Dark brown pour. Decent thin film, some lace.
Nice and malty with a real good dose of spice. The spice is difficult to decipher specifically, but it’s reminiscent of some mace and some cinnamon.
With the spice comes some good sweetness, but there’s also a nice hop note in the backend that reminds you that this is not simply a fancy brown ale.
The warmer it gets the sweeter it comes and the beer starts to open up a bit. The spice backs off a bit, and the beer seems less bitter. More sweetness and a little nuttiness that starts taking into brown country a bit more in the ending.
Interesting beer with a lot going on. It changes quite a lot over the course of the bottle as temperature and palate adjust, and at times it can feel like a brown ale, a winter warmer, something more heavily spiced than that, and a drier (oakey) more bitter and hoppy affair. A complicated beer for me, definitely worth a try.