Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Cask at the brewpub, Traverse City. Deep opaque brown-black body, medium-thick light brown head. Dry, roasty nose with lots of chocolate and vanilla, reminiscent of chocolate/vanilla wafers. Dry body, surprisingly woody/burnt with ashy roast and chocolate, soft, with light acidity. The vanilla is not over-the-top, but instead adds an interesting woody character that layers with the roasted malts. Interesting beer.