Thursday, April 26, 2012
Shadow: Dead Riot and Full Sail Boardhead Barleywine
So how do I start with this movie? This movie is one of those experiences that can’t be explained it has to be lived through. Honestly. I saw this movie had Tony Todd in it so I said to myself “How bad can it be?”. Who cares if it only costs 1 penny (plus shipping) on Amazon. There’s probably a reasonable explanation for that right? There is……the movie is HORRIBLE. Nobody wants to own or admit that they’ve owned this movie. Those that have it are willing to put a valuable price of 1 penny on their time to list the DVD on Amazon, then drive to the post office and mail it. That’s not logical!.....unless of course you’ve seen the move. Then you understand. And to pair this movie with a beer is a task of its own. What beer clearly relates to the feeling of disappointment and self deprecation associated with this film? Why I have the perfect beer! It’s Full Sail’s Boardhead Barleywine Ale. I’ve got the perfect duo for a night of making myself slightly ill with the overabundance of bad taste, poor execution, and a general lack of commitment. Damn you. Damn you for making me do this.
I’ll start off with the beer because I have to just muscle through it. Why do I have a beer I don’t like? Well good reader I’ll tell you why. I respect Full Sail Brewery. They’re employee owned (according to the bottle) and they make some decent beers. Nothing amazing but decent beers. Well when I saw bombers of their Boardhead Barleywine for something like $3.50 a bottle I bought five! Yes you heard me…five bottles of this shit. I think this might have been the batch where they found the dead cat in the fermentor. It’s a clear dark orange/copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving some okay lacing. Not a lot happening in the nose. Some earthy hops, a little burnt sugar and some husky grains. There’s some heat from the high alcohol content for sure. But at the first sip there’s no real hops to speak of. But instead of being English style where the malt steps out in front, there’s just nothing. A slight candy fruit flavor and some toffee and toasted notes. But there’s also a large amount of sulfur and an almost medicinal aftertaste. It’s very husky and rough. Lots of tannins or something. This beer is actually hard to choke down. Perhaps it was the high alcohol (9%) or maybe it just wasn’t aged enough? Whatever it was I’m stuck with another four bottles of this thin terrible excuse for a barleywine. This beer is one of the biggest disappointments I’ve ever tasted. More shocking than the horrible taste of this beer is the fact that “The Bros” at Beeradvocate.com gave this thing a rating of 95!!!! Making it a world class beer!!! World Class? Probably not.