Bottle is from batch 77 and served at cellar temperature: ~58 degrees.
Poured opaque into my snifter glass. A nice half-inch, deep tan foam covered the liquid below. Retention was medial while there was some sheeting, non-sticky lacing.
Aroma is cocoa and smoke most up front. Dark fruit (raisin), sweet malt, and some alcohol to round out the scents.
Taste is sweet molasses up front that is quickly met with a burst of peat smoke in the middle, that on certain sips, seemed to dominate. Dark fruit also come in the middle, maybe even a splash of tart cherry. Cocoa also has a small place.
Medium body with medium carbonation. Dries the palate while there is coating feeling to the mouth.
The smoke added a flavor that I am not a huge fan. A good solid beer that seems well put together. 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