I have had this one cellared for about nine months and was not sure how strong the hop profile would be. As soon as I opened the bottle a nice strong hop aroma hit me, making me feel a bit more confident in this one!
Pours a jet black color with a fluffy two inch tan head. Good retention. Good lacing that clings to the glass.
Aroma is surprisingly different than most Sprecher beers and I am impressed so far. Nice strong pine hops with a bit of floral, sweet malts and dark roasted chocolate.
On the first sip I am getting bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts which work into a smooth spicy pine hop finish. Very nice balance between the malts and hops. This beer has both a sweetness and a dry bitterness all at the same time.
Medium body with lighter carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.
Overall this is one of the best Sprecher beers that I have had. A nice refreshing beer that is easy to drink. Nice robust hop flavors that are nicely balanced with the dark rich malts. Keep brewing more beer like this Sprecher!