I know I did a Schlafly beer yesterday but I couldn’t let the winter/Christmas beer week(s) end on such a bad note. In fact I really don’t have much to say other than to get to the review.
The color of the head is an off white with the body a nice coppery amber. The aroma is pretty much malty/caramel. The taste is mostly malty with a slight bitterness, and semi sweet. I didn’t realize until I poured this one and already started reviewing it that the date on the label was very old. In fact the liquor store didn’t get a new shipment of Winter ESB (like I thought since it was released several weeks before) in but instead found some year old Winter ESB and put it on the shelf. What the hell! I wish there was a brewery that cared enough about Kansas to not let this happen. I’ve had this one before and I enjoyed it then but this time I could tell it just wasn’t good. Thank god it was a single and not a six pack. I probably would have demanded my money back.
So yeah. Sorry that this one got by me. I could have just not reviewed it but I feel like the word needs to get out that some of us in Kansas do like beer and do not appreciate being sold old beer. Schlafly, I have enjoyed many of your beers but this one being on a shelf and having a date that was November 2009 has crossed a line. This is unacceptable. I believe after this one I will be avoiding Schlafly for a while until they come to the heart of Kansas and not just KC or Wichita to start fixing this problem.