APPEARANCE: Deep copper color - like a shiny new penny.
AROMA: Fruity aroma with hints of raisins, dates, figs, and caramel.
TASTE: Complex fruitiness (notably brown fruits) enhanced with a malty sweetness. Subtle spicy, earthy hop notes balance the malt character.
MOUTHFEEL/DRINKABILITY: Medium to heavy body that provides instant warmth and a sweet, clean finish.
GOES WELL WITH: While it can be a warming, stand-alone nightcap, Old Ale compliments cinnamon desserts, bread pudding, brown fruits (raisins, figs, and the like), carrot cake, and coffee cake.
NOTABLE: Living up to it’s name, beer can be cellared and aged for years.
Hops: German Perle, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Specialty Malts: 120 L Crystal, Munich, 40L Carastan
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: Draft at Fireworks during American Craft Beer Week.
It’s worth noting that this brew was a one-off exclusively for Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. and should not be confused with their Heller Hound Bock or Bock with Brett. It pours a deep mahogany color with a very small, foamy, off-white head. The nose was suprisingly light (too cold perhaps). I got slight raisin notes, but not much else. The taste is very malty up front but suprisingly clean in the finish. Raisin, overripe fruit, caramel, a little toffee, and brandy or port notes. The alcohol is a touch aggressive but should mellow with age. A bit sweet with a lingering bitterness on the back end. Medium to rich body with a medium, mostly soft carbonation and a sweet, slightly boozy finish. It strikes me as a touch young and lacking a little depth, but I would love to see how this would age. Overall very solid.
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