This beer was sent to me in a trade with Mark "BikeBeerBBQ" Sinderson of http://youtube.com/videobeerreviews It's a winter warmer from the Atlanta Brewing Company. What the heck do Southerners know about staying warm in the winter is what I'd like to know! Thanks again to Mark for the beer. There are still quite a few left in the fridge to review that he sent me. BTW it should be noted this is episode #397 and I do have something pretty special planned for #400.
3.2AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this bottle as a donation from BikeBeerBBQ (thanks, Mark!)
Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: dark, hazy, blood red. Pinky-sized, soap, tan head, fizzles away and leaves no lacing. Difficult to regenerate.
Smell: Some cherries, some spice. No booze. Slightly smokey.
Taste: Intense, hard palate. Dark fruits throughout - especially cherry and raisin. Finishes with cigarette smoke taste and aftertaste lingers for a few moments until fading away clean. Seems like a simple beer for the style. Nice taste, but not very impressive overall.
Mouthfeel: Hard, but thin. Not peppery the way a Belgian of the style would be. Cigarette sensation is a little annoying (although I think smokers would be more apt to enjoy this beer).
Drinkability: While cold it’s slightly refreshing, as it warms it turns into more of a sipper. the 8.2% ABV is well masked in the nose and palate, definitely drinks like something in the 6-7% range.
Overall: A decent American attempt at a Belgian style. Better than Ithaca Cold Front, but not as good as Ommegang Rare Vos.