2008 vintage from a 12oz bottle.
Thought that it was time to re-review a fresh vintage so here we go with the 2008 version.
The usual dark, dark brown almost black pour with the promise of a creamy experience in the head and lace. Large, creamy and coffee-milky bubbles form at the edge of the head. Some lace.
Nose and tastes this year seems a little less spicy to me, but there is a VERY distinct harsher, solvent alcohol edge to this beer.
Some acidic, orangey licorice notes.
Quite sultry and dark; definitely less highly spiced on my palate in 2008.
Worth looking at my other reviews of earlier vintages for some more perspective.
1.5L wax covered swingtop #5249.
The new 2006 vintage out of the bottle is drinking like a brown ale (just like the 2006 draught version – see my review of that).
A little thinner in the bottle (perhaps just my imagination) and it seems to have a touch more alcohol content in the bottle.