This very special A Whale A Week is one I've been saving up for just such a day as today!
This amazing crowd-pleaser has been around since 1982 and its about time someone gave it the whale treatment! AB-INBEV--formerly Anheuser-Busch Brewery--is known for its incredible market clout, Superbowl ads, horses, and of course it's famous eagle! Currently touted as American, the company is owned by a business conglomerate located in Belgium. I've been on the VIP tour at the old flagship St. Louis brewery and it was quite an eye-opening experience. They were bottling "imported" Beck's beer that day.
For this tasting I invited over AWAW alumni Dave Manley and Steven Mathistad. My wife was unwilling to take part in this one--choosing instead to sip on some Waconia Brewing Mo' Winta' Stout. The beer was lovingly served into the appropriate drinking vessel.
Eric: They've really brought out the best here! I know there's no corn in this beer, but I swear I smell it. Corn? I don't remember eating corn!
Dave: Aromas of jock sweat and toe jam. A hint of athlete's foot remedy--but can't decide if its Desinex or Tinactin.
Steven: Aroma is subtle with a hint of bad decisions and scary flashbacks.
Eric: Very light in color, almost full albino but minus the red eyes. About the same color and appearance as a freshly collected urine specimen--just more foamy than it ought to be, perhaps someone suffering from proteinuria?
Dave: Dead ringer for an Onterrio Smith urine sample run through a Whizzinator. Wispy head (just like Onterrio Smith).
Steven: Looks crisp and clean, like a nice hardy cider. Not much head--although it lead to plenty in college!
Eric: Pretty sweet, with a hint of frog sweat--not poison dart frog, just regular frog. I can't taste the Triple Hop at all! Body is a bit thin, but less filling! Slight taste of desperation. I can tell that this was brewed the hard way just from the lack of any distinguishing characteristics. Makes me want to party with Seth Rogan.
Dave: Malty like a steamed hot dog bun sitting in a Metrodome vendor box. Hot dog water used in the brewing process, I'm sure. Hops: I'm sure there was a picture of hops somewhere in the brewhouse when they made this...
Steven: Flavor profile gives the impression of emesis and defecation.
Eric: I'm not sure this really gives me the #UpForWhatever kind of feeling that I was promised by clever marketing. I'm pretty sure that the Clydesdales were a bit over-watered on the day they collected this sample--I want more pungency and Premarin horse estrogens out of this!
Dave: Solid 5. Makes me want to paint my face and go to a Devil's game with Puddy.
Steven: Makes me want to build a time machine and go back to my college years to beat the crap out of myself for ever cracking open one of these liquid bottles of monkey piss.