Profiled by Maria Devan
Pours not quite clear. Darkest browns with blackened hues that show a ruby tint under a haze. Scant head of tan foam that falls but leaves a film and shimmering clinging bubbles.
Scent is boiled peanuts. Earthy coffee. Roasty sweet. A hairy little bit of noble hop on the nose.
Taste is good. A touch of caramel type sweetness that underlies a very roasty malt that has a bit of bitterness to it. Nutty rather than fruity and finishes with a moderate hop flavor and bitterness.
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. She reviews beer for the professor, and other sites, and does regular Sunday sampling. She lives on top of a hill, so she doesn’t need jet powered roller skates to get down, but the professor bets they’d help to get back up that hill somethimes.