AROMA: Rich strong dark malt presence. Very sweet aroma with notes of
dark and dried fruits plus peppery phenols and a hint of citrus peel.
Alcohol is moderate, but not distracting and complements the bouquet.
APPEARANCE: Deep shade of murky maroon/burgundy/brown proper. Slight highlights. Large, tan, moussy foam mostly dissipates. 2/3
Robust and complex palette. Spicy black pepper sensation up front. Rich
sweet dark malt presence with bread and fruitcake flavors throughout.
Dried and stone fruit flavor preside from beginning to end. Faint
orangepeel in the background. Alcohol imparts a lightly sweet
vanilla-like taste. Perceived bitterness is medium-low as is hop flavor
(spicy/earthy). Aftertaste is akin to Coca-Cola. 19/20
Medium-full body; highly carbonated but not sharp (but not smooth,
either). Finishes surprisingly clean with a sweet vanilla sensation.
Alcohol creates for minor, tolerable warmth. Quite drinkable for 10.5%
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect beer. To-spec in
every way; delicious; drinkable. Can’t believe I’ve never review this
TOTAL SCORE: 46/50
DISCLAIMER: 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