AROMA: Mostly coffee and vanilla; some dark malt. Additives are nice but obscure the base brew. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Deep black, no highlights. Medium dark tan foam. Plenty of lacing. 3/3
Slightly bitter up front with roasted malt flavor and light coffee.
Very sweet throughout the second half. Strong vanilla taste with black
cherry on the finish. I don’t get almond or biscotti-like flavors,
though. No alcohol presence, thankfully. Very tasty overall, but borders
on cloying. 17/20
MOUTHFEEL: Not viscous as expected. More of a
medium/full body that’s highly carbonated for the style (which makes it
easier to drink). No alcohol heat or burn. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely a delectable beer, though it can get a little cloying. Lack of booziness is impressive. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 43/50
The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet
is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and
protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to
prepare for examination.