shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Cask: Pours a hazy peach color with a tiny white head. Aroma is yeasty, clove, strawberry, raspberry, oak, and vinous. Flavor is oak, grape, raspberry, blackberry, yeast, clove, some banana, and a slightly spicy alcoholic finish. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Cask at the brewery. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours a hazy golden orange with a short-lived bubbly head that left no lacing.
There’s a pine hop kick up front from the dry hopping which gave way pretty quickly to the big sweet Belgian yeast and fruits underneath. There are hints of some wine-like fruity tartness, but it’s very faint.
The taste has the same hop kick up front with the fruity sweetness dominating afterward. The tart berries some through a little more than the aroma and leave a wine-like dryness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is very smooth with an initial hop prickliness with minimal carbonation.
This is a pretty good beer that I think would gain some added complexity with more time in the barrel with the berries. Still, it was the best of the four casks on offer at the brewery.
Date: January 07, 2009
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet fruity and spicy aroma with a light leathery funk, nice floral hops
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of hops and spicyness,peppery, sweet fruity character brings it back in balance, nice bitterness forms out of the spicyness, just a hint of the funk from the aroma, winey character shows up towards the end
Overall: not that far afield from the regular creeper, needs more time in the barrel, more funk, and a touch more raspberry tartness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20