Nose is really hard to pick apart for me. Slightly medicinal. rich, dark malt. Slight sourness. Really faint peat. There’s a sweetness to it but I’m struggling to pin down the aroma.
The nose is huge with roasted barley and coffee and cocoa. There’s a bit of banana at the very end as well. I want to say there’s some red delicious apple in there as well but that’s not quite the note. Regardless, there’s some fruitiness going on that I can’t quite pin down. It might have something to do with the 75 IBUs worth of hops that were thrown in this. I wouldn’t describe it as being terribly complex but very subtle.
While some beers really strut their stuff on the nose, this beer really shows what it’s made out of on the palate.
When I cracked this open I was surprised at the huge waft of smoke that hits you over the head. At first the smoke is like the last remnants of a campfire. Gentle smoke but very apparent. It’s hard to describe. I think the
surprise of the smoke is more prominent than the actual smell of smoke itself.