Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beer Review: Louisville

Reviewing the Louisville from Goose Island Brewing Company. No picture is available for this beer and I forgot to snap a pic with my camera.
Score: 82

Generous-sized draft pour served in an over-sized goblet (because they ran out of snifters) at Goose Island's Black Friday release of King Henry.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy red-orange sunset color. Served without any head. Very similar in appearance to the Lucky Leiah, but a little darker red in color. 3/5

Smell: Very similar aroma to the Lucky Leiah, but heavier in flavor with more pronounced vanilla aromas. Has a sweet brown sugary whiskey aroma, but little, if any, booziness in the nose. Some faint floral notes, and hints of hop bitterness. 3.5/5

Taste: Oaky vanilla. Sweet whiskey and grapes. Some raspberries. A little caramel. Light, mapley bourbon and butterscotch finish. A little more complex and heavy than the Lucky Leiah, but the Louisville lacks all characteristics you would expect in an IPA. No bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Surprisingly sweet. 3/5

Overall: I was expecting a more IPA-styled beer, given the beer's labeling on the menu, and thus was kind of disappointed. The pricing is even more disappointing. Decently balanced for how bourbon-flavored this one was. Can't say I would order this one again.

Recommendation: Nothing worth seeking out. This one is more forward with the vanilla/bourbon flavors than the Lucky Leiah.

Pairings: Grilled chicken sandwich.

Cost: $10 for a "10 oz snifter" (actually served in a larger-sized goblet) at the bar.

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