Thursday, January 4, 2018

Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll

Fill date: 10/10/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34C Experimental Beer

AROMA: Strong authentic cinnamon aroma with a sweet confectionery note (smells like a cinnamon roll). Slight alcohol presence. No distinct malt or hop characteristics. Nice nose, but simple. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy ruby/brown hue (22-27 SRM). Small tan foam mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Cinnamon is clearly the dominate flavor from beginning to end. Begins with a spice rack-like flavor and morphs into the marketed cinnamon roll taste when sweet caramel flavoring emerges. Balance between these flavors is tight so as to prevent the palette from being cloying or a spice bomb. The base malt is a nondescript brown, though brew seems to be well attenuated. Hops are extremely low in both flavor and bitterness (cinnamon spice does all the work). Alcohol is also noticeable, but works with palette. Overall, it's quite tasty though simplistic. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation (feels a bit lighter than it should be). Cinnamon lingers in the aftertaste. Mild warmth from the 8.6% ABV, though it is not a sipper. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Unique, interesting, and enjoyable to be sure. This could almost be considered an FMB because it's such a novelty and there's no base style (which is why 34C was exists). 7/10


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