This seasonal ale filled the glass with a rich, rust colored beer with a thin beige head an no lacing. The aroma was faint but carried hints of sweet roasted malt, toffee, and a woody/earthy undertone. I liked the wood scent and looked forward to tasting it.
The first sip carried tastes of sweet licorice and roasted malt. Further drinks brought on hints of nuttiness, cedar (bringing the wood scent full circle), and a light kiss of herbal hops. Light carbonation mixed with maltiness gave it a medium body. Alcohol esters were low but present and the beer finished slightly dry.
I liked this one and look forward to trying other offerings from Brooklyn. Prior to this, I'd only tried their Sorachi Ace, a very tasty saison.
Aaron and Wyatt both thought it was malty and Aaron added nutty.
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Style: Scottish Ale
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Interesting Note: The brewery's co-founder and president, Steve Hindy, got a taste for homebrewing while working as an associated press correspondent in the Middle East.