Thursday, May 15, 2014

Southern Tier Goat Boy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1098) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a weizen glass. It was bottled on 3/12/14 and cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: Somewhere between a dirty brown hue and a pretty ruby red or mahogany color. Cloudy, but carbonation is visible. Pours to a standard, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: The usual wheat beer aroma of banana, clove, bread, and vanilla. Some alcohol noticeable, too.

Taste: Southern Tier used to make an imperial weizenbock known as “Uber Sun,” but it was discontinued a few years ago. It’s nice to see them brewing something other than an imperial stout or imperial IPA for a change. Old World styles are usually not their thing. But for a weizenbock, “Goat Boy” definitely meets the specifications.

Up front is a sweet sensation of confectionery flavors: caramel, toffee, butterscotch. A strong flavor of banana juice or caramelized banana is also present. Some bready taste with a hint of dark fruit is also noticeable. On the second half there’s a strong spicy bite – especially clove. It’s not dry like black pepper, but somewhat dank (if it’s possible for spice to be dank?). The alcohol is also a major component to the palette, imparting constant warmth and a bit of dryness to balance out the sweetness. The hops are indistinguishable. A tasty beer to be sure, and best enjoyed as a liquid dessert.

Drinkability: Though Southern Tier Goat Boy definitely drinks like a wheat beer in terms of delivery, it doesn’t have the refreshing quality you often get in the general style. Then again, weizenbocks aren’t really known to do that, so it’s understandable. It’s definitely a comfortable, non-challenging drinking experience with a smooth texture, though the mouthfeel is rather thick, soft and calm (much unlike a regular hefeweizen). I was surprised the alcohol was so prominent in the taste, and the weight, as there’s a consistent warmth throughout, though I had no trouble drinking the entire bomber myself. 
Grade: 8/10

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