78 / 100
Tried on-tap as part of a sampler at the brewery/hotel in New Braunfels, TX.
Pours a proper deep, dark brown colour with some good weight and haze to it. Head is a nice, fine tan, that leaves full, sheeting lace with intricate edges. Carbonation is fine by quite limited and moderated. Looks very good all up.
Nose is also quite pleasant. Slightly earthy, with some grain-like rustic, organic tones, coupled with a pleasant chocolate/cocoa lift to it. It's almost savoury, with a slight meaty char or gravy note to it, which works well to counteract the suggested sweetness from the chocolate.
Taste is also very nice. Toasty and dry, but dusted with cocoa to give it a smooth edge. Mild roastiness comes through, almost in the feel more than anything, with a crispness around the edges. Slight almond amaretto/marzipan character gives it a touch of astringency. But there's plenty of body to it as well. I like it.
Feel is good. Smooth and pleasant.
Overall, I'm a fan. This is good stuff, well constructed and well-balanced. This is certainly one of the best of their range.
76 / 100
Tried on-tap at the brewery in New Braunfels, TX.
Pours a firm maroon colour, reddish brown in the body, with a minimal, slightly filmy off-white head. Lacing is pretty great, and standing up to its stylistic origins. Body is light, but fluid in a pleasant way. Carbonation is quite fine. Looks good.
Nose is toasty, with a slightly astringent character that perhaps comes from the grain more than anything. Slight peanut character is noticeable as well, although it's saved from being too thick by being mixed with a leavening carbonation character. Slight pleasant spice comes through as well. There's lots going on, even though it's slightly mild—the characters are very pleasant however.
Taste is also quite firm. There's a very nice maltiness through the centre, cut again by those slightly astringent tones, although on the palate it seems these come from the yeast—it's slightly bitter on the back, but not hoppy in flavour. The build up on the back is slightly medicinal. All up, it's a solid alt, with some good characters to it.
Feel is full and firm, actually really good, especially since it's relatively low in ABV.
Overall, I like it a good deal. It's a pretty solid stylistic example, but also pleasant and easy to drink. Good stuff all up.