Saturday, 3 January 2009

YoB: #9

Harvistoun Bitter and Twisted, 500ml bottle.

My enjoyment of this beer seems to be mood-dependent. Sometimes I experience it as a joy-inducing modern big-hop classic; sometimes as an indifferent mid-brown, unmemorable beer. I suspect its my palate playing this trick but I've yet to work out what factors contribute. Sometimes I go through phases of perceiving flavours that aren't necessarily there. Occasionally I detect oxidisation in every beer taste - when beer after beer seems oxidised I have to remind myself it might just be me! I once had a phase of perceiving metallic flavour in everything I sampled and the effect was quite disturbing. If anyone can shed any biological/physiological light on this, please let me know

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