|Date of publication||09/02/16|
The color is a very dark and dense mahogany with a compact, ‘coriaceous’ and cream-colored head. The boldness and richness of the aroma is impressive with notes of nuts, dried fruit, dates, figs, walnuts, candied citrus fruit and sweet bread ahead of toasted sensations of cacao, caramel and tobacco while a slightly smoky hint comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel is bold, creamy, broad, fruity and toasty all at the same time and refreshed by citrus noes and ‘sweetened’ by a return of honey and dried flowers. The bitterness is always well-balanced and the carbonation is subtle and consistent. In a blind tasting this could be considered similar to some Belgian Doubbel but then it becomes clear that this is Scottish magic in the purest state and only then does it become ‘dogmatic’. Aside from haggis, this also pairs excellently with veal pot roast cooked in the same beer.