Perhaps the beer that I have sought more than any other over the course of the last few years. Delighted to have a chance to get my hands on this one at last.
2007 vintage, 6.3 oz green bottle. Dark red waxed and capped. Rustic looking, parchment type label.
Deliberately poured into a wine glass rather than a beer snifter.
Toffee colored body with a minimal amount of bubbly head and lace. Beer sits still in the glass. Swirling produces some fantastic alcohol legs on the glass.
The nose is beautifully subtle and rich. Chocolate, cocoa, light raspberries, Madeira and sherry notes too. As the beer warms there are more and more raspberries that come to the fore. Some dry, baking chocolate in there too.
The tastes are SILKY smooth with a big rush of alcohol upfront and then raspberry seeds in the back end. Finishes surprisingly dry, but I assume that this is another function of the raspberries.
It drinks like a classy liqueur and is perfect for a digestif. Other beers are sometimes touted in the this role but most don’t fit the bill. For me, this one does and it reminds me of a (somewhat dry) Madeira. Alcohol is present and warming but perfect for the beer.
This is one of the very few beers that I would go out of my way for – I knew I would love this, and I was right.