The Drinking Dan’s Dry challenge was always going to reach this point sooner or later. The point where I had to drink the Monteith beers I hadn’t yet checked into Untappd. For that was one of the rules of the challenge – if Untappd says I haven’t had them, then I need to drink them again.
But I’ve since decided to revise that rule because, frankly, it’s a huge pain in the arse to cross check every beer in Dan Murphy’s with my Untappd history. So now it’s up to me – I only need to drink the beers I have never had, rather than those I haven’t had since I joined Untappd.
But I did pick up these three Monteith beers before instituting that rule, so I might as well drink the buggers for the unique check-ins.
There was a genuine surprise among the trio. Regular readers will know I don’t have a lot of time for Monteith’s. Indeed I actively dislike the stuff they make. And I was expecting that to continue with these beers. But the Dopplebock Winter Ale surprised me – and that was even while drinking it in summer (though it was a windy night when I drank it). There is some decent chocolate aromas and flavours that come off this beer. It’s also a little watery at times but overall, it bucks the trend when it comes to my impressions of Monteith’s.
But it was back to regular programming for the Black Beer, which I found more than a little out of balance in the flavour department between the coffee and chocolate malt characters.
And as for the radler – no thanks. If you’re going to be a beer, then be a beer. If you’re going to be a soft drink, then be a soft drink. Don’t arse about and try to have a bit each way.
Categories: Drinking Dan's Dry
I agree Glen. In fact, the Doppelbock is the only Monteith’s beer that will ever pass my lips again. Maybe.
It surprised me. Was expecting it to be ordinary like the others.