Pears and dark chocolate, plus liquorice and a woody note.
Estery notes are immediately obvious, bringing flavours of pear, tropical fruits and even butternut
squash. The strength almost stings the palate, leaving chocolatey malt to provide the balm. Alcohol vapours bounce around the tongue.
There's a tingly warmth, but dry, roasted grain is much more evident here. Fairly thick, softly bitter and takes time to build.
An unctuous, deep garnet- coloured beer. Complex and characterful, but too obviously strong for my taste.
By Glenn Payne
Distinctive aroma of sandalwood.
Liquorice and molasses combined. Reminiscent of Italian digestivo, Averna.