Nice sweet aroma of dark malt and bourbon barrel in the background. Slightly sweet taste at first, then seems to have a brief hop bite that quickly fades, then a mild roast coffee flavor enters in and lingers. Wow, amazing assortment of flavors, all very nicely done. The beer seems to have zero carbonation, but maybe that help makes it so smooth on the palate.
Heavy sweet aroma, with hints of alcohol hiding in the background. Initial taste is slightly sweet, but crisp. Fades and blends into various heavy, smooth, dark malt tastes. Minor aftertaste of slightly sweet malt- but not dark or heavy. Surprisingly drinkable for 10% ABV.
Dark stout aroma. Slightly crisp flavor bite with a hint of the alcohol. Mainly tastes like a heavy stout, with hints of peanuts. Fades into an aftertaste that is a mix of dark malt roastiness and peanut flavor. Overall finishes fairly dry/clean.
Thin head that fizzles down quickly. I can smell the dark makes and spice aroma with the glass sitting a foot away from my nose. Aroma up close is not as strong as I would’ve thought- nice mellow dark malts. Full flavor, with a zing of cinnamon spice cutting through the dark malts, then quickly disappearing. Aftertaste is fairly mild dark malt. The 8.1% ABV is hidden well, with no detectable alcohol burn.
Strong alcohol smell along with a sticky sugary smell. Taste tweaks the taste buds then smooths quickly into a full palate dark malt flavor. Easy aftertaste with slight sweetness and a bit of dark malt. Fairly nice, surprisingly.
Nice clean dark malt aroma, nothing overly sweet or “black licorice-esque” like a lot of these can be. Nice even grain flavor with no harshness, with a minor dark malt aftertaste that lingers slightly. Good hop crispness that cleans the palate but stays out of the way. This is from their 2015 seasonal, drank on 12/23/2015, well before the best by date of 05/06/16. Having had this on tap before at the bar, I know these go down really well and you don’t have any idea of the 9% ABV, until you feel your head buzzing a bit.
Nice clean aroma with a hint of raspberries. Slight edge of bourbon flavor that gets replaced by dark malt, and then a nice raspberry flavor comes in. Overall very balanced 3-way tug-of-war going on between bourbon, dark malt, and raspberries. You can feel the alcohol heart in the aftertaste, slightly lingering in the back of the throat. I think I would like it more of there were less bourbon presence, and it was just the dark malt and raspberries commingling.
Bottled 10/05/15, drank on 10/29/15. Nice sweet bourbon aroma but not harsh at all. Taste is very pleasant with nice dark malt flavor but no harshness. This is slowly followed by a slight wooden barrel flavor that gives way to a moderate chili kick. Slight alcohol warmth in aftertaste, mixed with chili heat. Great stuff going on, distracting you totally from the 11% ABV.
5 out of 5 Stars.
Craft beer and homebrew from a Michigan perspective.