22 Oct Sweet Salvation, Back Pew Brewing by Tony
Sweet Salvation is the brown ale to end all brown ales. While it’s not as heavy as it looks, it’s full of flavor – not for the faint of heart. It’s malty, nutty and roasty tasting. It starts off with a powerful roasted malt flavor and ends with thick chocolatey, coffee notes. I really liked it.
Back Pew Brewing has their beers broken up into Sinners and Saints. Sinners being more intimidating in terms of ABV or IBUs and the Saints being a bit more tame. Sweet Salvation is a Saint. I can’t wait to see what their sinners taste like when we head out to do a write up on the brewery this afternoon!
Sweet Salvation has the flavor qualities that scare people away from darker colored beers. A good friend of mine used to drink Newcastle Brown Ale. This was years ago before I had acquired a taste for good beer, but I’ll never forget tasting that beer. The Newcastle is probably a bit more bland, but I think it’d be a fair comparison if we’re talking micro to macro.
I’ve given this one a solid 3.5 stars cause it’s goo-ood. I couldn’t drink more than 2 or three because the flavors are intense, but I’d enjoy each one!
Sweet Salvation has a deep, dark, ominous brown for a brown ale. It looks almost black, but there’s a red tint if the light is shining through the pint glass. I was sitting at a table with my back to the bar, so I didn’t see the pour, but there was no head at all. There was also no lace and a surprisingly light mouthfeel for as dark as it is.
I didn’t expect this much flavor, but Back Pew brew sure delivered. Sweet Salvation is the lightest heavy beer I’ve ever had. Or the heaviest light one..? Whatever.
Sweet Salvation doesn’t have much artwork to speak of, that I’ve seen. Back Pew tap handles are a chunky, glossy, white rectangular prism. They’re actually more like a big trapezoidal prism, but I wasn’t good at geometry, so I’m pretty sure I just made that up. They have a big red rectangle on them displaying the name of the brew. Fun fact: their Saints beers are a white tap with the red rectangle and the Sinners series is black with a red rectangle so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
Sweet Salvation is really good, borderline great! It has all the flavor with none of the guilt! Have you tried this brew from Back Pew Brewing? Drop a comment and let us know what you thought of it!