Best Quote During Tasting
That sounds like a sophisticated boner joke.
Those are the only kind I tell.
|Aroma - Big whiffs of caramel and molasses come jumping out followed closely by raisin. Unlike the 2012 version, this does have some of that spicy, clove-like Belgian yeast character to be found. While it's also vinous, the 2014 version of the beer has this quality in small doses.|
|Appearance - Due to yeast and sediment, the beer is a slightly hazy medium brown. It also has a tightly bubbled tan head that won't go away.|
|Flavor - Whoa. The alcohol burn is pretty intense and the caramel comes in big with some not so subtle sweetness. Again, the vinous, grape skin quality is there but it's got that nice sweetness that helps balance the alcohol. The yeast is much more present than the previous version we tried with clove and white pepper coming through nicely.|
|Mouthfeel - This one had a medium body and light-medium carbonation for a middle of the road mouthfeel that left me wanting a little more.|
|Overall Impression - What a difference a couple of years makes. I want to point out that while I'm referencing the 2012 version of the beer in this review, this beer was rated without being compared to it. While I enjoyed this beer immensely, there's no question that the 2012 version was better in my opinion. The yeast was a very nice addition in flavor but the toffee and molasses found in the 2012 version, coupled with its intense mouthfeel made that one come out on top.|