asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[on cask at brewpub]
Chocolate and meaty aroma that seems minty. Sasparilla obvious after being told by the manager what was flavouring the beer. Clear ruby-black under an off-white ring and patch. Smooth, almost velvety chocolate flavour with some volatile, minty/cool character that must be from the sasparilla. Bitterness is low, but there is little sweetness to throw off the balance--but weak overall. Light to medium body, low carbonation, chocolate finish.