Given to me as a gift from a well-known bar owner. Many thanks.
750 mL capped bottle. Not really sure what a Oatmeal, Rye, India Brown Ale is, but …
Opening produces a HUGE gusher – not a trivial amount of beer lost, in fact around one third of the total contents are lost on the kitchen counter. Makes me think ‘infection’ or a best ‘over-carbonated’, we’ll see.
The pour gives a frankly UGLY, chocolate brown color to the body that looks like viscous med – totally opaque. The head is obviously very good, well retained, a coffee-color and gives some nice lace. In that respect the beer looks good, but the color is just pain UGLY. There is an immediate paradox in the appearance.
The nose gives an acidic twang and some blue cheese. This makes me think Brett or infection.
The tastes reflect the nose and offer an acidic, light, blue cheese note and not much else. Funk is all over the place and the sour note persists through the beer, or at least the amount I can get down before drain pouring the rest of the bottle.