Zoe | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Maybe I'm hitting a bit low here, it's just not my favorite MBC beer. Still top quality, a fantastic version of the style... which I don't care for all that much. I'll take any other MBC over it, but I'd take this over most other red ales.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a nice deep dark amber, half a finger of head.
Smells nice and hoppy and good malt backbone.
Taste is really nice. Perfectly balanced with hops and malt to create a very nice hoppy amber ale.
Mouthfeel was not too thin which I appreciated.
Overall, a very nice hoppy amber ale. And I loved the story on the bottle.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, dark brown with a 3-finger tan head into a 13-oz goblet. Good lacing. More head than when I had it on-tap earlier in the day.

S - Tropical fruit, pineapple, dark herbal tea, caramel and hop floral. Pleasant and moderately saroma, which was just a bit less strong than on-tap.

T - Nice sweet and spicy caramel malt with a bit of chocolate, which is quickly followed by a bitter hop bite and more earthy spice. The aftertaste includes sweet malt, pepper and some lingering grapefruit zest. Very flavorful and rich tasting.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation yield a velvety smooth feel like an oatmeal stout. It's a bit prickly as it dries. I really enjoyed the substantial feel.

O - A very fine brew. Smells, tastes and feels great. Kind of pricy but I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of rbd13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled 06-09-11

Pours dark copper/amber with two fingers of head,leaves heavy lacing.
Bright citrus/grapefruit hop nose.
Citrusy hop flavor with a nice malty balance.
Very smooth and easy drinking, finish lingers with a slightly bitter earthy flavor.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

17oz. bottle, handwritten date of 8/18/11 on the label (some of the bottles I picked up had stamped dates too, which were the same day, but hard to read). This means that the beer left the brewery on the same day I bought it at Tully's. Wow.

Dark, rich copper with a beige head. Really nice lacing.

The aroma is complex and hoppy. At first very spicy and herbal, but with some hints of tropical fruit. Fresh.

The flavor is surprisingly malty and rich. Malts are dark, with a toasted, near coffee-like quality. Very bitter and resiny, but wonderfully balanced. Hop flavor is spicy and woody. This stuff is really well-crafted, aside from the carbonation, which seemed too low. Maybe it's so fresh it still needs time to condition!

Was expecting a bit more hop presence given the freshness, but Zoe is a very good beer, balanced and very easy to drink. Keep it coming, Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an amber color with great clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pine hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, nutty, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice blend of ingredients with mild tingly bitterness in the rear. Hop flavor lasts all the way through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and mild bitterness.

Overall: Mmmm, I have forgotten how good this beer tasted. Need to make sure I have it more often.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

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Photo of prototypic
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Zoe pours a dark copper/amber color. It looks a little hazy. Backlighting reveals some scarlet highlights. It’s a nice color. It’s capped with a really nice, light tan head that stands almost two fingers tall. Impressive. It’s also very slow to recede, leaving a very thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. This is good lookin’ stuff!

It also smells delicious! The malt base smells like a nice mix of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt. Smells nice and sturdy. It doesn’t smell all that sweet. Hops are a much bigger part of the equation than I would’ve guessed. They smell strong…and delicious. They have a nice citric scent that works well with the malt base. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon are noted. There is a good bit of pine in there, as well. Alcohol really isn’t noticeable. Nice.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Really good stuff. The malt base is definitely a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. It’s a little sweet. The chocolate flavors are mostly cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. Toasted malts are also noted. The provide a really nice platform for the hops that follow. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors are abundant and are very flavorful. It’s nicely balanced, but the hop flavors are vibrant. Alcohol is masked very well. Not all that noticeable. Finishes with a nice mix of cocoa, pine, and toasted flavors.

It has a medium body that’s nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. The bubbles are soft. This stuff goes down so easily. I’d take down a few bottles if I had them. No doubt about it.

Zoe is my first encounter with Maine Beer Company. I’m really impressed. This is an Amber Ale that packs a ton of flavor. While it features a lot of hop flavor, there is a nice balance between malt and hops. This is really good stuff. You’d be remiss to pass it up.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle. dated 7/23/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber in color with a thick frothy slightly off white head. Crazy long retention and sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hops. Caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit. citrus, hop oil. Caramel malt sweetness. Dry biscuit. Finishes with a piney bitterness. Very nice actually.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel. Medium bodied. great balance with the hops and malts with the hops taking over a little in the finish. Overall It's an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Boppar
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a very foamy head of 2-3 fingers. Smell is predominantly malts along with a moist, hoppy earthiness. Opens up with toast and sweet malts followed by piney, resinous hops and a dry hoppy finish. For an amber, this is a fairly complex brew. The 7.3% ABV is well-hidden and sneaks up on you. Drinkability is off the charts. I am consistently blown away by this brewery.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color where the body is somewhat transparent but still looks a pinch cloudy with an off-white head with a slight orange tint to it.

Smell: Nice potent hoppy scent that you feel as you're pouring this brew into the glass.

Taste: A very complex taste...you feel the strong hit of hops. Has a sweet citrus feel to it that feels a bit like pink grapefruit. Very very bitter, you don't need to know how many IBUs this beer is to know what you got yourself into. Delish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy body....ridiculously sticky, just a little bit dry.

Overall: I bought this on being random and feeling to try something different. I never heard of this beer till actually reviewing it. Though not advertised as an IPA, it is! Has every property you could ask for and for you hop heads this one is addicting so don't say i didn't warn you. Salud!

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Photo of Samp01
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good he’d retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, I'd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to papollo for this gem!!!

Deep mahogany in color, with a big 3 finger beige head. Laces tons.

Smells is yummy pine, and woods. Slight citrus, and slight sweet malts. This smells amazing. It's hard to put down.

Equal parts pine and sweetness on the taste. Bitter hops and pine first, sweet malty sweetness.

Solid medium bodied. It's actually a bit chewy and thick for a red. Low carbonation.

Easy drinker.

This is an excellent beer, bottom line.

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Photo of pratyk
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber Brown with a red tinge, Offwhite head that is not too thick.

Smell: Caramel, Citrus, Peach, Earthy notes with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Citrusy, Hoppy, Earthy with a Coffee finish. Malty to start hoppy to finish. Good amount of bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Medium body. Moderate Carbonation. Conditioned Bottle.

Overall: Great Dark Amber Ale (if I can say so) that is easy to drink and enjoyable. Doesn't feel like a 7-8% ABV beer. Recommended. I can see this becoming my offseason replacement for Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 23, 2012. Unfortunately just past the 90 day recommended drink by period.

Beer is dark red with a good-sized light tan head. Pretty good retention.

Smell is a nice blend of malt and hops. Bread, chocolate and caramel scents are strong. Some pleasantly dank pine along with citrus scents. Malts are probably more prominent than they would be if the bottle was fresher, but it is still a very nice scent.

Taste is also very good. Citrus fruit (orange, some grapefruit), pine and a big malty backbone- caramel, bread and chocolate. Well balanced, fairly dry. Good mix of flavours.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12 Nov.

A mildly hazy dark amber with a dense, khaki head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks good. The blood red highlights are nice too. The nose!talk about hops! So fresh and fragrant! Pine, mint, juniper, citrus, grapefruit, all wonderfully integrated and juicy, this is a beautiful expression of hops. Leaning heavily on aromatic hops and less on bittering hops, this is clean and soft, lacking in grassy notes. Caramel and toffee are present, pulling this deep into Nugget Nectar territory. A little bit of brown sugar is present as well. Awesome stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of modest hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavor. Pine and grapefruit are most dominant, but I also get a good amount of navel oranges and a little mint. The mid palate brings out flavors of toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar and caramel, but thankfully, this beer isn't particularly sweet. In fact, the way this feels on the palate reminds me again of NN. Bitter on the finish with a mild pine resin character, this beer is medium light in body and has a medium high level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I'd like, but the flavors and balance on the finish is excellent. Excellent stuff, I imagine this would be incredible on cask. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thankful re-review opportunity provided by Mike, who sent an unbelievably generous box this afternoon. Thank you for this opportunity at a fresh bottle: dated 110412.

Pours a dark and cloudy almost brown with a thick tannish billow that leaves copious lacing.

Smells of fresh hops and gingerbread. Cinnamon, orange, marble rye, and a skanky leafy pot dankness. Nice! Hops present fresh and the malts really serve as a substantial platter for their delivery.

Taste is varied and deep, especially for an amber. Chocolate malts are a surprising but effective lead off. Rose hips, leafy and citric hops, and a rich malty rye bread roll through the middle. Hint of metallic, which I find typical in the style, flashes at the finish. On the lighter side of bitter, but with a firm enough hold to leave a lasting fade. As in the nose, the malts really prop up the hops and provide some balance. There's such a melange of different flavors and a depth to this that really makes this a nice amber. Feel is really pleasant, spot on carbonated, and smooth along the tongue.

Overall, I really appreciated this much more than the first time through. My dog Zoe, who tries every beer I do, also appreciated the effort. A surprisingly nice beer. Thanks again Mike!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark mahogany color with a bubbly cappuccino like head that's at least as tall as the body of the beer. Wonderful.

Smells of roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, bitter hops, dark citrus...pretty even balance of hops and dark malt, pretty close to a black ale on the nose but somewhat less sweet and roasty.

Tastes pretty similar. Pine and citrus up front, fades into roasty malt and cocoa. Very good.

Very well carbonated, very full mouthfeel.

Great beer, way better than the Nugget Nectar I had right before it.


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Photo of Nuggethops
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 4/28/2011

Poured into a Holy Grail Imperial Pint Glass

Dark brown and cloudy with a ruby tint. a healthy two finger beige head that is very frothy and looks great dissipates very slowly to a icm cap that is present throughout there is sticky lacing at the top of the glass but little lacing holds after that. The smell is of resinous piney citrus hop character mostly, with a slight bready malt underneath the great hop profile.

The taste is just like the smell, It's delicious with a nice piney hop profile up front with a slight citrus bite as well. A smooth roasted bready malt flavor compliments the huge hop flavor nicely, this is a great hoppy amber ale.

It is smooth in the mouth but slightly under carbonated leaving it just a little thin. An excellent amber ale that I will gladly drink over and over especially this fresh.

Cheers to the Maine Beer Company for this wonderful brew and their environmentally conscious practices. I happily support this brewery and look forward to some more of their offerings.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i don't like to say that if you like this this you'd love that... but... with that said. i'm a huge fan of the short's good humans and it seems like this is a more rounded and not as sweet render of that form. somewhat a imperialized amber or brown ale.

the gravity doesn't seem to read as anything syrupy. actually quite brisk. and lightweight but very complex. beige mahogany. a bit cloudy at the end. nose of pine oil at first that breaks into a bit of a caramel and toffee note. palate is a fruit forest fruit. predominately blueberry... a whole lot of blue berry. and hints of baker's chocolate acidic notes and blood orange citrus. well balance with a dry but not too dry end. more so on the desert end of citrus notes. aftertaste of one of those chocolate orange candies that you break apart. a bit milky even. great brew. a must for anyone that like good humans.

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Photo of popery
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 7/23/11. Purchased in Vermont. Great amber. MBC is two for two, so far for me, and I’d love to try more from them. Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is big on caramel and hops. Citrus and pine notes abound. Mildly grassy. It’s just a big mix of caramel maltiness and pine resin/orange/grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is drier than expected, a welcome change from many strong ambers. Aftertaste is all citrus rind and resin. Full mouthfeel but not outstanding in any particular way. A very easy beer to drink and to like.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one roll around. Bottled 8 days ago. Poured into short's imperial pint glass.

A- Brown with ruby red highlights, big sandy buttercream head that is very rocky and thick. Minimal lacing outside the first ring.

S- Strong forest floor, pine and citrus.

T- New growth pine, juicy orange and grapefruit. Really sticks with you after the sip. Bitterness is welcome, lots of oily hop goodness behind it.

M- Rather heavy body for the style, but it's not a detriment. Moderate carbonation- I think a bit more would knock this outta the park. The bready malt is more felt in heft than found in the flavor profile.. hiding behind the hops.

O- A worthy challenger to eagle claw fist and nugget nectar.. although I'm not convinced it's better, and I'd like to see a bit more carbonation (but now I'm nitpicking). more good beer outta Maine. I love it.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red appearance, ruby is a descriptor that comes to mind, it gleams. Solidly thick off white head that has damn good retention. Aroma was plenty hoppy, in a similar vein as Nugget Nectar, where you get both the amber/red kind of malt aromas and a heavy dose of hops (nugget smell from both).

Taste was delicious, immediately planting itself within the upper echelon of all amber beers. Unlike Nugget Nectar, this one got itself flavor wise to be a bit more than just brash hoppiness and bitterness, it allowed for flavor intrusions of all kinds, be it the malt, the hop mouthfeel of a vegetal nature, the caramel, the mild sweetness. This is the archtype. Hides alcohol very well. Its a hearty beer that drinks effortlessly. Hops still pack pine and citrus flavor beyond everything else. I wonder if there are magnums in here, there is a peppery edge to it.

Drank this the night before the Firestone Walker invitational, 2013, at our campsite at Lake Naciemiento before bedtime before the big event. That's a lot of "b's".

This is elite stuff.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Carl's in Kittery this fall, and recently poured into a pint glass. Well worth the wait.

Bottom line on top - this is a great beer.

Pours a beautiful dark crimson tinger brown with a lovely full inch of thick creamy foam. Long lasting retention. Pictures should be taken.

Rich malty smell, strong toffee/caramel notes. Some chocolate. Hoppy open gives way to malty blend. Rich chewy taste like a candy bar.

Slight bitter aftertaste lingers a touch too long, but not to worry.

Great beer - well done.

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