Clear copper body. One or two mentionable bubbles slowly gliding up within. Smallish firm capping of dirtied tanned froth. Long, boney fingered lace spans across the glass.
Aroma is what I'd call tall and slim. Lovely whole grain bready aroma thats fresh and reaching with a slight nutty dryness, a slim sweet fruityness and a dusting of chocolate.
Taste is well blended and balanced with malts bringing lightly dry bread tones floating off the middle from its sweetish start. From midway to the finish this is all unquitting flavors on the palate. Great bready grains and caramel with very adequately balanced floral hoppyness and dry leafyness. Finds time to squeeze in some fruits just before the swallow. Very intriguing and complex. Lengthy too. One of the higher qualities that I liked about it was that it lasted on the buds and begged for more as it did. Nice!
Feel is just a notch above medium. Fairly filling, yet smooth and succulant with a well rounded appeal thats quite quenchable. Mostly detained from the middle and into the finish where it almost seemed to gain more and more control and attention. Solid carbonation. The hops begin to find their home after a while. And there where and when they find it, which is sooner than later, its dry, grassy, floral, and nutty. Fantastic.
A wonderfully balanced beer with lots of flavor packed fun. It grows on ya might quick and is gone just as so. And 8.5%, please...where it is, is probably a couple more later when you've nearly drained em as fast as you've poured em.
Raise another flag in victory for Victory for this fabulous Anniversary Alt!
Originally reviewed 07/09/06
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.
A - Light amber in color, transparent, with a nice head after a vigorous pour. Head is light and puffy and slightly off white.
S - Smell boast of roasted malts, maybe some caramel sweetness.
T - Hops hit first with almost a taste of rye on them. Sweet malt comes in on the back of the tongue to balance things. Alts can be very ho hum, but this have a nice rich flavor. Slight taste of alcohol at the end, but overall the 8.5% is well hidden.
M - Nice and thick. Carbonation is subdued, but fine.
D - Very nice beer that doesn't boast it's alcohol content. Well balanced and easy to drink. Too bad it was a one time brewing.
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