Review: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

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  • 1.5
  • AROMA 3/10
  • TASTE 2/10
  • PALATE 1/5
  • OVERALL 5/20
  • MAR 15, 2012

I received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into an Ommegang glass at fridge temperature.

A – This beer poured a dark golden color which was surprising. I expected dark brown but this is clearly a golden ale. A 2-Finger head was produced that was crystal clear and dissipated almost instantly. There’s some nice bubbles on the swirl but, at 8%, no alcohol legs to speak of.

S – There’s not a lot of smell to this. Clear Bourbon scent but it’s very weak. I’m no getting much and am overall pretty disappointed with the scent. Smells like a BMC beer.

T – Immediately, I’m getting Wild Turkey or Makers Mark mixed with a glass of spring water. It’s really pretty nasty. Dry and roasted malts on the back of the tongue.

M – 80% carbonation on the mouth swish. Light-bodied and a mouth quenching whiskey linger.

O – This is flat out a drain pour. wow, what a disappointing beer.

This beer was utterly terrible. Imagine Yuengling aged in Bourbon Barrels with water added. I’m going to avoid this one from now on.


Review: Lindemans Faro Lambic

Lindemans Faro Lambic Beer

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  • Overall: 3.4
  • AROMA 8/10
  • TASTE 6/10
  • PALATE 3/5
  • OVERALL 12/20
  • MAR 15, 2012

Picked this up at the Lebanon Health Food Store for $5.25. Poured into an Ommegang Glass at cellar temperature of 59 Degrees F.

A – The beer is a dark amber to brown color. Really beautiful. An easy pour generated 3-fingers of off white to leather colored head. It dissipated to a small line of bubbles after 5 minutes.

S – The standard Tart & Sour scent is what hits the nose first. This is followed by wheat and very bready yeast. It has a sort of ice cream scent like mint ice cream. Creamy and sugar along with cream. Very pleasant and not too over powering.

T – Yeah, it’s a very mild sweetness. The sweet and tart notes fade away almost instantly which is disappointing. The wheat taste is the dominant taste in this beer. I’d prefer more sour from a Lindemans beer but it’s not terrible.

M – 50/50 bubbles to liquid on a mouth swish. Lingering candy taste after swallowing. Light and drinkable.

O – This is a solid beer but not fantastic. The price wasn’t too bad. As I finish this glass, the sweetness is starting to sit weird on the palate. If it was a bit more sour, the sweetness wouldn’t be such a turn off.

I wouldn’t have this beer again. It was beautiful but way too sweet.

“Today’s New Wave of So-Called “Beer Geek.””

via “John Smith” on Vimeo:

Today’s New Wave of So-Called “Beer Geek.” from John Smith on Vimeo.

I’d hate to admit that I did this for the first few days of getting excited about craft beers. A lot of the veteran beer lovers have made fun of this video but they’ve been drinking craft beer for decades. The landscape was different back then and they still get excited about it.

Me, well I discovered craft beer more recently when the scene was different and I can relate to this video but this lasted for about 3 days and then I changed the approach but I’ve never ordered beer on eBay…ever.

The day I became aware of craft beer

I was drinking this:



This beer was bottled mid-2010. I was sitting in St. Augustine at a bar that had opened after I moved away from St. Augustine for San Francisco. I was home in August of 2010 in between moving to New Hampshire and decided to splurge on a $20 beer. I recognized Sierra Nevada from my time out west and ordered this. My eyes were open for the first time to what beer could be. It wasn’t until a year later that I started buying beer like this regularly but I was aware of it and it set me on a new path in life. I acquired this in a trade last month. This nearly 2 year old beer has aged pretty well and reminds me of that night with friends – the night I discovered Craft Beer.