Sweet mother of Christ that is a long name for a beer. As I was reading the label I felt like Fry in the episode of Futurama where he drank the emperor, reciting the illustrious list of people that I’ve drank. Luckily, my ADD kicked in and I decided to buy it and try it even though I never really finished the label. Had I done that, the beer would have been skunky and I would have died of old age. Since I didn’t, here are my thoughts:
The Smells: Malty, sweet, with maybe a slight hint of chocolate. Malt for certain, sweet for certain, but don’t trust the sniffer on chocolate.
The Pour: Great head that sticks around for a medium amount of time, nice vivid brown color. More malt smell.
The Tastes: A lot of people say that they taste the 11% ABV but I just don’t. Alcohol usually comes across as a burn in my mouth, on my tongue, or in my throat, but I just didn’t get that here. Which was terrifying, because it’s as alcoholic as Rob Ford. Instead, I got a nutty, malty, light, crisp flavor with hints of the oak and whiskey. I really dig their choice of Evan Williams barrels because it’s one of the smoother bourbons out there and a personal favorite, and it adds to the flavor here rather than distract or confuse.
Typically, you’re not thinking of a brown as a summer beer, but the medium body and light, dry finish make this pretty refreshing. I’m not sure it’s what I’d want after a long day of yard work, but maybe while watching the sun set on the porch. Whenever you choose to drink it, I think you’ll be pretty happy with your selection.