DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
These guys always try fun things in casks. And this is no exception. Well done and pretty damn tasty.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: nice mahogany hues under a soft leathery head. Lace comes full circle. Slight haze – translucent.
Nose: raisins, dates, prunes, and meaty figs with cinnamon – take and add bread. Tannic woodiness in the back. Grape and plum skins ala red wine ala red wine barrels. Bretty, leathery, and musky. Don’t forget the horse funk ala hazelnuts.
Palate: clean. Grape and plums – sweet in front, than tart, and finishes tannic. Black cherry. Grabs sides of cheeks and tip of tongue – tingles. Finishes with leather and wine soaked wood barrels. Supple. Musty leather. Horse in the breath. The hazelnuts are earthy and musty and still shelled.
Final Thoughts: very good. A surprising quaffer with complexity. Lift Bridge has been slightly hit and miss, thankfully with more hits, one of which was their Chestnut Hill ala Nutsack.