The label calls this beer Regal and Sultry and tells a story about the smoked malt used for the beer. Suggested food pairings are also included, as usual. The cap was covered with a black foil. Bottled on: July 14, 2011.
Good head. Nice chocolate and smoky aroma, very inviting. Smoky malty flavors start things out, a bit smoother and thinner than expected. Sweet malty chocolate flavors meet some roasted bitter coffee for a nice balance. Hints of vanilla and perhaps a little nuttiness come and go throughout as well. The silky texture is awesome. You finish with a little tang that makes your tongue dance a little.
Medium body, could have used a little more. Carbonation is low but not absent and it's just fine. And while the smoke is present, I am happy it's not all in-your-face ashy campfire BS. This is a really nice beer that actually grew on me so much over the course of drinking all 22 ounces that I could have had another. Don't drink it too cold, either. These guys are all about the pairings, but I can totally see this paring with a shot or glass of Johnnie Walker Black Label. The peaty, smoky, malty matchup would be spectacular! Get this beer today.
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