mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one.
Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. It’s delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth it’s not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf.
Yes, this is my favorite beer. travelguy (7) - USA - JUL 10, 2016 does not count
This ale has it nailed. Aroma of sweet caramel. Just enough hops to balance the rich molasses flavor. Mouth feel is big, rich and smooth. The best in class.