Pours clear with a beautiful inch of off-white, pudgy foam. Retention is quite good with the foam becoming liked whipped cream. Lacing is sticky, thick, and lasting.
Aroma isn't all that strong with a sweet, caramel, almost toffee malt being in the lead. There is a citrus hop presence but very minor.
Flavor is some nice malt that is rather fulling. Almost like a bread or doughy malt. Interesting. Hops come in the finish, not strong, but the bitterness in the end sneaks up on you and hits you hard for a second or two.
Bigger in the mouth than expected as I would say it is really a full bodied beer. Carbonation is a minor player here.
The alcohol is well hidden. The beer would make a good spring or fall beer with the bigger body on it. Still drinkable and a fun beer. When I saw that black patent malt was used, I thought the beer might be interesting, it was. 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