Appearance: clear, deep, and ruddy with mahogany and plum. Tan head with a solid collar which fades soft with a few scattered bubbles. Swirls thick and rich.
Nose: chocolate covered raisins and prunes. Chocolate truffle powder and brownie mix. Toasted walnuts and chestnuts. Surprisingly more dense than dry. Crackling rustic logs in a fireplace. Dry cacao nibs.
Palate: rich and cake mouthfeel – like biting into a moist chocolate cake. Dry finish of espresso beans and cacao nibs. Chocolate covered espresso beans in the breath – more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Burnt nuts. Starts to grow a touch ashy. Sweetness along sides than tart plum skins. Crackling firewood.
Final Thoughts: a solid fall/winter quaffer. The Festive Ale was different and not what I was expecting.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)