22 oz bottle, many thanks go out to Scott & Rich at Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA for hooking me up and giving me the chance to try this one.
Pour is a surprisingly dark, bronze color. Must be using some darker malts. Head is good and the lace is superb.
Aggressive, Saaz based, alcoholic nose.
The tastes give the same aggressive hops. The tastes are bitter with a metallic edge and a lingering finish. The malt backbone is VERY substantial and to be honest it reminds me a little of DFH 120. The hop aroma is quite strong and reminiscent of a DIPA.
As expected the alcohol gives the beer a slightly syrupy, viscous, cloying mouthfeel, but frankly this is exactly as expected for the ABV and the style. Nothing to report there, really.
Really a DIPA with lager yeast.