Monday, February 6, 2012

Santos Black Kolsch by Saint Arnold Brewery

Well, the Super Bowl is underway, but I couldn’t tell you anything about the game. While countless millions have huddled around televisions, I have been doing taxes and planning with my wife an excursion to Austin later in the month with part of our expected tax returns. Of course I also found time to fit in time to write two posts for this blog, and upload them earlier this morning, and even play a few games of hockey on my PS3.

To continue my day of semi-productive leisure I have worked in a moment to pop a top or two while my wife prepares dinner, specifically the Texas emblazed caps off of bottles of Saint Arnold Brewery’s Santo, a beer that is described by the brewery as a dark kolsch, which, to quote their website, “technically doesn’t exist as a style, but this is as close as [they] can come to describing it.”

Being a hue that I would call a true dark umber, this beer is one of the darkest, yet somewhat still marginally translucent, beer I’ve had.  Although it starts with a semi aggressive decant, and a head about the thickness of half a finger’s form, the drinker is left with about a dime’s width in a few moments of pouring.

Taking a whiff off the head, a yeast aroma is most prominent, mixed with hints of malt and caramel.

The first brush of beverage across the palate offers the drinker a medium light bodied caramel flavor with a warm nuttiness. Bitterness is almost nonexistent, making the drink a little monotone on the back of dark malt. Combining the flavor with a moderate alcohol content at 4.7% and dry finish, this beer is good for session drinking, or enjoying in the warm Texas Springs and Summers.

Not the most complex or unique beer, but definitely worth the try.


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