Tonight my stomach is acting up again. For those who don’t know, I have been dealing with IBS for ~13 years. It sucks pretty bad sometimes. I’m in the middle of a rough patch where it seems every couple of days I’m miserable. Tonight I was doing great until just after dinner, then BLAMO! I was going to skip doing a beer review until I decided to say FUCK IT and just make it happen.
I had a few beers to choose from: 1. A Halloween beer from Gritty’s, a Wet Hop beer from Founders, and a sour. Given my condition, I skipped all of those and went with this Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier.
I chose….poorly. As far as black IPAs go, this one is off-off-off. It starts out FAR too bitter from roasted malt. The taste transitions over at some point to a brutal hops bitterness (like licking pine sap). It isn’t balanced, and isn’t even particularly tasty. I wouldn’t even recommend it to people who dig really hoppy beers.