STYLE: Wee Heavy
APPEARANCE: Tawny brown, cloudy
HEAD: Walnut-colored, rich, dense, and creamy, eternal
LACING: Ridiculous. Sticks to the glass in clumps.
NOSE: Malt malt malt. Roasted. Toasted. Caramel. Not sugary sweet, but no question this is a barley-heavy brew. A touch of peat, but not the same overwhelming smokiness you sometimes get from other Scotch Ales.
TASTE: Really nice. Not cloyingly sweet at all. A touch of bitterness from hops and alcohol are present and wend and wind their way through the malt labyrinth. A little bit of sour fruit adds an interesting undercurrent, but it’s 90% roasted grain and coffee/toffee overtones. A fine Wee Heavy.
MOUTHFEEL: Thick, lush, and rich. Full-bodied with excellent carbonation.
DRINKABILITY: Wee Heavies aren’t exactly drinkable, but this is a well-balanced version of the style. I’m heavily biased towards Founders, but I think this is as drinkable as the style gets.
RATING: 3.5 Hops