Pours with a huge amount of tan foam (enormous). Liquid is clear while retention is about average. Some spotty, spotted lacing. Isn't sticky.
Aroma is spice, candy sugar, yeast, and some dark fruits. Alcohol twinges the nose hairs a bit.
Taste follows the nose. Lots of dark candy sugar, spice, yeast, and loads of dark fruit.
Medium body or better with a crisp carbonation.
Maybe I don't appreciate this style all that much as I didn't think it was the greatest in the world as I usually think that Russian River beers are. I would have it again and maybe a more trained pallet would appreciate. 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