Every Friday at 8:10am we feature a new beer and taste it. Me buddy Chad give our opinions however novice and/or snobby they may be. Why? Because it's fun, and haven't you've always wanted to try out that weird looking beer on the top shelf? So have we. We'll do it for you. Everyone wins! You can also play along at home, or simply buy after we try. Make sure you pick your beer up at Spec's. That's where we shop!
Our rating scale is SUPER simple. Anyone can understand it. It's a scale of 1 to 10.
1 = Ass Juice
10 = Unicorns and Rainbows
Depending on the flavor, packaging, hoppiness, maltiness, and pure snobbery, we place the beers somewhere on this sliding scale. Purchase the beers ahead of time, and play along!
Thank you to Ian The Chef at my fave spot, Nova, for bringing this in and inviting the public to Nova's second anniversary party. It's this Sunday, September 9th from 3-whenever. There's gonna be a pig roast, BEER!, live music, and lots of fun, because I'll show up at some point. :)
Congrats to Nova on 2 years of good food and great service. Ok, I'll stop gushing now. I effing love that place.
I had to look back in the archives to see which other Rahr has been on the show, and it was their Winter Warmer, so I was happy Ian brought in the Ugly Pug, especially since so many of you have been requesting we drink local beers on the show.
(Hey Rahr guys: why don't you come in the studio and hang??!!)
Anyway, upon first look at this, for some reason I thought it was a stout. I guess I can't read??! Or maybe it was the dark coloring. Once I was told there was a "chocolatey" flavor to this, I immediately became worried. Afterall, I'm not a fan of chocolate, and I didn't want to try to get down yet another heavy, sugary beer in the morning.
But, what I got instead was something balanced and pleasant to taste. There was a hint of chocolate, but not enough to turn me off, as there was plenty of hops/malt flavor to mellow it out and make it an easy, slow-sipping beer. Complex enough to enjoy alone, but not too overbearing that you couldn't enjoy a meal with it.
All in all, a well balanced dark lager, with just a hint of sweetness to feel like you're getting a small treat with your beer.
And, I guess Chad and Ian agreed, because there was a first on the show: we all gave the same scores.
Read 'em an weep!