This week's tip and sip is Category 12 Brewing's Convergence. As usual, the label is simply amazing. It's hard to see at first glance as you're passing, but the text helps to catch your eye, and make you focus on the label. On closer inspection, The star burst design is full of little details that I found fascinating. If you enjoy closely examining beer labels, you'll enjoy how this one always seems to have something new to discover each time you look at it.
This brew has a gorgeous brown colour that I really loved. It was velvety and smooth looking, with really nice head of foam on it. The woody, amber colour was quite appealing.
I must confess that I was rather hesitant to try this brew by Category 12, because the last to experiences with beer made by them did not end well... but since I'd committed myself the moment I picked up the bottle, I took that first sip.
Category 12 seems to be very consistent. The first sip made me wince and shudder. It tasted like I'd just had the burnt sludge you get when you leave the coffee maker on too long. In fact, I almost got up to see if I had left it on... only to remember that it had died the previous month. It couldn't the 10% strength, as I've had some enjoyable beers of that strength. It was the simple heaviness and burntness of it. The first sip defeated me. I poured the rest out right then and there.
I have to give Category 12 Brewing's Convergence a spot in "The Ugly". I'm going to be hesitant about picking up any other brews by them in the future.