Friday, January 25, 2013

Thirteenth Hour

  • SRM Color : 47
  • Brewer: Samuel Adams
  • Brewer's Description: The combination of 7 different malts creates a brilliant black brew that's full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums.  The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of our Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that's been aged in oak tuns for up to a year.  The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 6.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Dammit!
  • Comments: They can not all be home runs. The Sam Adams Boston Lager was a seminal moment in my beer drinking history. 20 years ago, it marked a point in my history when beer became more than a cheap buzz and turned into something that could be enjoyed, discussed and debated. I had high hopes for this beer, and unfortunately it left much to be desired. It poured a very dark caramel like burnt toffee. The head consisted of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles, but dissipated quickly. I could not detect any nose during the pour, and had to raise the glass to my nose to sample the smell. It was an immediate let down. it smelled clinical and for lack of a better word, "unfinished". The flavor was sharp and bitter. There were hints of the barrel aging process but they were buried behind the sterile flavors of a mass production process. I did buy two bottles and I am cellaring one. It is my hope that a more mature blend of flavors will provide a more pleasant experience and I will be opening the other bottle in a year or so with hope.

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