A- This pours a deep dark muddy brown and covers up most of what can be noticed carbonation wise. The head is an off white color, starting about two fingers in thickness before settling down into a thick patchwork of froth over the liquid. As for the lacing, well, it is not the best, as it seems to be a solid ring of foam that gently slides its way back into the brew, but does tend to stick just above the sinking line. Not bad overall.
S- Malty caramel sweetness, some biscuit yeast and/or dry cracker, hints of coriander and clove spice alongside very muted peppercorn and cinnamon, very ripe banana, toffee pudding quality, chocolaty wheat (Think of that dark chocolate shredded wheat) and the finish is of subtle hop bitterness....its rather pleasant on the nostrils!
T- Lots of deep dark yeast creaminess, brown bread graininess, brown sugar and molasses bitter sweetness, rather heavy malt profile, some clove and cinnamon spices and on the finish there is a tinge of bitterness from the hops that smooths out into a lingering chocolate covered dried fruit. Quite nice!
M/O- Light to medium bodied and the carbonation is rather dull.....probably the biggest area for improvement. Flavor wise, its nice and social to drink, and perhaps with some careful storage, it could gain robustness over a 12 month period. I think it would pair well with some cheese or chocolate, and it is something I would re-visit again. Good attempt at a classic style from here in good old AB!
1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor Store, they of the unapproved, but still agreeable enough, under the table baby-sitting services!
This beer pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent thickly splattered lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds out of sight.
It smells of bready and doughy wheat malt, some further plain cereal graininess, bruised bananas, a somewhat phenolic yeastiness, a plain clove and black pepper spice essence, and some minor leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and grainy caramel malt, a lessened edgy wheatiness, subtle dark cocoa powder notes, wet banana chips, muddled earthy spices, and more plain weedy, leafy, and herbal old-school hoppiness.
The carbonation is fairly restrained in its innocuous frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of wayward son yeastiness taking the piss here. It finishes off-dry, that banana bread character really milking it in the lingering morass.
Overall - this is a rather fully and complete (RIP, M. Downie) version of the style, as Jochen once again proves true to his Teutonic roots. Easy to put back, and as noted, very akin to a certain confection that makes use of yer typical under-appreciated fruit. Worth checking out.