I figured it had been a while since I sat down and reviewed a beer, so here I am. This beer has received a fair amount of buzz on the internet given that it's a collaboration with the legendary Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. When it was recommended to me by a friend of the club (Thanks Isaac!) on our Facebook page, I decided to pick up a bottle and see what the hype was all about.
First of all, take a look at that bottle. Kick-effing-ass. Amazing Iron Maiden-inspired artwork. I know a couple people who like to buy beer just based on the artwork. Well lads, if you don't buy a bottle of this just for the bottle, you're nuts.
The pour is a nice clear golden copper with a thin off-white head.
The aroma. Oh, the aroma. Sweet caramel malts with subtle floral and citrus hop notes with some earthy undertones. The smell is just great.
These aromas set a high expectation for the flavour to follow through on. However, it delivers quite well. The balance of caramel sweetness and hop bitterness is wicked. There's a definite bread taste in there, almost akin to rye bread. I also get a bit of fruit, orange and green apple, but very subtle next to the caramel malts. The mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and very little aftertaste.
Overall, this was a great ESB. Superbly balanced and highly sessionable. I would buy it again. $4.60 for a 500mL is very reasonable for such a great beer. If I had to rate it, I'd give it a 4.5/5.
So folks, this got me thinking. After receiving a recommendation from a friend and deciding to write a review about the beer, I figured it'd be fun if I did it more often. That means if you come across a beer that you think I should try, I'll look to pick it up and jot down my thoughts on it. The more accessible the better, meaning if I can grab it at an LCBO I'll be more likely to write a review on it. While I won't promise to write a review on every recommendation that comes my way, I'll do my best! Drop me a line through either of our social media outlets which you can find at the top of the page, or leave me a comment here.
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!