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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Old Whatchamajiggy is actually a blend of two beers called Old Whatchamacallit and Old Thingamajiggy. Only kidding. It's actually the winter warmer Old Tankard that has been aged in bourbon barrels for the past 9 months or so. Served in a snifter.
Turbid russet that resembled dark, sweet apple cider. The beer became tawny as it got closer to the edges of the snifter and was orange-amber where it actually contacted the glass. When there was only a finger or two of beer left, and a good bit of ambient light was able to work its way through the liquid, it looked quite a bit like bourbon. Thanks to a patient pour by the barmaid, who was only trying to maximize the amount of beer in the glass, there was very little head.
The wonderful aroma brought to mind (or rather, brought to nose) crushed, bruised apples; caramel; faint chocolate and not so faint bourbon whiskey. No worries about the bourbon barrel aging being merely for show. I would have liked more power, but it definitely set the stage for good things to come.
Old Whatchamajiggy was fantastically delicious beer. I don't remember what Old Tankard tasted like, and I haven't gone back to reread my review, but this is a definite improvement on what I remember as a good beer in its own right. It was considerably malty, dark carmel apple-like, light brown sugary and gloriously infused with bourbon.
The flavor profile became more serious as it approached the finish of each mouthful, with light molasses and especially anise coming to the fore. For someone who likes liquer/liqueur as much as I do, to find flavor elements of three of my favorites (bourbon, apple schnapps and Sambuca) in one glass of beer is truly extraordinary.
The medium mouthfeel was faintly syrupy slick and lightly coating, a characteristic that encouraged sipping, at least as much as the snifter did. The nearly hidden cask carbonation drove home the flavor impressions of liquor/liqueur. A slight burn on the way down and a spreading warmth suggested an ABV that bumps up against the state maximum.
Old Whatchamajiggy is by far the best non-hoppy offering that I've ever had at this brewpub and may be the unqualified best. I don't just like the flavor elements at play in this beer, I love them. Thanks to the considerable talent of its brewer, those elements were brought together into one tremendously delicious, unified whole. Whateverthehellyoucallit, don't forget to call me when it's time to pour.
Serving type: cask
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
10-01-2005 20:29:09 |
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