Adroit The­ory Love of the Damned (Ghost 488)

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Pur­cel­lville, Vir­ginia ABV: 9.6% | IBUS: 37 | SRM: 14

What the brewer says

“Our orig­i­nal Old Ale Aged 4 months in Span­ish Brandy Bar­rels. Sa­vor this Olde Ale brewed with Port Grape Must.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Aroma is fairly sub­dued over­all. Some tof­fee and toasty malt. A bit of ap­ple or pear. Bright raisin and plum char­ac­ters up front with some very light green-ap­ple aroma in the back. Slight wood aroma but very sub­tle. Slight caramel notes with some very light choco­late, too.” Fla­vor: “Sub­tle malt com­plex­ity comes through with toasty and caramel notes that meld with the malt to pro­duce a feel­ing of choco­late liqueur. Es­ters con­trib­ute notes of stewed ap­ple, plum, and fig, while a bit of vanilla chimes in from the bar­rel. The af­ter­taste brings wine sweet­ness and some bal­anc­ing bit­ter­ness that lingers long with a touch of black licorice.” Over­all: “Re­ally en­joyed the com­plex­ity and bal­ance of this one. Cof­fee and caramel up front with a sup­port­ing (but not over­whelm­ing) bar­rel oak fla­vor that fin­ishes with a mild sweet­ness, nut­ti­ness, and choco­late be­fore fad­ing into an al­co­hol linger. It’s a fun old ale.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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