Slightly newer, more up to date label than the one shown on BA. $4.99, O’Reilly’s on Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.
Dark brown tawny pour with ruby red highlights. Some head and some nice lacing. I am always intrigued by the aroma of beers like this one as the smells are intense, port like and seem to come from a beer maybe three or four times the ABV. I have no idea how the brewers manage to achieve this level of intensity of aroma from a beer that is 3.4% ABV!
You could drink this for days on end! Malts and sweet caramels are beautifully combined with creamy, dreamy mild bitterness. I can only imagine what this would be like on draft (if it exists in such a form) in a Lancashire pub. The mouthfeel is excpetional with a full and satisfying feel and the taste is divine. A great combo of balance and light smoke make this beer a classic in my book.
Drinkability is off the charts with the nose and the mouthfeel.