Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. Just had another beer a few days ago from a brewery that celebrated the same birthday. Man, everyone's getting old. Reminds me I'm almost 40 and getting old too! Thanks a lot! The front has a lacy pattern that looks like two dragon-wolves if you stare intently and closely.
The story on the back of Big 22 says the inspiration for this beer was their original Turbodog, which I liked yet haven't had in a long time (the story on that review is worth reading again if you have kids). So I am guessing this is going to be a brown ale with some twists. Genius guess from me, I know. You can read the rest of the story below.
Roasted and nutty aroma with a nice rich chocolate backing. Good body, decent, but I did expect something a bit more substantial based on the aroma. Chocolate, milky and smooth, a little sweet. The chocolate flavors are a little more on the cocoa powder side of things, not rich at all. Some light roasted malt and faint coffee contribute background flavors.
The vanilla component to the this beer really appears right at the finish and lasts on your palate long after each sip is gone. That's not a negative though the vanilla creeps up on you a little by the end of all 22 ounces. Creamy texture and at the same time this feels a little flat. Very dry finish as well. Overall, decent flavors, but a little thin. Very basic and not too interesting. Balanced to the sweet side of neutral. The 7% alcohol wasn't a factor. Here's to 25 more years, guys!