Thursday, October 18, 2007

Break out the Forty!

Charlie Papazian must be a subversive, if this wiki entry is accurate:
"American brewing authority Charlie Papazian claims to have once done a beer tasting where a malt liquor was slipped into a tasting of Maibocks and placed rather highly, indicating possible affinities between the two styles."

Do you think Papazian ever told them he slipped a King Cobra in with the Bock samples? That would be kind of like a brewer claiming they had a fine beer when they put rice in it.

To be fair, Rice is listed as an ingredient on the label.

So I tried Berghoff Famous Bock from Joseph Huber Brewing of Wisconsin. They claim to be the second oldest brewery in America. (FYI: the oldest is Yuengling, which is pronounced just like it looks.)
There was no freshness date provided and it poured with a "now you see it now you don't" fizzy head. Thought it might be stale, but other reviewers indicate similar behavior. The advert blurb says "creamy on the palate" but I don't get that at all. More body, alcohol content and hop bitterness than the last three beers I've tried. Lots of detail on the website that would be of interest to home brewers, such as original gravity and IBU (International Bitterness Units. You just knew there was an official scale of bitterness out there, dintcha?) I'd buy it again if it was on sale.

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