Brewery: Jekyll Brewing
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Brew: Cooter Brown
Merchant: Ale Yeah Decatur
Service: 6pk 12oz Bottles
Style: American Brown Ale
Color: Dark Brown to Black – SRM 31
IBU: 46 (unofficial)
Temp: A cool 53 degrees
Smell: Roasted and toasty malt, sweet caramel with some cocoa and light coffee
Taste: Jekyll’s Cooter Brown pours with almost no head. The color is super dark for a brown ale and an audible, “Looks like a porter to me” escapes me. Then I realize I’m home alone and that might constitute talking to myself. Not cool. Drinking alone, however, is totally legit.
The first sip presents a really nice initial dark chocolate flavor—almost dry. It’s almost like munching down a fistful of semi-sweet chips. It gets malty pretty quick though. Fortunately, there are enough hops to give it balance throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky which is perfect for a brown ale. The dry aftertaste is great too. The two give Cooter Brown an interesting contrast.
The malts and hops balance so well that near the end of the pint the roasted flavor really stands out. As it should be.
Pair with: Bacon with a side of peanut butter for dipping.
September 1991. I drew from a tall, golden, hazy glass of a fresh and local hefeweizen in Bamberg Germany. Since then I've tasted more than a thousand brews.
Here in the Greater Atlanta area we're pretty fortunate. Our local heavies: SweetWater, Atlanta Brewing and Terrapin all do world-class work. But the scene goes much, much deeper. That's where I like to find fresh pints.
The goal is to draw attention to those finds on a 3-cap scale. Three seems simple but that isn't to say everything is great, average or terrible. Quite the contrary is the reality. I have come across very few craft/micro beers that are just no good. I assume these are all good beverages brew by good people with good intentions and you should as well. If I cross paths with a local brew that is truly terrible I won’t waste your time, or mine, writing a review.
3 CAPS: Hurry. This is a rare brew worth going out of your way to find. I swear it.
2 CAPS: A very good beer. Stands out as great in the style.
1 CAP: A decent brew that is average for the style.