Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Canny Man

A friend at work picked this up for me a while ago after her husband recommended it. I finally got around to popping the cork on it.

Radical Road Brewing Co's Canny Man. "A wee heavy matured in scotch whiskey barrels".

Did they forget to empty the whiskey barrels first?

Holyyyyy crap, it's strong. :)

I'll start by saying that I'm not a really big fan of scotch whiskey. I don't mind it, but it's not on my list of choices when it comes to alcohol.

Having said that, I did enjoy this for what it is. In my opinion, this is far from being a beer you'll want to chug back. This is a sipping beer that you drink slowly and enjoy the flavour.

Perhaps that's why it's 9.1% alcohol... to ensure that you do just that.

Colour: A clear, caramel brown.

Aroma: Smokey, sweet, whiskey.

Taste: Smokey, whiskey. If you're a whiskey lover, you'll like this. It really absorbed a lot of the whiskey flavour from those oak barrels. The tag on the bottle said "hints of Scotch Whiskey". I think there's way more than just a hint there.

ABV: 9.1%... didn't you hear me the first time?

Overall: As I said, I enjoyed it for what it is. I don't think it's a beer that I would buy again though, unless my taste for whiskey grows.

The comments on Untappd are all over the board for this one. From "too much scotch and not enough beer" to "too much smoke", to "love it".

Someone on Instagram recommended drinking it at room temperature, so my first glass that this review is based on was just that. I put the rest in the fridge to see how the taste compares.

Update: I tried it when it was cooler. It tasted a little weaker, but not enough to really make a difference. However, I did notice that it reminded me of a strong version of Innis and Gunn's Irish Whiskey Cask. If you like this but find it a little on the strong side, that Innis & Gunn could be an alternative — if you can still find it.

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