Dark deep reddish rosey brown and clear with a nearly purple tone to it in most light. A medium smallish capping of dark ivory foam lifts slightly for a bit then slips down to some hair thin strings of lace.
Aroma is soft and supple with a dark fruity waft that's more of a mix of things then a few things sticking out and dominating. It's purple grapey, pear, pruney, cranberry, darkly nutty, juicy sweet, and altogether not all that beery, but just barely has that caption of what could be considered more of something like a malt beverage?
That said I still like it as it reminds me of some of the English Browns and Old Ales out there.
Taste is moderately sweet, dark, and rounded in a complex medley of mixing flavors. Again, much like the smell, it has no real distinguishing flavors that stand out on their own. Like eating a Holiday fruit bread? Darkly sweet and semi bready with tiny nuances of prune, mango, and fig tang, ever so slight sourness of cranberry and dark grapes. Some pear and golden raisin sink in with bigger vanilla making an appearance late. A small tone of chocolate(cocoa), molasses, and more of the vanilla kind of wrap it all together into a warming rummy-like girth. Uniquely warm aand kind of spicy with a very low toned pepperyness.
Body is bold, smooth, darkly soft with tang and fruit juicyness and fairly girthy as it reaches into some warming booozyness of what I assume is a whole lot of malts. Has a certain low ended bite of carbonation upon midway that helps create some eagerness way in back of the palate.
Its a very good sipper with a whole lot of complexity to it. Subtle. Wholesome. Unique. Yum!
I quite liked it. Something to really sit back with and explore. Doppelbock meets English Barleywine spiced with milding chili peppers. New Holland has a winner here with its High Gravity Series. Looking forward to seeing what's next in this series...
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