12oz sampler bottle.
It pours a very hazy/cloudy orange with very little foam, just a ring around the glass.
The smell is of bananas, cloves, and sweet malt. Other spices and fruitiness are there but I can't put my finger on them.
Big bananas and cloves up front in the taste, with some lemon zest bring light tart notes and some very sweet malty notes. Overall, the beer is more sweet than tart, which would be a less likeable road for the style for me, but GT manages to pull it off nicely.
The 7.5% is definitely noticeable but GT brewed the beer this way with cellaring in mind so I'll take that into account.
Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation..a pretty good mouthfeel though I'd consider it the weakest link for Snarling Badger.
Bottom line: This gets more and more tasty as the beer warms from cellar temp up. I will buy some bottles when they show up, for sure.
PS: I wish Grand Teton made a lower abv and more true to style version of this. I think they'd do a bang up job.
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