Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leinenkugels Fireside Nut Brown Ale

Leinenkugels Fireside Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA

Euro Dark Lager

4.90% ABV

Commercial Description:
The new amber-toned brew features roasted malt character, with English two-row malts provide the beer with a maple aroma and pronounced chocolate, caramel and hazelnut top notes.

This beer was in this years Christmas Beer Variety case at State Line Liquors. I do not tote this as a Holiday beer but I guess it’s there winter seasonal and it made it into this year’s variety case. This is the last of the Christmas Variety case the other beers in this case have been reviewed in the past.

The beer pours a clear dark copper with amber hues and a modest off white head.

The nose has some caramel malt aromas mixed in with very grassy notes.

Not a very good first sip.

The taste starts out with some caramel malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue followed by a cleansing effervescence as the beer is washed over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is an additional carbonation release during the swallow that masks flavors. The finish has some nice caramel malt flavors but there is also some very unpleasant harshness. The final aftertaste is of some caramel malts and a nutty note.

This harshness is really too much to ignore. It’s not just a lager harness with some grassy notes it’s a down right unpleasantness.

This beer has just started to warm up at little and it’s barely drinkable.

I guess I could force the rest but I’m really not enjoying this at all so I’m stopping here with about a half glass left.

D-, Leinenkugels Fireside Nut Brown Ale is not a good beer. Actually I haven’t had a beer this bad in a long time. Almost drinkable when ice cold with caramel malt flavors and nutty notes but turns down right nasty as soon as it warms a little.

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