For what I believe is only the second time in my life I have thrown away a beer.The first time was when an ex-pat mate sent me one of the Sam Adams "specials" that was some ridiculously high ABV. Not only was it stupidly strong it was disgusting. Anyway on Saturday we happened into Morrisons. Don't normally shop there but we were just nearby and needed a couple of bits. As I am out of beer at home apart from some wheat beer which I drink less of in the winter I thought I'd bag something to tide me over until I source from my more normal outlets. They had some "own brand" stuff brewed by Titanic. They are a good brewery normally so I thought I would try their Chestnut Ale. You don't see "nutty" beers too often these days. OMG. It was awful. The problem was simple. They'd added roast chestnuts to the brew in some form and massively overdone it. What a disaster. I tried to plough through. On numerous occasions I've had a beer that is a bit too much but it's been drinkable. But not this stuff, after a third it had to go. Trouble is I bought two bottles. What do I do with the second!Anybody else had any throwaway nightmares?GO
What do I do with the second!Marinade a joint of beef.Anybody else had any throwaway nightmares?More than I can count. I'm always buying silly combinations when I would be better with a simple brown bitter.
I seem to remember I once had to discard a bottle of beer somewhere in Belgium.That was good advice to use it for a marinade. Then use the marinade in a pot with the beef.
What do I do with the second!Take it back next time you're passing and tell them just how disgusting it is. You'll get two decent beers in their place.
thought I would try their Chestnut Ale / it's been drinkable / Trouble is I bought two bottles. What do I do with the second!Well, you could give it to me! ;O)I had a bottle last night and really enjoyed it. Definitely different and very heavy on the taste side of things, but I thought it was more reminiscent of a bar of Fruit & Nut than chestnuts.I only got myself the single bottle so will have to make do with a Roaring Meg tonight instead ;o).Weath.
Weath,If only we lived a bit closer :-)I am not a fan of ginger flavoured beer either - but I have a mate who loves it.Ah well, now I know.Think I'll cook with it as suggested. I can't be bothered to go back to Morrisons as we don't normally shop there.GO
I don't mind a bit of vanilla or brandy soaked oak chips in an imperial stout during winter months, but all this ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, elderflower, heather malarkey is getting out of hand - what's wrong with good old-fashioned hops...
In the end I gave it to my mate to try.GO
Don't think I've ever had a bottled beer that I've been unable to finish (I can tell you're surprised..)- but I've had a few decidedly average ones.Plenty of undrinkable pints, but this is down to condition, not style. Seems to be better these days actually - or I'm fussier about where I drink - but haven't had a pint of 'vinegar' served me for ages.OT - had some Salopian Oracle in bottles last time I was back home: 5* highly recommended if you can find it. Salopian Shropshire Gold works well in bottles too.
The first time was when an ex-pat mate sent me one of the Sam Adams "specials" that was some ridiculously high ABV. Not only was it stupidly strong it was disgusting.Was it the Triple Bock, in a cobalt blue glass bottle with [24ct?] gold lettering? I had a bottle of the 1994 Brew Reserve [17.5%]. It was brewed with maple syrup.http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/111/?ba=rayjayIt was supposed to taste a bit like port, and should have got better with age. I saved it for about 5 years, till New Year's Eve 2000.But after years of anticipation, I was mightily disappointed. It was pretty awful, actually. A shame really, because I'd sampled quite a lot of Sam Adams [draught mostly] whenever I've been in the US, and I like their beers, normally. Maybe it was the maple syrup...I still have the empty bottle.oddbodd
oddbodd,Was it the Triple Bock, in a cobalt blue glass bottle with [24ct?] gold lettering?Not sure. I've erased the memory :-) But yes it sounds about right.My mate from Uni had been over in the States a few years and decided to send it to me and another guy. The idea originally was that all 3 of us would open and sup at the same time in our respective locations. But we never got round to it and a few years later one night I thought sod it. And like yourself the anticipation was killed dead when I discovered it was unpalatable. I was given some Aventitus (sp?) years before that was something like 12% and they were a struggle but actually quite nice. But this stuff, nah.I still have the empty bottle.At one point I had a fine collection of empty beer bottles. When I started living in sin they got relegated to a cardboard box and then when we moved the recycling bin :-(GO
I remember being in a nice country pub and ordering a pint of bitter (normally an OK brand but can't remember what) as I lifted it to my mouth I got the reek of Tomcat's piss. Overpowering. I was 18 and didn't have the confidence to complain. It was unmistakable. I can only think a cat had peed in or over the glass. I should have handed back to the barman and asked him to drink it, but I didn't. A minor regret in my life.Nowadays with beer at £3+ a pint it has to be perfect or back it goes. These days I know how to politely but assertively complain.Leo
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