12 oz bottle thanks to Bakes I believe. Served up in a nonic.
A: Pours up an incredibly red hued brown color. Held to the light, it remains dark with those reds really brightening up. The body appears to be hazy but difficult to tell for sure since it is so dark. The pour got me less than a finger of tan head. Sadly, it disappears quickly with no ring or top cap to speak of. Needless to say, no lacing as well.
S: Mmmm, suprisingly there is a lot of fruit going on in here. Hits me with some plum and pear up front with some apple skin quickly following. This sweetens up with some caramel notes, brown sugar and molasses. Little bit of powdered sugar and just a touch of bubble gum and booze. Surprising but really enjoyable.
T: Starts off with that pear and plum combo but with some added raisin and prune. Heavy on the dark fruit. There is that light bite of apple skin in the background but not as big as in the nose. Toffee and caramel surround those fruit flavors and really compliment well. Touch of boozy alcohol presence. Touch of floral/earthy hop presence trying to cut the sweetness, but it can't completely achieve that objective. Still tasty.
M: Medium bodied but on the full bodied side of medium, with a medium carbonation to it. The beer is sweet on the palate but it dries up shockingly well and completely avoids being cloying. ABV brings some heat on the throat and in the belly. Aftertaste is all dark fruits.
OA: I had no idea what to expect from this beer so I am pleasantly surprised about what turned up in my glass. Lots, and I mean LOTS, of flavor. My only complaint could be that the sweetness really overpowers anything else going on in this beer, but the hops do work their way in a bit. The fact that the beer dries out nicely with all this sweetness, really brings up the easy drinking factors. Good overall, really dig it and glad I had the chance to try it.
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