Love of the Damned by Adroit Theory Brewing is a throwback, and you know it from the very first, reform-minded sip.
This “old ale” from the “Old Dominion” state is soft and smooth, almost velvety. A malt forward beer with a hint of fruit took me back to a simpler era. A history buff myself, I was reminded of a time where there was tradition before the likes of Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle or DiMaggio walked the Earth. This tradition was worldly tradition, the kind with stained glass and a roaring organ in a massive cathedral. But there was an ever so slight rebellion in the taste, one that reminded me of a historical figure who was cut from a different cloth, Martin Luther.
Yes, the German monk who turned the world on its head when he started the Protestant Reformation in the early 16th century. Luther never set out to revolutionize religion, but I don’t think Adroit Theory was trying to be a rebel either. The brewers, it seems, wanted to resurrect the spirits of the past, and correct any current misconceptions. They did a damn good job (even beyond the very cool label). If Luther would have had access to such a beer, he would have posted more than 95 problems on that door in Wittenberg. Love of the Damned would have served him well as he took on the titan that was the Roman Catholic church.
As I continued, the alcohol taste eased behind this rustic brew, and that is how it should be. Love of the Damned is comforting while packing a punch at 9.6% ABV.
It isn’t exotic. It isn’t revolutionary. It reminds us of what beer ought to taste like. The cause of this brew is similar, in a way, to Luther’s some 500 years ago. Love of the Damned is a beer drinkers beer, and I would recommend it to anyone.
**By the way, Martin Luther apparently LOVED beer.**