Let's Remember Some Beers (In Memoriam: Old Whales)

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A thread to commemorate the white whales of yesteryear that have since faded into obscurity.

I'll start with a beer that I recently remembered thanks to a brag post I saw somewhere on facebook:

2008 Pappy Van Winkle Eclipse
. PINK WAX!!!!1



Back when Todd Ashman was the undisputed -bal god, 2008 PVW Eclipse was the most desired stout on the forums*. I think the ISO's petered out on this one after the 2013 re-release, but with so many better BA imperial stouts hitting the market it's hard to imagine this beer being all that exciting to any but the nostalgic.


*or was it double-oak spiral Kate the Great? Man, things were different...
 
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I love these kinds of topics, especially when there's good historical info/context.

Back before I quit FB, I was looking hard on some of the groups for a few old-school whales that have slipped into obscurity:

-Odonata Rorie's Ale
-General Lafayette 275th Anniversary Ale
-Heavyweight BA Old Salty 2005
-Blind Pig Brewing Company Inaugural Ale

Never managed to locate any of them.

I do recall back in the early 2010s how Coast Boy King was in 22oz bombers and traded like liquid gold, at least as far as IPAs go. A few of my first trades involved swapping that for limited BA stouts like Abyss. Then Coast expanded, changed/fucked with the recipe, and turned the beer into a disgusting mess.
 
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I love these kinds of topics, especially when there's good historical info/context.

Back before I quit FB, I was looking hard on some of the groups for a few old-school whales that have slipped into obscurity:

-Odonata Rorie's Ale
-General Lafayette 275th Anniversary Ale
-Heavyweight BA Old Salty 2005
-Blind Pig Brewing Company Inaugural Ale

Never managed to locate any of them.

I do recall back in the early 2010s how Coast Boy King was in 22oz bombers and traded like liquid gold, at least as far as IPAs go. A few of my first trades involved swapping that for limited BA stouts like Abyss. Then Coast expanded, changed/fucked with the recipe, and turned the beer into a disgusting mess.
Fucking RORIE'S. Can you give us the backstory on that again, Gonzoillini??
 
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One of the few old-school whales I was really jonesing to try was the OG 2005 East End Gratitude. Managed to score the first 5 years of Gratitude on one of the Facebook groups in late 2016 for the "cheap" price of $220 for the set of 5:



Opened them last year on my birthday, the 2005 was a really exceptional beer:



This all pre-dated Barleywine Is Life becoming a big meme, if that set went up for auction now the bidding on it would probably be fast and furious. In a similar vein, Midnight Sun M seemed to have dropped off the radar for a few years after its 10th anniversary or so - what was once infamous for having set the EBay record of ~$1500 was selling for less than half that - but seems to have been revived in desirability by the whole BiL thing.
 
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Fucking RORIE'S. Can you give us the backstory on that again, Gonzoillini??
Don't remember the full story, but it was a Quad aged in Red Wine Barrels with Sour Cherries added to it that I believe Peter Hooey brewed for his daughter's birthday.

I remember when I finally got to taste it with Dunt and dvelcich quite a few years ago, and it was spectacular. Tasted like Three Philosophers with a much bigger body and richer finish and was absurdly complex.

I remember when I used to trade IrishGurl4 (pretty sure that was her handle on BA) for full 12 bottle cases of Odonata Saison as well...
 
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I love these kinds of topics, especially when there's good historical info/context.

Back before I quit FB, I was looking hard on some of the groups for a few old-school whales that have slipped into obscurity:

-Odonata Rorie's Ale
-General Lafayette 275th Anniversary Ale
-Heavyweight BA Old Salty 2005
-Blind Pig Brewing Company Inaugural Ale

Never managed to locate any of them.

I do recall back in the early 2010s how Coast Boy King was in 22oz bombers and traded like liquid gold, at least as far as IPAs go. A few of my first trades involved swapping that for limited BA stouts like Abyss. Then Coast expanded, changed/fucked with the recipe, and turned the beer into a disgusting mess.
be happy you didn't find the inaugural ale. gross.
 
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I love these kinds of topics, especially when there's good historical info/context.

Back before I quit FB, I was looking hard on some of the groups for a few old-school whales that have slipped into obscurity:

-Odonata Rorie's Ale
-General Lafayette 275th Anniversary Ale
-Heavyweight BA Old Salty 2005
-Blind Pig Brewing Company Inaugural Ale

Never managed to locate any of them.

I do recall back in the early 2010s how Coast Boy King was in 22oz bombers and traded like liquid gold, at least as far as IPAs go. A few of my first trades involved swapping that for limited BA stouts like Abyss. Then Coast expanded, changed/fucked with the recipe, and turned the beer into a disgusting mess.
If you're still ISO Rorie's there's an outside chance some friend of mine has one kicking around from when Toronado sold it to go at one of their anniversaries. No idea what the ask would be, though. (Best part of that was that Chussain and his mule army had no idea what the bottle was so skipped it.)

I've had it a few times, some from that release, once at the Eclipse party, poured by Hoey himself. IIRC he said he doesn't have much left.

In terms of "old whales no one would give a shit about now" T-20 has to be up there. Though who knows, maybe RR has more shitlord cachet than I give it credit for.
 
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Cant help but think yeahnatenelson got inspiration for this topic based off splinter blue talk this morning ;)

The amount of beers already mentioned here that I still have bottles of is making me feel some kinda way.
Feel free to send me all your old Gratitude. Or new Gratitude. One of the few American barleywines I've really loved and only ever had a couple vintages.
 
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Cant help but think yeahnatenelson got inspiration for this topic based off splinter blue talk this morning ;)

The amount of beers already mentioned here that I still have bottles of is making me feel some kinda way.
Absolutely. It was the double-whammy of Splinter Blue and seeing somebody post about PVW Eclipse. It was a toss-up as to which one I was gonna post about, but I thought it'd be fun to reminisce about all of these epic beers from a time when bleeding edge craft beer and beer trading were VERY different.
 
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In terms of "old whales no one would give a shit about now" T-20 has to be up there. Though who knows, maybe RR has more shitlord cachet than I give it credit for.
I'll add Depuration, FfaC, non-pH1 Beat and 3L Consecration/Supplication/Temptation.

Sad to think of RR no longer being blue chip, but here we are... Add coconut and Tahitian vanilla, Vinnie!
 
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Feel free to send me all your old Gratitude. Or new Gratitude. One of the few American barleywines I've really loved and only ever had a couple vintages.
The number of cases of gratitude I owned circa 2013 was likely second only to the brewery itself. Even the residents of western PA thought I was insane for buying it by the cases every year. I stopped going to the release at the completion of the ROYGBIV series of paper bag labels. I still have multiple bottles from every vintage, its embarassing.

If you are serious, i can sling some your way.
 
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