Hoppy Xmas Countdown – 9 Dec

Today and tomorrow we’ll look back on the Jameson collaborations with two SA breweries. Essentially two breweries aged a style each in a Jameson soaked cask. The first is Soweto Gold’s ’76.

Name: Soweto Gold ’76
Brewery: Ubuntu Kraal
Country: Soweto, South Africa
Style: Lager (special)
Rating: 2.75 / 5

OK, so Soweto Gold took an extra strength lager and aged in Jameson casks for ’76 days. This beer is a special edition and was named (and aged) in honour of the 1976 uprising. It also ended up being 7.6% alcohol. After the initial launch, there were also 76 commemoration bottles, all in the name of struggle heroes, auctioned off. I love the history and the tribute that this beer represents.

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The bottle itself is awesome. Great simple design with just the gold typography on a black bottle. It certainly stands out. I like the shape too. The beer pours a deep gold, almost copper colour with a disappointingly thin head which dissipates really quickly. The aromas have a bit of oak and vanilla but the whiskey certainly dominates. The beer is fairly sweet with some roasted notes.

For my tastes, the whiskey is too dominant. It’s like drinking a whiskey mixed with something rather than a beer that’s got a whiskey hint. I think maybe that a lager (no matter how strong) just doesn’t handle the whiskey as well as a bigger beer would. A stout could have handled this much whiskey perhaps.

A friend of mine who drinks a lot of whiskey thought that this beer was superb. While I salute the brewers for making a very special beer, but it’s just not for me.

I’m not sure whether there is any more left of these guys, but if you want to get your hands on one, try getting in touch with Soweto Gold on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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