Let me paint a picture for you:
Saturday afternoon, 32° outside and Mark, the wife and I have just run a 5K UP A SKI HILL for FoamFest. Mark, not a runner, decided that as a reward, if he finished the race, we’d drink the 120s he had to celebrate. There was a caveat though; if he didn’t finish, neither of us could drink them. It was a tough course and it took us a while to finish, but we did and it was so much fun.
What’s that? Where did a couple of Canadian’s find not only one but TWO 120s? Mark was coming back from a trip in Michigan and stopped by Wolverine Liquor (our usual stop). He was chatting up the young guy who worked there (I’ll call him Guy) and were talking about the great beers they have had when Mark simply asked “what do you have in the back that you don’t want to sell?”. That’s when Guy went to the back and brought out two paper bags and a bomber. He said “in these bags I have a 2013 and a 2014 120 minute IPA. I will give them to you IF you buy this beer too.” This beer was
$50 bottle of we-can’t-remember, so clearly it wasn’t that good. But hey, free 120! Oude Geuze, a sour, lime tasting Lambic blend. It was delightful.
So, after the race, we got all cleaned up, had a nice, cold Heiniken to re-hydrate and then poured out the 120s. Now, there were no markings on the bottles to tell us which bottle was what year, so we had to guess. One was a dark orange with a medium head and the other was a darker orange with no head. At this point, it was clear that the flat, darker beer was the 2013. They both had the same smell; rich hops with a big punch of booze.
My first sip was from the “new” one. It was very much like an Imperial IPA with the heavy hops and a slightly, for lack of a better word, harsh booty. Then I tried the “old” one. Night and day. It was smooth and mellow for a 10% beer.
Does that say 18%? Damn! We never saw that one coming. I change my evaluation. It was SUPER smooth for a 18% beer! Needless to say, as the second beer on the day and while still suffering from dehydration, I drank it a little too quickly. After half the glass, I felt all 18% with ever sip. By the time the next beer came, I was well on my way to enjoying the rest of my day (read: partially inebriated)
Country of Origin: United States
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle