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Four Seasons Summer '17

August, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Four Seasons of Mother Earth Summer by Mother Earth Brewing Company is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood Aged Beer (Category 33B) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours a beautiful deep black color and is quite opaque, with a thick brown head that lasts throughout. There is a prominent dark fruit character reminiscent of plums and figs, with a light bourbon whisky character sitting in the background. Light roast and bittersweet chocolate emerges as it warms, along with light spicy alcohol. The flavor follows suit with additional complexity, the dark fruit esters add black currant, and the flavor is rounded out with dark roast coffee, vanilla and bourbon character with light roast in the finish. High hop bitterness lingers through light residual sweetness into a dry finish. Moderate spicy alcohol helps to round out the balance, and the full body compliments the beer. This beer would benefit from aging but is certainly approachable now.