This is one tasty beer. An offering of Lake Placid Craft Brewing (motto: “Real Town. Real Beer.”), Dr. Perm and I first sampled it on tap on a cold January day. Then, barely moving from our bar stools, we sampled it again. It was worth it.
Reviewers on Beer Advocate say it pours amber, but it really looks darker, closer to a porter, with strong burgundy overtones revealed in direct light. It builds up a slight head (on a good pour), which is both moderately thick and creamy and makes for excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.
How does it taste? you ask. Well, it tastes good.
A- v. dark, reminiscent of the Old Engine Oil, with a hint of magenta when held up to the light. Slight head, but excellent lacing on the glass.
S- Malty, a bit nutty.
T- nice balance struck between the hops and malt, with malt taking the lead.
M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth.
D- Very drinkable. Not a session beer for the faint of heart (7%), but a worthy member of the rotation.