Thanks to Eric Mathis for bringing over a bomber of this a couple weekends ago for our weekly beer tasting. Enjoyed with pita chips and guacamole!
Appearance: Lightened amber with a strong head retention taking on a off white color and densely textured. Lacing is speckled and wet. Quite hazy, but still looking.
Aroma: Rich and effervescent! Caramel bread and fruity esters. Some leathery aspect to the beer. There's peaches, pears and even aromatic notes of plums and figs. Alcohol prominent, but not solventy.
Taste: The front is largely carameled and sweet, to follow, undertones of brown sugar...nearly reminiscent of syrup. Plums and raisins present and even a dash of soapiness. The second half is a complete opposite, Hops all the way. Drying, floral and grassy, while still maintaining a palatable element. The toasted malt runs on out through the finish. Touch of spice...
Mouthfeel: Body is medium, but the mouthfeel is a lot lighter due to the carbonation. However the texture is slick and some stickiness resides on the lips. Drying finish - resined.
Overall Impression: There is an awesome division between the start and finish. In Sync, they clash and produce two big, totally different flavors. I'm more for a balance. The alcohol was at large while all other components matched, but stood out separately.