orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on cask at Alís of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch black with a bubbly half finger tall off white head, dissipating to pretty much nothing, leaving very little if any lace down the glass.
S - Smells a bit more balanced than the regular version. Hints of oak, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate malt, dried dark fruit and a dash of hops. Like the base this has quite a bit going on.
T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate malt, vanilla and coconut sweetness quickly giving way to hints of bourbon, oak, dark fruits and some light bitterness. There is still a light fruitiness to it, just as in the base, but I still donít think it is anything more than clashing flavors. Finish is sweet with plenty of heat, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. It has the same sweet, bitter, boozy feel as the base but the cask does make it a little smoother.
O - A bit of an improvement from the base. The added sweetness and texture help round off some of the rough edges but it is still a little tough to take on as it firmly in the sipper category. A novelty but not a lot more than that, there are better beers on right now.