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Ratio Beerworks Genius Wizard is an ambitious Colorado venture into ultra casking

@ratiobeerworks has thrown their hat into the increasingly crowded realm of Denver beer. I continue to love that city and their generous populace. Here we have Genius Wizard, an ultra casked 2 year imperial stout. It is relatively thin but not in a Baltic Porter way, more akin to a continental European execution. Roast and skoal, anise and molasses dominate. The saturation on the oak profile is excessive and at colder temps presents a mild astringency. It’s pretty good but lacks the heft to support such an ambitious oak profile and I think the 12 month version of this would provide more of a Goldilocks approach to what they are attempting. In all, pretty good, albeit not brownie paradigm shifting. #stout #cobeer #rarebeer #instabeer #colorado

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Booker’s 30th anniversary is incredible, cost of entry notwithstanding

It seemed like just yesterday Booker’s used to turd it up for $49 and now regular old rocket fuel ⛽️ Noesauce is $80+. And like a Metamucil fetishist, there’s far fewer dumps but they are more consistent. Then Booker’s 25th came along and people started getting wise to my old workhorse bourbon. B25 is one of my top ten favorite bourbons ever so imagine my nutsack elasticity when I heard five years had already passed: Booker’s 30 was here. People went into vapor lock when b25 was $110 but lick the staves in reverence to drop almost double that for b30, or quadruple that secondary. The machine of excess and diminishing returns hums along. Call bud light because I’m pretty sure they put corn 🌽 in this. I traded a 2015 Lot B for this and have zero regrets because it is exceptional and LOL to actually opening a Lot B amirite. The first pour of this lit up my chest like ET but subsequent drams have been amazing. This new bourbon was put together by mingling 9-year-old (70% of the blend) and 16-year-old (30% of the blend) but we are almost in a state where age statements don’t even indicate sheer quality thanks to Diageo. The 125pf drinks thinner and gentler than even the knob creek special releases, Darjeeling tea, peanut brittle, red hots, leather and construction paper, with a dry depth that feels like it’s old enough to vote. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with a hot tamales and nutmeg aspect. If GTS is a sinewy jock, this is its artistic younger brother. It swings harder than the bottles in the same realm let alone complete overhyped bottles like eagle rare 17 or Saz18 that cost twice as much. Some of y’all never grew up drinking cask strength Booker’s and it shows. #bookers #bourbon #anniversary #juice #whiskey #corn

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Batch 34 is a top 3 episode of Malt Couture for me.

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I usually give you a recap of the episode as a sizzle reel, but this batch of @maltcoutureddb is probably top 3 for me. Nathan playing flag football, smoking crack at Characters, Matt Garcia from @homagebrewing as Rachel Leigh Cook: that’s the first 15 mins, and the @prairieales madness made for such a ridiculous episode. If you are here for the memes and never listen to the pod, this episode is damn good. Link in bio. #podcast #beer #craftbeer #rarebeer #instabeer #okbeer #comedy

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Prairie Big Deborah Pushes the Pastry Model Beyond Florida to its Logical Conclusion

These @prairieales DAWG bottles tend to be consistently ape shit. 🦍 the introduction of free for all additions has led to some truly ridiculous beers where chunks are the norm and floaters are de rigeur. While not as thiccc as the likes of Angry Chair [rip everyone laying outside their brewery this morning] the sheer crushing reliance on additives makes them push the envelope even further. It’s almost like there was no professional overseer guiding guy pushing peeps and combos and pretzels into those tragic staves. This beer was so intense in every direction of the flavor wheel you would need either an incredible black patent bitter offset or a lengthy

casking to add any semblance of balance to these punchline blends.

The beer drinks like melted moose tracks ice cream. I mean that in a literal sense, that dairy swish and cling, the viscosity of Quik, the completely masking of any beer tastes. The entire affair reminds me of corporate chain fast casual dining where they invariably have a milkshake with kahlua or baileys added. It’s like, you clearly don’t like the taste of alcohol and aren’t trying to actually drink, just have a sundae. You don’t need to get an HJ and ride a Ducati at the same time. Both are valid experiences and we don’t need to conflate this Coldstone cunnilingus. #icecream #beer #floats #rarebeer #oklahoma #barreaged #okbeer #beerreview #instabeer #beerstagram

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Dark Sky Brewing Parallax: Arizona using cask strength to update old classics

@dark_sky_brewing is another moving part in the fantastic modernization of the Arizona beer scene and this is the best beer that I have had from them. Their stouts are robust and finish clean, even too svelte for some tastes. This neg in the batterworld is a fantastic quality for their barrel aged quad. Tipping the scales at a lithe 9.5%, it remains entirely drinkable and aligns gracefully with the ester and yeasty profile of those transatlantic gems from two decades ago. The phenolic VTEC kicks in at higher temps and you get waves of dark fruit, figs, prunes, fruit leather, currant and a nice old fashioned swallow that increasingly seeks to dock in the barleywine port of call. The carb has great sustain and you can smash this with careless Belgian abandon. There isn’t exactly a huge segment of competition for barrel aged quads, so when one comes along and pulls together the classic nanner and yeast profile and reconciles it with cask aged depth, the result is awesome and noteworthy. If you enjoyed the likes of @centralwaters bb quad or @voodoobrewery ba quadfather, you are in capable Arizonan sunburned hands with this offering. #quad #4×4 #belgium #azbeer #arizonabeer #beerizona #instabeer #beerstagram #beernerd #barleywineislife #dryjanuary #smashbros