On the docket: Bolero Snort’s IV Anniversay, The Herd 750mL
Poured into: Dogfish Head craft goblet with enough vigor to produce a head, but as not to disturb the yeast from the bottom of the bottle.
Sight: A deeply gingerbread body fills the glass with a quick-forming khaki head. As dark as it is, there’s nice evidence of carbonation, tiny, delicate bubbles well up from the base. A few seconds later, the head dissipates to a tightly hugging ring and a storm-front mass of suds on top. Further insepction reveals a lovely reddish hue to the body. No lacing, but hey, it’s a 10.5% abv drink. Taking a look at the bottle, one can observe a ring of yeast sediment on the bottom.
Aroma: Intense, sweet malt. Almost rootbeer-like spicy sweetness. Just a fleeting sense of vanilla and gentle perfume of esters and alcohol. Molasses. Dark purple fruit note. Yep, the plums are there. No hop presence.
Taste: Much of the aroma follows through to the palate. Malt and sugar sweetness, on the fuller side of the style. Pleasant warmth from alcohol which keeps it from becoming too sweet. The plum note manifests as part of a “fruitcake” sort of fruitiness, along with the yeast.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with very fine bubbles, not sharp and biting. Finish is moderately dry with a slight bitterness, bringing another means of balance. Medium-full body.
Overall: More abbey-style than Trappist, a nice New-World interpretation. This is not your father’s Chimay. A great way to celebrate four years… at least that’s what I herd.
Suggested food pairing(s):Mongoian beef and broccoli, port-wine cheese, filet, raspberry chocolate cheesecake