Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beer Review: Lucky Leiah

Reviewing the Lucky Leiah from Goose Island Brewing Company. No picture is available for this one, sorry.
Score: 82

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange sunset color. Served without any head. 3/5

Smell: Light oaky vanilla up front. Sweet brown sugar bourbon/whiskey aroma. 3.5/5

Taste: Mellow whiskey flavors upfront. Red grape sweetness. A little butterscotch. Some caramel. Light, sweetened bourbon dominates the finish, which lingers awhile. 3.5/5

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

Overall: A balanced bourbon-flavored brew that lacks complexity. This is a solid oak-aged beer for people who do not like overpowering oak/vanilla/bourbon/whiskey flavors in their beer.

Recommendation: Not worth seeking out.

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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