I just finished dinner, along with a great dessert my wife made with crescent rolls and marshmellows. I’ve got several beer reviews to catch up on from our Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago last weekend, but I didn’t want that to stop me from enjoying one tonight. This beer was given to me by my sister and dad, from their trip to Pittsburgh a while ago. I’ve been waiting to enjoy this until the holidays, and forgot about it. So, tonight’s the night.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5% ABV, ~130 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color and fairly clear with brown highlights when held up to the light. The head is very thin, creamy, and khaki colored. The aroma is nutty with some lager-like sulphery smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The flavor up front is nutty, which grows and is joined by some caramel maltiness in the middle. It finishes with a good amount of nuttiness and a dark cherry like sweetness with the caramel maltiness stepping into in the background a bit. These flavors stick around briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: The nuttiness and caramel maltiness make it an easy pairing for BBQ, as the sweet caramel flavors would mix nicely. However, it could also complement lighter holiday meals like turkey and dressing, adding a little bit of sweet warmth to it.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the nuttiness and the caramel flavors, and the dark cherry made it a bit more interesting. It had a nice complex mix of flavors that fit with the holidays, but I think I was expecting some cinnamon or spices. While it didn’t remind me of an actual nut roll, it was a nice, complex nut brown ale. Overall, it was a good beer that I’d recommend trying.