hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… Pours black with a mid-sized, fluffy, mushroom-colored head that diminishes slowly to a permanent, tight, khaki cap. The bouquet is of burnt grain, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla and heavy Cuban espresso. Full-bodied and creamy with buzzing carbonation. The flavor leans heavily toward the sweet side of balance – caramel, fudge, and espresso. Finishes roasty and sweet with a just a touch of carbonic bitterness. It’s good, but seems under-attenuated, unless “SWEET” is what they were shooting for. Still, very enjoyable.