Original notes 11/05/2010:
750 mL corked & caged bottle.
MASSIVE thanks go out to Steve for the opportunity to finally get my hands on this beer. I’ve been trying to get hold of it since I came to the US, and until very, very recently it was generally “not” available here. Despite several trade attempts I never managed to get one until Steve just simply gave me one! That’s an amazing piece of advocacy that I will always remember.
Color is frankly a not particularly attractive, cloudy brown, Dubbel-like brown affair. However the head and lace are both excellent and lead to a more satisfying appearance than just the color alone with give.
Nose offers some pretty strong spice that reminds me of mace.
The tastes are quite aggressive. There is a lot of licorice, aniseed and herbal like spice and it doesn’t let up much. The beer is very rich, exciting and bright to me. It satisfies and is smooth and sweet. There is also some orange peel and all-spice as well. Lemony yeast and more light liquor.
Despite the Easter moniker, this beer definitely has notes and spice that are VERY winter warmer like to me and this would make a great beer to savor in a festive moment. It’s a classier version of a beer like Old Fezzywig.
A classic and extraordinarily delicious beer, BUT if you don’t like a rich, dark spice in your beer it would be best to avoid this!