nearbeer (5451) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2017
650 ml. bottled October 2016. Lightly hazy orange-amber with a huge sponge on top. Nose is mild but pleasant with some lemongrass, dry cocoa, toasted walnut and caramel. Flavors of toast, lemongrass, nutty toffee and a touch of spiced apple. Finish has notes of dark bread, toasted oak and cocoa powder. Near-medium bodied with a bit much fizz at first, but let it settle and it becomes a smooth easy drinker. Interesting brew that’s a delicately balanced mutt-mix of an ESB, amber and the barrel.