Tasted Wednesday 28 October 2009. 355ml bottle, 9.1% Alc.Vol
“An extreme style with flavour that is hell-bent on palate destruction….“
I’m a hophead. Thought I’d make that clear, although many of you would have figured that out by now.
Hearing that this beer was available again got me salivating – quite disgustingly so…….
And yes it has lived up to my expectations and it’s been a number of years since trying it last. Quite simply this is full on – malt and hops jostling for attention but I feel that the malt dominates the most. Big sinus clearing, pine scented hops bounce out of the glass with toffee apple and malt extract.
The palate offers a big malt character again, rich and full. Molasses/golden syrup-like, oily alcohol that tries to rear its head but is battered back down with the said malt and building hops. While the hops build and extract themselves and crash on the rocky shores of my tongue leaving a pleasant wake of bitterness, I feel the malt needs to be toned down some.
Nevertheless it is an extreme and challenging beer that is strangely addictive. A big thumbs up from me.