Atlanta Beer Boutique | Day 2 (#30Beers30Days)
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Day 2 (#30Beers30Days)

If scotch & malt had a baby...

Today I sat down with my pal Shanelle – she loves beer too.  Imagine that!  Anywho, we sampled an early release brew that I was gifted.  It was fantastic.  Today’s treat was courtesy of the Leinenkugel Brewing Co. – a member of the Miller-Coors Craft Brewing family.  This summer, they will introduce their Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (9.5% ABV, Wisconsin), a limited release.  I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek bottle.

Ever wonder what it would taste like if you combined lots of malt, chocolate, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts, and scotch?  Me neither.  But a genius at Leinenkugel did, and we should be eternally grateful.  This is a complex beer, to say the least.  Upon pouring, we noticed quickly that there was limited carbonation, which produced a creamy but very low, almost non-existent head. The brew poured “thickly” – a nice body and fullness.  The color was gorgeous: a deep amber, reddish hue.  And the aroma was so prominent, we couldn’t tell if we were actually tasting certain notes or just smelling them.  I’ve learned that a key component of beer tasting is experiencing a pour at differing temperatures, so we allowed our final sips to sit until they reached room temperature.  That final sip was so reminiscent of scotch – viscous, sweet, pungent – it was almost unreal.  And did I mention it was 9.5% ABV? A beautiful beer, indeed!

I truly enjoyed this beer, but would not recommend it for the casual or faint beer drinker.  If I were to pair this scotch ale with food, I’d choose a custard dessert such as crème brulee to heighten its caramel and nutty notes.  My grade: A solid A.

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