ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Redbones, Feb/Mar 2005. Chestnut brown/auburn colored body with a light beige head, lasting retention. Lightly transluscent in the glass, as are most of this brewery’s beers. It’s been a while since I’ve had a Mercury beer on draught and this was a treat. Aroma was a bit light, but there was some barley and toasted malt. Quite grainy. Unpasteurised and unfiltered, I’ve always enjoyed the mouthfeel of their beers. This one has a low carbonation, just enough for a refreshing lager, with a good yeast bite on the finish. Lightly metallic/earthy flavors are not out of place for the style, and there is ample toasted malt flavor playing with lightly dry hops. No out of place citrusy hops, almost a creamy consistency as it warms. Lightly chewy texture and a medium body, with low attenuation relative to the style. Perhaps more alt-like than vienna-like.