$4.95 Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pretty dark pour with real ruby highlights. Dark wood seems to be present in terms of color, aroma and taste. Nice tan head but not much lacing, however there remains a spotty presence on the surface of the body. Nose is all malts with some port like alcohol fruit sweetness – very, very nice.
Taste is a little more bitter than I was expecting. Some metallic hops against the expected rich malt backbone. A very interesting beer indeed. The oak is present and obvious as is something a bit more complex which I guess is the combination of the blended old and new ales. Gives a multi-faceted feel. It drinks MUCH bigger than the 6.00 % ABV advertised.
This is a multi-layered and complex beer that if it is available cask conditioned I’d imagine it would be spectacular. In the bottle it is just very, very good.