Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Big City Brewing (Kingston, Jamaica)

Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Big City Brewing Company, 5% ABV, 330ml., (Kingston, Jamaica)

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“Brewed using the finest Jamaican Ginger, considered to be the finest in the world. Other ingredients include Cascade hops, Jamaican cane sugar, and Royal Jamaican new crop rum.”

  • Style: (flavoured – Jamaican ginger, cane sugar, rum)
  • Taste: Cane sugary sweet BIG throat heat-warmth soft ginger
  • Where I got it : ??? / Vancouver
  • How much: ~$4 CAD – 330ml., ???
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Cheap label. Pours pale straw white wine yellow with no head and barely any carbonation.

Nose: ginger beer soda – cane sugar and ginger overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: light syrupy thicker, low CO2

Mid-palate: big (lvl-9-sweetness), med-high throat HEAT, mellow ginger flavour, cane sugar

Finish: lingering throat warmth, subtle diluted rum caramels

Summary: This drinks like an aggressively sweetened cooler but at least there’s the big ginger throat heat that keeps it interesting texturally. The barley malt is nowhere in sight.

Appleton Estate White Rum (Jamaica)

Appleton Estate White Rum, 40% ABV – 1.14L, (Jamaica)

  • Style: White Rum (aged in SS or plain oak casks for a short while)
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $36, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe/mixer
  • Would I recommend this to rum aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours crystal clear. Brown sugar, sugar cane and light molasses on the nose. Burst of caramel sweetness (6/10), hints of chocolate & cinnamon, transitioning into a burst of warmth, and medium tingly alcohol burn. Medium complexity, good smoothness, good sippability. Quite nice for their cheapest rum.