Bought this at Hop City a few months ago, time to have a crack at it now. 500 mL bottle.
Quite an aggressive pour leads to a decent amount of solid, mocha head but as expected (considering the ABV) it fades quite quickly. Some spotty film on the surface of the beer after it settles down.
Mid brown body with a viscous murkiness about it. The mouthfeel is very smooth. To be fair, it is a smoothness that is born out of a little, cloying sweetness, but at the same time it does go down easily. Sugary.
It’s certainly very sweet with the alcohol fairly well hidden, and in that respect this is nothing like an American BW and much more like an English version of the style. The alcohol does grow a touch and it begins to burn a touch and finish with some dry character. More sugar in the aftertaste and a little more heat.
Don’t come here looking for a hop based, American BW, you’ll be disappointed, rather take it as a sweet version of the style in the English mode and it will make more sense.