Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Nogne O | Tags: active, amazing, angry, bitter, dark, grapefruit, hoppy, nearly opaque, pine, poem, quiet, red, resin, roasted, salty, sour, sweet, tan, toasted, umami, wheat
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100
Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor: pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.
Appearance out of 5
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and quite bitter
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor: earth herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying warming
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company. It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.
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