Thursday, December 22, 2016

Olde Saratoga Death Wish Paralysis

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1736) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 8B Schwarzbier)

AROMA: Coffee is prominent, but not overtly strong. Smells of ground beans; nothing sweet or faux. Maillard products are noticeable with clean fermentation. Mild nose overall. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly black or brown but actually deep ruby/garnet hue. Clear. Large tan frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light dark malt flavor up front; lightly sweet. Subtle notes of milk chocolate and bready malt plus Maillard products. Medium-low bitterness with slight spicy/floral hops. Coffee emerges on the finish but is mild after the first swig. Bitterness and flavor is rather restrained; no harsh astringency or burnt character. Some residual sweetness, but it fades quickly. Clean lager character. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-high carbonation. Smooth texture; highly quaffable. Aftertaste is fairly clean. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This works as an American black lager with some coffee added. I was expecting a much more intense coffee character, though. 7/10