Sunday, March 25, 2012

Toad Chateau Misty Moorings Tasting

Toad Chateau : Misty Moorings
Toad Chateau Misty Moorings Scotch Ale was brewed to be our premier beer at the 2012 Spring Fest party at Toad Chateau. Dark malty and complex yet smooth.

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.

Ratings:
  • J - 6
  • K - 8.5
  • T - 5

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