Fuller's really hypes its strong beer ESB. It call itself a Champion Ale and it has won the best beer in Britain award 5 times. With that pedigree and my previous enjoyment of Fuller products, I was looking forward to trying this beer.
This first thing I noticed was the nice pale brown colour as I filled the glass. A thick head formed without any problem. In fact, I had to watch my pour so the head wouldn't get out of control. I thought, maybe I made too large of a head, but it quickly settled down and formed a nice film on the side of the glass as I drank it down.
ESB has a nice bitter Ale flavour, which reminded me of an India Pale Ale. That's what Carolyn didn't like about this beer. The strong bitter finish. I on the other hand quite enjoyed the bitterness.
Is this a Champion Ale as the Fuller marketing department suggests? I would have to say no. I was surprised that it was voted the best beer in Britain five times. I've had many English beers better than this one. Having said that, if you enjoy a full flavoured Ale with a nice bitter finish, then I suggest you give Fuller's ESB a try.
I give this Ale three burps. There are better ales out there in my opinion.
Usually, I'm not a fan of strong beer. I have a preconceived notion that it doesn't taste good. When I think "strong beer", I think of cheap American beer. However, if I keep drinking beers like Tap 5 Hopfenweisse, my opinion about strong beers will change.
Tap 5 is made by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn. This is the same brewer that makes Tap 4 which I recently gave 5 burps. So I was excited to see what Tap 5 would offer. Being a Doppelbock I expected it to be stronger and darker than Tap 4 and I wasn't disappointed.
It was darker than its cousin and definitely cloudier. I could actually see particles moving around in the glass from the strong and long lasting carbonation. The initial head was substantial, and the bubbles kept forming as I drank this bad boy down.
I noticed that once I got used to the sweet taste, Tap 5 started to go down easy. Maybe it was because I was sitting in the sun on my deck, or maybe it's just good. I think it was a bit of both.
Do I recommend Tap 5. Yep! It's a decent beer, and for an 8.2% beer, it's pretty good. It was easy to give it 3 burps. Although to be honest, I'll stick to Tap 4 when given the choice between the two.
When I developed the headline for this fantastic German beer, it occurred to me, that I could have used several different ways to present Tap 4. Yes, it's organic, but it's also a wheat beer and a strong beer. It's full name is Tap 4 Mein Grünes, but that's hard to write. At the end of the day, it's just an awesome beer.
One of the things I liked the most about this wheat beer was the excellent carbonation. I could feel a fizzy tingling on my tongue with every mouthful. It kind of reminded me of Pop Rocks but not nearly as intense. It was a pretty unique experience. Unlike any of the beers I've had to date.
Tap 4 is an unfiltered beer that has a beautiful apricot color and a slight fruity flavour. It has a nice foamy head that settles into a consistent foamy layer that stayed to the bottom of the glass. At 6.2% alcohol, I was shocked to learn that it's a strong beer. Most strong beers have a sickly sweet taste, but this one was just yummy.
Carolyn encouraged me to drink this beer on a Sunday morning with an empty stomach. It was delicious and it made my head spin. I guess that's what happens at 8:30 AM.
Brewed by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn, Tap 4 was brewed from 1966 - 1944 for Oktoberfest only. In 1999, it was brought back and bottled for the broader market, and I'm sure glad they did!
I give this Wiesen Edel-Weisse 5 burps. I really loved this beer. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted another. When you see it, get it.
Generally speaking, I'm not much of a fan of strong beers. Usually, I find strong beer to be kind of sweet tasting, and once they get a little warm, they become terrible. That's why I was surprised to learn that Muskoka Brewery's Mad Tom IPA was a strong beer. It's pretty decent.
Mad Tom is an unfiltered India pale ale. This means that it's a little cloudy when it hits the glass. With the color of a light orangy brown, it tasted as good as it looked. Mad Tom had a decent hoppy taste that wasn't overpowering.
My guest drinker Violet gave this Canadian IPA five burps. Personally, I think she rated it to high. I thought it was only worth 3 burps. It was a good beer, but it wasn't a damn good beer. Having said that, if you want a strong beer that will hit you before you go to the bar. Give it a try. You'll be able to drink more than one.
Where was this beer when I was in university? An inexpensive import beer with a high alcohol content that would have let me look sophisticated, while getting drunk quickly on a reasonable budget. That's win, win, win! Having said that, I'm no longer in university and the idea of drinking beer with a 10% alcohol content doesn't have the appeal it once did.
Faxe 10% looked promising when poured. It was slightly cloudy with a light brown colour and it strong sweet malty smell. It had a small fine head that clung to the sides of the glass.
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me the more I drank it. Maybe it was the fact that it was hitting me on an empty stomach, or that it went well with the hot wings I had to fill my empty belly. Had I had a couple more, I would have been well on my way to getting drunk. This beer packs a punch!
Brewed by Royal Unibrew A/S since 1901, I was surprised that glucose syrup and corn were part of the ingredients list. Perhaps the extra sugar is needed to pump up the alcohol percentage.
Taken into context of other strong beers, Faxe 10% is good. Comparing it to other strong beers, I give it three burps. However, to stay true to my burp rating guidelines, I have to give this Danish bad boy two burps.
If you want to get drunk, drink a few of these!
Drinking the world.
One beer at a time.