Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Goose Island Pepe Nero

Here is what the Brewer says:
With an aroma of roasted chestnuts and a mysteriously dark, mahogany hue, Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. His roasty sweetness melds into a lingering, earthy, black pepper finish that is ideal for pairing with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0% International Bitterness Units: 30
Malt: Pilsner, Rye, Crystal Rye, Black Malt  Hops: Pilgrim, Saaz
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
My Thoughts:  This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black in color with a foamy tan head that quickly dissipated.  Roasted Barley and cloves along with a spicy yeasty sweetness came through on the nose. The first flavor to hit your taste-buds is a roasted barley and mild black pepper taste. Not a bad start, but the pepper and clove up front was a little odd.  The beer smoothed out a bit mid-drink with a little bit richer chocolate and coffee flavors, but these were faint.  The end of the beer brings back a little pepper and bitterness to which lingers just for a moment.   The body was medium with a little bit of a creamy mouth-feel.  This beer felt little fizzy on the tongue at first, but it smooths out pretty quickly to really be low carbonated. drinkability was just so-so for me.  One pint was enough, I don't see myself picking up a 6 pack of this beer.

Serving Type: 16oz Draft

My Rating: Overall 67.5/100
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25| drink: 3.25

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