It’s an 8% alcohol beer… with a 750ml bottle, you have to be careful. One to enjoy slowly, or with friends.
Appearance: Clear mahogany color as I poured… reminded me of iced coffee. Not much of a head. Final pour is nice dark brown with garnet edges.
Smell: Not much at first sniff… mild aromas. Cognac, brandy-ish, dark fruit. Sweet like a barleywine. Very mellow.
Taste: Warm and malty and rich, candy sugar, plums, figs, toasted grain, dark caramel, a hint of licorice, liqueur notes from the alcohol. Very good, almost a dessert beer to my mind.
Mouthfeel: Lots of body here, very full but not being overly thick/syrupy.
Overall: Good, very interesting. The raisins definitely push this beer into the dessert territory I mentioned.