Fatherhood and well...actual adulthood, means not celebrating American Craft Beer week with QUITE the same vigor I might have a few years ago.
HOWEVER, thanks to the excellent staff at Baton Rouge’s Corporate Brew & Draft, I gave it a go on Thursday night and brought you a few reviews. Enjoy these if you have the occasion this weekend:
Different take on an IPA, with roasted malts that actually kind of dampen the hoppy bitterness a bit, and compliment it versus accentuating it. Soft open, nice malty middle, with just a teensy bit of bite at the end — not even really bitter, just a crispness you detect. Malty finish, almost like a German beer. Solid 3.75 out of 5 stars.
An IPA with mango and apricot. So we’re already weird. Opens a little malty, finishes with just a bit of bite and some of that fruity flavor. Not bad, but not my taste really. Not a bad starter IPA all things considered, as its not too hoppy. 3.25 out of 5 stars.
What can I say, I’m a mark for the barrel-aged stuff. Heavy roasted bouquet here that carries through the open, with kind of a neutral middle/slightly flat close with a bit of sweetness and a bit of the barrel. Kind of feels like they didn’t use the best bourbon on this one. Just okay, not the best barrel-aged I’ve had. 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Founders KBS, 2018 Edition
Still, 150-percent, the KING of this genre, and maybe my favorite beer on all of planet Earth. From the boozy bouquet that lets you know EXACTLY what you are in for, to the soft opening and rich, layered flavor of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal...still the king. 5 stars. The Leonard Fournette of beers. The Patrick Peterson of beers. Kneel before Zod.