December 23, 2012 by knoxbeerdinosaur
I had a mini beer tasting at my place last Saturday. We had wine and cheese to start the evening. I ordered a big platter of sushi rolls from Nama; sushi is good if you know you may be sampling quite a few beers. Something about it (probably the rice) absorbs the alcohol and seems to minimize the hangover (Ol’ Saccy’s tip of the day). We enjoyed the food and then got down to the business of beer.
Innis & Gunn Original Scottish Ale Oak Aged Beer. This was definitely a favorite of the evening. All 4 tasters enjoyed the vanilla caramel nose. The taste was complex: vanilla, oaky with a hint of scotch and a smoky finish. A great beer.
Sinebrychoff Baltic Porter. This was a gift from my guests and it was an amazing beer. Had a nice chocolate nose with mocha flavor and a touch of bitterness. A nice complex and tasty beer. Thanks J and K!!
That’s it for the beer. I earned an embarassing badge from Untappd. “Take it Easy” badge. It pointed that I had drank 12 beers in one day and probably needed to take a cab. Oops. Luckily I was only having samples and I was at home. I will also point out that my guests were walking home.
Had I been a smart dino, we would have called it a night, but I was a bit tipsy and good sense was out the window.
I broke out this bottle of 17 year old scotch that tiny santa got me for being such a good dino this year. My photographers neglected to get a nice picture of the scotch bottle by itself. The BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Limited Release 1994. In hindsight we should have probably gone with a 1 ounce pour instead of a 2 ounce pour. It was definitely a finisher. Party over. By the way, the sushi did indeed lessen the next day hangover significantly.
It was a great evening with good friends, good food and good beer!
“Whiskey and Beer are a man’s worst enemies… but the man that runs away from his enemies is a coward! ” — Zeca Pagodinho (Brazilian songwriter)