Additional notes 05/02/2022
Such a pretty beer (the 2022 version is pictured). Luscious smoke permeates every part of the beer, and induces a gulping motion in me. The sweetness is there as I noted back in 2008, and I always find this so tremendously satisfying. One 500 mL bottle is all I have want, but the way that this beer fills a singular void that no other can is, well, uncanny.
Original notes 07/27/2008
Took a long time to get around to formally reviewing this – I don’t know why.
500 mL bottle into the Harpoon IPA Willibecker glass.
Lots of dark brown/red highlights throughout the brew with a bone white half-inch head. Looks solid. Not much lace, by the head is nicely sustained.
All the usual attributes; strong smoke scent that reminds me of meat, nice body, but the main thing I take away from this sampling is the strong sweetness that comes through as the beer warms. I’ve never noticed it that much before but here it was very prominent.
Simply a beer that has to be consumed with food, the meatier the better. I paired this with orange pork chops, grilled lemon asparagus and rice – delicious. Very satisfying beer.