NOTES: Cask @ Churchkey in DC

STYLE: English Brown Ale

ABV: 5.3%

APPEARANCE: Clear, chestnut brown

HEAD: Pillowy off-white head that settles down into small islands of foam

LACING: Nice and sticky, hung in clumps around the glass

NOSE: Forget the hops…this is a malt-bomb even before it gets cask-conditioned. After sitting in the barrel, the nose is pure sweetness. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, molasses, and buckets of caramel.

TASTE: Somehow the taste is even sweeter than the nose implies. Huge, rich, robust notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans with a nice, faint vanilla flavor in the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: A little thin-bodied to be sure, but thanks to the cask, it drinks creamy and fuller than a standard draft version would.

DRINKABILITY: Casks can make mediocre beers good and good beers great. This is probably the former. I suspect on tap I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much, but on the cask it was a beauty. Wifey McHops loved the rich, malty flavor and only allowed me a few sips.

RATING: 3 Hops

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