Single from Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Pour yields a very dark brown body with some bubbly head that fades fairly quickly. Nothing much to report here.
Nose gives a slight sherry note, with a sweet Old Ale aroma. It promises much.
Upfront tastes are malt driven as expected and there are some fruits, a touch of alcohol (although not a smuch as the ABV would suggest) and some simple, DB like features (more sweetness).
The beer is a little odd in as much as the mouthfeel is rather light, lacking depth, and in that I get a distinct licorice like finish exploding across the back end. I’d even go as far as to say it gets a bit stout like, with a dry, strangely astringent bitterness that seems out of place. The drinkability suffers for me as a result. Strong aftertaste.
Strange stuff; seemed well balanced upfront and then went a bit wierd at the end.