I’m a sucker for slightly chilly weather and strong beer. Combine the two and I’m one happy camper. Thanks to everyone for hanging out, we had a blast. Thanks to Colin for being such a genuinely happy beermaker.
I enjoyed the sample pitchers as a way to try all the beers and was pleased that nobody got visibly disgusted by the rinse pitcher. The Little Barley Bitter would make a great end of a long day beer. The IPA….well….I wasn’t impressed. It seemed, judging from Colin’s tone, that the brewers at Barley John’s were aware this mix of hops was a bit of an experiment and in that regard it turned out well. Stacked up to other IPAs that I’m a fan of, though, it doesn’t hold up as well. The Wild Brunette, though is a great brown ale without being watery (something I’ve noticed in browns….could just be me). For a final act in the 4-part sampler, I don’t think anyone could top the Dark Knight Returns. I also don’t think any healthy American should enjoy any more than each of us poured. It was big, bold, complex and I think I may have napped for a few minutes after drinking what little I had. I particularly enjoyed the contrast from the aroma to the taste. The heavy bourbon smell was only mildly present in the flavor – a perfect balance for a beer of that style, IMHO.