Emperor Norton Memorial Tasting Society January 30th, 2011

This learned group is dedicated to tasting beers that are difficult to obtain in Central Virginia, or have been cellared into rarity.  The majority of these brews will be commercial, but occasionally homebrewed beers will appear if they make sense within the night’s theme, or prove a nice segue between selections.

As usual, coherent notes are not expected to arise from these scholarly sessions.

This second January meeting of the year 2011 had the theme of “dark” beers. Apparently vagueness is not an obstacle for this intrepid and thirsty group. We drank a myriad of stouts and lived to tell the tale.

Emperor Norton is dead. Long live Emperor Norton.

The January 30th, 2011 docket included:

Herbell Brewing Fox in the Snow
Barlow Brewing Rice Burner
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Biere
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2008
Three Floyds Black Sun 2009
Three Floyds Black Sun 2010
Upland Teddy Bear Kisses
New England Imperial Stout Trooper 2009
New England Imperial Stout Trooper 2010
Goose Island Night Stalker
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout 2007
Founders Breakfast Stout 2009
Founders Breakfast Stout 2010
Deschutes The Abyss 2009
Deschutes The Abyss 2010
Surly Darkness 2010
Founders Backwoods Bastard

For me, the winners of the night were the Goose Island Night Stalker, the Surly Darkness 2010, and the Deschutes The Abyss 2009.  I had heard that the ’09 Abyss had gotten a brettanomyces infection, and it had. But it made it glorious.


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