Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Three Heads Bromigo

Three Heads is a fairly new brewery out of the Rochester, NY area. I've actually met the three brewers/owners themselves at TAP NY Beer Fest two years in a row now. They were kind enough to donate a bottle of their "smoked maple amber ale" to the show for a review. Thanks guys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (657) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark red color; forms a large, yellowish, foaming head which dissipates, but not completely. Laces the glass well.

Smell: Noticeable smoke, but not to the overt extend of an actual rauchbier. A general sweet aroma of toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: Some beers put a combination of flavors together that seem like they wouldn’t match, but they do. That’s the case with "Bromigo". It’s almost like brown sugar bacon in beer form - sweet, somewhat confectionary, but not cloying, and balanced with a prominent smokiness. Though the label indicates this is an amber ale, it’s a little closer to a brown ale with the smooth confectionary sweetness of brown sugar, toffee and milk chocolate. The beer is literally brewed with maple syrup, but it’s nothing so sweet as to be sickly.

The palate turns on a dime when the smoked malts appear. It’s not too far removed from bacon, or the classic woody campfire smoke of more traditional rauchbiers. The difference is the smoke here is a little shorter on the body (a lot of it comes through in the head rather than the beer). The aftertaste reverts back to the beginning with brown sugar, maple syrup, and some noticeable milk chocolate flavors, too. A winning combination to be sure, plus there’s significant hops in there - the bitterness helps enhance the spice and give it more pep. Although the smoke taste seems to fade a little too quickly.

Drinkability: Three Heads Bromigo does have noticeable carbonation at first, but seems to actually become thicker and smoother as it calms down. It’s an easy beer to drink which is pretty impressive considering how robust it is and the fact it’s a pretty hefty brew at 7% ABV. The aftertaste is bittersweet, but short lived. A very versatile beer as it would be great with any kind of barbeque food or as a liquid dessert.

Grade: 9/10

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