Feb 9, 2013
Every winter it rolls around and I enjoy the bottles I can find of it. On frostbitten and damp from the Great Lakes winds whipping in kind of evenings the West Coasters have found a was to make it seem more toasty. For some reason though it seems I have never shared my notes on it here.
Today we will fix that.
Pours a clear dark amber amber with a 2 finger head that holds tight for a bit then melts into some lacing that resembled what sticks to the side of the glass in a Faygo Rock-n-Rye (or whichever Faygo you choice as most of them work) ice cream float.
The aroma is big on caramel malts up front, molasses and maple syrup notes follow it up and a note of pine on the end. Flavor-wise a roasty caramel introduces itself first. It is followed by the brown sugar adding a twist to the sweetness. That into fresh baked bread notes before they give way to the tart citrusy hops ending. The finish is interesting as it lingering flavor is something tastes akin to having some orange marmalade on a fresh baked muffin with chocolate flecks. It's hearty all the way though which does would fool most people into not remembering that they are drinking something that teeters at the 10% abv label.
This stock run seems to be at it's end for another year. It wasn't all many shelves in these parts to begin with but it seems winter has at least a few more reminders before it goes to harass some other part of the world. Good thing I have a few more of these stashed away.
Apr 20, 2012
It looks a bit cloudy and dark at first in the pour but holding it up to the light it gives off a nice translucent chestnut glow. The head on it was interesting because at first it didn't seem much from a medium pour but then slowly grew into an inch deep and thick slightly maple colored head that kept consistent with spotty lacing through the rest of it's drinking. Aromas of pine, roasted malt and leather fill the nose.
First sips have a piquant and spiky hop characteristic up from with a bit of Négrette grape middle and touch of nuttiness. As it is allowed to breathe and warm in the glass the hop bitterness mellows allowing a touch of caramel and sweeter malts come out.
The finish is a mix of all the above with a lingering slightly sticky hop bitterness surrounded by a cocoa sweetness. I don't know if drinking this with my continuous job searching saga but it is a solid and somewhat interesting brew and, really, with job hunting seeming more arduous and labor intensive than actually working a job at the present time, it's a nice one to sip after a day of pounding the pavement.