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Review by seaoflament on 06/16/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2007
Thanks to Joey for the bottle, this is a 07 vintage.

Pours a strong caramel color but settles an amber and ruby color in the glass. A good half inch of foam amassed and remains for a few minutes.

The aroma is of sweet grapefruit. I am reminded, when I was younger, of cutting an orange in half and topping it with sugar. There’s some soft notes of pine and citrus with a huge caramel, sweet dark fruits, malt profile. I’m also detecting a little bit of coffee in the background and raw brown sugar. Alcohol is not as strong as one would think, it is hidden behind the massive amount of malt and aroma hops. Love the aroma.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma would lead. The first sensation is a strong hop bite and as you swallow, the bitterness, scrapes your tongue all the way down but almost instantly the sweetness balances it all out. The alcohol appears mostly in the aftermath of everything, just warms the esophagus and stomach. Caramel and brown sugar are definitely there along with sweet raisins and dates. Aside from the aforementioned fruits I’m also getting subtle notes of ripe apples and pears. There’s also a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Definitely one to sip, some ageing would definitely help make this one smoother.

Served In: Pint Glass