73 / 100
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour except for the edges. Head is ochre, kind of nutty-hued and disperses to a thin film of caramel-coloured lace. Easily revived with a swirl. Looks nice.
Smells very dark, almost burnt. Plenty of smoke on there, but blended with espresso, licorice and arrowroot providing some edgy sweetness. Nice complexities, doesn't appeal perfectly for a sip though.
Taste starts out with that woody, smokey kind of flavour on the assault. Develops a long dark malty mid-section with a smooth chocolatey flavour and touch of vanilla. Finishes quite bitter, with roasty espresso, licorice and a savoury/sweet kind of nutty character, spice and quite a drying crisp texture on the finish. Not bad at all, really, although a bit thin for the most part.
A milder flavour for a strong dark beer, that still manages to retain a good punch. Quite pleasant.
Purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca, brought back to Australia to drink with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable
Pours a deep block-brown colour, with a crackling film of melted chocolate brown. Body looks quite fluid, but dense enough to hold some tiny brown carbonation. Looks like a very dark beer, perhaps not a particularly heavy one, however.
Nose is roasty, but surprisingly bright, with an almost crispness from the coffee character coming through. Certainly smooth and dark otherwise, although it doesn't have a lot of sweetness presentâit's almost as though the coffee is the character used to sharpen the flavour of the beer. Interesting.
Taste is indeed, a little thinner on the palate than it could be, with a clear and rather sharp coffee presence through the centre. Surprisingly, there's only touches of roast grains in the flavour, sitting around the edges of the coffee. Thin body, which accentuates the whole thrust of the beer, but I think weakens it overall.
A nice beer, but not an exceptional one. The coffee is well showcased, but the brew is rather thin otherwise. It's a shame, because it looked better.
A nice coppery tinged yellow-orange with a thin, non-existent film of head. Not like that film of head I watched last night. Terrible. Slow, crawling and very light carbs. That ring of lacing, slightly sticky. Not bad, could use more though.
There's an almost coppery character on the nose. Slightly sour with hints of fermented fruit, like a wine character, almost. It's quite well done but a bit subdued for my liking.
Nice and refreshing palate. Maybe a bit simple. At the same time, not really watery. Subtle hoppy characters flourish throughout the palate with an earthy flavour underpinning it. It's quite mild, really, with a bitter, clean finish. Palate though isn't all that complex, and apart from the noticeable bitterness, the cleanliness and subtlety remind me of an English ale. Very drinkable though.
Cheers to my brother's mate Charlie for bringing this back from Vermont.
Pours a beautiful burnished copper colour with a thin ring of white foam around the edges. Really nice colour. Carbonation is in thin steady streams around the edge of the glass. A little bit of lacing. Shame about the lack of head, but otherwise a really nice looking beer.
Light toasted caramel notes on the nose, with a slight hint of piney hop character. Yeah, there's that nice resiny character I associate with a decent English Pale Ale. There's not a lot to it on the nose, but it's quite pleasant.
Pleasant on the palate too, with a nice flavour of resiny hops first up, and later a dry, earthy grain husk character. Unfortunately, it's a little thin throughout, and you never get a bit burst of flavour. Mouthfeel is nice, with a subtle effervescence that lightens tha palate. Very pleasant.
It's a pretty enjoyable beer. Solid, easy to drink, quite flavoursome and light enough on the palate to drink a few. It doesn't rock my entire world, but I could see it rocking a small part of it on occasion.