It’s my son’s 16th birthday weekend, but since incidents of COVID have picked up, it was a pretty low-key weekend around here. I’ve spent quite a bit of time this weekend just working around the house, and studying. I’m starting on a financial services designation, so it’s consuming a lot of my time lately. Other than that, since I’m sitting here studying, I figured I’d grab a beer (and write this, as a distraction from studying). My friend Joe gave me this along with several other beers from down south. The can says, “Our Praline Amber Ale is brewed with a generous addition of Georgia Pecans and Madagascar vanilla. We also add lactose to accentuate the natural caramel flavors from the malt. These additions combine to produce a flavor reminiscent of a traditional Southern candy, the praline.” The code on the bottom doesn’t provide any clues as to when this was brewed or canned.
Location: Poured from the can into a snifter style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 5.2% ABV, ~180 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It has a deep amber color with brick-red and brown hues. It’s slightly cloudy and had a big, rocky white head on it that fell after a few minutes. It has a nice caramel-toffee malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is quite crisp from the carbonation. The flavor up front is quite metallic, with a bit of maltiness – that, when combined with the metallic flavors, tastes a bit like licking rust. In the middle, the metallic flavor turns somewhat tart, and both the metallic flavor and tartness grown in the finish, along with a malty backbone thats detectable behind the other flavors. It’s the tartness that dominates the finish with the metallic flavor behind it.
Food Pairing: I did not finish this beer and wouldn’t recommend it, let alone pairing it with any food.
Overall Impression: I will admit that I’m unsure how old this beer is, which could have had an impact on flavor, but I was extremely disappointed with it. I was expecting something sweet and nutty, and while there were some decent caramel-toffee malt flavors in the nose, these flavors were hidden behind a metallic flavor and tartness that I just couldn’t get past. After taking a few notes, I poured out what remained, as it just tasted infected. I’m curious to get my hands on another, to see if the one I got was just a bad can or bad batch, but this was not good at all.