22 oz bomber I picked up at Arbor Place Beverage in Douglassville, GA for around 5 bucks or so. Been meaning to get around to some Highland brews. Served up in an imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown color. Held to the light you get a really nice amber with those rich red hues. This beer is nice and clear with a really nice and lazy carbonation activity. The initial pour yielded a perfect finger of head, that is slightly off white in color. head has some decent retention, falling eventually to a white top cap. Got some lace sticking on the glass but not a whole lot. Still a really good looking brew.
S: Malt bomb, yo. Tons of caramel sweetness coming out here. Got some nutty toffee and plenty of sweet ass molassess. There seems to be a touch of spiciness in here with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. That spice is minimal though. There is also a slight smell of a good cigar in the background. This is all malty goodness.
T: Malt, yet again. Tons of malt that doesn't quit. Caramel malt is sweet and rich. Really nice molassess sweetness as well along with some brown sugar. The toffee is also present. Slight pine hops peaking through adding a light resin touch along with some of the spicy qualities. Touch of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon can be found, really bringing out those winter flavors. There is just a slight hint at some booze in here, maybe a touch on the bourbon side. This beer wants to showcase the malt and succeeds.
M: Ah its a bit thin for my liking. Its a bit of a thin medium. Doesn't seem to have that malty wieght that the flavor indicates. Carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but keeps this smooth and a bit crisp. No hint at ABV that I can tell, so I couldn't even guess where this sucker falls. Aftertaste is all malt. *Edit* As I laid in bed shortly after killing this bomber, I experienced the most pleasant warming feeling in my belly. On a cold night, it was very comforting and soothing. Sneaky ass alcohol.
D: Pretty drinkable for a malt bomb. The slightly thinner feel really keeps this one easier on the drinking. With this having such a sugary malt presence, it doesn't attack your palate with syrupy coating at all. With that said, I do kinda wish this had a bit more weight and was crafted into a bit of stout. Still, its a great beer and has some great tastes and smells. Overall, a good experience but I could absolutely see this getting better.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-31-2009 06:40:45
Cvstrickland, thanks my friend.
Pours a clear, rich and deep amber color - very intense and pretty to look at. One finger of creamy almond colored head that quickly subsides. StrAy bubbles of carbonation making their rise within - feeding the enticing cap that remains, with strands of lacing here and there for effect. Nice.
Aroma is very malty. Caramel, brown sugar and toffee in large amounts. Yes please. Strong notes of Grandma's soft, freshly baked molasses cookies - if that doesn't say winter... I don't know what does.
Hints at vanilla, licorice and perhaps nutmeg round this out. I could nose quaff this all night.
On the first sip... holy caramel! Love it! Along with the caramel is a nice tobacco like punch to the throat. Toffee and vanilla coat the tongue in their rich sweetness, only to be followed by a slight bitterness that has a very slight "smokey-ness" intertwined...
Medium in body, smoooth, rich silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. No hints or suggestions at a boozy ABV here...
This is off the charts drinkable. I have been on a malt kick recently, and this one is right up there with the best I have had recently. So smooth, so nicely balanced in taste, with a low ABV... hell yeah.
I only wish I had more...
Thanks Chuck Babe!!!
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