The Beer Gatherer

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3 Continenets, 4 Beers, 1 entry

It is time for another random list of beers tasted in a number of occasions over the past few months. Other than basic ingredients the following don’t have much in common, but whatever.

Goose Island India Pale Ale is a pretty much ass-kickin’ IPA. It is amber in colour and has a smooth, peachy aroma with some hints of grass. The taste indicates that the bottle we shared with our friends was a little old but it was still tasty – fruity and mildly bitter. Medium-bodied, fruity finish and pleasing.

5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewery that resides in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, is the first beer in the book. It has a beautiful label that looks a little like block-print. Sadly, the beer itself didn’t stand up to the beautiful label. I believe it’s due to age but it was rather stale and tasteless. The aroma was alright though, mango and asian persimmon (also known as sharon fruit) were dominant.

Dragon Stout hails from Jamaica, a country whose rum we love. This stout is high on alcohol, 7.5%, and its recipe includes both corn syrup and sugar. The result: sticky-sweet aroma and an indistinguishable fruity sweetness in the mouth. The beer is not good and its thin body adds to the disappointment.

Sinebrychoff Porter is one of the three Finnish representatives in the book, but the only one that’s actually available outside Finland. However, its source is a Finnish beergeek that traded with the Dead Swedish Girl and Troubles. This is a decent Baltic Porter, black-bodied and tan-headed with roast, raisins and a little wood in the nose. It tastes dry, wooden and bitter and finishes roasty too. It is a decent beer .

As usual, I save the best for last. Tusker Lager is one of the worst beers I have tasted up to date. Seriously. This Kenyan Pale Lager “is best drunk for refreshment – rather than taste” says the book. Writer Tim Hampson actually admits that there’s nothing to this beer, so why must I try it before I die? To witness how shitty it is? I can sure live well without trying yet another piss-looking liquid, especially one that smells like rotten fruit and has no taste at all yet still manages to be disgusting. It has a light body and a watery finish. Now, remember the rotten fruit aroma? Apparently it was a hint to the garbage juice aftertaste. It’s a disgusting beer, I’m telling you. There’s another Tusker beer in the book: Tusker Malt Lager. I’d like to say that I’m not looking forward to drink it but shamefully I do, because beergeekness sometimes equals masochism.

Indeed, Goose Island India Pale Ale, Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Dragon Stout, Sinerbrychoff Porter and Tusker Lager are beers #190, #191, #192, #193 and #194 I Must Try Before I Die.

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Thanks Hansen & Zita!

This entry’s title should ring a bell to those who are creepy/ lifeless enough to stalk The Actuary, the Dead Swedish Girl or Yours Truly on Ratebeer. Hansen & Zita, a couple in real life and two different members on Ratebeer. Being Danish, Zita and Hansen get *real* time off work, not just a couple of days that are wasted on Jewish holidays when work shuts down anyway or on studying to final exams. Yes, they have time for overseas travel and last August they came to Israel for a holiday. What did they do here? You know, what every tourist does, or should do: traded beer with the natives.

Several weeks prior to their arrival, The Dead Swedish Girl called The Actuary and me to order: the three of us schlepped money and The Girl collected as many Israeli brews as possible. She gathered together some 40+ bottles of Israeli micros, some are hard to find, others more common. Some beer the three of us vouch for, others, some of us probably can’t stand but all are novelty to those who drink Mikkeller for breakfast. We met Hansen and Zita on their first night in Tel Aviv and took them to our favourite brewpub, The Dancing Camel, but before that picked the bounty from their hotel room: cans and bottles of anything from Danish craft beer to Danish supermarket brand pale lager; beer from Faroe Islands and beer from Singapore; a bunch of Belgian stuff, some ciders – the rationale behind the beer they delivered is beyond me but hey, I just put the money and enjoyed the harvest – it’s DSG who did all the work! I wasn’t involved in coordinating the trade and cannot be held responsible to the 6 bottles from my 1001 mission that found their way to Zita and Hansen’s luggage:

Tiger Beer from Singapore that was as sweet, sticky and artificial smelling and tasting as pale lager gets made me happy, because no one I know travels to Singapore and I would have never thought of asking people to fetch me cheapo lager, even import lager, so that’s cool.

The other 5 from the list are Belgian and with 118 Belgian beers on my list, every bit helps. Scotch Silly is a beautiful clear dark red Scotch Ale, that smells like wine and caramel-candy. It tastes sweet and condensed, almost like wort, with a sweet, lingering alcoholic finish. Brasserie De La Senne’s Stouterik is another pretty beer: black with a big tan head and a weird aroma that I liked: fuel, mud and ripe fruit. The beer smells and looks better than it tastes: bitter but weird, with fuel echoing in the finish. It isn’t bad or wrong, just weird. Zinnebier, also from De La Senne, is a Belgian style ale that smells sweet, with hints of clove and orange peel. It tastes bitter, hoppy and a little fruity, has a medium body and a surprising finish that reminded me of caraway crackers. Malheur 10 – its name indicates its alcoholic volume – is too carbonated, tastes orangey and sweet and smells sweet as well: I noticed fruit, passion fruit syrup and plastic. Its carbonation produced a huge frothy head which is always cool, but was too much for my tummy.

The last beer Hansen & Zita brought from the list, to which they were unaware of but which granted them eternal fame in this blog and on more than 120 ratings is Urthel Samaranth, heavy quadrupel that pours clear deep bronze and is as alcoholic and fruity and sweet as you’d expect from 11.5% abv beer.

Zinnebier, Urthel, Tiger and other beers from the trade. Our place, September 2012

None of the above was too amazing. Scotch Silly and Brassarie De la Senne’s stuff were good, Tiger Beer was aweful and the rest OK, but that’s the nature of the trip down the book: lots of okayness between peaks of grateness and masses of WTFness. but the trading was worth it. Not only did we get a suitcaseful of beers we would have otherwise overlooked or wouldn’t be able to get or would have to make an effort to get (did I mention Faroe Island?), but making new friends and talking shop with people who share your passion and obsession over a glass (or glasses – like committed ratebeerians they ordered tastings) of beer is a true pleasure.

H&Z enjoying Dancing Camel brews Ratebeer style (note the notebooks).

I am always looking for trades so if you happen to visit Israel, feel free to contact me and we’ll work something out.

Thank you Hansen and Zita for providing beers #125, #126, #127, #128, #129 and #130 I Must Try Before I Die. Hope you enjoyed your end of the trade as much as I did.

Beer in the Suitcase

I’ve been trying not to feel guilty about the infrequent updates, about falling behind and about pretty much neglecting one of the main reasons I started this blog: writing about Israeli craft beer. It’s not like I report to anyone but myself or get paid to run this project and some important stuff’s been going on lately, like failing statistics, a new semester, busy busy schedule at work and some social life. I’m not the only one. It’s summertime and people are busy. Unlike yours truly, who’s been developing arthritis, overusing the calculator, The Beer Gatherer’s buddies have been breathing recycled airplane air, hunting for beer in more attractive locations than the filthy streets of Jaffa in the middle of the heat wave.

A couple of weeks ago we met at Midi-Bear’s place. Him, The Peaceful CEO and The Long Distance Runner returned from the American Homebrewers Association conference in Seattle; Troubles is a regular on TLV-Rome route; The Beer Greek, poor him, was sent to a beer marketing conference in Copenhagen not too long ago and The Guy With The Oh-So-Fluid Nickname has just returned to Israel. There were plenty of good bottles on the table, as well as some horrendous ones, and not-quite-by-accident, a bunch of them are listed in the book.

The Secret Agent and I shared with the bunch a bottle of Black Hawk Stout brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company from Hopland California. Now a beergeek can’t just mention that a brewery is from a place called Hopland and move on, so I wikied the place, population 800, and learned that Mendocino’s brewpub in Hopland was the first of its kind in California.  And yes, “The town gets its name from the fact that from the 1870s to the mid-1950s, much of the region’s economy was based on the growing and drying of bitter hops” – cool! Black Hawk is categorized as dry stout and dryness is apparent in its long, coffee-like finish. It pours reddish brown with an off white head and smells like sweet-chocolate and soy. Some soy is also apparent in the mouth, which is dominated by bitterness and roast that I’m always happy to meet. It was a decent beer.

The Beer Greek keeps bringing to the tastings stuff from the list I had emailed him while he was in Denmark. He shared a bottle of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast that he bought in Barleywine, a craft beer shop in Carlsberg Land (here‘s The Beer Greek’s  Hebrew blog about the place. Also, google for pics – looks so bright and inviting with those white, IKEA(-like?) shelves). Mikkeller beers are almost a staple in our tastings, but it seems that most of the crowd hunts for the rare and special edition stuff, so it was extra nice of The Beer Greek to bring a “generic” Mikkeller. This one was drier, darker and more condenced than the Black Hawk Stout, roasty all over and fun. A great beer.

Bear Republic is a brewery I’ve been getting to know and like in the past couple of months. We drank  Racer 5 and Pete Brown Tribute Ale not too long ago.  In the latest tasting Midi Bear opened a bottle of Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, that was hoppy with grapefruit and evergreen aroma, dry and bitter taste and a little alcoholic finish that did ruin the beer. I loved this one.

When The Guy With The Oh-So-Fluid Nickname (oh my, by the time I finish the 1001 mission, he’ll have 2000 different nicks probably! Matching him with a permanent nick is one of this quarter’s missions) returned, he asked me if Innis and Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer is in my book. Well, the book lists the standard  Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Beer, but special editions count too and they are even better, especially special edition that have rum in their title and had rum in the barrels. I love rum. This is my other alco-love. The Secret Agent and I actually drifted to beer because rum is even less available in Israel than beer, let alone decent rum-based cocktails. Now this beer’s a gem: clear dark brown with beige head and fun, fun, fun aroma: butter, vanilla, cask, wood, sugar and cherry are what my receptors caught. The beer’s sweet and alcoholic and matches the aroma and light for its 7.4% abv.

Tomorrow we’re hosting another tasting, launching our new air-conditioner. Meanwhile, these were beers #87, #88, #89, #90 I Must Try Before I Die. I predict #100 will be drank in the next 2 weeks.

Super Bock, Super Fail.

The night before the Epic Failure also known as the Statistics exam, we fixed a quick supper that demanded to be accompanied by a light beer. For a bulgur-tomatoes-cucumber-chili-chickpeas salad,topped with olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon and cumin, even the American summer ales we have in the fridge would’ve been too heavy and complicated. We wanted a cool, brainless beer, and the bottle of Super Bock Classic scored last week seemed like a good choice.

Alas, it wasn’t. It smelled synthetic, malty and a little grassy, tasted bitter, somewhat metallic, and its high alcoholic content (5/8%) and artificiality became apparent the more we drank. We needed a second round of something better, but as I was already in the loser mod, in preparation of today’s Epic Failure, I opted for the second Super Bock bottle, this time Super Bock Stout, that’s also in the book. I had no expectations, just wanted to get rid of that Portuguese stuff and feel like I actually did something productive during that evening – if not figuring out Statistical hypothesis testing, at least cross another beer from the list. Well, the stout is slightly better than the classic. Smells like sugared black coffee and faint roastiness and tastes a little bitter and somewhat artificial.

We have drank worse beer than those two, but there’s no reason to drink them again. They taste industrial and artificial and aren’t really worth the liver cells. Super Bock Stout is beer #85 I must try before I die. Statistics is the first re-test in my MBA test. Hope your summer is more exciting than those beers and my academic activities.

The Big Recap

Over the past few weeks we have accumulated dozens of tasting notes. The thought of turning all of them into an entry makes me cringe, so here’s the dozen that’s also in the book. Chronology makes no sense in this sort of entry, so stuff is sorted out according to the 1001 Beers You Must Try  Before You Die chapters: Amber, Blond, Dark and Special. Arbitrary, sort of, but if it works, it works.

We got our bottle of Alesmith IPA from The Secret Agent’s parents, who visited the Californian branch back in February. We loved this beer. Pours hazy amber  with a frothy white head, papaya, lime and hemp aroma and an extremely, bitter, green taste. Medium body, soft carbonation and a nice bitter finish close one of the best IPA’s I’ve tasted to date.

Before the start

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale has one of the ugliest labels I’ve seen in a long while. Like a scary number of fellow beergeeks I am a left-handed and thus have a soft spot for the brewery’s name. My default sympathy didn’t really help the beer, which was ok, but not too thrilling. Orangy copper colour, hazy, little light tan head. Hoppy aroma – light evergreen, flowery. Delicate bitterness in the mouth. Smooth texture, medium body, delicate finish.

The (very soon to be) Texan got his bottle of Grottenbier in the strangest trade of all: beer for mini copies of Hebrew-printed Psalms book. Yes he did. Was it worth it? In my opinion it was. A pretty decent beer for some useless pieces of paper. It’s a decent beer that  poured dark brown and had a cloudy, off-white head. Sweet spicy aroma – clove and nutmeg, Mildly sweet and spicy taste, a little anise. Heavy-medium body, lively carbonation, long, tangy finish.

Gearys Hampshire Special Ale was quite a disappointment. We all agreed that there was something wrong with the bottle. Murky honey colour, aroma that reminded me of pink Bazooka Joe bubblegum and band-aid. It tasted sweet, then weirdly bitter. Pretty ugh.

The Actuary’s wife went to Cyprus with her work, and brought back a bottle of Leon, a shitty Cyprian beer, and three bottles of Brasserie Du Bocq’s La Gauloise.  La Gauloise Blonde, so I have discovered while flipping through the book, is there, surprisingly enough in the Blond category. Cloudy pale golden, bubbly white foam. Candy, caramel, conserved peach aroma and bitter-sweet taste. Light body, smooth finish. Drank better Belgian ales in my life, but fair enough.

The BeerGreek, before the tasting and just before becoming a dad for the second time,

I have recently created a Google Docs spreadsheet to help me follow the mission. The Dead Swedish Girl asked me to share the list with him. He went through and spotted Birra Moretti Baffo D’Oro that The big Bear’s dad brought from Italy. We drank it at a beer tasting I have already written about, but overlooked it on my list. Not much to write about. It’s a generic pale lager. You drank one, you drank most.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale is another story though. A little skunky aroma and overall hoppy bitterness in the mouth and finish, this one was decent beer.

We drank a bunch of cool dark beers, too: Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout was one of the better bottles opened in a small, homey tasting The Secret Agent and I hosted last week. Rich smokey, peaty aroma accompanied by berries and a smokey, acetic, bitter taste. I live for smoked beer.

Saranac Black Forest was quite disappointing as well. I like Schwarzbier but this one wasn’t more than fair: Velvety wine-grapes aroma, grainy, somewhat sweet malt taste.

But I loved, loved Victory Storm King! Black liquid, frothy tan head, soft, bitter taste and a rich wine and chocolate liquor aroma. Well-carbonated, pretty easy to drink despite the 9.1%abv. My only complaint is the too-short finish.

I think it was Middie Bear who fixed us with a bottle of Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout. Don’t know how this HopHead put his paws on this one, but I sure don’t complain; roast was everywhere: in the nose (along with some alcohol and liquor), in the mouth (accompanied by bitterness) and in the finish. Texture was oily, beer was great.

one of the cutest beer-label dogs around 🙂

How does AriHell find people who deliver him exotic and obscure beer is beyond my comprehension, but that’s a skill I’d like to learn. He is the one who brought Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere to the table (along with another dog-endorsed label).  It’s a mild-tasting Saison, sour in the mouth and  pissful litter-box aroma. Pretty hardcore with complementary cloudy golden colour.

So that’s it for now. Attended a festive tasting last night and again crashing into a sour tasting tonight, so more posts are on their way. Meanwhile, those were 12 more beers I Must Try Before I Die: 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73.

Forgive me whoever, for I have sinned.

Last weekend bore two beer-centered meetings: a small bottle-can tasting at our place on Friday night and a one-on-one get-together with The Ovarian Sis at the Porter & Sons on Saturday afternoon.

Tasting was mellow. Most of the regulars are family men and spend the weekend with their kin. My kin and I had two people over this time and some bottles that normally don’t make it to the tasting sessions were opened: various unrateable homebrews and stuff from Beer of the Month Club, which usually contain rather mediocre stuff, from obscure and rather forgettable breweries.  Beer you never hear about nor couldn’t live without them. I was quite surprised to find out that Lancaster Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Co., that arrived in one of the latest shipping is listed as one of the 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die book.

I was looking forward to receiving Lancaster’s samples, because one of the beers we received is called Amish Four Grain. I’ve been a sucker for anything Amish since my Greyhound trips in the 1990’s and my introduction to quilting, which happened more or less at the same time. There’s a drawing of a silhouette of an Amish carriage on the label – how awesome is that? –  Alas, the Four Grain was disappointing. Tasted like old malt, unpleasant bitterness. The milk stout was somewhat better: dark brown-black with a light brown head and smells like chocolate milk made with dark chocolate and also some roast. Tastes bitter, delicate but rather bland, light bodied and softly carbonated. Beer was OK, but had there not been the mission, I could’ve lived without it.

It was strange drinking this specific bottle. I went vegan last October and solved the conflict of drinking milk stout in a rather rabbinical way: I didn’t buy the bottle especially for the tasting;  got it as a part of the monthly deal on an account the lacto-vegetarian Secret Agent and I share; we split the bottle between four people. Enough of the apologetica: drinking cow-stout is uncool, brewing it is even uncooler.

Fast forward to Saturday. Early evening with the Ovarian Sis, one of Israel’s beer pioneers. Drank Oketz by HaDubim and for the second round I opted for Newcastle Brown Ale, that I recalled was in the book.

While writing the paragraphs about Lancaster Milk Stout I suddenly recalled a conversation I had 15 years ago, in a London squat. I just went vegan for the first time (and then lasted around a year) and  my buddy Orly filled me up about hidden animal abuse in food. She said that Newcastle use blood in order to dye their beer in that deep brown colour. Back then I didn’t even know what Newcastle beer was, but the info stuck, apparently. I googled “is newcastle brown ale vegan” and landed in Barnivore who unsurprisingly had nothing to say about blood, but mentioned isinglass.

Beer was tasty, but I’m a little sad.

There must be alternatives to fish-derived agents.

#48, #49 beers I crossed off the list of Beers I must Try Before I Die.

Hangin’ Out With The Coopers

 

Y.D, one of the major Importers of beer and spirits, has recently began marketing Australia’s only major family-owned beer (and homebrewing products) makers, Cooper’s. That’s a weird beer to import, considering that their portfolio consists of macros, such as Estrella, Miller, Bass, Urquell and La Trappe as well as Australia’s own Foster’s. Rumors are that a family member drank this Cooper’s in a private holiday Down Under, got hooked up and a container dull of bottles followed his return. In a perfect world this person’s next holiday destination would be West Coast U.S.

Out of Cooper’s wide portfolio, three ales are available here. Out of the three Cooper ales that are listed in 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, two are available here. One is the wonderful Cooper’s Best Extra Stout, that smells roasty with a hint of iodine, looks good – opaque and almost black in colour – and tastes bitter and rougher that most commercial stouts available; that’s how I like my stouts.

 

The second is the rather disappointing beer with the rather redundant name Cooper’s Sparkling Ale. English not being my first language, I must admit that the first association I had reading the beer’s name was, well, sparkles. As in glitter. Yup, not an average beer’s natural condition, but rather something that My Little Pony fans would think of (moi? of course not! The MLP I bought for our niece a few years back is an educational toy! It is!! I swear!!! [and she lives to far away for me to enjoy it, ok?]) It took a beer lover and a reminder of the literal translation for me to get the idea.

Anyway, Cooper’s Sparkling Ale pours sparkly smells sweet, light cookie dough and oranges and tastes like strawberry soda, childish taste that has no room in beer or in a beer-lover’s mouth. Light body, fizzy with a fruity and WTF question mark floating in the air as the taste is leaving the tongue.

But there’s a third beer, that may not be in the book, but is worth mentioning: Cooper’s Original Pale Ale is a well-balanced golden ale with grass and malt aroma (and also a little vegetable soup), bitter, lemon and grass taste that make room for roasty flavour and delicate bitter finish. This would be a great summer beer.

Cooper’s Best Extra Stout and Cooper’s Sparkly Ale are #44 and #45 beers I must try before I die.

Passover is Almost Over

We had planned to host a couple of Israeli craft beer tasting on Passover week, but they were cancelled for different reasons. All for the better, though. Had more time for myself and didn’t need to clear the living from from any evidence of math. I wasn’t afraid to lose my coolness, mind you; I honestly fear of my precious notes.

We did get to attend one tasting, though. It was a small-scale due to the absence of some of the regulars, who either observe Passover or spent time with their families, but The Secret Agent and I met a new guy, who brought some Czech beers that we haven’t tried before and will most likely not try again in the future. Some nations should stick to their traditional recipes and methods, I guess.

We did get to sample a few interesting beers in this session. The Dead Swedish Girl brought a couple of dark brews that are worth mentioning: Danish Liquorice porter by Det Lille Bryggeri that although smelled of liquorice was much ti my liking. There aren’t many tastes and aromas that repeal me, but anise/ liquorice is one of the few.  It also had malt and some chocolate to balance the smell, and a bitter, somewhat dry taste. Well carbonated, full body and all in all – pretty good.

The second bottle The Swedish brought was St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout by Montrealian brewery McAuslan that had a sweet chocolate liquor aroma with hints of plum and a sweet-bitter-alcoholic taste that was nice altogether. Unlike the Lakrids Porter, this one had hardly any carbonation, but again, it was nice. Also, it was nice to discover that it appears in the 1001 book.

Our contribution to the tasting were also part of the 1001 challenge, but sadly, they weren’t on the awesome side of the scale:

Shipyard Fuggles IPA, that pours clear dark golden had an apple and malt aroma and tasted sweet. It was weird, not the kind of IPA you’d expect from an American craft brewery. Victory Hop Devil was also somewhat a disappointment. I believe it’s an old bottle. We’ve sampled this brewery before and liked what we had, but this IPA, despite having the “right” fruity aroma and the bitterness, was quite insignificant.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, that does not appear in the book, was the highlight of the tasting, not only for me but also for Big Bear Host, who specifically requested it. With a hazy amber colour and a creamy head, it poured beautifully. Its aroma was grassy, a little skunky and the taste was dry, grassy and bitter. Also, There’s a Frank Zappa song that shares title with this IPA:

Look! Beers #35, 36, 37 out of 1001 I must Try Before I Die!

Lucky 12, Lucky 13

In the past week we drank two different beers from the 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die book. First was Young’s Double Chocolate Stout that we shared with Cousin Kaos who crashed at our place on Wednesday night. He loves stout and we aren’t too crazy about this particular stout, so splitting the 50 cl nitro can between three drinkers instead of the usual two was perfect. Beer itself was what we remembered from previous encounters (tap, nitro can and a sample in a blind porter/ stout tasting a few weeks back, that I’m not sure whether it was poured from bottle or can) – not our kind of thing. Well, it’s beautiful. Black and so creamy you wouldn’t tell the difference between draught sample and this. (Burnt) chocolate dominates the aroma, the taste and the aftertaste. This is a light, smooth and bitter beer that as much as we tried didn’t leave too much impression. Cousin Kaos didn’t fall off the couch in awe, but things got better when The Secret Agent compensated him with IPA from HaDubim brewery (a thorough review on their ales is planned for the next quarter).

On Friday night we were invited to our friends’ house. The Secret Agent’s BFF #1 and his spouse invited BFF #2, his wife and their kid and us. #1 Being non drinkers, they advised us to bring our own booze. The Secret Agent sent me to the store, to fetch a bottle of Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen, a recent and much-loved discovery, an Israeli IPA and whatever else I fancied. Picked a bottle of Alexander Green (that’s the local IPA), Brooklyn Winter Ale because I have only sampled at Beers 2012 Expo, said Weizen and Schloss Eggenberg Urbock 23 That we haven’t had for months. In the evening we drank 3 out of the 4: the Schlenkerla, Alexander Green and Urbock. First two were excellent, third is listed. Pours hazy golden with a small head. It smells sweet and grainy, malty and nutty. It tastes rich and sweet but wasn’t really exciting. Its body is full, texture – oily, lightly carbonated. I remembered it to be a better beer than the one we drank on Saturday night.

#12, #13 beers I must try before I die.

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