61 / 100
On tap at the Local Taphouse.
Pours a malty red amber colour, head is beige, quite dense but sunk to a thin creamy film. Lacing is pretty decent. Doesn't amaze me but looks quite tasty.
Smells mostly of coffee. Big roasty espresso character, with some fruity and spice notes at the fringes, maybe some berry and caramel custard sweetness from the malt as well. Pretty enjoyabl,e but I wish the coffee didn't dominate quite so much.
Taste is a bit more desserty, but is it better? Hmmm. There's a big rich treacle kind of character running through all of that, with a thick syrupy sweetness that just keeps getting sweeter with every sip. Besides that, there is a nice coffee spice character, some dried fruit, and maybe some caramel notes that give a more buttery sweet note. It's obviously meant to be sweet, but it feels a bit dark and weighty and needs a bit more cut-through. It's like having a chocolate fondant without berry coulis. And I mean that as a compliment too, because it is sweet and desserty and rich which is nice, but it's also too much of all those things and needs something more to balance it all out.
Decent mouthfeel, big thick body that kind of coats the tongue as it goes down. Could use a touch of drying in the back.
Nice drop and could see it going really nicely with some fruity Yulli's desserts, but it needs basically more fruity notes in the beer itself, as it's all just a bit rich.