“Brilliant” is the best adjective to describe this beer. Crack the can, pour vigorously, and be entertained as nitrogen bubbles meander to the top, swirling like a huge school of ocean fish swimming in unison. Once the head settles the beer is so black it actually absorbs light, dimming your surroundings and adding ambiance. Initially on the palate you notice the sweetness. It’s not nearly as dense and heavy as one would expect out of a Scottish strong ale. A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel complements the malty and maple syrup sweetness. Then a faint hint of coffee bitterness takes over, making this a well-rounded treat. There is a wee hint of smokiness in the background and it made me want to pair this with grilled turkey, gyros, and salmon.
Reviews by Bacchus Wine & Spirits
1077 Hwy 96W, Shoreview, MN 55126
Bacchus Wine & Spirits. The one, the only. Providing you with a carefully curated selection of exceptional beer, wines and spirits. And though Bacchus was the Roman god of wine, we’re pretty sure he enjoyed a great beer now and then, and this store is packed with them including those hard-to-get new releases that will impress your friends. But if he fancied a cocktail, he would love the wide variety of spirits packing the shelves. And he would applaud the outstanding collection of wines in every price range, most hand picked by a certified sommelier (that’s almost as high as a god), who is a Sherlock Holmes of finding hidden gems that other stores are content to ignore in favor of mass produced alcoholic grape juice… (oops, did we really say that?) Bacchus Wine & Spirits—not a superstore, but a superior store.