Shared with Rich on Thanksgiving to celebrate his birthday which was the day before.
Pours opaque with minimal brown foam that has no staying power or lacing. The quality is in the beer not the visual.
Aroma is intense. Chocolate is first an foremost. Bourbon, vanilla, and molasses are not far behind.
Taste brings more of the same but there is a lack alcohol presence. A smooth beer lies underneath and is dangerously drinkable two years after release.
Big body with with mild carbonation. The beer doesn't need any help feeling bigger.
A great blend that couldn't be easier to drink in spite of the size of the beer. This is my second tango with this beer, a year later, and this time around it is fantastic. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Friday, November 25, 2011 at 00:02:48
Tasted: Friday, November 25, 2011
$0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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