Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina under the supervision of Gordash Beer Company. You might remember that Bob Gordash had a few release parties that I ultimately couldn't make a few months back. You may also recall that the mighty Ed Roberts reviewed this beer before one of those events. In fact, when I try to find some info with Google, Ed's guest review here is second only to John Linn's Clean Plate Charlie column from yesterday where he reviewed it. Damn it! Scooped by CPC again! You can see the bottle artwork depicts a Mackerel jumping out of the water for a taste of this beer. Click Ed's review above if you'd like to see the original release poster.
Sweet aroma with bananas and yeast dominating, but also some booze in the background. Smooth and creamy to start. Plenty of fruity flavors including pears and apples and bananas. There is also a definite cotton candy flavor that persists throughout. The yeast also provides a prominent and unique flavor.
Now the 10% alcohol is noticeable, but it's not dominating or in any way bothersome. Rather it complements and actually accentuates the fruity and yeasty flavors, while also providing a subtle warmth. Spicy cloves on the back side round out the flavor profile. A little flat, nice chewy body, velvety texture, on the too sweet side but not quite there. Light yeast is left behind at the end. Definitely an enjoyable beer that you should try when you can!
Roland Mackerel in Water, 15-Ounce Tins (Pack of 24)
Highball With the Devil ~ Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel
HOW TO CATCH KING MACKEREL & HOW TO WIRELINE TROLL DVD