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CHAOS Beer Advent Calendar

UPDATE:

Let's all have the beer at the clubhouse fro the party this Saturday,
and we'll do the divvying up during the party!!!

If you can't make the party just put your case under the airhockey table upstairs with a
DO NOT DRINK FOR ADVENT CALENDAR sign on it and your name 

 

 

Here's the concept...

Twenty-four of us buy a case a beer that costs between $30-$50, we take all the cases and divide the beers up so each person gets a bottle of each.  We randomize it and put a number on each one, and we all drink a beer a day for 24 days from December 1 - 24.

So we don't all buy the same beer, here's a link to a Google Form to sign up and put the name of the case of beer you're going to supply ( or put it's a surprise and we'll hope for the best ) 

https://goo.gl/forms/mF2m9a1yTan8JMVW2

If we don't get 24 people to sign up....with 12 people we can do 2 of each beer

Here's a link to see the responses of who and which beers - https://goo.gl/FJahQu

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We can't see what others are

We can't see what others are buying, so how will we know if we're buying the same beer as someone else?

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I'm in  

I'm in

 

"Give a man a beer, and he will waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and he will waste a lifetime!" Bill Owen

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Added the link so you can see

Added the link so you can see responses above

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Thank you!! I'm going to

Thank you!! I'm going to browse at Binny's to decide. 

Kyle N
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What about homebrew?

What about homebrew?

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I would rather it not be

I would rather it not be homebrew

"Give a man a beer, and he will waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and he will waste a lifetime!" Bill Owen

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Yeah, you're kinda right now

Yeah, you're kinda right now that I think about it. 

 

Jeff W
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Yeah, that could ruin

Yeah, that could ruin Christmas pretty quickly....

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what about four of the same 6

what about four of the same 6-packs between $7.50 and $12.50 each? 

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I’m in! Will sign up TBD and

I’m in! Will sign up TBD and see what I can find. Neat idea!

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I think four six packs or six

I think four six packs or six four packs will be what most of us have to do for a case. There isn't much decent beer sold as a 24 pack...

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Oh man, and here I'm sitting

Oh man, and here I'm sitting with my 30 rack of Natty 'cause I wanted 6 extra beers! 

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Natty Ice or Natty Boh

Natty Ice or Natty Boh Christmas lager?

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Who's got the Zima?

Who's got the Zima?

The emperor is not as forgiving as i am

Kyle N
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Bill, we all know the answer

Bill, we all know the answer to that question. 

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bumping this...we need a

bumping this...we need a couple more!

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I'm in, just gotta figure out

I'm in, just gotta figure out what I'm gonna get! 

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I'm in. Hitting Benny's

I'm in. Hitting Benny's tomorrow 

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Got mine. Are you guys ok if

Got mine. Are you guys ok if we open it (slightly) to outsiders? I may have a couple guys at work that would be interested. I can get in touch with them separately and see if I can get some takers. Would be awesome if we could get to 24...

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Absolutely! We definitely

Absolutely! We definitely need to open this up to friends.

Kyle N
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What's the status with this?

What's the status with this? Are we bringing this on Saturday and dividing up then? 

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I’m not able to make it but

I’m not able to make it but picked up my case yesterday. I’ll keave it under the air hockey table. 

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You guys have an air hockey

You guys have an air hockey table now!?  GAWD!

The emperor is not as forgiving as i am

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You'd be surprised at the

You'd be surprised at the money we save when we don't have to pay H1B registration fees anymore....;)

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If we come in under our

If we come in under our immigrant quota, we get a yearly bonus. This year, air hockey table. If we stay under our quota for next year, we get tiki torches.

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I'm getting my beer this

I'm getting my beer this afternoon, so I actually might copy Chuck's idea and maybe get two 12 packs instead for some variety. I couldn't get the Kinslahger due to availability, so I'll be stopping at Buckledown today and get some of theirs as well as maybe their new IPA. 

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That's a great idea. I'll try

That's a great idea. I'll try to do a 12 of Old Jubulation and a 12 of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

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Got mine, Deschutes Jubelale

Got mine, Deschutes Jubelale

Kyle N
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While we do have a meeting

While we do have a meeting tonight, this is the friendly reminder that the 12 unique beers starts today.

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I was actually going to bring

I was actually going to bring this up at the meeting! I can't remember: Are we starting with the Bell's Xmas or the Pilsner?

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I have it written on my box,

I have it written on my box, which is at home. So I don't know. I actually tried to delete my comment because it might start tomorrow since 13th-24th is actually 12 days. 

There may have been some mild intoxication when we were figuring all this out. 

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I have it written on my box,

I have it written on my box, which is at home. So I don't know. I actually tried to delete my comment because it might start tomorrow since 13th-24th is actually 12 days. 

There may have been some mild intoxication when we were figuring all this out. 

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December 12 - Fritz

December 12 - Fritz

December 13 - Xavier

December 14 - Fistmas

December 15 - Old Jubilation

December 16 - Anchor 16

December 17 - Anchor 17

December 18 - Sierra Nevada

December 19 - Great Lakes oatmeal

December 20 - Great Lakes christmas

December 21 - maple stout

December 22 - Deschutes Jubelale

December 23 - Ayinger Celebrator

December 24 - Bell’s Christmas

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You da real MVP

You da real MVP

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Damn, well done! 

Damn, well done! 

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Thoughts so far y'all? I'm a

Thoughts so far y'all? I'm a little behind but it's Friday so I'm catching up. Today's beer, the Old Jubilation.
 

December 15

Avery Brewing Co. - Old Jubilation Ale

8.3% ABV

 
Aroma 10/12

  • Sweet malt aroma. Aroma has dark, caramel, dried fruits, mostly raisins.
  • Some esters, some spicy hops

Appearance 3/3

  • Dark amber with a ruby red glow under the light. Light tan foam head sticks to the glass.

Flavor 15/20

  • Caramel malt and brown sugar taste, light earthy bitterness on the finish.
  • Taste is a mellowed malty sweetness with dark fruit layered throughout.
  • Spicy hops balance well with the malt.

Mouthfeel 3/5

  • Light body and carbonation. Low creaminess, no astringency.

Overall Impression 6/10

  • Sorry Jeff, I know this is one of your favorites of the season. I think this is a pretty average beer with a nice smell but the flavor is not all that good.
  • Overall this beer wasn't bad. I'd drink it again but it wasn't something I'd crave.

Total 37/50

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December 14

December 14

Revolution Brewing - Fistmas Holiday Ale

6.5% ABV can filled 11/1/17

 
Aroma 12/12

  • Fruity hop aroma leads, followed by pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Sweet bready aromas, like a baked gingerbread cookie.

Appearance 3/3

  • Golden-red, brilliantly clear, with a medium-light tan head that thins and dissipates fairly quickly.

Flavor 18/20

  • Taste of lemon zest, caramel, bread, pine, light ginger.
  • Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish
  • Nice flavor balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors. Great malt/hop balance and no cloying flavors after the finish.

Mouthfeel 4/5

  • Medium carbonation and body. Smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel is nice. It’s like it sticks around to remind me I want another sip.

Overall Impression 8/10

  • Overall this is a damn nice spiced pale ale style — paler than I would expect for a red ale but it works. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors. Very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Total 45/50

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Ha! And, I wasn't a fan of

Ha! And, I wasn't a fan of Fistmas! I did enjoy the Buckle down IPA, though!

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December 16

December 16

Anchor Brewing - Our Special Ale 2016

6.5% ABV

 
Aroma 10/12

  • Dark fruity licorice, chocolate, light coffee

Appearance 2/3

  • Dark brown with a thin brown head. Medium clarity.

Flavor 16/20

  • The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of chocolate and nutty malts. Hints of toffee, and bits of cinnamon and roasted malts. 
  • Although there is only a faint amount of bitterness, there are enough underlying hops to mask all but faint amounts of sweetness.

Mouthfeel 3/5

  • Medium thin body. Medium high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel has a slight amount of smoothness and the finish has a bit of dryness.

Overall Impression 7/10

  • Reminds me of chocolate Coca Cola, slightly creamier, in beer form. Then add licorice, and you’re there.
  • Flavors are good, and relatively unique for an Xmas ale, but if I am craving the licorice flavor I’d prefer a 4 Elf by Dark Horse for its better body.

Total 38/50

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December 17

December 17

Anchor Brewing - Our Special Ale 2017

6.7% ABV

 
Aroma 11/12

Comment on malt, hops, esters, and other aromatics

  • It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, very little if any seasonal spice, a bit of woodsy char. Some musty hops and some fruity esters.

Appearance 3/3

  • Dark brown with a fluffy brown head. Medium clarity. More lacing on the glass than the '16.

Flavor 18/20

  • Roasty taste lingers into the aftertaste. Bready caramel malt, medium chocolate, no Christmas spice…maybe just a bit of cinnamon but whatever spice is just there in service of the base beer and no more.
  • Faint estery yeast. Weak leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel 5/5

  • Adequate carbonation, medium body, low creaminess. Very smooth though. Fairly dry finish, with warm lingering flavors.

Overall Impression 9/10

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  • I don’t get much if any seasonal Christmas spice from this beer. Tastes to me like just a very very solid stout with no fuss. Which is harder to find these days. 

Total 46/50

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