Appearance: deep and burnt with mahogany glints when held up to light. Coffee ice cream foam leaves clumps of lace, a thick collar, and a blotchy head. Swirls decadently thick.
Nose: roasted and burnt, hoppy and toasty, charred whole hop cones. Burnt pie crust. Pine cones and general scorched forest esters. Hint of grapefruit pith – pink than white. Black patent malt mingles with charcoal and wispy embers. Dry, crisp, and inviting.
Palate: clean and toasty up front with dry brittle European chocolates in the back and finish. Pine and pith along sides and underneath. Medium weight and mouthfeel. Subtle pink grapefruit lingers atop tongue and tingles the lips. Pine cones and burnt evergreen. Starts to grow a smoky sweet underbelly. Interestingly simple but with matching complexity. Chocolate cookie sticks – like the kind you dip in your dry dark roasty coffee.
Final Thoughts: I wasn’t expecting much because, well, Widmer doesn’t usually inspire me to expect much. I was pleasantly surprised then to find their Pitch Black IPA to be quite tasty. No complaints here; just a good beer I’d be happy to drink again.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)