Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale - Yards Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned brown bottle. No date information. ABV indicated at 8%. Blurb claims this is part of a line of beer reproductions, and tagged Bottle Conditioned and Authentic Recipe. Prominent portrait of Thomas Jefferson centered on the label.
Cost: X77AB-F per 6-pack at Total Wines
Presentation: Poured into a Shaker pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: Presents a classic ESB-like reddish-blond glow, with copious brown flakes coruscating through the body. The yeasty lees produced a sort of reverse-smoke-plume through the center of the glass, staining the moderately loose, quickly resolving white head. Quite a few large-ish bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.
Smell: A nutty, bready, yeasty aroma; with a hoppy top-note. Seemed a very classic, bitter or ESB-like bouquet. Not much of an alcohol presence either, despite its relatively high 8% ABV. A truly classic, panoply of mild ale aromas: grain, moderate hops, toasted bread, and buttered toffee. Nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.
Taste: Very much a classic bitter in taste, with a substantial grainy, malty foundation; well-layered with bitter (not citrusy) hops, toast, nuts, and buttery toffee. I cant identify the hops, but they are very much in the British style, leaning toward bitter, grassy, woody flavors; with little citrus or other astringent notes. The heightened alcohol is barely noticeable, only showing in the lengthened, deep, warming finish and perception of extra-concentrated flavors.
Mouthfeel: Despite some large-gauge bubbles in the glass, the carbonation in this was very good. Robust and persistent, but also pretty smooth and subservient to the beers flavors. Body is excellent.
Drinkability: Very easy-drinking, despite its hefty ABV. If I didnt know its strength, I could easily see downing WAY too many of these in one sitting. As it is, I could feel its effects after two of these and a slightly weaker porter.
Backwash: If this is indeed authentic, I can see why the Founding Fathers were, braver, smarter, and more innovative than the statesmen of today. This comes pretty close to the kind of beer Ive often dreamed of brewing or drinking: a double or extra strong ESB. In any event, it's definitely more than a pale ale. This sacrifices very little for its higher ABV, maintaining a nice balance between malts and hops and a very nice drinkability. I dont know exactly why this is quite so expensive, but I have to say that much of the cost shows up in the glass, so Im much less likely to quibble about it. Maybe its because I let this sit for awhile before getting around to drinking them and they improved, but I was genuinely surprised that more people didnt enjoy this as much as I did.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2004 16:49:28 | More by Dantes
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