Thursday, December 30, 2010

Long Haul Session Ale

Tasted following work. I was looking for something of lower alcohol content, especially after yesterdays activities touring Chicago's breweries. Served warm in a goblet.

Appearance: Loose pour exhibiting a deep reddish hued amber. Head is very bubbly and is very quick to dissipate. Somewhat clear but maintaining a darkened haze. Visibly uniformed carbonation.
Aroma: Malty and sweet with a bit of a tart aroma. I definitely pick up on the wooded smells along with caramel and biscuit. I'd like to say it smells boozy but, that's impossible.
Taste: Rich malt overtones of caramel and toffee at the foretaste that sweep the palate. Mild overall but still exhibits a Flanders like sourness upon the finish. There isn't much bitterness to this beer, but what is there resembled grain and wood tannins. Some candied sugar and maybe vanilla may make some appearances to the palate. Sweet and fruity with apple cider-like characteristics. By the finish that subtle sourness begins to resemble orange peels.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth carbonation that does little for the beer except help and maintain texture. No tackiness.
Overall Impression: A rather good beer that remains drinkable yet just suited for sipping. Choked with flavor, and an interesting, yet appealing one at that. I tried this at the brewery and it didn't stand out at me, but by itself, it has an enjoyable profile.


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