BREWER: Double-Barrelled, Berkshire, England
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 25th April 2021
What a beer Keith On Banjo is!
In the glass, it looks like liquid butterscotch. And for a beer, believe me when I tell you it’s a good look. It’s temptation waiting to strike.
Then the nose hits you with it’s exotic pineappliness. It’s heady, enticing and downright unbelievable that a beer could pack such a fantastic aroma.
But for the main event, that’s where KOB excels. It’s crisp as you like. The lightly carbonated liquid washes over the palate beautifully, which leaves a crisp refreshing wake behind it. For those of you who have tried the Refresher sweets, KOB is a little like that in beer form.
What I love about KOB, is the fact it is different to anything else I have ever tried. So many other beers have comparisons. But this is somehow unique. Fine, it could do with a little more punch in the flavour department. But I forgive it that for all that I have mentioned before.
I love the thinking behind KOB – it makes for a unique beer.
Sammy’s Rating: 90%
Keith Leon Potger, the Ceylon born co-founder of the Seekers. An Australian Folk-Pop ensemble who hit their heights in the UK during those there 60s. Keith hit up the mighty twelve-string guitar, sang some ditties and also took to the Banjo on occasion.
Now, I’ve often been a cynic of these crazy off the wall names in the past. They sometimes seem to have no meaning, but to call your beer KEITH ON BANJO after this great man for me is simply sensational. And other beers in the Double-Barrelled range / archives have been named after other members of the Seekers and their chosen instrument too. Inspired stuff!
Staying on the external for a bit longer (blimey, I can feel myself waffling on here) the colours, lines and overall design of this tin are tidy and meticulous – as, it would seem, is the just the way it is for this Reading based brewery.
Brew wise the good news just kept on coming to be honest. The pineapple on the nose began proceedings, not strong but just there hovering in its invisible tropical cloud. Things continued into the first sip which brought me herbs and pine but also melon. Now I’m not a fan of melon (I think I mentioned this in a review a few years ago set in a Spanish restaurant, if you know, YOU KNOW) but this beer’s delivery of it got me onside immediately. Melon early, which moves straight to a cheek salivating bitterness, utterly delightful hence diving straight back in. And things did not let up. As the drink progressed a melon aftertaste began to develop and just hung around for what seemed like hours…
Keith on Banjo is so thick and juicy, so crushable and… amazing.
Jymi’s Rating: 92%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 91%
MOB review next weekend: MENABREA BIRRA BIONDA by MENABREA
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze since 2017