22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, poured into a tulip.
Bright, clear reddish-gold. Not too much head, but subsequent swirling stirs up about a quarter-inch of dense bubbles. Color is fantastic.
Nose is nicely balanced with citric hoppiness up front, underlaid with caramel sugars and some booziness.
This beer is thick and chewy, with plenty of malty sweetness, booze-laden fruits, and citrus rind. The finish is a little hot, but still very nice. This one's a winner now, and will only get better with some age.
Served In: Tulip
22oz bomber I got from Showcase in Carrollton, GA. Poured into an oversized wine glass.
A: Poured a really nice brown with beautiful ruby haze when held to the light. The color is striking. A nice off white creamy head sits on top, forming easily, lasting long, and provides some nice sticky lacing. Beautiful.
S: Smells like apples, dark cherries, caramel, malt, sweet spices. The most prevelant smell is alcohol though.
T: Tastes like caramel apples, cherries, sweet malt, and has a spiciness. Although this brew is quite sweet, it still has a nice hops bite to it. The hops definitely do not get lost in this brew.
M: Has a nice creamy feel to it. Really coats the mouth and tickles the tongue. Has some carbonation to it but nothing too crazy. There is a touch of alcohol burn to it, but nothing out of the norm. Very nice feel.
D: For something with a good, high ABV, this brew goes down pretty damned easy. The bomber could have easily been consumed by my lonesome but still works as a sharing bomber. Tis is a sipping brew, meant to be savored but it keeps you wanting more. Great beer.
Served In: Wine Glass
Vintage 05 bottle I've been aging in my cellar.
Served at cellar temp in my Tripel Karmeliet glass
Appearance is very good. Very dark and murky. Clouds of rust colored fluid swarm around. Big chunks of yeast floating toward the bottom.
Smell is very good. Huge caramel and toffee malt bomb fragrance. Caramel Apples and grapefruit hops in the background.
Taste is very good. Huge toffee candy flavor with a large caramel malt finish. Slight tamarind candy taste as well. Hops are basically none existent in this beer but aren't missed. Aftertaste is malty and red apple-like.
Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation level is perfect; nice and (not too) low. Engulfs the mouth with pillow-like fluffiness.
Drinkability is good. I can easily kill another bomber of this.
Very impressed. I haven't tried this beer fresh to compare but, when aged, it's one exceptional brew. Thanks to Fro for the tip to drink this tonight ;^)
Served In: Pint Glass
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