Looking for a great brown ale which can serve as an example of a perfect brew? You’ll have to look towards the US State of Louisiana but you can probably find it elsewhere in smaller drink shops, I did.
If you’ve listened to any of the Everyday Drinkers Podcasts you’ll know Doug loves him some Turbodog with good reason, it’s definitely top-notch. I’m going to go as far as to say that Turbodog tastes better than Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. Although it’s not as smooth and creamy as a Nut Brown Ale, it seems to have a more traditional malty flavor with a nice dark color and a hint of chocolate taste.
“Abita Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of British pale, crystal and chocolate malts.
This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate-toffee like flavor. Turbodog began as a specialty ale but has gained a huge loyal following and has become one of our three flagship brews.
Just a bit stronger than our other brews, so . . .beware of the dog!” (abita.com)
Apparently the hint of chocolate was part of the brew as far as Abita says on their site, which tells me my beer pallet has gotten it correct! The beauty of this chocolate taste is in the subtle nature–not too sweet as to think you’re drinking a liqueur but not so subtle only experienced drinkers will taste it if they close their eyes and imagine.
My first experience with Turbodog was during a visit with my family in Louisiana. I was given a bottle of Turbodog, Purple Haze and their Amber beers and found Turbodog the best of the breed. As I toured the French Quarter of New Orleans I stopped at every bar to get another Abita Turbodog; I was in love. Then I returned to my home town in New Hampshire and went without it for years only to find out that, now, a local store has decided to stock it regularly.
Granted, their was only two six-packs available and I purchased them both, knowing I’ll have an avenue to get this rich dark brew is good enough. Perhaps they’ll find a way to make a chocolate with a Turbodog filling?