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Higher Math

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Pours a fairly thick and viscous hazy, light copper and struggles to create any head beyond a thin, light tan layer of tiny bubbles that has very little retention – possibly from the high alcohol content. Initial aroma is very light sweet chocolate and a very low cherry with moderate sweet caramel and toffee, with just a tiny bit of fusel alcohol (hints of rubbing alcohol). As the beer warms up, much more chocolate and cherry comes out in the aroma along with orange peel and chamomile. Although the carbonation appears low, there is a slight carbonic tingle that helps present the fruity and chocolate character to the nose. Hops are floral in aroma and flavor, with very little bitterness. The flavor is a huge blend of golden raisins, big toffee and caramel and very prominent cherries that almost come across as artificial – something like cherry cough drops, but in a pleasant way. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy. Definitely improves as it warms; drink this at 55-60 degrees in a snifter to fully appreciate the cherry and chocolate. The beer seems to have several distinct flavors, and at 17 percent ABV, it may benefit from some aging to let all those flavors meld together.


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