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.
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.