The back story behind this beer is great. Would never have thought to shoot a tree before. Pours a mostly dark shade of brown with red highlights. Good clarity. A soft white head at the pour that hid to the side of the glass through the whole tasting. Limited lacing though. Really we are calling this a brown?
The nose has a lot going on. Some complexity from the malt but is over showed by alcohol, fusel, and some strong woody notes. To start the malt is fairly sweet with some caramel and brown sugary notes. Some molasses and maple combination. The alcohol notes are very noticeable and mix with some phenols, plums, raisins, figs, pineapples and mangos.
The taste is more in check. The malt comes out as the alcohol and fusel backs off. The malt is more robust with a thickness to it but the sugary notes come out a bit more sharp. Some sweetness that is felt in the teeth, like a fluoride issue. Brown sugar notes, kettle carame and some molasses flavors with a slight minerally taste on the back end. Some meaty/smokey notes that don't really fit. The wood notes really come out nicely. More of a wood like flavor with a hint of vanilla on the back end. Very unique. There is some kick, no kidding, with the ABV. The yeast does come out with more plums and figs while the other tropical fruits back off.
The body is big and sweet. Sure its big but there is a linger sweetness that just lingers into the finish. Carbonation is a bit light which might help the balance out. I suppose this is an ager but really there is a lot going on here. And why a US brown?
Whoa, this stuff pours out dark and thick much like a Baltic Porter settling a solid black cast of darkness with a small, dense tan cap that slips away to keep a thick collar and some large and lengthy blobs of lace.
Aroma is strangely exotic and unique with black licorice spicyness, tangy prune, raisin, molasses, and vanilla, cooked brown sugar, and cardamom. Very reminiscent of a pruneyish Port wine, Anchor OSA, and Expedition stout.
Taste is even stranger and unique, but in a good way. A very good way! All about mirroring a port with deep, dark, tangy heat with alluring, deep seeded spices of anise, cardomom, and molasses. Quite lusterious and full of warming sensations behind its depth of dark brooding tang. The flavors are similar to some of the bigger, chewier, Baltic Porters out there.
Bold body of smokey dark tones with a warming of an, almost reaching, Belgian chocolatey warmth on top of a strong medium body. Soft, smooth, and tenderly chewy in some portions of its mid range. Quiet, lofty finish with leftovers of dark fruity paste textures and darker candied spices coating the palate like a fruit filled pastry.
Outstandingly yummy stuff! A heavy sided dark, tangy, spiced brew that captures a unique essence.
The warmth hits well and welcome and makes this a wonderful sipper and a dangerously easy drinker. This stuff will sit well around the chilled months of the year.
This has a whole lot going on in the hizzee.. Pours a dark dark coffee color. The nose has notes of kirsch,dark coffee,caramel,and heat.. This is one that would get better with time in the cellar IMHO. The heat is coming through a bit much but me thinks this will dissipate with time.. The mouth feel is big,creamy and complex. If you like dark coco,strong coffee,and black licorice this one is for you..Lot's of length.. Would have given this a higher score if the EtoH was in check a tad more...cheers
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