AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL16/20
S – Nose is very oak heavy…caramel, candy corns, honey, nutella, graham cracker and some ginger. Has some peaty qualities…a touch of earl grey tea.
T – Yeah, this is pretty smoke heavy. The salty astringent sea kelp taste at the finish certainly detracts. The cocoa, caramel and licorice. There is a little sweetness that does help with the saltiness. Smoke is off-putting along with the ashy clam juice but this is a sipper that does open up at warmer temps and is still best shared with a friend. (ball-jokes aside)
M – Sweet, kind of oily, totally leans toward the porter mouthfeel over barley wine. Sweetness at the finish and an everlasting northwest hop bitterness of pine and juice lasts for days.
O – I’d have this one again, maybe after it sat for a while.