Tasting: December 24, 2015
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 877
Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room by Evil Twin
I had the intentions of drinking Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room last New Year’s Eve but it had completely slipped my mind. It was tucked way in the back of my beer refrigerator and I totally forgot it existed. Which reminds me of a story about one of the beer stores I regularly visit in Rockland County, New York. They have stacks upon stacks of beer cases against the perimeter of the entire store. To me, there does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to its organization but ask and they somehow know where the beer is buried. One day, I asked if they knew what was in the cases at the deepest point from the aisle? He proceeded to tell me a story of trying to reorganize the pile and they came across a couple of cases of beer they didn’t know much about. Turns out that it was the ultra rare Thomas Hardy Vintage Ale (not sure what year). They did not know anything about the beer other than they had priced it many years ago at $6 per bottle. The owner told me that a customer who happened to witness the discovery was giddy to buy the entire lot at the marked price. It wasn’t until much later that they realized the reason for the customer’s euphoria. I’ve seen the 11.2 ounce bottles of Thomas Hardy Ale sell for $50 and up.
Anyway, you can read about my own Thomas Hardy Ale experience by following the link below. No, I wasn’t the customer in the story.
I bought this bottle of Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room at that same beer store and since its Christmas Eve – I think its appropriate to pop it open. Not really stout weather today as temperatures hit a record 72 degrees.
Heavy smoke and peat flavor. Lots of cocoa and Very astringent with a boozy burn. I’ll say 88 points for Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room. Merry Christmas everyone.
Read about my Thomas Hardy Ale experience: Thomas Hardy 2004 Vintage