22 oz bottle given to me by the Lumdog. Haven't had the original, but this one sounded so damned tasty I had to try it. Served up in a snifter.
A: Builds in the glass as a cola colored brown. Dark in the middle and lightens to browns and reds as it goes to the edges. Held to the light, it has more of a mahogany color with a light cloud to it. The pour got me a about a finger of tan to dark tan colored head. This has some stick to it and is throwing up some pretty nice lace on the glass. Looks great.
S: Just so much malty goodness. Finding a huge amount of caramel and toffee presence. Getting some roast to them. Getting quite a bit of wood and musky aroma. Nice and boozy alcohol scent. Fruity and floral hops come out a bit and mix wonderfully with all this malt. The hops don't take over the aroma, just contribute. Malts really, really shine here.
T: Where the malts shine in the aroma, the hops really come out in the flavor. Things really start with a huge amount of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine hops flavor. Just so much wonderful bittering going on here. The malts contribute and do have a presence. Caramel, lightly toasted, just really has a nice sweetness to it and blends well with all this bitterness. The alcohol also has a presence as a woody/oaky booze. This thing also has a light nuttiness to it as well coming out from time to time. Just works well.
M: Light side of full bodied. Has some nice weight to it for sure. Alcohol is huge. Very noticeable in all arenas and really has some warmth to it in the throat and belly. Mostly bitter on the palate with a slight sweetness that cuts through. Aftertaste is all hops and caramel hops.
OA: I really dig this. It is just a great cold weather beer, with tons of flavor and aroma. The flavors are big and bold. Its a nice sipper that is perfect for a cold evening. I guess you can put it in the realm of a Double Bastard. Great beer.
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