Today did not go quiet as I had imagined. I got up early and decided to work from home. About mid-morning I got a call from my mom telling me that my grandmother had taken a turn for the worse. She has lung cancer and has decided to forgo fighting it. I decided to take the 5 hour round trip up to Vermont and back in order to spend the afternoon with Grams. I found her in good spirits; she was happy to see me, my mom and my brother. The weather was FANTASTIC and I really enjoyed the drive.
Tonight’s beer is another birthday present from my mom: Flying Fish Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale. I’m nearing the end of it, which is good because I’m worried that some of the beers shouldn’t be sitting around this long.
For starters, this isn’t a brown ale at all. It’s a Belgian strong dark ale. I only figured this out after taking the first sip and thinking “no way this is a brown”. It’s super sweet and almost spicy, which now makes sense given it’s a Belgian style. It’s brewed with honey, which is where the thick sweetness comes from. It’s 8.3% ABV.
Other than honey, the other main ingredient is chestnuts. While the beer tastes nutty, I’m not getting the chestnut flavor. The sweetness really overpowers everything else.
I’m withholding final judgment as I’m on the fence.