ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2016
Cask at Olde Magoun’s Saloon on 4/1/16.
Dark mahogany-tinted ebony body is of indeterminable clarity (very dark in the bar). Solid dark beige head atop shows moderate retention.
Lemon oil mixing with very mild, earthy coffee in the nose are both backed by soft caramel-vanilla-like maltiness. Fresh yeast notes add minerals and light plaster, while milk chocolate lightens things in conjunction with the lemon. Definitely sounds like it could be strange, and to some extent it’s a bit odd, but the acidity and brightness somehow works with the darker notes provided by malt and coffee. No alcohol or flaw.
Lovely texture in the mouth, softly but amply carbonated with a slick-to-watery texture. Lemon oil is lightly pungent and bright, transitioning in to milk chocolate and easygoing coffee notes with low bitterness. Earthy and very nicely balanced between sweet and dry, tending dry, with strong attenuation, but still enough maltiness to provide body/texture and balance to the lemon and roasted bitterness. Low smokiness, almost none really, but that’s Smoke and Dagger for you, lately (which is fine). Great stuff!