Off Color Bare Bear

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Off Color Brewing, Reviews, Sahti

Since I’ve been getting home before Val lately, I’ve been watching a lot of documentary series on Netflix. I just finished a series on historic British murders. Now, I’m watching a documentary series on the mysteries of history. This episode specifically is about the history of Abraham Lincoln. I’m absolutely loving this. Anyways, beer.

barebear

ABV: 7%

Style: Sahti

Trivia: According to brewery website, “Bare Bear, at 7% ABV, is actually fairly weak when compared to traditional examples that would range from 7 to 9% ABV. We also don’t use any of the traditional equipment, because, well, we don’t have it. But we do add juniper berries to the mash and then again in the kettle along with oak staves that impart a tannic character to the final beer. We use a saison yeast instead of bread yeast because we like it better and we use stainless steel fermenters instead of milk jugs because we are a commercial brewery and our customers would probably get mad if we served the beer flat out of old milk jugs. Consumers today are way to particular for my tastes.”

Random: We have a lot of birds in the front yard. I love watching them since we have so many different species.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with no carbonation due to how dark the beer was. On the nose, I picked up caramel malt, brown sugar with a touch of fresh spearmint. The taste was much less sweet than the nose. I tasted juniper berries, peppermint and spearmint. Then, there was some plum sweetness with grain and toast. The body was light with equally minimal carbonation. The booze didn’t come through on the taste. It had a quick and herbal finish. A single bottle of this was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting beer and enjoyed it, although some of the flavors were a bit disjointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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