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Upon returning from Mexico (no I didn’t blog during my trip, I wrote up my reviews well in advance and set up queuing for posts daily at noon), I received another box o’goodies acquired through trade. Some notables include Melange A Trois from Nebraska Brewing Company (I just had to try this beer from my home state), Cygnus X-1 Porter from a local brewery in St Paul, and an Abyss 2010 Reserve (a #5 Beeradvocate rated beer, which I will not drink until after November 2011 for optimal taste). I do have an Abyss 2008 Reserve in my cellar that I plan on trying out next month. Fourth is an Old Ruffian Barley wine-style ale from Great Divide (#61 top rated beer).
I also received several cans of beer from the Surly Brewing Co. in Minnesota. The Abrasive Ale is ranked #55 by Beeradvocate and Furious #29 respectively. Very difficult beers to acquire unless you know someone who could hook you up in Minnesota. Yes, I know they’re canned beer, but supposedly good. Looking forward to trying those out.
Saved the best part for last, I *finally* received my most wanted domestic beer, a Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Style Imperial Stout (#14 BA and #4 Ratebeer). Check out the gnarly green wax that flows from the top of the bottle! Abyss has exactly the same thing going on as well.
Well, it took some wheeling and dealing to acquire most of the world’s top rated and/or highly recommended beers over a span of four to five months. I am going to stay pat with my now extremely short wishlist of about 10 beers as my beer cellar has reached maximum capacity for the time being. I will continue posting beer reviews however. My auto blog queue is already booked until the first week of February as I have gone through several bottles rather quickly in the past month. My postings will probably slow down as I coordinate several tastings over the next few months and will try to limit my beer consumption to a very reasonable number per week health- and wife- permitting. 😉