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On tap Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA.
Nice clarity and good dark copper color on the pour. Head is small but provides some lace.
Nose faithfully creates some decent if simple, toasty malt. Tastes deliver the expected malt notes but the beer also brings with a surprising level of dry character. Dry notes are repeated in the finish and aftertaste almost to the point of giving some noticeable hop character – not really what I was anticipating.
Carbonation in the glass seems quite strong without manifesting any kind of prickle. The bitterness seems to build a little too. As the beer drinks the aftertaste seems to give a bit of a dry, bakers chocolate, cocoa flavor as well.
Decent balance but the beer seems dry to me and this is despite the relatively good depth of malt. In that respect a bit of a paradox. Drinkability suffers a touch because of the dry notes.

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02/06/2010
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 5.1 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3
Total: 3.35
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