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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:26 pm

On the way home from the computer store, to cheer myself up, I picked up a bottle of mescal. Naturally, I had to take a good shot when I actually got home. Holy crap, one belt and I'm dizzy. It's
El Buho Mezcal.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:18 pm

I have a nice steak grilling, so I opened a bottle of The Black Stump. Excellent combination.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:23 pm

Sounds very attractive.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:27 pm

It's really nice, if you ever get a chance to try it.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:18 pm

I'm basically working on getting drunk tonight. I'm drinking Lobo e Falcao, which is not bad (especially at the price), but isn't my favorite. So I don't feel so bad abusing it.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:38 pm

Red Tail Ale from Medcocino Brewing Company.

Just the right amount of sweetness for a cold weather drink. Very tasty.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:57 pm

Stolen Smoked Rum. I had never heard of this, just was looking for something a bit different and took a chance on it. It is very smooth, with an interesting flavor that isn't overwhelmed by the different things that have been used in its creation. I like it a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:39 pm

Bailey's over chocolate ice cream. It's an old favorite, but still good.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:29 am

NoCoPilot wrote:
Bailey's over chocolate ice cream.

I've never liked Bailey's, but that sounds delicious.

richard09 wrote:
On the way home from the computer store, to cheer myself up, I picked up a bottle of mescal. Naturally, I had to take a good shot when I actually got home. Holy  crap, one belt and I'm dizzy. It's
El Buho Mezcal.

I can't recall every drinking mescal but I did, long ago, enjoy it's big brother mescaline. My favorite psychedelic.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:21 pm

It wasn't hallucinogenic, but it was strong, maybe 86 proof, which I didn't notice before I started drinking it. Very nice, if you like tequila.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:20 pm

Firestone Walker Bravo.

Firestone calls this an "imperial brown ale" which is aged for a year in retired spirits barrels.

It's dry but has, in my opinion, an outstanding flavor, with virtually no aftertaste.

13.2% alcohol gives it a kick that isn't noted in the flavor. The only drawback is the price: a twelve-ounce bottle is ten bucks.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:01 pm

Colinas De Uruguay Tannat 2013. Very dark purple color, but less body than most wines that color. Lot of oak. Don't dislike it, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:38 pm

Fremont Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout.. A nice full-bodied stout (like a Guinness) without the bitterness.  Filling though -- you wouldn't want more than one.
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Dark Star is part of our imperial series and is inspired by the wandering tribes scattered through the terrible journey of time and space and adrift in the dark matter between the spaces of then and now. Dark Star is a dark, mysterious yet silky oatmeal stout of grand proportions balanced by a firm hop handshake...go ahead, enjoy the journey...Because Beer Journeys Matter!

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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:25 am

Abuelita. Mexican hot chocolate mix. I don't drink coffee and tea stains my teeth, so I'm always on the lookout for alternative hot drinks. After I discovered my Alpine Apple Cider mix is fairly high in sodium I had to more-or-less give it up.

Standard grocery store hot chocolate mixes are super sugary. I have a bit of a dairy allergy so when I get or make cocoa it's with soy milk. Starbucks soy cocoa is pretty good, but expen$ive and caloretic.

This weekend I ran across Abuelita. It comes in big pucks, like hockey pucks, that you dissolve in hot (soy) milk. Zero sodium. 100 calories.

It's good!
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:20 pm

Have you ever tried espresso drinks? No, espresso does not taste at all like brewed coffee. And not all espresso tastes the same. Beans from different parts of the world have vastly different tastes. Selecting a favorite coffee bean for espresso is like picking a favorite wine. And you can buy flavored beans - hazelnut is popular if you like sweet drinks that don't taste like sugar.

This web site has brief descriptions of some common espresso drinks. I suppose you can substitute a soy beverage for milk, although I don't know if it will foam.

I may have mentioned that I do not care for Starbuck's espresso, so if you have tried that and didn't like it, I can understand.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:37 pm

It is my understanding that espresso is super strong coffee. I have seen tiny cups of it (smells vile) and accidentally eaten a chocolate-coated espresso bean once (literally made me throw up).

"Flavored espresso drinks" sounds like a scheme to cover up the gawdawful flavor, which I've always likened to pork 'n beans that somebody left on the burner until it turned black.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:53 pm

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It is my understanding that espresso is super strong coffee.
Your understanding is incorrect. Espresso is brewed differently and different types of beans are typically used. And it doesn't taste like brewed coffee (unless the creator is 100-percent inept).

There is no such thing as "espresso beans": they are all coffee beans. Any bean may be used to produce brewed coffee or espresso. I have never eaten a coffee bean of any type, accidentally or otherwise. Can't believe they would be any good, but that's beside the point.

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...the gawdawful flavor, which I've always likened to pork 'n beans that somebody left on the burner until it turned black.
So the espresso you have consumed tasted like burned beans? Then you should not drink that particular espresso. I certainly wouldn't. Judging all espresso by one tasting or by one specific type is like judging all wine by taking a sip of Thunderbird.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:49 pm

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Espresso is brewed differently and different types of beans are typically used.

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There is no such thing as "espresso beans": they are all coffee beans.
Make up your mind. Is espresso super strong coffee or not?
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:55 pm

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There is no such thing as "espresso beans".
Not sure I trust you on this anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:15 pm

There are two type of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. Cheaper coffee beans used for brewed coffee used to be only robusta, while the more-expensive arabica beans were used for espresso. Some people refer to arabica beans as "espresso beans". That is incorrect: there are no espresso plants; there are only coffee plants (sometimes referred to as trees). Much brewed coffee today is made using arabica beans, owing to the increased popularity of espresso and the public's belief that arabica is always best.

When someone refers to a drink as "coffee", unless I know differently, I assume he is referring to brewed coffee: percolator, drip machine, French press, etc. "Strong coffee", to me, refers to brewed coffee which is made with a larger-than-normal amount of coffee grounds, but still using one of the aforementioned processes. Espresso uses a different brewing process, which produces a different product. It is not simply "super strong" coffee. That misconception comes from the fact that espresso is much darker in color than brewed coffee.

Coal and diamonds are both produced from carbon, differing only in the process which produces the final product. But the two are not the same.

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_Howard wrote:
There is no such thing as "espresso beans".
Not sure I trust you on this anymore.

Well, if an advertisement says something, it must be true. I stand corrected. Who am I to argue with Nuts.com?
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:00 pm

A typical espresso shot doesn't contain as much caffeine as a typical cup of brewed coffee. It often tastes stronger, both because a lot of espresso isn't well made eg Starbucks, and because Americans typically like their brewed coffee on the weak, milky side (though most of them don't believe that) eg Dunkin Donuts.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:51 am

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A typical espresso shot doesn't contain as much caffeine as a typical cup of brewed coffee.
Yes. By serving, espresso has about half the caffeine as brewed coffee, sometimes even less. But by volume it it has significantly more. But no one drinks an eight-ounce espresso. Or one of those giant quarter-gallon cups that Starbuck's sells.

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It often tastes stronger, both because a lot of espresso isn't well made eg Starbucks...
The taste of espresso is normally referred to as "bolder" than brewed coffee, as "stronger" really isn't well defined. I don't even know exactly what is meant by that. Espresso does have more flavor than brewed coffee, by any measure. Fortunately, it doesn't taste like brewed coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:28 pm

Has MORE FLAVOR but the flavor is coffee flavor, right?
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:39 am

As the flavor is derived from coffee beans, it would be wrong to say that it is not coffee flavored. However:

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No, espresso does not taste at all like brewed coffee. And not all espresso tastes the same. Beans from different parts of the world have vastly different tastes.

_Howard wrote:
And it doesn't taste like brewed coffee (unless the creator is 100-percent inept).

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Fortunately, it doesn't taste like brewed coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: What I'm Drinking Tonight   Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:44 am

I have trouble believing a beverage made from coffee beans doesn't end up tasting like coffee.
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