Friday, August 20, 2010

Big Boss Blanco Diablo

While we were at ReConStruction, we discovered a mostly wonderful gastro pub called the Oxford near the convention center. I had the Blanco Diablo with a rather amazing orange duck entree.

Big Boss Blanco Diablo, cc by-nc-sa image from John Cmar on Flickr

  • Alcohol: 4.5%
  • Serving: draft pint
Scoring (in solidarity with Charlie the Beer Guy):
  • Appearance: 5 - A deep, hazy golden-amber body, with a thin white head that fades quickly with no lace.
  • Nose: 2 - Barely present - predominately wheat and bready malt notes, with a hint of spice.
  • Taste: 7 - A bitter hit upfront, seeming to be a mix of spice, low-level hops, and a sourness it was hard to pinpoint. The wheat flavor comes out strongly in the middle and persists with the spice through the end, with some neutral fruity flavors, reminiscent of apple or pear.
  • Mouthfeel: 7 - Smooth, with moderate body and low carbination.
  • Holistic: 6 - A good and quite drinkable witbier, but a bit more bitter upfront than I was expecting from the style.
Overall: 27 - A solid, if not spectacular, example of the style. It certainly works well as a summer beer, and complimented my orange duck nicely. I wouldn't specifically seek this out, but would have it again if available.


Thomas said...

On a hot Raleigh day it does hit the spot, the brewery is the closest bar to my work and this time of year I occasionally end the day with a pint. Good stuff when it's fresh.

Cmaaarrr said...

Yeah, I suspect there might have been a freshness issue with this particular batch... good to know.

Thomas said...

I'll see if I can't find you some bottles to evaluate further, for purely research basis.

Cmaaarrr said...

That would be excellent, sir! This calls for SCIENCE, and a multiple trials will need to be done.