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Alesmith Barrel Aged Grand Cru

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by mmikey8, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    Tickets go on sale April 22nd. I'm not a HUGE fan of reg. Grand Cru, but this one sounds worth seeking out - just wish it didn't break the wallet :eek:

    Barrel Aged Grand Cru is our Belgian-Style Ale that has been matured in American and French oak red wine barrels for a year to add layers of complexity to its rich flavor profile of dark fruit and Belgian caramel malts. The oak and red wine flavors imparted by the barrel-aging process blend seamlessly with subtle hints of raisin, plum, and bittersweet chocolate from the beer!
  2. Is this the only one releasing this time around? Really hoping they bottle the Vietnamese speedway soon
    dianimal and getinked like this.
  3. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (510) California Dec 21, 2011 Verified

    Finally an Anvil newsletter I wasn't excited about!!! My wallet was relieved.
  4. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    Yes, only 1 release this time around :( . I'm hoping Vietnamese gets bottled as well and released SOON! Would be awesome if they are Barrel aging it..
  5. heatwaves

    heatwaves Savant (430) California Oct 17, 2009 Verified

    I really like Grand Cru, but I'm not sure how I feel about the red wine barrels. Seems like an odd choice for the flavor profile of Grand Cru. That being said, I will be buying three.
    vissai and xgeneralzodx like this.
  6. heatwaves

    heatwaves Savant (430) California Oct 17, 2009 Verified

    I'm pretty sure that this is racist.
  7. Anyone able to say what is on at the tasting room presently?
  8. Tieman

    Tieman Aficionado (245) California Oct 16, 2007 Verified

    I'm pretty sure when I stopped in on Sunday they listed a cask of vanilla nut brown getting tapped today.
  9. cocoapuph

    cocoapuph Savant (460) California Mar 4, 2011 Verified

    Also BA Numbskull
    leschkie likes this.
  10. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,070) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Verified

    I'll be skipping this one meself. Still, I do like to see that Alesmith is playing around with red wine barrel aging. This bodes well for the future.
  11. Grant35

    Grant35 Savant (315) California Jul 7, 2012

    Wait, what?!!! BA numbskull is on tap right now???
  12. cocoapuph

    cocoapuph Savant (460) California Mar 4, 2011 Verified

    From FB today: Nut Brown Ale with Vanilla is on the beer engine today! Plus, we've tapped one more keg of Barrel Aged Old Numbskull to put on tap (tasters only until it's gone), we've got Lactic Lil' Devil back on tap and Wee Heavy is on nitro! All in limited quantities... hurry on by before you miss out!
    dianimal and Grant35 like this.
  13. Grant35

    Grant35 Savant (315) California Jul 7, 2012

  14. xnicknj

    xnicknj Advocate (740) Pennsylvania May 25, 2009

    This would be flat out ridiculous. I cant wait for the BA Vietnamese vs BCBCS vs KBS threads.
    Beerandraiderfan likes this.
  15. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Savant (265) California Feb 9, 2011 Verified

    Please do not insult Speedway variations with comparisons to KBS
    SageO, gshak, dman5400 and 5 others like this.
  16. JMagee

    JMagee Aficionado (225) New York Jan 2, 2013 Verified

    Hey Jack...hey.
  17. is it weird that when I hear Vietnamese Speedway all I picture is stout with Pho flavors in it? and I am ok with that.

    ok sorry... now back on topic.
  18. For some reason, they pulled the Lactic Lill' Devil off. Not sure if they ran out or if something else was going on, but since it was around 4:30 that I noticed this I suspect it is the case of the latter. They did put up a new Speedway variant in its place - Speedway with Arabian Mocha Java coffee. I liked this one - strong coffee kick without the lingering bitterness.

    The nitro Wee Heavy sucks, by the way. It's awful. Save yourselves and don't get any. I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and work on it myself.
    cocoapuph likes this.
  19. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    You would be mistaken. It's a glorious creamed coffee aroma and smell.
    dman5400 likes this.
  20. haha ya I know, I also know Pho flavored beer would be weird as hell.... but judging by the reviews it sounds absolutely splendid...
  21. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Advocate (550) Illinois Jun 12, 2012 Verified

    Anyone got a link? Brown paper tickets I assume?
  22. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

  23. ISO: Growler of Vietnamese Speedway (if its still on tap)
  24. Is it so difficult to follow a Facebook page? This isn't exactly secret information.
  25. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poobah (1,030) California Nov 29, 2006 Verified

    But how are the flavor and the taste?
    mrkrispy and Etan like this.
  26. MikeTen

    MikeTen Initiate (0) California Apr 3, 2009

    Like pho, obviously.

    Barrel-aged Grand Cru, pass. What a meh beer. It's going to taste infected like BA Decadence 08.
  27. A) I rarely use Facebook
    B) Vietnamese speedway hasn't been mentioned by them on Facebook since March 12
    C) I apologize if my post bugged you. Seriously
    YogiBeer, 1up and Beerandraiderfan like this.
  28. B: There is a reason for that - it isn't up. And usually when it is up, it is only for 4 oz. tasters because it is a pin keg. Very seldom they allow "grumbler" fills, but I've never ever seen them fill growlers of it. Think you'll need to wait for the bottle release.

    C: I wasn't bugged. I was incredulous that information that is readily available wasn't being heeded. Even if it wasn't clear, all you'd have to do is ask on their page.
  29. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

  30. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poobah (1,065) California Jan 4, 2013 Verified

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  31. Sorry, it wasn't that at all. Just me being snarky.
  32. PG2G

    PG2G Advocate (705) California Dec 26, 2011 Verified

    I actually got a grumbler of Vietnamese Speedway in Feb when I went down to pick up my Kopi Luwak and BA Old Knumbskull.
  33. vacax

    vacax Advocate (675) California Jun 3, 2008 Verified

    Interesting thought, the last bottle of that I had was absolutely incredible. I may have to buy these.
  34. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Savant (395) California Feb 14, 2011

    I have an extra BAkopi speedway stout. If someone in San Diego has an extra 2010 or 2011 Black Tuesday I would be willing to do an in person trade. If its 2011 I would need an extra bonus like a package of pop rocks or a burnt copy of Tyler the creator's Goblin cd
  35. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poobah (1,065) California Jan 4, 2013 Verified

  36. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Someone fall on this grenade and report back please.
    Beerandraiderfan likes this.
  37. You don't see this ending well, eh?

    They are having the release party this coming Sunday. You could go by for a taster and limit your exposure. I suspect the keg will probably not be kicked and will still be around the following Tuesday, but I've been wrong before when assuming stuff like that.
  38. heatwaves

    heatwaves Savant (430) California Oct 17, 2009 Verified

    For the amount of quality beers that Alesmith churns out, it's puzzling that this one isn't being given the benefit of the doubt before anyone has actually tasted it.
    SageO likes this.
  39. It's still available for sale.
  40. Big_V

    Big_V Advocate (535) Maryland Nov 30, 2012 Verified

    One of my favorite brewery. Difficult to get from east coast. :(