Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This is another brew from the North Coast Brewing Company. Brother Thelonious wasn't as dark and rich as I expected it to be. It poured a hazy, deep, chestnut-red/brown. A fairly gentle pour in this style of glass gave a small head that reduced faster than I thought it would. Basically, there was no lacing.
It smelled of molasses, alcohol (as it is over 9% abv), and a bit of coffee.
In the taste was the molasses and alcohol, maybe a bit of vanilla. Also there was something fruity... prune? Raisin? A bit of bread.
It felt a little watery. Its finish was a bit dry, yet sticky.
This beer wasn't great, nor was it bad. Just good. One good thing about it, is that when you buy this beer, "you also help to support the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz whose mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world." So, while the beer may not be super-soulful, maybe its effects will be.