Oak-Aged Simon Girty | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by OneDropSoup on 10-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, muted orange citrus. In the taste, dry orange citrus with notes of cocoa and oaky notes. A mellow spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry note of cocoa and oak in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as the standard, but not overly oaky either.

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3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Chestnut body, translucent but very murky with an orange glow under 3 fingers of soft tan head that drops to a finger & leaves splotchy lacing.

Smells of nicely toasty & nutty grains, baked apple, a little bit of coconut.

Taste starts with a kind of fig & banana interplay, some mild molasses sweetness, but then yields a really strange, intense fresh oak flavor that, combined with the alcohol, approaches a fusel/solvent character that's really kind of difficult. Luckily it doesn't seem to last past the first sip. What's left, thankfully, is more of an overripe banana & a kind of nutmeg spiciness. Not bad, really on the sweet side, but that first sip's a doozy, & the score reflects that.

Medium-bodied, the sugar really clings but there's also a dry, almost medicinal bite that accompanies it. It's almost as if it's both boozy & hot but underattenuated at the same time.

The smell had me hoping for more from this one, & while what's left after that first sip is pleasant, I don't get the oak then - it's almost like it packs all the oak of the whole beer into one overwhelming punch at first. I really think there are some kinks to be worked out with this one: mellow the oak character & figure out what's going on with the sugar/alcohol balance.

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Oak-Aged Simon Girty from Draai Laag Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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