10 Apr Day 2 (#30Beers30Days)
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.