Poured clear into my glass. Foam was enormous, off-white, and frothy. It doesn't matter how vigorous you pour, a huge foam is part of this beer. Retention was as good as the large head. Retention was mediocre for the amount of foam.
Aroma is toasted malt with a pleasant floral hops. Dark fruits are there but only as a side note.
Taste is toasted malt backbone at first with a blend of flavors that are hard to distinguish at first sip. Do to a well balanced beer? There is some light fruit as well as some slight dark fruits. Maybe even a sense of wine and musty flavors. Ever so little hop and bitterness but almost not enough to mention. Very interesting, very complex, and very good.
A tingle on the tongue but not much carbonation. Medium body. There is an after taste but I have a hard time putting my finger on it.
Not a style that I have had many of and, admittingly, because of my lack of knowledge of the style, I have avoided. This is a well rounded beer that has some nice complexities. Too bad I cannot get this beer more readily. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers