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Slap Happy - Caramelized Raisins | West Sixth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 11-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This third installment of West Sixth's "Firkin Thursday" celebrates the newly released Slap Happy (American Brown Ale) aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. ...then cask conditioned with caramelized raisins added. Never saw that one before!

Opening with a slightly darker hue than the garnet-stained original Slap Happy, the beer seems to reel in a darker hue of purple and maroon to the mix. Still medium-dark brown, the beer doesn't seem to be as clear as the original either. But a skim light tan head situates on the beer with a very creamy density though short statured. Mild lacing leaves broken patterns on the glass as the beer slowly fades.

Fruit aromatics dominate, but not without the stern background of mild toast, chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. But a strong English-inspired scent of fruit promotes the scent of obvious raisins but also black currants, red grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and prunes. A savory note of rum soaked fruitcake pulls all the scents together.

Strong and sturdy sweetness of molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and sorghum carries a slightly burnt taste for a sultry smoky undertone and robust buckwheat taste. But a chocolate, toast, and mild coffee underpinning seems to ground the beer in such a way of those stronger English ales mentioned earlier- perfect for cask. More vinous taste stems from light wood taste and tangy fruit acidity. Light on hops, the beer doesn't need them; instead the sheer complexity and strength rounds the beer out- similarly to Belgian strong dark ales.

The soft creaminess of natural carbonation gives the beer a creamy density that allows the taste buds to fully enjoy the taste as it pushes against the mouth. The creaminess slowly fades and allows the beer to develop into a pleasant alcohol warmth, semi-dry maltiness, and light wood astringency.

This cask version of Slap Happy shifts the balance toward the fruit elements that seem to dictate the taste. Although a fantastic variety, I appreciate the slighlty more complex and rational base beer a bit more.

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Slap Happy - Caramelized Raisins from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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