Updated Review 03/11
OK, lots of confusion here.
I bought the original bottle in NC when at the time, we were getting both the IPA and the Porter from Meantime in GA. I though that perhaps it would eventually get to GA, but it never did.
Fast forward to March 2011 and I find that the beer is noted as ‘retired’ in the BA db, but again it is on sale in the Carolina’s (this time SC) and I see that this is obviously part of a ‘new’ release as this is bottle 574 out of 2050 with a vintage date of 27th of October 2009. Not sure what’s going on here. Anyway, back to the beer.
Pour is a pretty, dark copper body with a few floaties.
Once again huge malt notes in the notes and tastes and real depth and richness to the whole beer.
Some light acidity to the beer with a rich aftertaste and note of EXTREMELY light smoke.
Still tasty, still moreish and still a super beer.
Original scores remain unchanged.
Original review 04/08
750 mL corked & caged, champagne style bottle from Sam’s Blue Light in Durham, NC. Heavy, dimple-bottomed bottle, dark olive green glass, I love these bottles – great presentation.
Dark brown pour, great head and lace and super garnet highlights.
Aroma is AMAZING – a super malt BOMB.
Rich, malty monster that is smooth in the extreme, has a touch of subtle, subtle liquor and finishes with class. Immensely smooth in the mouth.
For me, a GREAT beer; the best I have had in sometime, and a quintessential example of the style. Drinkability is a “5”, and the beer is just moreish and delicious.