Color: deep amber
Nose: rich malt
Body: full, medium carbonation
Palate: rich, malty, a touch of spice
Finish: semi-dry, bittersweet
Served: from a bottle at the brewery
Impression: I had this beer in 2003 and remembered it fondly. I believe it was on tap back then but when I returned this year (2019), the owner explained it was now a bottled beer. I guess the style has lost a lot of its popularity so I always try to support it. Oddly, it’s the kind of beer many people would enjoy if they tried it. It is kind of a “dark” beer but the flavor is well-rounded and quite smooth. This one is no exception. It looks gorgeous in a glass and has a rich malty nose. There is a hint of spice but it’s not obtrusive. While not bitter, it’s not sweet either. The semi-dry finish is moreish at 5.5%. It’s a perfect beer for a fall afternoon.