Pannepøt - Old Monk's Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006, small bottle poured into a goblet.

I had the Dannish version yesterday, which is good, but not as much as I expected, so my expectations for this one were a bit lower.
What a surprise!.
Murky dark brown, amber highlights, topped by a dark tan fluffy, albeit small head. However, it clings to the sides, and keeps a nice collar all the way to the end.
The ever changing aroma starts with a bourbon like alcholic nose, changes into caramelized malts, evolves into multiple spices, then dark fruits, more sugary maltiness, more spices.
Full bodied, creamy and wonderful on the tongue, it opens warmingly bourbon-like, turning sweet and caramelized, quickly balanced by a peppery spiciness, evolving into multiple dark fruits, back into malty sweetness. Despite some warming feeling and hints of bourbon, the alcohol is actually quite well "disguised", and the drinkability is very high for such a powerful brew.
An amazing masterpiece!

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Photo of ccrida
4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, the 2006 Pannepøt is a dark, muddy chestnut with lots of streamers exploding off the laser etching up the sides of the goblet, forming a small khaki head that fades to a fairly thick collar and skim, leaving moderate lace. As carbonated as it is, I'd expect a larger, rocky head.

Nose is very strong, sweet brown sugar, raisins, banana's foster, spices, sherry and alcohol. Much brighter then the regular Pannepot, and incredibly alluring. I wish I was having this with some kind of rich dessert drizzled in caramel right now!

Taste is sweet and robust, but countered by plenty of spice to keep it from being cloying. In-line with the suggestions of the aroma, although rounded and not as bright. Light phenols and only a hint of it's high ABV speak to the high level of execution. Exceptional indeed, although I'm sucker for sweet and rich, which you'll find here in spades.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and rich, and the body is on the heavier side for a quad, although it's still got the appropriate level of digestibility from the sugar. The carbonation is really nice. It would've probably foamed out had I not had my goblet on hand, which is impressive given the age.

Drinkability is very high, since I'm absolutely loving this beer, although it's one of my favorite styles. Better then the regular version IIRC, although I've only had it once, about a month ago.

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Photo of themind
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing, wonderfully crafted beer that echo's legendary! It's creamy, it's sweet and it's awesome. I am surprised at how good this beer is. Low carbonation makes this brew a silky smooth quad that is easily right up there with the best beers in the World. Very drinkable and the ABV is TOTALLY HIDDEN! this brewer has mastered hiding ABV with this beer. I would buy this again and again and again.

Bottom Line: Near Legendary!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle, it definitely is the Denmark version as it's spelled Pannepøt and not Pannepot on the bottle.

A- Poured into my Brewer's Art chalice leaving the dregs behind. Pours a dark brown, somewhat clear even though it's dark with ruby highlights. Finger thick light tan head forms but drops almost instantly.

S- at first it's quite one dimensional with sugar plum. As it warms up more of a chocolaty and roasted grain husk is brought out.

T- Fruity and spicy is dominant, but notes of chocolate and lightly roasted malt adds a ton of complexity. Light red wine like fruitiness. Sugary sweetness in the finish and very mild bitterness.

M- Carbonation is a little prickly but that can be worked out fairly well by swirling. The texture of the liquid is very nice, in the lighter medium range.

D- One of the best Belgians I've had. Probably the best quadrupel, although it was harder to tell with Westvleteren 12 because I only had a 1/2 bottle sample of.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark ruby red brown. Thin, fine light tan head with great retention. Looks nice. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt, dark bread and faint spices. Absolutely delicious flavor of light, dark and dried fruit with distinct cherry notes, caramel malt; sweet. Superbly integrated flavors. Finish is somewhat abrupt, but with mild dark fruit aftertaste. A slight oxidized flavor consistent with a 5 year old bottle. Heavy bodied with creamy mouth feel. This is wonderful.

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4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (Label: Pannepeut 2010). Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Dark brown color, dark amber to the light. Beige, close froth leaves a collar on top when dismissed. Toasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate hues, toffee & ripe figs to the nose. Spiced aromas –clove, vanilla, cinnamon- Flavor profile as aromas. Creamy maltiness, low bitterness. Fruity & voluptuous. Full body, soft carbonation. Ripe fruits & dried nuts showed in a lasting finish. ABV?? Who, cares?

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. The beer pours a brown-black, and is capped with a persistent tan-mocha head; spotty lace is deposited. The nose has a delectable rich maltiness offering suggestions of medjool dates, toffee, plum, molasses, and chocolate-covered cherries. The taste favors dark fruit, brown sugar, cherries, dry sack, pears, dates, raisins both golden and otherwise, and fig compote. There is also a boozy note which is expressed rather elegantly. The feel is silky and luxurious; it is a beautifully velvety thing all in all. This beer is about as good as it gets.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle picked up at the Alvinne bottleshop.

A - pours a root beer color with a finger of tan head, leaves a sheet with spots of lacing.

S - dark fruits (raisin, figs), caramel, a hint of alcohol.

T - Not the most complex, but damn it's tasty! Straight forward figs, grapes, yeast, and a caramel candi-sugar finish.

M/D - This is best regular version of Pannepot, hands down. Not even the 2005s I have are better (still too spiced and that's not really my thing). I finished this glass in record time because of the abrupt finish and lingering sweetness. I need another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-29-2010 00:54:30

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 pannapeut Struise. In Struise tulip.  Huge frothy beige head. Dark tudor brown body. Aroma brown sugar, fig raisin, and....age. The aroma of age, love it. Port like. abv. None. Smooth as can be. Dark fruits, fig dates. Thick mouthfeel. Awesome. 

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at Molenhof Bar, Oestvleteren, Belgium.

A - Pours a nice drk brown almost black colour that hold its head well and laces.

S - Dark fruits such as figs , prunes grapes and some smokey chocolate.

T - Plenaty of dark fruits and very well balanced sugars that leave the palatte just demanding more. The beer almost has an oak aged bruin feel to it. Slightly tart and full of flavour with incredible balance.

M - Smooth and low carbonation, that is a fullish body.

D - Another mastepiece from De Struise. The smoothnes is impressive indeed. Its my kind of beer because of the subtle and balnaced flavours. No massive flavours but rather a little bit of everything.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Originally reviewed on 09/06/2010. This is one of the reviews that was affected by the botched merge in order to clean up De Struise beers on BA.

2007 vintage, labeled "Pannepeut". Poured into a tulip at probably a little over 50 degrees.

Pours a nice dark brown color, but has hints of amber and ruby/deep purple at the edges. About one finger width of light tan head, appears fine, with no large bubbles in it. Good retention and okay lacing. About what I would expect for a beer of this caliber.

The aroma is outstanding. Big time red grape character jumps out of the glass, but other dark fruits quickly follow. Stuff like plum, raisin, raspberry, blackberry, currants, I'm even getting strawberries. Pick a fruit with berry in the name, then smell the beer, and I guarantee you'll find it. Beyond that, there is some definite angel food cake, along with some chocolate, and vanilla. Bunch of yeasty banana rounds things out, but not much spice or earth to be found.

Taste is right in line with the nose, but maybe a bit more mellow than I would have expected. First thing I taste is raspberry, followed by grape soda, sweet fruitcake, banana, earth, and finally a dash of black pepper. The nose just trumps this a little bit, but yeah, this is right up my alley and quite an amazing tasting quad.

Great feel, tender, yet sparkly enough to tickle the tongue and liven things up. Consistency is perfect, around medium.

A very approachable, amazing quad. I was expecting a decent bit of heat in the finish, but I got none. Maybe the age has worked some wonders by now to make this guy as stunningly drinkable as it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer until the last drop. Pannepot and Pannepeut remain my favorite quads, and I'm including Westy 12 when I make that statement.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Prufrock for this beer.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark mahogany with amber highlights around the edges with a decent sized two fingers worth of head that had fairly good staying power.
Smell: The nose is full of cloves, nutmeg, dark fruits, and a slight acidic vinegar twist to it as well.
Taste: The flavor profile is full of dark fruits including cherries, raisins, and plums. I also get some concord grape jelly in there in as well. I get a bit of coffee and a bready malt that works well here.
Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied with lots of fine carbonation that renders itself quite smooth and creamy.
Drinkability: Even at the high ABV the alcohol is hidden and this was a great and relaxing drinking experience.

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Photo of korguy123
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage into Leffe goblet.

A- Dark and murky brown pour with a finger width off white creamy head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits. Slight cinnamon and vanilla with a touch of what appears to be licorice. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, bread pudding, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of cherries. Very sweet and decadent with a little alcohol in the back end.

M- Creamy and full bodied, smooth carbonation and a little touch of alcohol warmth.

O- This is a truly remarkable experience, the feel of this beer alone is magical. The decadence of this beer is something I've never experienced ever.

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Photo of Brabander
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an ale!!! The last time i was in Oostvleteren i met Carlo from the Struise brouwers and i asked him for a beer which can be compared with the Westvleteren 12. He advised me this bottle to try.

I let the bottle come to rest for at least two months and tonight i decided to open this beer.

Poured in a Maredsous chalice (sorry Urbain and Carlo, i will buy a Struise glass coming monday) the head is not very strong which is a pity, i like a nice head. The beer itself is very darkbrown, so dark that the cabonation is invisible.

Very good smell, pleasant and with a bit of spice in it, sweet like caramel.

The taste is really exceptional, better than the Rochefort 10 which i drank after this one.

With a more than good mouthfeel and an exeptional drinkability i am glad i will visit the guys from the Struise next week.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of deebo
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2010 vintage poured into a big ass chalice. $4.60 Euro for a 330 ml bottle.

A-This brew is darker than other quads, dark chocolate color and murky with a couple fingers of tan creamy head that breaks down fairly easy without lacing the glass. Looks pretty well carbonated.

S-Even at cold temperature this beer has lots of aroma. Notes of rich, caramel, bready malt; tons of beautiful fruity esters big time ripe dark fruits, I'll go with raisin as the closest fruit to compare to . There is a fair amount of peppery spiciness in here too along with an inviting soft alcohol nose.

T-Similar to the nose, this beer is big and complex. Lots of sweet, bready malt with ripe dark fruits with a vapory alcohol finish that dries the mouth out just a bit inviting that next drink.

M-A very drinkable 10% ABV beer, mouthfeel has plenty of malt body but doesn't seem heavy. A bit above average in the carbonation which works well to cleanse the palette and carry all the flavor popping out in each drink. Alcohol is vapory but not hot at all-very nice.

O-Damn this is a tasty quad. I don't have a fresh one to compare with, but this beer is damn near perfect right now. Equally tasty as a sipper or a gulper I wish I had more of this beer. A little more expensive than my favorite quad, St. Bernardus, but in the same class. Well done beer that brings me back to Belgium.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed for the Blind Beers Round 4 about 6 months ago. I just got an mass message from BeerAdvocate that some entries got merged wrong and that my review may have been accidentally moved from this listing to Pannepot Reserva and that I needed to check and see if my review needed to be moved. Turns out mine did.

A- This beer pours out quite muddy. Its a murky purple-brown. Its a figgy shade of umber. There is a tall, craggy head with solid retention but poor lacing. 4.5

S- This is not a stout, more like a Quad. The aroma kicks off with sweet tobacco and lots of dark fruits. Leather and sourdough follow closely behind. Swirling brings forth a deep rooted spiciness; dried orange zest and cinnamon. Some chocolate and more orange round it out with some alcohol. 5

T- Deep flavors of dried fruits; figs, dates, raisins. A little hoppiness comes out mid-swallow. Its mostly citrusy; orange rind and sweet caramel apple. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth in the chest. This beer is quite rich. Most definitely a quad. 4.5

M- Can I give this a 5.5? Ive never come across a mouthfeel like this. Very thick and full but very, very soft and smooth. Carbonation is densely fluffy and soft. It feels like a rich, creamy truffle. There is the slightest alcohol warmth. 5

D- This is right up my alley. I love a well crafted Belgian quad. The American stuff doesnt hold a candle to beers like this. 4.5

The reveal: De Struise Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale 2007! I was thinking this was some Pannepot even though Jeff told me there werent any Belgians in this box. I love all the Pannepot variations!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a De Struise snifter.

2006 version

Notch marks on label:

A: Pours a muddled dark chestnut with some visible suspended sediment. Sitting on top was 1 1/2 fingers of velvety, creamy, and light khaki colored foam. Retention was very good but this lost .5 points for leaving barely a trace of lace behind.

S: Ahhh, Pannepot. It's been a while. Wonderful aromas of caramel, toffee, pan roasted nuts, all spice, fruity yeast, caramel drizzled bread pudding, rum infused dark fruit, tootsie roll, and chocolate covered cherries. Some random spices and cola nut, as well.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells.

M: Smooth and silky. Slightly dry with a tiny spicy tingle that I feel is more from the actual spices than the 10%. Speaking of which, I could barely detect any booziness in this. To me, this is the textbook "Quad" mouthfeel. A little sweet, very rich and savory, and with just a prickly hint.

D: Absolutely world class. So complex and layered, yet so easy to drink. One of the best!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter in the cellar at Ebenezer's.

Deep chestnut brown with thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing.

Malty sweet, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel. Inviting.

Extremely smooth and balanced. Rich, malty, sweet, dark fruit, yeasty, vanilla, and a bit boozy. Yum. Perfect.

Smooth, rich, full side of medium bodied, easy on the carbonation.

I could drink this all night or maybe even forever. I'm a sucker for a good quad, and this is a great quad. My non-beer geek girlfriend, whose rare beer choices are typically coffee or chocolate porters, even liked it. Thank you Chris and Frank

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Photo of bylerteck
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle brought across the Atlantic from the brewery in May. 2008 vintage into a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A - Fizzy two finger head, beige/dark khaki in colour. Lot's of visible carbonation. Dark ruby colour, almost opaque. Head sticks around for a long time. Good looking beer.

S - Huge aromas as soon as I opened it. Candi sugar and dark fruits. Huge dark fruit aromas from the glass. Lot's of plum and cherry. Can smell the heat as well.

T - Really malty flavours. Again with dark fruits but more subdued than the aroma. Really minimal alcohol taste makes itself known but doesn't do much to offend at all. Lovely and smooth. Huge plum finish.

M - Full bodied. Lingering flavours make it pleasant and carbonation doesn't make itself an issue.

D - Fairly high drinkability. Not too sweet and really complex. This would make me come back to figure out everything that's going on in this. Alocohol is well hidden too which allows this to be an easy drinker for a quad.

I was lucky enough to visit the brewery shop which appears to be an old school of some sorts. It was a perfect way to end my trip around Europe and given that I knew nothing about this brewery until the day I went there and sampled a number of their beers I am blown away by this at home. A wonderful beer made by a wonderful brewery. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-05-2010 00:55:02

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a tulip glass, Washington D.C.
Smell: very sweet, dark fruit smell, however very strong molasses smell.
Taste: Some prunes, cherry, dark fruit taste. Very strong molasses taste also. Sweet. Some maltiness. Strong hint of the high alcohol %
Feel: Luscious, chewy and viscous. Lots of aftertaste, which is great.
A very interesting quad. Not similar to other quad, which to me is either dominantly dark fruit or chocolaty. Not unlike a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Very sweet, and served well as a dessert glass.

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Photo of bfields4
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark cloudy brown amber body. Small, but lacy tan head.

Nice dark fruit aroma rasins and figs. Hints of sweet caramel, and a lighter apricotish fruit aroma as well.

Good amount of complexity. Rasins and figs again maybe just a hint tart cherry. Lighter Belgian candi fruity flavors. Caramel and a just a hint of roasted malt.

Very good beer. Nice amount of complexity. Good dark flavors, but not to heavy. I really couldn't even detect the heat from the alcohol. It may be blasphemy, but I think I might prefer this to the westy 12

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Photo of drseamus
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark chestut body with an off white head.

S: Boozy and malty with a touch of spice. There is a nice sweetness in there but it seems like all of 10% in the nose.

T: Amazingly smooth. Great balance. Raisins, dates, and other sweet dark fruits dominate. None of the booze in the nose appears in the taste.

M: Perfect, smooth and silky.

D: Fuck yeah.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pannepeut 2008, Belgium. Different artwork than on the label above, also with an "eu" replacing the "ø."

Pours a rich, dark mahogany with a tight tan head. Good lacing, with a thin layer retaining.

Aroma is boozy and reminiscent of port wine, with loads of raisins and a huge buttery maltiness.

Flavor is exceptional. Loads of sweet, bready malts with a touch of roast and a heavy dose of dark fruit. Prunes, raisins, cocoa and dulce de leche. Rich, seductive and delicious. Subtle hopping, on the backend mainly. Not as spicy as Pannepot. Alcohol is noticeable, but not prevalent. Signature Struise finish and smooth feel, though I feel this lacked a bit of weight on the tongue.

Outstanding beer, just like everything else I've had from Struise. Compared to the standard Pannepot, I feel that this beer is maltier and slightly less complex, but nevertheless awesome.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that quickly fades down to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of dark cherries, figs and raisins upfront. Some vanilla, toffee, and licorice also show up in the background.

Taste immediately starts again with the dark cherries followed closely by notes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and more dark fruit. Hints of brown sugar and honey show up in the finish.

Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall, very flavorful and an amazingly easy drinker. No indication whatsoever of the 10% abv.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale

Appearance: Brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, dark fruits, and some cocoa.

Taste: Subtle smoke, raisins, dark fruits, slight chocolate, and a near-whiskey or scotch-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy malty, yet smooth.

This is very complex. A fine brew indeed. It is subtly sweet, yet faintly reminds me of whiskey or scotch as far as flavoring goes. The 10% alcohol by volume isn't easily tasted in this.

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