Someone - who will remain anonymous for reasons that will become obvious - sent me a text message to tell me they were going to open the first bottle of 29 Daniel to be opened in the USA, and would give me their quick impressions. This someone knows beer and has a great palate, so I was excited to get the feedback.
Note: If you are offended by "colorful" language, I recommend you stop reading this right now and find some charming cat pictures instead.
Here's the transcript of the text message conversation, straight up:
Anon: *sends photos*
Anon: 1st official tasting in about 30 mins
Anon: *sends photo*
A few minutes passed, then...
Anon: holy fucking shit balls
BCT: Is that your official verdict?
Anon: jesus crap on a stick
this beer is the best thing you’ve even done
best fucking ever fucking great
I've never had Jesus crap on a stick. But I'll take your word for it.
Then a cooler head and less colorful descriptors followed...
Anon: its a lovely beer
a little funky
Anon: its creamy almost luscious
BCT:That's what she said
PERSISTENT rocky head
perfect spritzy carbonation
like prunes and dried dates
BCT: Like a Flanders red?
Anon: a little cacao
and dark rasin bread
yes, much like a lightly tart flanders red
truly, this is as good as beer can get
my socks are officially knocked off
Very nice to hear.
Anon: is this on untapped?
Anon: i am NOT kidding about how good this is
not even a little
Anon: with as little bias as i can have/being as objective about reviewing it as possible, i can honestly say it could not be better
So I'm reasonably sure that "someone" liked the beer. Which means, I'll be happy with it too.
It's expected to be ready for very limited distribution in the USA late December 2014. The importer is Sublime Imports, and the California distributor is Lime Ventures. If you are in California you can ask your bottle shop to call in to Lime Ventures and request it.