Friday afternoon visit to Neil and Jarrett's house to hang out, make Annie's Mac 'n' Cheese (yum!) and taste some beer.
Appearance: Enjoyed in the best glass Neil could find... a plastic cup. Rich dark amber color, very hazy and a bubbly head.
Aroma: Amazingly effervescent. Hints of caramel, toasted biscuits/bread, light hopping.
Taste: Extremely biscuity.. and that's it. Carmel mid-taste. There is a highly apparent IPA flavor that I wouldn't associate with a winter ale. Nevertheless, complex and unique, sweet and honey-like, that finishes with a grassy hop finish. I really taste hints of brown sugar too that I think was added both to endure higher alcohol but also for sweetness to counter mild hints of chocolate in the foretaste
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with hardly any carbonation.
Overall Impression: It is really a rich drink to have in a quick (11 minute) sitting and is more of a session ale. Full robust flavor and a definite second trial is in order.