The little lady picked me up a four pack of this delight and I can’t wait to review this. I’ve had one already and it’s so unique and delicious. Drank from my Russian River tulip while watching the Falcons vs. Saints.
Appearance- Pours a perfectly dark reddish ruby brown with a big fizzy dirty white head. A nice cap and collar stick around for the entire beer but surprisingly no lacing.
Smell- Really earthy smelling with a deep raw chocolaty tone that is surprisingly potent. It very much smells like a Tootsie Roll. Not much in the way of the ‘Abbey’ part of the beer in the nose as the chocolate covers anything else that might be present. A touch of spice and a banana and that really is about it.
Taste- Starts out with a dose of the banana and spice (clove and maybe even a touch of cinnamon) that I mentioned in the nose. Slightly warming after that first sip but it gives way to that earthy raw chocolate. It’s more like a cocoa nib chocolate than a milk chocolate. Just a touch of sweetness is present though. Long lingering notes of chocolate and a touch of caramelized sugar in the finish.
Mouthfeel- The beer is velvety smooth and full bodied with a creamy, somewhat dry finish. The carbonation is soft and spot on.
Drinkability- Really really REALLY like this beer a lot. It’s so unique and easy drinking and smooth as silk. It’s chocolaty like you’d expect but not overly so and the best part – it’s not sweet at all. New Glarus is my favorite brewery for a reason and this is why.
Pours a dark roasty chestnut brown to settle an ever so close to black browned hue that in most light you barely can catch that it has a super deep mahogany glow within its body. A medium foamyness of dark beige crowns the top very nicely. Very minimal lace spawns across the glass in a few tiny dots, specks, and globs.
Lovely aroma of softly alluring bakers chocolate and cocoa powder with a soft twist of root beer, fruit cake, vanilla sweetness, sarsaparilla, graham cracker, molasses, and a whisper of wintergreen.
Flavors are wonderfully molded into a smooth delightful tone of Dubble style Belgian candied, fruityish tang and soft cocoa sweetness. It's a bit hard to pin down any one overall taste, per se, but it has flashes of dates and raisin, a pinch of cherry, flashes of vanilla and molasses, and a light coating of cocoa dusting around the edge that is a complexly welcome finishing portion of it's character.
Body is smooth and lightly tangy with a bold medium girthy tone that's very thirst quenching and easy to drink.
Chocolate Abbey is worth every cent spent and every drop out the bottle. Another gem in the Unplugged/Thumbprint series from New Glarus!
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