Appearance: beautiful cherry and mahogany woods, old, polished, and deep. Voluminous tan head resembles freshly frothed cappuccino. Head is dense mousse which caves in slowly like a reverse donut – thick. Lace sticks full circle.
Nose: dry, earthy, twiggy, and rich with dense dark fruits – plums and grapes. Acorns and almonds. Grape seeds bitter and tannic. Haystacks and stable dust with a faint and pervasive essence of saddles and blankets. Old leather.
Palate: plums and raisins. Earth, twigs, and fall leaves in the finish – crispy and crunchy. Soft frothy smooth mouthfeel. Raisins and figs lead into cakey fig newtons in the back. Oiled leather and saddles. Dry nutty stones also in the back. Dry tannic thirst-inducing quaff to quaff. Dried leaves and twigs. Spice in the breath.
Final Thoughts: loved this beer! No. I really did. I love rye and saisons and Goose Island beers in general so twas no surprise the Pepe Nero was a divine treat. My only regret was that I had but one bottle to enjoy.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)