Tasted Thursday morning after a brief attempt at running (knee has been sore) but instead settled for an hour of yoga. Thanks to Joey Waldorf for donating this beer a couple weeks ago from one of the Boulevard Craft Pack's
Aroma: Mildly toasted barley with a brown sugar sweetness. A bit nutty as well. Fruitiness of plums and grapes permeates the nose. Spicing as well.
Taste: Very sweet with almost a viney/grape sourness at the finish. What starts with a carameled toasted malt with a spicing of brown sugar and perhaps even some Cinnamon, quickly changes character as it passes through the midtaste. The finish is dry and a bit gritty with a grassy bitterness, but in combination with the malt, encourages a viney tartness. The very finish is dry with a bit of a tannin element. Aftertaste has a somewhat of a burnt character to it. Fruity/effervescent taste is confused in with an alcoholic flavor.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high with an exaggerated bite throughout. It spikes the tongue, minimizing any potential for the release of complex flavors. Medium body with no tackiness but a cloying factor in the back of the throat.
Overall Impression: High carbonation deters a lot of the potential flavor in this beer. The flavor is sub par and the vininess is unattractive. I enjoyed the short lived sweetness in the beginning as well as some of the spicing. Perhaps this is a beer for the Fat Tire fan wanting to branch out.