Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black & Tan

Thanks to Justin Brooks for donating this beer to the blog, as he's been a good provider when it comes to Yuengling's beer. Tasted Wednesday afternoon following a stressful trip to the DMV (which eventually went successful, thanks to my landlord Kevin). Can poured, pint glass served.

Appearance: Clouded brown in the glass. Initially maintaining a strong beige/off white head, but dissipation was quick to reduce it to a fine film across the top. Presents a rubied hue when held to the light, and generally looks relatively still.
Aroma: Rich caramel and toffee, with a bit of an under attenuated element to it. I can also draw out vanilla and sweet liqueur like maltiness. Very subtle, but easy to pick out.
Taste: Caramel malt backbone, with again a very worty/pre-fermented flavor about it. This resides throughout the whole taste with a paralleled toffee and subtle toastiness. The finish is a bit roasted, but not overbearing. I feel this beer is a bit lackluster, but still could potentially combat a Guinesss/Bass Black and tan, or other "perceptively-categorized" dark beer. As the beer warms, it gets a bit more nutty. Aftertaste is biscuity and toasted.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonated bite that happens more towards the end of the taste. Smooth nonetheless, while finishing dry
Overall Impression: This beer is all about the malt. One can pick out the whole spectrum with this beer, which I think would be great for a tasting where you could teach people what flavors are what, and what to look for. Overall it is very drinkable and palatable, though I would have liked to see a bit more of a definite character about it.


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