Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Random Beer from my Brother

My brother has started to make a tradition of giving me beer as my Hanukkah present. Works for me! This one we were supposed to open together, but we totally forgot to do so. Oh well. This was a beer made by a friend of his at a brewery (possibly Shenandoah which is now the Farmer's Cabinet brewery) and was supposedly an Oatmeal Stout.
Smelled like dark fruit with a hint of hops. Some sourness in the nose was the first hint that something was terribly wrong with this. At first, I thought it was a sherry flavor since it was over a year old, but as I drank more I realized it was more of a sharp tanginess, reminiscent of infection. It sort of reminded me of a really poor sour porter but way less drinkable. I did manage to get through the whole glass in the picture so it wasn't undrinkable, just bizarre.

Honestly, looking at the picture, you can see how thin the body is since you can basically see through it. My recommendation to my brother's friend is to drink the rest of these if he has any left since it's just going to get worse as the infection spreads.


  1. It was Shenandoah, yeah; and they're (relatively) old at this point. Year and a half, I think? Looks like we have a plan for New Years...

  2. Considering what the brewer at The Farmer's Cabinet told me about the state of Shenandoah when he took over, I'm not terribly surprised this seems to be infected. You'll have to let me know what you think of it since I'm guessing you had it fresh.

  3. I (and my friends that made it) liked it. But then, I have a feeling that my pallet isn't quite as discerning.

    Ha, I also enjoyed Immort Ale (or at least didn't dislike it), though my friends did dislike it.