I leave for Seattle in a couple of days and wanted to try a few of the beers my cousin Steve sent me from there. I’m hoping it’ll help me decide which breweries I should stop at during my visit there. I also recently heard about this brewery on an episode of Basic Brewing Video (July 27, 2012), which visited there during the National Homebrewers Convention this past summer.
There’s no canned on, or enjoy before date on the can, but it says, “SoDo Brown is a beer that exists somewhere between here and there. It is a beer that resides in the land between – and it like it there. So if you are like the brewer and constantly wander but never feel lost, drink up. You will not be disappointed with this chapter of life. Cheers!”
Location: Poured into a snifter glass from the can at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 20 IBUs, ~ 165 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a very deep, dark-brown, almost black in color. It’s got a thin, creamy tan head on it with plenty of carbonation in the glass. The head fell after a few minutes to a creamy ring around glass, but it left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is a wonderful toasty, nutty, and caramel maltiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp. The crispness makes it tough to determine any flavors up front, but the middle has a solid toasted-malt, nutty-brown flavor. The finish is lightly bitter with an earthy hop bitterness and very light hints of roasted malt astringent-bitterness. The aftertaste is where this beer opens up, with toasty-nuttiness and light caramel flavors that last for a minute or so.
Food Pairing: This beer has a nice aftertaste, so I’d use it to help wash down food and let the aftertaste linger. With the toasty, roasty, and nutty flavors, I think I’d pair this with something like caramel-fudge brownies. Obviously the toasty-nuttiness would complement the chocolate and caramel flavors nicely.
Overall Impression: I thought this beer had a bit too much carbonation up front, making it tough to taste the flavors in the beer. However, it got better as the flavors went on, and it really opened up in the aftertaste. I enjoyed the toasty-nutty flavors, and thought the flavors were good on this nice fall evening. I’m looking forward to trying more of their beers when I get to Seattle.