WOW! Extraordinary. I wasn’t expecting this. 500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
I didn’t bother to check the ABV or anything about this beer before I cracked it, and as a result I got quite a shock
Pour is jet black (some reddish highlights at the extremes) with a small head and not much retention or lace. There is a spotty, creamy film on the surface of the beer.
The nose reveals some amazing, light sherry notes with beautiful, subtle roasted creamy bursts of depth.
The flavors reflect the nose with more sherry and a really, really subtle alcohol presence. The 8.00 ABV is a revelation when you find it.
Subtle, creamy and subtle again. WOW! Beautiful notes of simple roast malts and sweetness. The sheery notes repeat themselves over and over again with more in the finish and aftertaste. Simple beautiful.
Subtle notes of an English Barleywine linger here as well. Stunning and surprising.