Well, I've finished my first 3 beers.
Now it's time for the behemoth of the night.
The time when things start unwinding into Crazytown.
So, here we go!
Smells like: Sweet malt and raisins. A thick boozy thread is woven throughout. A whisper of tart cherry meanders along with biscuit scents.
Tastes like: Tart and smoky cherry, with caramelized raisins on the side. Rye qualities softly flourish throughout the mouth. Sweet malt carrying the whole experience. With a tart tingle under the tongue as an afterthought.
Overall, a well crafted drink, even if kinda heavy on the sweet side. The booziness can be detected on an exhale. Pleasant, nicely honed, but almost demands to be sipped gently, due to the sweetness. Not sure that I'd buy it again, but I do't regret getting it in the first place either.
And this ended up being the most fitting pic I found (without spending forever looking for one):
It hasn't been a long while, but I'm poppin open a couple brews tonight anyway.
Just planning on two though.
(One is a 12oz can, the other is a 750mL bottle. )
First, the can:
Smell: Cocoa powder, right there, up front. Some sweet malt backs it up. Perhaps a bit of biscuit whisps in the background.
Taste: Chocolate. I mean, cocoa really, but... I don't even taste the beer. It's like chocolate soda, but not as sugary. No bitterness, except for a slight moment a few seconds after swallowing a sip/gulp. But that's it.
Overall, a really pleasant cocoa shandy! Way more drinkable than I thought it was going to be. I'm not sure how it'd go after having a few, but at just one... I'm doing my best not to gulp it down too fast.
Well, that was quick... done with beer #1.
On to my last beer of the night (although it'll probably take more than one glass to drink it all.)
Smells like: Raisin-y malt, dark chocolate nibs, and a bit of bread. And somewhere hiding in the background, some hay and soft hops.
Tastes like: Bitter raisin and dark chocolate present themselves first. At the tail end, a ghost of bitter hops riding along with some slight bready whispers.
Overall; oddly sweet, dry, and bitter. Not a horrible stout, possibly better at room temp (I'll see with next glass, as I took the bottle out of the fridge until then). This has a tighter profile than most stouts I enjoy, but I like it well enough.
And this is the best pic I found without spending an eternity on looking for one:
Another night of drinkin, another night of only two beers.
Pretty much the same sizes as last time.
Starting with the larger bottle this time...
Smell: Very smooth malt and hay. The essence of oak, quite subtly, permeating the entire nose. Possibly some chocolate notes in the distance. And the hint of a bright profile with an easy sweet side.
Taste: Beginning with a hint of alcohol burn strolling along with the french oak soul. Then dark spices color the undertow, while tighter yeast commands the upper decks. Then the oak flavors crest just before the small warm bloom on the back end.
Overall, an extremely enjoyable drink. There's a pleasant amount of dryness to this brew and a tight yeast spirit. The spices and oak conditioning are worked well into the brew. I would be happy with a stockpile of this one.
(It ain't for gulping, but damn if I'm not sipping it a bit often!)
And I don't want to spend all night on finding something for the hottie pic.
So, instead of trying to narrow it down to french oak barrels and spices and the number 17 (OH MY!), I just went with the fact it's made in Canada.
Ok, now I can move on to beer #2.
Not much to say until after the pic, so...
Smellin: Sweet malts hit me nose first. There's lightly toasted biscuit somewhere in the back. Chocolate covered raisins hiding in the middle. And it seems there's both coffee and yeast filling out the hips of this lady.
Tastin: Smoked wood and wet hay-pinched malty sweetness. Somewhere, faintly, there's a couple crackers lazing about. Not much bitterness to start, but builds nicely as you continue through the glass.
Overallin, this is one to take it easy with. But well worth the sipping. No need to gulp at this level of ABV. Glad I saved this one for 2nd/last, it lends itself as an ending brew... not so much a thing to start the night with.
(No hottie pic.)
(I mean, have you seen the name of this thing?!?)
(What is that even???)