Saturday, October 16, 2010
Yet the same thing doesn't happen with beer. Or at least when it does, most of the beer that turns up as samples is underwhelming.
But not this one.
No, this is the real stuff. It's a proper Amber Ale, brewed using Pride of Ringwood hops, Export Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Crystal & Chocolate malt and top fermenting proprietary yeast, capped off with a vintage date on the label and a website that lists such beer geek stats as the IBU and the final gravity.
The beer itself shows the toasty, 'cocoa powder' chocolate malt characters right through the middle, with that distinctive 'Australian' Pride of Ringwood aroma (which not everyone likes, but it's well regarded) and a dry finish. It is, as expected, long, well built and just plain tasty, living up to the packaging and story nicely.
If only they were all this good....