North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California. I wrote a little praise piece for this beer several years ago, though it was after drinking a few 2009 vintage bottles. This is another beer I'm pretty certain I am about to fully enjoy. That's really nice to know going into a review. You'd be surprised how often I have no clue what to expect, and since I try to always expect the best, I'm often disappointed.
OK. So I doubt I've commented on this label before. This is one area where North Coast could use a severe upgrade. Yellows and golds mixed together with the beer name and company logo is so boringly boring. They could make a better logo in 30 minutes on Photoshop. I, however, suggest they get all those super-smart Californians together and hold a label design contest. How 'bout it, guys?
Caramel, booze and muted fruity aroma. Molasses and toffee flavors to start. Sweet and so yummy delicious! This beer is hella boozy but in the most excellent way. The 11.7% alcohol provides a good bite and chest warmth while accenting the other flavors most awesomely.
Fig newtons, raisins, apples. Very nice and complex fruit basket. A sugary sweetness that persists throughout never gets out of control, as the alcohol also tones and cuts it. Spicy with some wood and yeah, it's rum-my! Decent carbonation, lowish but not flat, is perfect. Excellent flavors. Love it! I'd grab one in a heartbeat. And the price is attractive as well, so you know, even all the way down here in Florida.