|Toad Chateau : Misty Moorings|
Appearance: It poured fairly clear with a deep chestnut color. We had a lot of keg jostling during the last week so the slight turbidity was not unexpected. The head was composed of fine bubbles, a nice tan color too. It fell faster then most of the beers we have brewed but did still linger in a fine layer through most of the glass.
Aroma: A good nose of malt with a bend towards toffee and caramel, maybe just a whiff of burnt sugar and smoke in the background. As it warmed there was a fairly pronounced black cherry note and a bit of spicy herbal hops that started to show. If served warm this would be very similar to a Belgian Dubble, or Dark Strong in aroma.
Taste: Very smooth, not quite as silky as an Oatmeal Stout but for no oats about as close as you could get. The body seemed a bit lighter then the aroma would lead one to believe, but otherwise excellent. The flavors came through with a good maltiness, noticeable kettle caramelization, solid cherry like fruitiness but not overpowering. The hops were perfectly absent. And after a few sips you could easily feel a pleasant alcohol warmth radiating up from your belly.
Overall: A very nice beer. Sweet, Malty, & Strong. Nothing here that I would object too. The cherry notes might be a bit strong, not sure if that was due to the Caramunich II or the Cherrywood Smoked Malt. Also I was expecting a bit more of a smokey note to come through since the ECY07 lists smokey as part of the flavor profile. But as I said the beer was very well received by all.
- J - 6
- K - 8.5
- T - 5