11 March 2008

Southern Tier flight

Weekly Max's Beer Social: Casey is a Southern Tier fanatic, so any time new beers show up from there, you can expect them at a Beer Social.

Southern Tier Back Burner barleywine 10%: nice deep amber color, bright, well-blended nose of both malt alcohol & hops, excellently balanced with lots of hops, not overwhelming like some. Sturdy malt palate but medium sweet/dry, lingering dry caramel and hop finish.

Southern Tier Jah Va! 12% imperial coffee stout: almost ink-black, not quite totally opaque, thin head and retention. Hints of coffee in nose, no hinting in the flavor--VERY coffee-laden, although not dominating the flavor, much more coffee in the front fading to a rich properly roasted stout at the end of each sip.

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