February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

22 oz presentation. Massive thanks go out to Gregg for the opportunity to try this one.
The pour into the Terrapin snifter and gives quite a still body with a light, copper color with obviously no head or lace. Ultimately it looks like a brandy in the glass.
The nose has some alcohol but there is a feeling that the light solvent effect is mainly in the nostrils rather than the taste. A little acidic apple in the nose as it warms.
The taste is extraordinary in as much as the alcohol is enormously well hidden and there is none of the expected alcohol burn. In that respect the ABV on the bottle seems incredulous.
The tastes are sweet and smokey with an element of light tangerine. It’s really quite amazing in its unique nature. VERY odd but I like it. Dry finish which is the way in which the alcohol manifests itself. The smokey, dry effect builds but it seems amazingly in check. More light fruit soaked in alcohol.
This is a CRAZY beer which I don’t really understand at all. It delivers a bunch of gentle and subtle character but also comes in a 10.5%! Weird.
One of the most interesting beers that I’ve tasted in some time. I’m not 100% sure where it sits with me, but it’s got me thinking. Not sure if that was Dan’s intention but that’s what’s occurring.

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05/08/2010
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bottle
ABV: 10.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.03
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