St. James’s Gate (Guinness) Brewery – Kaliber

St. James's Gate (Guinness) Brewery - Kaliber

St. James’s Gate (Guinness) Brewery – Kaliber

Brewed in: Dublin, Ireland
ABV: < 0.5%
Tasting on: 2/21/16
Glass: Pilsner

Aroma: Overtones of medium bread crust. Undertones of minor caramel and hops, along with some smoked/peat notes. 7.5/10

Appearance: Amber with golden highlights, excellent clarity. Off-white head with moderate retention.  8/10

Flavor: A whisper of hop bitterness in the beginning followed by minor dark malt sweetness in the middle, along with moderate amounts of dry, somewhat artificial-tasting caramel. The end has an artificial smoked/peat malt characteristic along with minor hop bitterness, both of which linger in the aftertaste with a hint of dull caramel and brown rice. 13/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/10

Overall Impression: The smoked/peat characteristics in the malt profile are surprising and interesting at first, but quickly get tiring and taste artificial, which makes the beer difficult to drink.  30/50

Final Score: 67% = F

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