C’est la vie, I suppose.
This 2007 version has an alcohol strength of 5.5% by volume and its recipe, as always, is secret.
Appearance: Deep amber-brown color, very deep red when held to the light. Thinnish light tan head that fell quickly.
Smell: Dark, roasty, licorice, some molasses. Some spices—ginger(?), maybe nutmeg.
Taste: That spicy winter warmer character with a bit of heat and some nice dry roasty notes. Nutty character… a roast hazelnut? Turns into a dry finish, which leads us to…
Mouthfeel: Light of medium-bodied, with a thin presentation and a long dry finish.
Also, with this review I’m also adding a link to the beer (still available) on Liquid Solutions. As I’d mentioned already, I’m now a LS affiliate so if you click through the link below and buy some of this beer, I’ll get a percentage.