12 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. I think I paid $2 or 2.50 for the single price, but figured it was better than paying the sixer price in case this wasn't very stellar. Served up in a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark, black liquid into the glass. Held to the light, it holds up as a glossy black colored body. No light is getting through this and it is completely opaque. The pour got me about two fingers of dark tan to gingerbread colored head. The retention falls somewhat quickly to a thin, but complete cap. Lace is actually pretty sticky and coats the glass all the way down. Very nice to look at.
S: Smells damned good. Big roasted malt presence. Getting a hefty dose of dark chocolate and semisweet chocolate. Nice dark, brewed coffee brings out some bitterness and earthiness. Earthy hops also seem to be coming through. Light cream presence. Although these are really the only smells I am getting. That smoke mixing with the rest of these aromas is damned near heavenly.
T: Taste is very similar to the nose. Roasted, almost meat like flavor coming across in those malts. The have a savory and sweet like flavor thanks to that smoke. Chocolates are coming through, mostly dark and sweet chocolate and not getting as much of the semisweet notes that were in the nose. Cream is coming through and lightening things up a bit, making a touch of a chocolate milk note at times. Hops come together with that coffee character, creating an earthy and light tobacco presence. Not as complex as some Baltics or Smoked Baltics, but very nice.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty airy carbonation to it. At times it has an almost cola like lightness to it. I see this as a turn off. At other times it has a nice creaminess. It is confusing in this regard. ABV is barely noticeable at all with just a light, warming tingle on the throat. Aftertaste is just a wonderful, lingering smoke.
OA: Gotta say this is a hit for Left Hand. Aromas and flavors are damned fine. If it wasn't for the iffy feel, this would be really close to getting near perfect marks. Everything is nicely crafted. It may be simple and doesn't push the envelope much besides the smoke, but it is well put together for an enjoyable and cohesive experience. Kicking myself for not buying the sixer. Live and learn.
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