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Review by seaoflament on 07/22/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2009
I had the opportunity to try this one last night at La Bella Pizza, thank Joey for bringing the bottle. I've wanted to try this one for a while now.

Poured a dark caramel with a very fizzy and rapidly descending half inch of foam.

The glass was pretty much filled to the top so I had to wait and take a few sips before I could get any aromas out of the beer. First, there was an alcoholic note followed by some caramel, dates, raisins, and a bit of chocolate. Then some dark Belgian candy sugar and brown sugar.

The first sips were of caramel, a bit nutty, yeasty, and chocolate in the finish. Way back in the aftertaste was a nice flavor of chocolate covered oranges. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the end and a bit of alcohol as well. More toasted malts as it warmed up. Not as complex as I was hoping for but not bad.

Very fizzy mouthfeel, it was a bit difficult to drink as the carbonation stung the tongue and I couldn't swallow that quickly. I could feel the gaseous beer in my stomach. It also felt a bit thin and didn't have enough malt sweetness lingering at the end, probably because the fizzy carbonation took everything with it.

Served In: Other

Review by tangfoot on 06/21/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 9 13 2 5 2009
It's a good thing I chilled this bottle a bit, as it damn near was a gusher when I poppped the cork.

Huge carbonation, first pours were about 80/20 head to beer ratio.
Brown in color with a big off white head, and it looks like it's going to retain it for the whole night.

Hmm, I'm afraid I may have opened this bottle too soon, as I am beig overpowered by the alcohol smell. Seems like it could use 6 months or so to cool off. Typical Belgian spiciness is next, cloves and a little sweetness.

Taste doesn't follow the smell fully, and I got some real off flavors in the aftertaste. The alcohol isn't prominent, but neither is anything else, really. The best way I can describe it is as a slightly spicy Brown Ale. I think this one really missed the mark of what Garrett Oliver was trying to do, and the whole time I'm just comparing this blandness to the amazement that is Local 1.

Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, VERY off from the style.

I'm highly disappointed in the beer and will simply purchase Local 1 instead.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Snifter

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