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Twenty Three

April, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Aromas of thick, fire-browned whole grain bread crust -- like a moist German multigrain brot -- mingle with a pleasant soured whole-milk yogurt bite, low soy sauce elements, medium mousiness and medium horse blanket, finishing up with dried black raisins that are complex and evolving. The head is a coarse, mocha color sitting atop active carbonation in a beer that's a hazy, medium-brown color. Flavors start with brown rice, fresh soy sauce, multigrain toast, medium horse blanket, medium mousiness and end with a clean, dry and mouthwatering finish. The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation and low alcohol warmth at the back of the throat. A light, creamy body ends with a waxy, mouth-coating feeling, inviting the drinker to take another sip. 

Overall, this is a remarkably drinkable beer -- complex but with harmony. The yeast character takes the lead in the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.