I find tastings in wine and beer to be a lot like reading the first few lines of a book. When you know you will only be sampling something, you tend to savor the flavor more, tend to really pay attention to the details, perhaps more so than when you are handed a whole glass or a whole book and told to enjoy.
That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the tenth or twentieth sip of a wine any less than the first–or that a book doesn’t become more palatable the further into it you get–but I do find there is a special kind of savoring that goes on with the first. I suspect that’s why we love excerpts–knowing we aren’t settling in for a whole book but just a sampling, a taste of a novel…
My husband and I did a recent tasting of our own of three Maine beers. All good, all in different ways. As you’ll see, we didn’t have any of those sexy little tasting glasses where we were staying so we had to use full-size glasses and felt obliged to, well, fill them.
Up first, Atlantic Brewing Company‘s Coal Porter. Very mellow, even-flavored. Ian said it would make a great session beer.
Next, Sebago Brewing Company‘s Lake Trout Stout. The smell alone was worth a linger–rich coffee! The stout has a delicious subtle flavor that grows smooth, with a strong, chocolate-malty finish.
Lastly, was Marshall Wharf Brewing Company‘s Wrecking Ball Porter. Full taste up front with a sweet malt finish at the end.
Three yummy beers, with three very distinct tastes.
Now…who’s up for a book tasting? And who wants to pick the samples?