Discussion in 'The Guru's Pub' started by John, Nov 15, 2012.
An early-bird Merry Xmas to everyone on these grand forums.
You wont get in anywhere outside England, i doubt u can get it everywhere in england either, but i cant say no to a good old pint of Gem by Bath Ales!
Already tasted all the special christmas brews that the local Alko had
finished the Balvenie and Old Pulteney last night, bought a bottle of new edition Tobermory 10yo. epic stuff. fantastic whisky, so complex, very fruity. non chill filtered, no caramel, bottled at 46.3%. really recommend this, the best whisky I've ever tried for around £30.
edit: just got given a bottle of Aalborg Taffel Akvavit. now, how do I drink that? bit of water?
Oh, nice, akevitt! Super traditional Scandinavian spirit which we drink during Christmas, typically to fatty foods. We always drink akevitt to our Christmas dinners at home. Note that there are different types of akevitt and how you drink it would depend on type and traditions. We drink it straight, no added water and under no circumstances is it shotted! Snip from Wiki:
Interesting article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akvavit
I think it's delicious and highly underrated. Christmas without akevitt = no Christmas at all.
A decent haul
Roll on the brewdog delivery.
some good stuff there. enjoy
yep, just had this confirmed by someone from this forum, who is also Norwegian. with fatty food, room temperature, sip it away. good to know, thanks
Picked up a bunch of beers that I placed an order on in November at my local Vinmonopolet. Several of these I didnd't think they would be able to get for me, but they did!
2x Haandbryggeriet Nissefar: 7% ABV, Old Ale (Norway). Despite doing very well (won several of last years' tests), I've never gotten my hands on it before. Finally!
2x Haandbryggeriet Bestefar: 9% ABV, Traditional Ale (Norway). This years test winner in all the Christmas beer tests I've seen. Can't WAIT to try this one out!
2x Nøgne Ø God Jul: 8,5% ABV, American Strong Ale (Norway). Previous years this has been my favourite Christmas brew. A classic with lots of delicious Chritmas taste.
1x Nøgne Ø/Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter: 9% ABV, Imperial/Strong Porter (Norway/USA). Not a Christmas brew at all, however this is a limited run and I had to get one before they're gone. A rye porter from a Nøgne Ø/Terrapin Beer Company collaboration, supposedly excellent (no surprises there!).
2x Nøgne Ø Two Captains: 8,5% ABV, Imperial/double IPA (Norway). Nope, not a Christmas brew either, but IPA goes extremely well with some types of very salty traditional Norwegian Christmas food (pinnekjøtt, or literally "stick meat). The bitterness adds this incredible synergy! This is also one of my very favourite IPA's in general.
I think that concludes my Christmas brew shopping for this year. In addition to all this my brother is bringing with him for me for Christmas 1x HaandBryggeriet Nissemor, one more bottle of HaandBryggeriet Bestefar, 1x Ringnes/Brooklyn Brewery Stella Polaris (another Norwegian/American collaboration brew. Doppelbock, 10% ABV) and 2x more Nøgne Ø God Jul. I had him buy this before I knew I would be able to get my hands on all of them locally except Nissemor.
I'm not quite sure how I'll be able to taste them all over the short holiday... Might have to store some for next year! Now to toss all receipts before I realise how much I've spent on all this.
I shall do this in advance, Merry Christmas everyone
Just got myself a bottle of Remy VSOP, £25 in Tesco, bargain. So now I have...
1x Remy Martin VSOP
1x Dow's Finest Reserve Port
1x AAlborg Taffel Akvavit
1x Russian Standard Vodka
1x Jack Daniels
1.5x Glendronach 15YO Revival
1x Deanstons 12YO
Will probably add more to it, maybe another Russian Standard or another JD. Happy xmas all
I have drank few bottles of that already, drank it at the local pub, about a week a go, dunno if there is any left atm. Some might still be at Alko and I got few at the fridge.
You better not be drinking Nissefar at fridge temp! That's just a waste of a good beer.
Not really tasted much Christmas beer yet, I've been holding off until I go home, which happens to be at thursday this week. From that day forward beer will be had. Every day.
I'm not drinking it at fridge temp, let it warm up a bit just like red wine Still, it's not at room temp.
Yep, "cellar temp" is usually perfect for these, ie between 8 and 14c.
I would say that Ales are better at higher temp. between 12-14C is what the standard in the UK is. Brings out the flavor more. But then again, we're all different. 8-12C is lager temp over here in the UK.
Yes, but since most of these beers are "sippers", bringing them out at a lower temp is better since it'll take longer for them to reach room temp (and seriously noticing how the taste changes while it heats up is awesome!). A lager you'll usually drink quite quickly, while an imp. stout or similar heavy ales you can easily sip on for an hour or two. Anyways, yes cellars are rather cold here at this time of the year. I don't have a cellar, so I store my beer in my bedroom which is usually between 8 and 12c at this time of the year.
ok, that makes sense, I've never really gotten into the strong ales, but it makes sense to drink them slow and see the transformation.
Bought a bottle of Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout, might drink it today