Poured clear with a huge, large bubbled, off white foam. Retention was above average becoming quite frothy on the way down. Lacing began as the foam receded, leaving a webby, sticky, and thick foam on the side of my pint glass. Patchy lacing as the beer is consumed.
Aroma is sweet, toffee, and toasty malt. Maybe even a bit of bready malt. Hop seems be pleasant and crisp but hard for me to place.
Taste is strong on the toffee and sweet malt up front. Toasty takes over in the middle. A subtle and soft hop presence is there in the finish. A slight bitter after taste.
Medium body and medium carbonation might be a little over stated. At times there were hints of creaminess.
I don't know what this beer was like over a month ago, but now it is a strong malt brew that has a subtle hop presence to balance. A easy drinker that isn't filling. A nice winter beer. 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