Woodstock Inn Pig’s Ear Brown Ale – 4.3% ABV
Pig’s Ear Brown Ale? Sounds like soul food. I don’t know, I like southern cuisine, but beer and pork go together well only when they’re separate. I’ve had bacon flavored beer before and it was, well, “interesting.” That’s about all I can say on that one. My contemporaries were not so kind in their assessment.
Received in a recent shipment of brews from my Beer of the Month club, this new brew made me a little apprehensive at first. I’ve heard of interesting recipe combinations when it comes to incorporating animals and beer. For instance, I’ve heard there is a beer out there that is brewed with Rocky Mountain Oysters, aka bull testicles. No thanks, I’ll pass. Thankfully with this offering, I’ve had beer from Woodstock Inn before and I did some research to find no animals were used in the brewing of this beer. Amen to that, I say; even if I am a fan of pork and bacon. So what is it about this beer? Seems like a pretty straight-forward brown ale. Let’s get into it and find out.
The pour reveals a clear ruby red/brown color and produces a nice finger and half of light tan colored head. This slowly fades to a thin layer of cream above the brew. Lowering my nose to the glass gives me the ole’ factory stimulation of dark malts, caramel and a touch of chocolate and nuts. This seems appealing enough, let’s dive in.
Getting my first sip of Pig’s Ear Brown, the nose really translates into the taste. Caramel, chocolate and that nuttiness one would expect from a brown ale. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly creamy. This is pretty nicely carbed, not overly so, but not flat either. Plenty of soapy streaks of lacing get left behind as I gulp this down.
Verdict? Me likey. Not a bad brew at all, even if it is a lawnmower/session beer. I really like it when I can find beers from obscure places and small microbreweries that please my palate. This gives me hope when combined with stats that the macro breweries are doing everything they can not to lose any more business to these smaller upstarts. Here’s to the little guy! If you can find Pig’s Ear Brown, give it a shot. Hope you like it. I did. Cheers!