If you’ve seen my last few posts, you know I found several beers in the corner of the beer fridge that were given to me by my sister’s friend. They all appear to be about a year and a half old, so I thought I’d go ahead and make my way through them as soon as possible. Several of the beers appear to be from breweries in North Carolina, including this one. This beer appears to be a bit older than the others, as it was marked Oct. 2010.
Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 25 IBUs, 170 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color, with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s got plenty of carbonation in it, leaving a thin, tan, tightly packed, creamy head. It’s also got a nice nutty, toffee-like aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a little bit of a watery feeling and carbonation bite. The flavor up front was a bit nutty with a good amount of oxidation. In the middle, there’s some caramel maltiness with a hazelnut-like nuttiness. In the finish, there’s a good amount of earthy hop and grainy bitterness. The box-like oxidation and nuttiness lasted for a bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: The flavors in this beer were a bit nutty with a fair amount of oxidation. Therefore, I’d go with a bold, flavorful food or something spicy, as the flavors in the beer would help to tempter the spiciness. For me, I’d pair this with something like a spicy chicken pad Thai dish to get some of the nuttiness out of the peanuts, and let the beer knock down some of the spiciness a bit.
Overall Impression: I feel a bit bad being overly critical of this beer, as it was bottled over two years ago. It did have quite a bit of noticeable oxidation, giving it a box-like flavor. There was a decent amount of nutty maltiness still there, but it was hard to look past the oxidation. If I do get a chance to try this one fresh, I’ll redo my review, but as for this particular bottle, it did not hold up.