Monday, June 4, 2007

Cobra vs Cobra

Having extolled the virtues of Cobra 0.0 so fulsomely, I thought I'd put it to the test by doing a blindfold tasting of the 0.0 and the original, with-alcohol version. The two bottles were chilled to the same temp and poured into identical glasses, marked blue and yellow. My tasting notes were as follows:

Cue Cobra on Cobra action...

Yellow is slightly darker and has a more malty, beery smell.
Both have a mouth-filling quality and a hoppy bite.
Yellow sharper and cleaner, a bit lemony.
Blue has the bostik-glue taste of stronger beers, so I think this is the alco version...

And I was right. They're both equally enjoyable, the 0.0 (not just zero, zero-point-zero...) tastes a bit better perhaps because the alcohol doesn't undercut the taste of the other ingredients.

I'm hoping the 0.0 stuff becomes available in Indian restaurants as I don't always want to drink and don't want to wash down food with pop.

3 comments:

Rob Spence said...

"the bostik-glue taste of stronger beers"...eh? You've lost me there. If there is such a beer, I haven't come across it.

Mister Roy said...

It's just a subjective impression I have of the taste of some strong Belgian beers. I lack the technical knowledge to identify what it really is, some combination of a type of hop or malt with the sterngth of the alcohol I suppose. I don't know what bostik tastes like so I meant 'tastes like Bostik smells'.

Rob Spence said...

I think you've done too much glue-sniffing in your youth, old bean...