Pours with a slight chill haze into a snifter. Foam is off-white, not quite beige and minimal, while it runs away to hide quickly. Lacing is sporadic and spotted.
Aroma reminds me of Nelson Sauvin hops: strawberry and blackberry laden. Light hints of alcohol that are beaten back but the berries. Toffee maybe butterscotch highlights the malt character. The berries really subdue the rest and come across as delicate in spite.
Taste is built on caramel and toffee flavors (long boil and malts?). The finish brings about a touch of hop flavors but there is an accompanying alcohol harshness that adds to the perceived bitterness bringing it to a high and lingering level.
Medium to big body with light carbonation. Somewhat dry but a touch of sticky lip from the sugars.
The aroma had me going. The taste was a let down. The alcohol and identified bitterness level make the beer very difficult to drink. I regret opening this beer for myself. This is one of the few beers from Pipeworks that I have could not appreciate. Enjoy!