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      26.02.2003 00:25
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      I'm always on the look-out for different beers to try, be they interesting variations far from the norm or tried and tested formulas. From obscure little one-man/one-beer breweries, to multi-national conglomerates. Every beer has it's place - for some that may be straight down the drain - but variety is the spice of life. My philosophy is that if you don't try new things, you never know what you could be missing. This is why my friends call me a beerhunt ---- or something that rhymes with it. I'm not a great lager drinker, I usually tend towards the dark side, but there are times when a lager, even a factory one, hits the spot. So when I was given a 'beers of the world' gift-pack, containing a lager called CARIB from Trinidad and Tobago, I saw the opportunity of a new sampling, and consequently a new review, open up before me. • The Brewery • Starting out with only seven employees, Carib Lager Beer was launched on May 16, 1950. A few years later, the company was able to take over the Trinidad Brewing Company, and in 1957 became the sole brewer of beer in Trinidad. During the seventies and eighties, the Brewery expanded and now has a workforce of over 500, producing more than 400,000 hectoliters of Carib Lager Beer per year. They export their product to the US, Canada, and the UK. http://www.caribbeer.com Carib comes in a clear glass bottle which doesn't seem the cleverest way to package a beer from anywhere, never mind such a sunny part of the world. -------------------------INTERLUDE-------------------------- A couple were walking along Maracas Bay with their 6 year old son. As he was walking down the beach, he noticed some of the girls had bigger breasts than his mother, so he asked her why. "Son", she said, "The bigger they are, the more stupid the person is." So he goes off to play. He returns a shor
      t while later to tell his mother that most of the men on the beach have bigger pee-pees than his daddy. His mum replies, "The bigger it is, the uglier the person is." So off he goes to play again. Shortly after, he comes back and says, "Mummy... Daddy is talking to the stupidest girl on the beach and the more he talks, the uglier he gets." ------------------------------------------------------------ Back to the beer....... What they say: "Carib Lager is the authentic, original, unique and defining icon of being young, modern and fashionable in Trinidad and Tobago. Launched on May 16th, 1950, this full bodied, clear and refreshing lager with 5.2% ABV is the flagship brand of Carib Brewery and the preferred brew of Trinidad and Tobago. " • The Pour • Carib pours to a clear, pale golden colour with an impressive head of white foam which dissipates all too quickly and only leaves minimal lace on the glass. The nose is grainy and slightly metallic, with a good malt presence and lots of citrus tones from the hops. • The Taste • It's medium-bodied and has quite a soft and smooth mouthfeel. The taste is a bit bolder than the appearance would suggest, with a quite noticeable sweet malt flavour up front. There's a quite pleasing lemon hint and a sharp bitterness, with just a slight grassy note, from the hops. The downside is the level of carbonation, it's extreme and artificial. The finish isn't too great either, a strange mix of a metallic taste and a dry staleness. It all leaves a nasty, gritty aftertaste. • The Verdict • At 5.2% ABV, this is pretty standard, mass-produced lager. It's not too bad on the eye, the smell is fine, and the flavour isn't too bad. AT FIRST. The trouble is that the finish is not very appealing and the horrible aftertaste leaves you w
      anting another be er to wash your mouth out with. And not another Carib, that's for double-damn sure. Food to go with this beer? Anything that's hot and spicy enough that you can ignore the aftertaste should do the trick. Would I drink it again? - I don't believe I would. Thanks for reading, Sláinte ©proxam2003

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