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Day #21 – Humperdinks Defibulator

January 22, 2011

Today is day 21 and on this day I decided to review a beer from a local brewpub. Brewpubs are slightly different from breweries in that they cannot distribute their products to retailers. Although this law may be about to change. There is a bill in the Texas House that is seeking to allow brewpubs to distribute. I’ll post some more info on this soon, but let’s hope for the best!

Humperdinks Defibulator

Humperdinks restaurants have several locations throughout the Metroplex. They also have a nationwide distribution under the name “Big Horn”. Not bad if you are in the area.

I had this on Tap at the Arlington location. Pours a dark brown color with rosy highlights as it’s held to the light. Very little head but that could be due to the pour.

Faint aroma of roasted caramel, dark malts and sweet sugar. Some dark fruit aromas as well. That is odd as a beer of this style shouldn’t have overt fruit tones. This might point to some latent flaws or difficulties. We shall see.

The flavor is upfront dark malts with a big sweet ’n sour fruityness. The alcohol kick is certainly felt on the finish. Very warming indeed. Mix of chocolate and green apple on the finish. I’m not sure when this beer was brewed but it almost tastes too young. Would like the fruitiness to age out of this at some point, with an emphasis placed on the roasted notes.

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One comment

  1. Our local Humperdink’s separated from Big Horn several years ago. Local Dink’s are indy brewpubs now.



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