I have to tell you, today at work was a doozey. I had meetings from 8am straight through to 5pm. The only break I had was for 30 minuets at lunch, which I only squeezed in by rushing through my 11:00 meeting in 60 minutes instead of the usual 90. When I got home, I needed a beer…BAD! Looking in the fridge, I was running low, but found a bottle of Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin’ in the back of the fridge. The brew is a American strong ale aged in bourbon barrels. I was sure this would hit the spot.
As I popped the cork, I discovered what I consider to be a kick in the nuts: the bottle’s mouth was cracked, and loose glass lined the rim (see image below). I clearly had two choices: drink the thing, and almost inevitably ingest some small amount of glass, or pour the whole bomber down the drain. I chose the latter, of course. And then I immediately hopped in the car, drove to Julio’s to pick up a new bottle.
As an aside, how the HELL does that part of the bottle get broken? Horseshit. A couple hours later, I’m now giving my second bottle of Conntucky Lightnin’ a go. Luckily, there isn’t any broken glass in this bottle.
Before I even start my review, I have to confess: I rushed opening the beer and it is nowhere near as cold as it should be. Whatever. Screw it. Upon pouring it, I get a huge nose of oak notes. The flavor is nothing but oak and light malt. It’s sweet, but not overbearing, even when a little too warm. I think I would LOVE this beer if it were colder. I’m still a big fan, even at nearly room temperature!