During my hunt for the absolutely delicious Founders All Day IPA, I saw that Total Wine in Cherry Hill, NJ was selling singles of the Budweiser Black Crown. Since I was curious to see what this beer is all about, I decided to pick up a bottle as part of a mixed six pack.
Here’s what Budweiser has to say about their Black Crown:
Budweiser Black Crown is a new 6% ABV golden amber lager chosen by you, the people. Rooted in Budweiser’s rich heritage and authenticity, it delivers a smooth and distinct flavor you’ve come to expect from the King of Beers. Brewed with toasted caramel malt and a variety of American Hops, this drinkable golden amber lager is finished over beechwood chips for a smooth and distinctive flavor. Join the conversation now with #TasteIs.
Let’s find out if Budweiser brewed up something special…
- Appearance: Crystal clear amber color. Quite the noisy pour! All of that pop pop fizz fizz makes it sound like I’m filling my glass with seltzer. Zero head and zero lacing.
- Aroma: It even smells like seltzer! Actually, it smells like a Yuengling Spritzer. I guess it smells kinda malty and sweet, but that would be quite a stretch.
- Taste: Watery mouthfeel and light carbonation. Would it have killed them to add some hoppy bitterness? Talk about an unbalanced beer! All I’m getting from start to finish is bland malt. And the aftertaste reminds me of wet cardboard. Let me clarify. This is what I imagine cardboard would taste like if you let it steep in stagnant water for 7 days.
- ABV: 6.0%
McDonald’s hamburgers. Cheetohs. Kraft Mac and Cheese. Instant Ramen Noodles. Hamburger flavored Doritos. Many of us would classify these foods as craptastic, i.e. so so bad, yet so so good (especially late at night and with a bit of buzz going on). I wish this beer fell into the craptastic category. What we have here is a beer that is so bland and flavorless that I wish it were awful enough to be considered craptastic. Bud Black Crown bored me to tears and almost put me to sleep. I never thought I’d say this, but this beer is making me crave a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. Now I just need to find a snack that will get this awful taste out of my mouth!
But wait! There’s more…
If you’d like to read a bit more about this beer, click the following links:
And just to be fair, here’s a Bud drinker’s opinion about the Budweiser Black Crown:
Briefly abandoning my love of the mixed six, I went out and picked up a couple of six packs (a number of sharing opportunities were on the horizon) from Kress Liquors. One of those six packs was the Boaks Monster Mash. I was intrigued for two reasons. First, I had the opportunity to try Boaks at last year’s Brewer’s Plate. At that time, I was treated to a sample in three stages of aging from Brian Boaks, former homebrewer turned microbrewer. It was a unique and eye-opening experience. The second reason involved the style of the Monster Mash. I love a good Russian Imperial Stout or RIS (not to be confused with a R.O.U.S. or Rodent of Unusual Size which is obviously something completely different). Boaks has four other beers in their line-up: The Abbey Brown Ale, the Double BW (Belgian Wheat), Two Blind Monks (a Belgian Dubbel) and Wooden Beanie (an aged version of the Abbey Brown Ale mixed with vanilla beans and aged in Jack Daniels barrels).
Here is what Boaks has to say about the Monster Mash: Continue reading
To further my education on sours, I have followed G-Lo’s lead and picked up the Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale, the Cuvée des Jacobins Flemish Sour Ale, the Duchesse De Bourgogne Flemish Red Ale and the Rodenbach Original. Some of this education has been met with great success (The Duchesse and the Rodenbach) and some has been met with a mixed review (The Monk’s was a little to cherry and the Jacobins was too tart for me). Recently, after meeting G-Lo for lunch, I stopped in the Foodery and found a bottle of Ichtegem’s Grand Cru and thought I would further my education. The Ichtegem’s Grand Cru is brewed by the Belgian brewer, Brouwerij Strubbe located in Ichtegem, Belgium. The brewer falls under the umbrella of brands within the B. United International portfolio.
While the first line on the label suggested that this was a Flemish Red Ale, I was intrigued by the Oud Bruin label at the bottom. A quick check at Beer Advocate confirmed that this was not the same as a Flemish or Flanders Red Ale but a different style. Here is what Beer Advocate has to say about this style:
Oud Bruins, not restricted to, but concentrated in Flanders, are light to medium-bodied, deep copper to brown in colour. They are extremely varied, characterized by a slight vinegar or lactic sourness and spiciness to smooth and sweet. A fruity-estery character is apparent with no hop flavor or aroma. Low to medium bitterness. Very small quantities of diacetyl are acceptable. Roasted malt character in aroma and flavor is acceptable, at low levels. Oak-like or woody characters may be pleasantly integrated into overall palate. Typically old and new Brown ales are blended, like Lambics.
Here is what B. United International has to say about the Grand Cru: Continue reading
Recently, after meeting G-LO for lunch, I stopped in The Foodery and put together a mixed six. One of the bottles was Innis & Gunn’s Rum Cask. I selected the bottle as a result of the beautiful amber color that beckoned through the clear glass. It didn’t hurt that I was looking for something that I hadn’t had and I am a fan of Scotch Ales. Innis & Gunn is renowned for their oak aging process and went from using American oak barrels to maturing their beers in former whiskey and rum casks. This has taken good beer and imparted the characteristics of the oak, whiskey or rum barrels to elevate their beers to something special. The Rum cask is a Scotch Ale that is aged in recycled rum casks for 57 days. This beer was awarded a bronze medal at the 2011 International Beer Challenge. Other well regarded beers are the Irish Whisky Cask (a stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels for 60 days) which took the Gold Medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge and the Winter Treacle Porter (a porter aged in oak for 39 days) that took the Silver at the 2012 World Beer Championships.
Here is what Innis & Gunn has to say about the Rum Cask: Continue reading
Looking for a couple of bombers to share, I went over to Victor’s Liquors and picked up a bottle of Wynona’s Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewery Co. Voodoo was founded in 2009 and is located in Meadville, Pa (a town about 40 miles from Erie, PA). While a relatively young brewer, they have produced a number of well received beers. The Big Black Voodoo Daddy and the Black Magick (both American Double Imperial Stout) and the Pilzilla (a keller bier) are considered exceptional and the Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout is considered world-class over at Beer Advocate. There are eight beers in their regular line-up and they have an extensive barrelroom collection with beer aged in barrels that once held Apple Brandy, Pappy Van Winkle, Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace.
Here is what Voodoo has to say about the Wynona: Continue reading
Recently, I noticed that the beer fridge was a little low and in need of some craftiness. A quick trip to Roger Wilco (formerly the Wine Warehouse) remedied that situation. One of the bottles from my mixed six was the Goose Island India Pale Ale. Having had a lot of success with other Goose Island beers (i.e., the Harvest Ale, the 312 Urban Wheat Ale, the Matilda and the Sofie), I thought their IPA would be a safe bet..
Goose Island is a craft brewer steeped in the tradition of Midwestern mass produced beers. Founded in 1988 as a craft alternative, they have rolled out an impressive lineup of beers. In 2011, Anheuser-Busch upped their ownership from a 32.25% share of the Craft Brewers Alliance’s 40% share to an outright purchase of all of Goose Island. While the purchase had been viewed with great hesitation as craft beer advocates feared that Goose Island would lose some of its craftiness as it was absorbed by a macro brewer. To date, I have found that the only change has been a greater availability as Goose Island has been added to Bud’s distribution channel.
Here is what Goose Island has to say about the IPA: Continue reading
A while ago, I had picked up a six pack of Rodenbach from Roger Wilco. I had had a number of the bottles and shared one or two with the Boozedancers when it dawned on me that I had not reviewed the beer. The beer is produced by a brewery with a long, storied ownership that began in 1821 in Roeselare, Belgium. Over 175 years later, the Rodenbach family sold the brewery to the equally renowned Palm Breweries. Rodenbach Original is still produced at the same site using the same unique blending of aged (18 months) and young (9 months) ale in a ratio of 25%/75%. As I was not all that familiar with the Flanders Red Ale, I checked with Beer Advocate and this is what they have to say about the style: Continue reading
While out looking for a Halloween costume for the boy, I found myself in the same shopping center as Total Wine. So, I thought that I while I was getting something for him, I might as well get something for me. As a part of a mixed six, I picked up a couple of seasonals (Oktoberfests and Pumpkin Ales); one of those was Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout. I am a big fan of stouts but I am not such a fan of pumpkin beers. So, while I am intrigued with a mixture of the two, I am a little unsure if the end result will be a blending of two fine beers or if this might somehow go off the rails. Anyway, the Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout is produced by the Cape Ann Brewing Company. This award-winning, family-owned, micro-brewery is in the heart of downtown Gloucester, MA. The brewer has a large number of active beers (although sadly a number of them appear to only be available on tap at their brewpub) and is known for their flagship beer, Fisherman’s Brew (an American Amber Lager) and their Fisherman’s Ale (a Kölsch style beer).
Here is what Cape Ann has to say about their Pumpkin Stout: Continue reading
On a recent trip to Roger Wilco (the old Wine Warehouse in Voorhees), I picked up a mixed six with a number of beers from local brewers. The first of those beers was the Inlet India Pale Ale from 16 Mile. The second was the Amber Sun Ale. The third was the Harvest Ale. I selected the 16 Mile “sampler” as a result of my prior experience with the Old Court Ale. I thought the Old Court was a good beer and when I saw the opportunity to pick up three more of 16 Mile’s offerings, I jumped at the chance. 16 Mile is a brewer in Georgetown, DE that takes its name from an old nickname for the area. Georgetown was thought to be so centrally located that it was said to be “16 miles from anywhere” in the state. The brewery has been around for about 3 years and currently has six beers in its lineup.
Here is what 16 Mile has to say about the Harvest Ale: Continue reading
The new bar is up, running, and has begun to get stocked with some excellent beverages. The first review of those beverages is a the 471 Small Batch Double IPA from Breckenridge Brewery. Continue reading