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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 7 14 4 7 2010
500ml Bottle
$4.69
Binny's Orland

I've had this bottle in the fridge for maybe a month now. Figured I better get to drinking it. Pours mahogany with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. Although the head took some time to form it grew to two fingers of creamy beige head. The head eventually falls to a small cap and leaves some respectable mountain-esque thin lacing.

The nose seems to be a little on the weak side. There's some goodness coming out of there but also some aromas I would be happy without. Mild roastiness combines with weak coffee, slight cream, and overripe dark fruits. There's also a mineral character I'm not all that fond of.

Flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. The mineral characteristic isn't as noticeable but neither is the roastiness. The ripe dark fruitiness seems more prominent than I would have expected from the smell. There seems to be a touch of sourness present but what it's from is beyond me and actually works to make a nicely balanced beer.

The body of this stout is medium but seems a little thin at times. Sluggish carbonation lets this beer work through at it's own pace which is leisurely. Alcohol fumes work on the swallow as this beer warms.

This pint goes down pretty easily but one bottle in a sitting is enough for me. This beer does sport a higher than expected alcohol for the style.

This is a decent beer in the Winter Series from Ridgeway. Seems that's the only time I see their beers are around Christmas and every year I see more and more. Again, this is a decent beer but there's so many others out there it's difficult to justify picking this up again.

Reviewed: 1/28/08

Price: $4.69 Served In: Pint Glass