92. Tommyknocker Brewery – Ornery Amber Lager

I had a great day today at the ABNormal Brewers homebrew club picnic.  My son and I had a great time fishing, swimming, and having fun with the other members of the club.  I’ve also got the kids to myself tonight, as my wife is away on a girls weekend.  So, I thinking the title of this beer was appropriate while watching my ornery kids, I opened up this beer to top off the evening.

A few years ago, my friends and I went through Colorado on a camping trip and actually got to visit Tommyknocker in Idaho Springs, Colorado.  It was a great time and they had some great beers so I was really looking forward to this one.  However, I noticed after I bought it at the store, that it was actually bottled in September of 2007, and there was a bunch of thick sediment in the bottom, so I’m not sure exactly how this will hold up.

The bottle says this is, “Amber with an attitude! The brisk flavor, rich ruby color, and extra crisp finish create a sensation that will cripple the taste buds of the most discerning palate. Ornery Amber is brewed with a blend of the finest European hops and gently roasted malts.”

When I poured in the glass it seem to be extremely carbonated the bubbles were sick and seemed to pop quickly, however, there was a ton of carbonation a beer, which kept the head doing. It was a dark amber color with a bright white head. The first smell I noticed was a malty-alcoholic astringent aroma with a quite a bit of an almost sour type smell.

It had a light body and a bunch of carbonation in it. The flavor was a bit metallic and some hints of light caramel malt flavors. The malty taste stuck around for a little bit in the aftertaste. Overall, most of the flavors were fairly light.

I think this would go with just about anything, but what came to my mind first was a nice burger covered in caramelized onions. This is not one I would reach for again, although it may have been hindered quite a bit by it’s age. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t just pull this one off the shelf and throw it out, as it’s not the kind of beer that ages well in a liquor store at 73 degrees F for almost 3 years. This is also not the first time I have had this problem with this liquor store, so readers, beware of Famous Liquors in Bloomington-Normal, IL.

Author: Kevin

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