Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tasting at O'Niells

One of me and my friends favorite places to go is O'Niells Irish Pub on Central and Washington. The food is pretty good and the selection of brews is solid. It's a place to sit back, have a few and catch up on the week with your friends. We went this weekend to have dinner and ended up trying a couple beers we hadn't tried before.

The first was Young's Double Chocolate Stout. I've had a few chocolate stouts but I would say this is the most chocolaty out of the bunch I've had. It went down really smooth with no real detectable carbonation and was pretty light. The smell was as wonderful as the taste, with a strong dark chocolate scent which was complemented with a roasted nut smell.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a to mix things up in their regular beer lineup.

The second beer was Wexfords Irish Style Cream Ale. This one disappointed a bit. It was smooth and light, which I expected, but finished with a kind of sour note after a decent caramel taste. The smell was faint and took a few sniffs to decipher anything. Even then it was a little hard to figure out, my notes say caramely, buttery, with a hint of floral. But that may be reaching.

I'm gonna give this one a second try. Most of the other reviews I've read online are similar to mine in terms of the disappointment. I didn't see anything about a sour note though, so I may just need to give this one another chance.

1 comment:

timsagirl said...

Sounds like a good place to check out. You do a great job of describing the beers--almost makes me want to try them, though I swore off beer after a few too many college parties... :-D