Monday, January 11, 2016

Kotayk Lager - Armenia - 4-7-15

The low down: 
Armenia has been around in one form or another for a long time, near enough to 3 millennia. Their written history of brewing merely clocks in at 2 and a half.

In the 5th century BC Xenophon (no not Nick the Australian politician) wrote:

"There were stores within of wheat and barley and vegetables, and wine made from barley in great big bowls; the grains of barley malt lay floating in the beverage up to the lip of the vessel, and reeds lay in them, some longer, some shorter, without joints; when you were thirsty you must take one of these into your mouth, and suck. The beverage without admixture of water was very strong, and of a delicious flavour to certain palates, but the taste must be acquired"

So basically ancient Armenians drank beer out of straws. That's weird. I think they still live by the idiom that the taste must be acquired, because this nutty pils is a taste I could not quite acquire.

Packaging: 8/10
Very strong design, and embossing on the bottle!
Refreshment: 2/10
Not so much, it's hard to get past the mouth feel of straw.
Flavour 3/10
the yeast esters are strong, I'm wondering if it was bottle conditioned and left for too long.
Alcohol Content: 5/10
5.2% which is about right for a Pils style.
Price: 6/10
$4.00 which seems about right for the quality.
Total: 24/50

I know that I usually talk more about the beer but how good is that quote from 500BC? History is amazing. Drink this with a warm fuzzy feeling about the persistence of culture and the resilience of man.