Val is working late, so I’m stuck watching Jeopardy by myself. I’m obviously winning. Let’s get to the beer.
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley.”
Random: It’s been a long time since I had a great Irish stout.
The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was jet black with no visible carbonation. The nose was like sticking my face in an ashtray. It had a lot of wood ash and smoke with some dark malt to counter the ash, but not enough. The taste was bitter with old espresso and the same amount of ash and smoke. It had an aggressive amount of booze warming at the end of the sip. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash. I have no idea how much this bomber was since it was a gift, but this beer didn’t do it for me. There was no balance to it.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0