Updated Review 01/08
On tap, Taco Mac, Marietta, GA, USA, $6.00 for the 16 oz serving.
On draft this is the beer I am looking for – IF only it were about 4%! Simple malt backbone, plenty of flavor, a nice English based malt beer – if only if it were more sessionable!
Original Review 09/07
Thanks go out to Vancer as part of CEO/Old Farts BIF. Been wanting to try this one for a long time after I originally fell in love with some of the 471 series on a visit to Lexington, KY a while back.
12 oz bottle. Nice looking artwork screen-printed on.
Great looking beer with superb, dark amber color, good head, clarity, retention and lace.
Big malty body is perfect for the style. This feels really quite robust. Some malty sweetness in there, but the biscuit malts that I require/was expecting are taken over a little by the bitterness. This is a smidgeon too bitter for the style IMO. Slightly too edgy. If you could take the IBU’s down a touch this would be a fantastic beer. as it stands I’ll put it in the really good category.
Having said that, a really substantial mouthfeel and some serious body and malty goodness almost completely make up for that. A nice beer, but not the best of the 471 series I have had. Seeing as the standard of these beers has been so high, that’s not too much of a crime.