Neustadt 10W30

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Snobby beers got started when I used to teach a night class at the UWO.  After teaching from 7-10pm, I’d come home and enjoy one (or a few) new beers that I’d pre-selected from the craft beer section at the LCBO.  This ‘tradition’ quickly spread to friends, and before we knew it, we’d never drink Coors Light again.  

This gem had been set aside in the fridge for a while.  I’d saved this beauty for a treat after a long week of travelling for work until it came time to pull out my favorite frosty glass and gift it a whirl. 

This dark ale at 5.5% alcohol has won numerous awards dating back to 2004.  An ‘english brown-ale’, this beer is slight to start, but with a stronger finish with taste building as it moves down your tongue.  Light carbonation with a caramel/toffee finish, and a flavour that lingers on the palate.  This is a particularly malty ale to start with an earthy touch, and definitely a nutty element as it finishes with a hopsy balance.

In the end, this isn’t a beer you’d want to drink more than a few of, but after a long week, this is exactly what you’re looking for.  

Cheers,

Eric

Yesterdays beer March 03 2012

Neustadt 10w30 was one of the first craft beers I had when I was starting to understand what craft beer was. A few women I knew liked it but I wasn’t very enthused and found it to be to reminiscent of oil and tar. Making 10w30 a great name for it. I will clarify that I had been a Guiness drinker for nearly ten years at this point and had liked the Mill st. Coffee porter and St. Ambois Oatmeal stout. Over the last five or so years later I’ve had it now and again with no special care for it. I hadn’t had it recently, nor since I’ve been writing or paying any attention to beer in a deeper fashion. I found the malty start to be a bit off putting. Though as I kept drinking it fell into the back ground felt like a more mature flavour rather than whacking you over the head with a complete lack of subtlety. I’m wondering if that has more to do with it being a fairly old can of beer and it’s a beer that matures well.

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I try not to purchase less than two of anything when I’m looking for something to drink or even something a bit outside my usual choices to drink. Which maybe works against me sometimes. Though even beer I’m not overly fond of anymore makes for a quenched thirst and a bit of an education. As is the case with quaffing my second can of Tuborg Gold. It’s not my favourite drink by any means but it was thirst quenching and unoffensive. I guess that’s me. I want some thing that makes the effort to make a statement to offend me or not. To have a flavour and character of its own. Not that Tuborg Gold is bland, it’s just pleasant and beer like.

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But, don’t take my word for it. Drink the beer!

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