…and after…

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…and after…

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…and after.

Here is the run down of everything that was opened last night and in no particular order:

  • Fantome de Noel (2011 Version) (BEL) ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 10.0% ABV
  • Cortland Beer Company Bourbon Barrel Aged Flight Level 410 (NY) ~English Barleywine ~ 10.0% ABV
  • Cigar City Guava Grove (FL) ~ Saison/Farmhouse ~ 8.0% ABV
  • Cigar City Guava Groove (FL) ~ Saison/Farmhouse ~ 8.0% ABV
  • Cigar City Leon (FL) ~ English Barleywine ~ 13.0% ABV
  • Cigar City Cognac Barrel Aged Church on a Hill (FL) ~ English Barleywine ~ 13.0% ABV
  • Deschutes Brewing Black Butte XXIV (CO) ~ American Porter ~ 11.0% ABV
  • Cantillon Classic Gueuze (BEL) ~ Gueuze ~ 5.0% ABV
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers  (NY) ~ Quadruple ~ 9.8% ABV
  • Stone Brewing Old Guardian (CA) ~ American Barleywine ~ 12.0% ABV
  • Victory Brewing Otto (PA) ~ Smoked Beer ~ 8.1% ABV 
  • Avery Czar Imperial Stout (CO) ~ Russian Imperial Stout ~ 10.5% ABV
  • Custom Brew Crafters XV Anniversary Ale (NY) ~ American Double/Imperial IPA ~ 8.50% ABV
  • Alesmith Brewing X (CA) ~ American Pale Ale ~ 5.0% ABV
  • Block 15 Brewery Figgy Pudding (OR) ~ English Strong Ale ~ 11.0% ABV 
  • Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout (ON) ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ 8.0% ABV
  • Gigantic Brewing The City Never Sleeps (OR) ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 7.8% ABV 
  • Rogue Brewing Santa’s Private Reserve (OR) ~ American Amber/Red Ale ~ 6.0% ABV
  • Clown Shoes Flight of the Pimp Brash (MA) ~ American Strong Ale ~ 10.0% ABV
  • Long Ireland + Blind Bat Collaberation Saison (NY) ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 6.6% ABV
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Gingerbread Stout (VA) ~ Milk/Sweet Stout ~ 9.2% ABV
  • Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale (OR) ~ Lambic – Fruit ~ 8.5% ABV
  • Cascade Brewing Blueberry Ale (OR) ~ American Wild Ale ~ 7.3% ABV
  • Cascade Brewing Strawberry Ale (OR) ~ American Wild Ale ~ 7.3% ABV
  • Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus (CA) ~ American Wild Ale ~ 7.0% ABV
  • Surly Darkness 2011 (MN) ~ Russian Imperial Stout ~ 11.3% ABV
  • Mustang Brewing Brandy’s Imperial Sundae (OK) ~ American Porter ~ 9.1% ABV
  • Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist (UT) ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ 11.8% ABV
  • Bootleggers Mountain Meadow (CA) ~ American Pale Ale ~ 5.5% ABV
  • Allagash Brewing Prince Tuesday (ME) ~ Belgian IPA ~ 8.1% ABV 
  • Voodoo Brewing Black Magick (PA) ~ American Double/Impeial Stout ~ 15.0% ABV
  • Flying Bison Rusty Chain (NY) ~ American Amber/Red Ale ~ 5.0% ABV
  • Harvester Brewing Pale Ale (OR) ~ American Pale Ale ~ 5.8% ABV
  • Harvester Brewing IPA (OR) ~ American IPA ~ 5.8% ABV
  • Rodenbach Vin de Cereale (BEL) ~ Flanders Red Ale ~ 10.0% ABV
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