Tonight I went to Rich O's as usual.
The first thing I did was ask for a sample of the Cone Smoker to see if it was still the same crappy batch as last week.
(draft) I've given this a fairly high overall rating based on just some of the many dozens of glasses I've had. This beer fluctuates quite a bit, but the "normal" flavor has a pretty good smoke taste with just the right amount of bitterness. A nice change from all the smoked porters out there.
It was, so I ordered one of my old stand-bys, Community Dark.
Pretty bland unless it's the first beer of the night. I remain sad that Rich O's pulled Newcastle in favor of this one.
It tasted exactly like iced tea. No flavor at all. I guess drinking the stronger tasting beers has changed my palate enough that I've lost my taste for Community Dark. That's a shame since I used to like it a lot.
My next beer tonight was something was something very different for me:
(draft) This stuff smelled and tasted like apple cider. It wasn't really bad, but I can't imagine ever drinking more than one in a night.
My final experiment of the night was this:
(draft) This beer, while not a wheat beer, tasted exactly like I'd always expected what beers to taste like. It had no characteristics whatsoever. No sweetness. No bitterness. Just a slightly filling texture. All in all it was the best thing I drank tonight.