B.W. Beer Works The Cask

Hawaii did not have a bustling beer scene. I think we went to almost every possible brewery and beer destination on the two islands that we were on. The beers that I had were okay, but nothing mind-blowing.

ABV: 8%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Cask, named for the Poe short story The Cask of Amontillado, is a dark, smooth, malty, full-bodied & robust beer with toasty malt, toffee notes that one expects from a barrel aged beer (but it is not) and warms the insides from its 8% abv. Best when served in a snifter glass. Being a high alcohol and full flavored beer, The Cask ages well when stored in a cool dark place”

Random: This beer won Silver at a World Beer Championship.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was super sweet and off-putting. It had booze, raisins and dates with a huge dose of brown sugar. The taste started off with a lot of booze that was very hot. It quickly went into sherry sweetness along with raisins, dates and some leather. Molasses were there as well. Malt came through as well with a touch of nuttiness. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky and had the molasses sweetness. I picked this up outside of DC, but I don’t recall what I paid for either. Either way, this beer was a miss for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

B.W. Beer Works Pendulum Pilsner

Today is my last Valentine’s Day being single. We get married in 10 days and I couldn’t be more excited.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pendulum Pilsner is a rich velvet smooth, yet clean, dry and crisp pilsner of a pale gold color. The complex mix of hops and malt creates an elegant floral nose and delightful taste that is very drinkable without overwhelming even the most tepid beer drinker. Not overly bitter but just enough of the hop to enjoy their subtle complexities while still enjoying the smooth, and almost sweet taste of the malt. Serve Pendulum in a tall glass to enjoy the carbonated bead and the steady white head that laces the glass and taste why Pendulum Pilsner is a cut above the rest.”

Random: This won silver at the 2016 World Beer Championships.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass. A very petite crown was left on top of the clear, golden-yellow body. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was slightly skunky up front. It had river stones as well, but I couldn’t get away from the skunk. The taste was also skunky, although not nearly as prevalent as the nose. Some grassy hops and light yeast made their way through as well, but this beer was simplistic. The body was incredibly light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. A bottle f this beer was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer and there are many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

B.W. Beer Works Tell Tale Heart

I was really excited to give this beer a try. I’m not a huge Poe fan, but I love beers that use historical references. Of course, this is a beer that Val picked up for me in the Baltimore area when she was on her way home from DC. I’ve never seen any reviews of this beer, so I had no idea what to expect, other than very cute label art.


ABV: 7.25%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Your first experience with this IPA is the citrus bouquet from its rocky white head. The initial taste is subdued but gradually becomes intense without any harsh bitterness. The Heartier the Better.”

Random: I’ve moved in my Netflix queue to a British documentary about historical murders in London.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick and pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber-colored with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some old citrus rind and quickly went into pine resin. There was some bready malt as well. The taste started with a slightly musty note, like an old basement. It then went into the same old citrus rind and pine resin. The taste was more malty than the nose with sweet caramel. It had a thin and watery body with light carbonation. The alcohol wasn’t noticeable. It had a quick, yet sweet finish with caramel malt and old pine needles. A single bottle of this was $2.17 ($.18 per ounce). I was really disappointed by this beer. It was a less than average IPA.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0