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Height of Civilization

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
33 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

The nose seems overwhelmed by complex aroma layers of alcohol, walnuts, citrus, berries, honeysuckle, fruit salad, wood tannins, agave, herbs and gourd pulp that bring to mind a spiced dessert pudding with melted marshmallows. The appearance comes across as murky brown to dark copper with mild tan foam composed of large bubbles. The tongue picks up toffee sweetness, herbal and aloe notes, wood resins, toasted bread and hints of sweet cocoa powder. Tequila definitely pushes through the malt complexity, along with undertones of dark rum, ripe fruit, slight citrus and earthy malt sweetness. Any individual fruit character emerges as subtle and a touch muddled in this full-bodied ale that finishes slightly bitter and dry. Expect a boozy, fruity, malty, tequila-shot hodgepodge of flavors and aromas to be enjoyed in a small snifter and shared with friends.