By tim aka The Godless Heathen
It seems our community agitator extraordinaire in the White House, when he’s not golfing, hosting concerts or meeting with union reps, is now also our Brewer-in-Chief.
Since I’m tight with O, he gave me some to taste.
The following is my review for the ‘Right Wing Conspirator News & Beer Review’:
Overall, what a major disappointment. After hearing from so many folks how incredible it was, I came away feeling the exact opposite.
I found it lacking in taste, rather watery, unsophisticated, of no real substance, if you will. At first it presented itself as something I might like, or at the least, acquire a taste for. But the more I drank, it became obvious that it wasn’t for me. (Though it definitely would appeal to the unsophisticated palate of the lite beer swilling hip, younger crowd.) The aftertaste lingered long afterward, became slightly bitter and left my taste buds unfulfilled. I couldn’t wait to go back to my old favorite suds.
The color was a light brown, sort of a cross between a Whit (Wheat) beer and a chocolate stout. Though obviously not intended or even ready for public consumption, the White House Beer Czar has mentioned that if it was marketed it would be identified as a stout so as to appeal to that more enthusiastic beer purchasing crowd.
The alcohol content was extremely low, close to nonexistent in fact, not that it could be verified. They deliberately left it off the label, along with the ingredient listing, for no apparent reason. (One is only left to wonder the reason for that.) Having redistributed, so to speak, the remainder of the six pack to a friend who prides himself on being open minded, he quaffed down a few in a short amount of time. While initially experiencing the slightest buzz, he said it quickly subsided. (Oddly, my friend said if it was available he’d continue to drink it, everyday in fact, because strangely, for no apparent reason, he just felt better about himself.)
When poured into a glass, the head was abundant, too much actually and it never subsided even after having sat for quite awhile. Indicating the classic mistake of inexperienced brewers - over carbonization.
To summarize; Barry’s Beer lacks taste, contains too much fizz, not enough pop and it’s assuredly not ready for primetime.
A couple extra notes; Incredibly, having not been officially qualified, it nonetheless took high honors at just about every European beer tasting competition, even though it wasn‘t available for the judges to taste. It was a huge success at the prestigious Berlin festival under the same peculiar conditions. No word yet on it’s domestic eligibility but rumor has it won’t be an issue since apparently anyone that matters has vouched for it.
Also, not satisfied with only one offering, there are plans for more beers, including - Pelosi Pale Ale “We brewed it first before we knew what was in it”, Michelle’s Extra Lite Beer w/Arugula “From my garden to your lips” and Reid’s Extra Special Bitter “You can never have enough“.
The White House has said it will soon discuss any and all beer questions at a future press briefing announcing the closing of Gitmo.
H/T to Buck.