I have heard good things about this big ale. Most of it mentions successes with aging.
The nose was light with citrus but mostly a wallop of pine and resinous hops. A touch of fruitiness and alcohol could also be noted. The mouthfeel was medium to full with low carbonation and a pronounced alcohol tingle/burn. Throughout your sip was the unrelenting hops, similar to the nose. Some light fruits (peaches and apricots) managed to sneak through. It is quite a bitter brew.
This could easily be a -2 if your palate is not favourable to big, bitter beers. It was long, dry and astringent. The dominant flavours were resinous hops and alcohol.
Alcohol Content +1 9.6%
There was no hiding it anywhere.
I can see this beer benefiting from ageing. It was a little harsh when fresh.
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Still in Seattle, I wish I had bought 2 bottles. The other could have been saved for aging.
If you like a strong, hoppy and boozy brew grab one of these. If you have the patience, but a couple aside for a few years.Old Cellar Dweller
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