Appearance: deep garnets and mahogany under a light tan head which fades into a thin collar corralling a puddle of foam. Swirls thick along edges but no lace.
Nose: smoky, meaty, and a little spicy; like a dry rub. Pumpernickel sticks. Twigs and sticks crackling over a clean hot fire. Brittle along edges. Apple and plum skins, black cherries.
Palate: clean and smooth with raisins, plums, and prunes – dried. Smoke and pumpernickel mingle. Fresh black cherries in the back. Treacle. Chewy and bready yet smooth and sweet. Twigs and sticks linger back of throat. Smoky in the middle all the way through the finish. Touch figgy.
Final Thoughts: not too shabby. Better than I was expecting; I enjoyed the 1888 Bock from first sniff to last quaff. Tasty.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)