Thick set russet brown color with a small, compact tannish cap. Bits of lace grab hold in light ink blot patches.
Nice aroma of tangy molasses and dark fruity syrup. Fairly plump and ripe with raisin, fig, and dates floating around on top keeping a big boosted sweet malt profile. Notes of slightly burnt or smoldering doughnut dough.
Taste is darkly sweet and ripe with ample dark fruity flavors masked within a molasses tang. Has a partial smokey finish with regards to some vanilla, brown sugar, and licorice. Nice doughy center and creamy mouthfeel with a sweetly dark brigade behind it all keeping a fairly bold and dense action of flavors and bread doughy heft. Dark cherry hints and very light tobacco spices sweep off and on throughout the finishing areas as it floats away with one finely appealing dryness.
Mellow but stark and darkly set with sweet fruits and sugared breads. Age has suited this well. The feel is quite big still. Creamy medium/full tilted body with just a slight edge of warmth and alcoholic texture underneath. Bold, clean, and rightly set with dark fruity tang and sweetness. Nicely balanced. Easily drinkable and easy to get use to. 10% shows up later. A nice complimentary beer to all the other fine Alesmith brews. Yum.
Served In: Goblet
Grand who? Pours a mostly hazy light orange color with a more of a straw yellow hue throughout. A rough foamy head when poured but does hide to the edge of the glass through most of the tasting. Next to no lacing throughout.
The nose has some very nice Belgian notes. To start the malt has some lighter Belgian pils malt with some minor caramel aroma that I associate with Special B. Great complexity. There are some nice fruity and spicy notes as well. Some nutmeg, coriander, bananas, pears and peaches. Some minor cinnamon and acetaldehyde as well. As it mores more of a fig and cherry thing comes out. The yeast is pretty light overall, but some alcohol notes are there.
The taste is a bit more muddled compared to the nose. The malt is there and a bit strong but ok for a Dark Strong. The caramel comes out a bit more with hints of astringency but not bad. Some bready notes that help out though. The fruity notes come out more with a nice pear and banana flavor but some fig notes in the finish. The spices are limited but some pepper and coriander notes are there. Some minor hint of cinnamon but light. The yeast is very clean but is more detectable versus the nose.
The body is closer to moderate than full, but still very clean. Some heat from the alcohol but very easy drinkability. Overall some very nice notes but to be nit picky I would like a little bit cleaner notes in the taste.
Served In: Bottle
2000 bottle......i cant get alesmith in the town i live in ,but i know they have it in the l.a. area.so when i went down south to buy records today i figured id pick up some alesmith to see what all the hype is about.....well its all true.this certain beer has a nice amber color with little to no head.great overall taste,a bit of a triple style taste mixed with a light barleywine flavor.oh its so damn good!!!!very smooth overall as well.grab yourself some grand cru yall,cuz the rumors are true!!!(2000 BOTTLE RE-RATED ON AUG 27TH 2006)this beer has held up so well.when poured it gave off a small but nice head.all the flavors have melted together and i didnt really taste anything that i would describe as "off"plus the mouthfeel is still nice a rich....awsome brew.
Price: $10.00 Served In: Snifter
Pours a deep dark cherry red with a nice light tan head. Perfectly clear brew. Head settles nicely and has a real nice creamy appearance. Smell is lightly tart with a fairly strong yeast aroma. Grapes, or sour apples. Light alcohol nose is present. "Ooo, wow." That's a direct quote from a second after tasting. Nice fruity flavor upfront blended in with an excellent malt character. Rasiny sweetness is all over this. Yeast is present in the finish as well is a light alcohol flavor. Overall a really, really good brew.
Served In: Tulip
Review from 01/18/07
Vintage 2003, courtesy Westsidethreat.
A - This thing tried to work a head on the pout, but it just didn't have it in it. Fizzed up a little, then left without a single trace. If you just hold it in front of you, it looks darker brown, but held to the light it is lighter brown almost caramel colored and very cloudy.
S - Alcohol is still very present in this one. Bursts with scents of warming alcohol, robust brown sugar, cherry and raisins.
T - Begins with sugary toffee and brown sugar. There is a touch of anise in there too. This turns to an alcoholic cherry flavor with a bit of raisin to it. Finishes with a slight coffee bitterness and vanilla. Vanilla stays on the pallette for about 15 seconds.
M - Full bodied with a touch of a syrupy feel to it. Age has taken away some of the carbonation.
D - Nice beer. I wish I had taken the 2006 bottle I have and had them side by side to see the differences. This one is very sweet, but still enjoyable. If the carbonation held up, it would help this beer a lot.
Served In: Pint Glass
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