BEER AND WHISKEY EVENT AT FLAT ROCK BEER CAFE
I went to this event on Wednesday night. I have been to beer events before and to a couple of whiskey tasting events but never to a combined one. I was aware that people did mix them but it always seemed to me as bit unnecessary. So it will be interesting to find out how I go.
SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE V. GLENGLASSAUGH EVOLUTION
The whiskey in this pairing smoothed out the hops of the beer making the beer a more approachable by my tastes. I also think that the effect of the beer with whiskey might have been most noticeable of the night here
FOUNDERS CENTENNIAL IPA V. HIGHLAND PARK 12YO
I liked this whiskey which I found smoky or peaty. I also thought that there was less of sting to the back of the nose than with the first one. The beer had a nice malty aroma which was described on the night as being resin’y. Again the pairing worked.
CHIMAY BLUE V. BEN RIACH 16YO
The beer, a Dark Belgian Strong Ale,9% has a malty sweet aroma with a fizzy mouth feel, The whiskeys seem to be mellowing out as we go along. Hits the back of the nose – pretty potent. The whiskey didn’t last long enough to compare.
STONE MIXTAPE 8.8% V. TOMATIN 14 YO PORT CASK FINISH
Barrel aged beer, the whiskey, big on its own, seemed to completely overwhelm the beer. A bit of a shame really because it might have been worth while getting to know the beer for its own merits. A beer that pays homage to a centuries-old tradition of combining new beer with aged “stock ales.” (From the Stone Brewing site “Freshly brewed beers of the day often were very smoky and bitter tasting, and were blended with older beer that had mellowed with age to produce more drinkable libations. This modern brew showcases our brewers’ talents in blending a stock ale aged more than three months in oak foudres (large wooden fermentation vessels) with a fresh version of the same beer to create a perfect harmony spanning end to end on the taste spectrum.”)
FLAT ROCK LARK DISTILLERY. BARREL AGED RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT V. ARDBEG UIGEADAIL
This was the whiskey I was waiting for, A big peaty very nice drink, The beer also was very good. Had all the notes you would expect from an Russian Imperial Stout
Before the event I had a middy of English Bitter 4.6% English Bitter and an English IPA 6.5%. Both beer from the hand pump and of the two I preferred the English IPA as I prefer the English style IPA’s to the American style which I find usually over hopped , Also a middy of the Hefe Weizen 3.8% . Then afterwards and before I had to leave to catch a train home I had a Sunset Session 4.2% IPA – Session / India Session Ale and a Imperial Stout (Lark Barrel Aged) 8.5% Stout – Russian Imperial ( These are all FLAT ROCK’S beers)
It was a good interesting evening and while I have never tried the beer and whiskey pairing before I am not sure it is something that I can see myself taking on as a regular thing
The whiskeys where presented by David from World of Whiskey in Double Bay