|Couldn't replicate the color of last year's pic. Lighting?|
There is a story on the side. It begins, "Haunting in its subtle complexity..." I'll let you read the rest, but I'm expecting a lot! There is a picture on the front, lots of glow over a small rural community. Either an enormous sunset or a really bad nuclear accident. I'm thinking the former. Enjoy by September 2, 2012.
Terrific aroma. Rich caramel, cotton candy, banana and yeast. Can't wait to drink it, so I won't. The flavors are very similar to the aroma. Caramel with just a touch of banana and a big yeasty component. What is much more pronounced is the huge spicy profile. Nutmeg and cloves galore, Oh My! The alcohol wastes no time introducing itself as well. Excellent bite and heat and burn from each sip.
Up next, a second wave of other sweet flavors--Fig Newtons and bubble gum. Once again, however, sweetness is checked by the grip of the alcohol and spices. Good body. Excellent creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Starts sweet but is balanced toward bitter along the way. Really an unreal beer. Check it out before Victory starts shipping their spring stuff. The way breweries ship in advance, can't be too far away. LOL. Excellent job, guys!