Tasted following a brief, but aggressive thunderstorm. Notes written while watching League of Extraordinary Men and cooking my lunch for the week. I had seen this beer a couple of times at Binny's but there were always several beers in my list ahead of it. Fortunately Jen picked up an assorted six pack including it.
Taste: Sweet and uniquely earthy with an underlying spiciness. Malt is reminiscent of honey and biscuits, even to the extent of ginger snaps and mild nuttiness, though nevertheless on a light, but balanced spectrum. However the malt does remain relatively grainy. Hops are apparent from midtaste on out finishing in a peppery character and leaving a sustained grassy flavor in the mouth. Definitely some lemon apparent and floral complexity.
Mouthfeel: Light body though the carbonation softens the mouthfeel to a medium texture and body. The beer finishes extremely dry from a residual hop bitterness. Carbonation is on the medium side.
Overall Impression: A very interesting beer. Extremely complex, though the bitterness is a little overwhelming, especially for a bock beer. I do find the spicing and the malt complexity enticing. Very floral and herbaceous as it warms.