AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL14/20
AdamJackson (2348) – Enfield, New Hampshire, USA – JUL 11, 2014
S – The nose is fantastic. Smells like Cherry Cola, a faint bourbon back-end with funky leather brett and caramelized malts from a long boil or extended oak aging. Very similar nose to some of the darker wild ales from Crooked Stave.
T – Taste is incredibly difficult to pin-point. It is certainly and undeniably an old ale but the brett and other wild yeasts really do strange things I mean maybe in a good way? If the description wasn’t that they intentionally added micro-flora, I’d think infection because I’ve never had an Old Ale that intentionally received that funky goodness. A lot of sweet, a lot of sour / funk with leather and raw sorghum with tobacco. Funky in a dominating way, some clove and spice. Finish is an oaky port wine tannic w/ obviously more funk.
M – Fantastic bottle conditioned mouthfeel. Dry and not too sweet finish
O – This is hard to rate. I like it certainly could drink a lot of it but the American in me that wants to categorize what this is…it’s so hard. I love Old Ales!!! but I’ve never had one with this much funk presence. I could drink a lot of this. My mind is telling me no…but my body, my body is telling me yes.