Profiled by Maria Devan
Pours thick and black. No head. Sits in the glass like oil. Black gold.
Nose is rich chocolate and very milky creamy. Smells like fudge. No orange on the nose?
It has some good roast, caramel and even some mellow coffee. I expected orange. Taste is roast that is not shy. Lot’s of chocolate and some orange peel that comes across as bitter in places in the drink. It’s actually so well in the background it’s hard to describe. If it wasn’t for a faint bit of spice and pith from it to draw my attention I would have missed it. Then it comes over me slowly. How fresh and light that orange peel is and how it’s just a hue in this chocolaty beer. Finishes with a lingering chocolate, a touch of bitter,smooth and creamy. As this drank it’s lightness became defiant.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is a great beer writer. That’s Maria in the middle. The other two are not, but they are lucky to have her as a friend.