Friday, April 29, 2011

Tiny

Today I'm drinking Tiny, a Belgian-Style Imperial Stout brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. First, this comes in a Giant wine bottle, so I guess this is like some kind of ironic name. There are other reasons it's ironic, which you can probably guess, but if you can't, read on...

The label has a black and silver background. If you look seriously closely, you will see the silver seems to make out what appears to be the side profile of playing-card royalty. (Yes, take that comment as my contribution to today's royal wedding.) A large shiny red TINY stands out in front of it all, the color of Prince William's suit. "This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes." It's easy to guess 030411 is the bottled on date and 030416 is the drink by date, both stamped on the neck. Too bad beer was banned from the royal ceremony and reception. So stupid! I bet Kate would have enjoyed a glass of this.

Did I mention the bottle is corked and caged? Big pop! At that moment, the aroma spilled out everywhere, even outside where I was taking photos. Rich roasted chocolate, nutty, licorice and vanilla, a really nice and welcoming aroma. Milk chocolate flavor start with a solid 11.8% alcohol nose-and-chest cleansing backup. Silky smooth texture, but a little lot hot at the beginning. Pronounced raisin flavors along with a large dose of vanilla take over next. Perhaps a hit of coffee, too, but not too much.

There is a definite Belgian yeast quality that adds a nice texture and at the same time accentuates the chocolate flavors. The beer is a bit spicy as well, maybe some cinnamon along with the vanilla. Did I mention the alcohol is a hot player? The players this HEAT team brings could easily out-dunk Lebron James and Dwayne Wade combined! Needed to say that as my (sometimes, and least-favorite Philly sports team) Sixers lost their final playoff game to them a few nights ago. Here is where I'd curse if I cared more, like if it were the Flyers or Phillies.

Well-balanced beer. Sweet wins by a little, but the alcohol keeps it in check. Rich, chewy, sticky body. Medium carbonation. Although this beer was on the "pretty hot" side (like the princess), it was otherwise delicious. As the beer warmed a little and the bottle got emptier and emptier, the booziness seemed to disappear a little bit. That could either mean my taste buds are fried or better, I'm buzzed.

As I dreamed out loud on Twitter earlier (beware of me on Twitter, even more than here), the perfect beer for a 94 degree April Miami day (or some wedding in England)! Never want to miss another post on Daily Beer Review? I don't blame you! Sign up now for one email to brighten each and every morning!

HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton Bone China Wedding Mug -- Staffordshire Pottery

Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton Silver-plated Commemorative Coin

Kate Middleton's Replica Engagement Ring, The Most Famous Royal Engagement Ring

2 comments:

Royce said...

I am a big fan of Weyerbacher, and I'm bummed that we don't get nearly enough of their beers here in Southern California.

This beer sounds fantastic, so I can't wait to get my hands on it someday.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

You know no one feels bad for you when you tell them you don't get a certain beer in Southern California, right? LOL.

Wanna do a trade some time? I'm a rookie but am willing once in a while.