SAM ADAMS OLD BEN ALE

NOTES: Bottle @ McHops Monastery during Homebrewing Maltercation

STYLE: Old Ale

ABV: 9%

APPEARANCE: Rich chestnut with excellent clarity

HEAD: Creamy, off-white head that lingers for a minute before fading away

LACING: Really nice…holds on in stubborn, stratified layers

NOSE: Smells like a British dessert cart. Toffee, plums, raisins, caramel-drizzled sticky buns…lots of big sweetness. It’s not one-note though…there’s a touch of floral hops, a definite alcohol nose-burn, and a hunt of sour fruit. A wonderful nose.

TASTE: Similar to the nose, it’s predominantly caramel malt sweetness and toffee cut through with hops, alcohol, and some nice fruity esters. The finish is sweet and smooth and begs you to go back for more.

MOUTHFEEL: Full and a touch syrupy, but doesn’t sit too heavy on the palate thanks to gentle, but pervasive carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Old Ales are generally too sweet and too strong to be session beers, but I’ll be damned if this doesn’t come close. All 3 Aleheads drinking this during the Homebrew Maltercation were impressed. I would definitely buy a sixer of this brew.

RATING: 3.5 Hops

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