Thursday, August 12, 2010

What we're drinking tonight: Mountain Standard Reserve

This may well be one the most complex beers we've ever tasted. Odell Brewing Co. unfairly categorizes Mountain Standard Reserve as a brown ale. The taste of this beer has nothing in common with New Castle or Lazy Magnolia's Pecan. The brewer describes it as "... more than a limited edition offering. It's an enigma in liquid form."

In fact, it has more in common with Bertie Botts Beans than beer. That's the candy in "Harry Potter" that, with each bite, offers a different flavor. Mountain Standard, though, has flavors like hops, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and grapefruit. And none of those at once. With each sip, we got something different. On top of that, as the beer got warmer, the taste changed again.

Another characteristic it shares with mythical candy? You can't buy it in Alabama. A GFOTB imported our bomber of Mountain Standard Reserve from Omaha.