Monthly Archives: March 2013

Innis & Gunn – Irish Whiskey Cask

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From the website:

This special bottling of Innis & Gunn has been matured in rare oak barrels from a famous distillery in Ireland. These barrels had previously been used to mature one of the great triple distilled Irish whiskeys. The result of this unique maturation is a big, full flavoured, complex beer with a delightful warming finish.

Look

Alec:  The head on this thing goes for miles.

Vince:  This looks like it’s diesel fuel.

Alec:  The head on it is solid.  It doesn’t even try to even out.

Josh:  This is…jet black.

Vince:  Murky pond water.

Smell

Alec:  It smells like a good stout.

Josh:  Mmmmm yeah, that’s good.

Vince:  Smells really good.

Taste

Alec:  That’s good.

Josh:  Yeah.

Vince:  It’s a little too sweet for my taste.  You can definitely get the whiskey tones to it.

Josh:  It’s really weird.

Vince:  I don’t like the taste.

Alec:  It’s really strong.

Josh:  It’s a strange thing.

Josh:  The taste of the barrel on top of a stout is very…interesting.  It’s what you want when you want to taste whiskey but not get drunk.  I don’t hate it, but the taste of the whiskey barrel is definitely there, and I don’t think that I like it.

Vince:  I like my stouts on the coffee end instead of the…

Vince:  What’s it like to be a dog and be afraid of coins in a jar?

Vince:  This tastes like when something is rusting in water.

Alec:  It’s diluted oil.

Vince:  That’s 6,000 mile oil right there.

Vince:  I hate to go back to the Chimay again, but this has those same overtones to me.

Alec:  It’s just like the Milk Stout to me.

Josh:  I smell the Milk Stout.

Vince:  No way, you guys need to have a Milk Stout and compare them.

Alec:  Ok.

At this point, Vince takes Alec’s glass into the kitchen to clean it out, and accidentally smashes it into the sink.

Josh:  He hates this beer so much he smashed that glass.  “What if I can’t clean it enough to get the taste out?”

Josh:  The Milk Stout has more coffee tones.

Alec:  The Milk Stout tastes weaker.

Vince/Josh:  It is weaker.

Vince:  But it’s better.  It’s so smooth.

Alec:  It is smoother, but I don’t think it’s any better.

Josh:  The tastes of the whiskey and the beer just don’t compliment each other.

Drinkability

Vince:  It’s really heavy.  I can feel it sitting.

Alec:  This is not a sipping beer.  This would go great with Irish food.

Josh:  It gets better as you get used to the taste.

Final Thoughts

Vince:  It’s alright.

Alec:  I like it as much as I like the Milk Stout.

Josh:  I would give this a 2.5.

Vince:  It’s an interesting taste for sure.  I like it, I think it’s OK.

Josh:  If I had options, this would not be what I would choose.

Alec:  I’d give this a 4, easily.

Samuel Adams – Irish Red

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From the website:

As comforting as an evening in an Irish pub, this red ale brings together a roasted malt sweetness with an earthy hoppiness for an incredible balance and full flavor.

Look

Alec:  Looks pretty.  The head was good.

Josh:  The head was great.  It’s got a beautiful color.

Vince:  Yeah it’s very pretty.

Smell

Josh:  Smells like beer.

Vince:  Generic beer.

Josh:  I just snorted some, it tastes great in my nose.

Taste

Vince:  This would be a good food beer.

Alec:  It’s got a tanginess to it.

Vince:  I would say this is not one of my favorite Sam Adams because of that tanginess.  I don’t like the aftertaste.

Drinkability

Alec:  I like this one but I dunno…

Josh:  It’s just a good, easy beer.  It’s not something that’s going to offend.

Vince:  It reminds me of a flat IPA.  You can start to taste that wave of hoppiness from the IPA.

Alec:  Well it is a Sam Adams.  They love their hops.

Final Thoughts

Alec:  It’s ok.

Vince:  It’s alright.

Josh:  I like it, but it’s not like a Top 10 beer or anything.

Vince:  It’s a good chatty beer.

Alec:  If you served this to me, I wouldn’t hate you for it, but I probably wouldn’t bother to ask you what it is.

Vince:  It’s got a good color, it’s a safe beer.

Josh:  I think I would order it if I was out, but just because I’m surprised it’s on the menu.