For my 6th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…
This is the BIG one – I know there are a few of us doing this today, but before we get onto the review, here’s yesterday’s Storify recap.
Magic Rock ‘Strongman’ Barrel Aged Barley Wine (12% ABV / 660ml)
I’ve been waiting a while for today. In fact, since the day the wax-sealed bottle of magic arrived on my doorstep, I’ve been planning the drinking day meticulously. When I set out on the #12BeersofXmas journey, the whole thing was built around drinking Strongman on Christmas Day, with dinner, like you would a fine wine.
First problem though was getting through the wax! I’ve never had a bottle that has been wax sealed before but after some hacking, I finally revealed enough of the bottle top to get the opener latched on to release even more magic into Christmas Day.
The beer poured very thickly, dark orange with a full on ‘craft haze’. The initial aroma was of oranges, peaches and sherbet. There were also big piney, citrusy notes to back up the initial fruit aromas. It was like a tropical paradise that was laced within hidden hops waiting to jump out and sink their fangs into me, releasing their magical venom. Ok, enough of that, what did it actually taste like?
Well, there was the expected thick, resinous feel to the beer and I was instantly hit but the citrus fruit flavours, leaving an initial fresh, sweet hit of hops. There was a soft bitter finish and a slightly warming feel afterwards but the sweetness hangs around like your favourite Aunt or Uncle on Christmas Day.
As the beer begins to warm, the flavours seem to be constantly changing with the exception of the big citrus notes and warming finish, I’ve been getting the aforementioned fruits, toffee, caramel and on occasions smoke. Somewhere in there is the original Un-human Cannonball, I know it’s there, but it’s like it’s playing hide and seek with me – one mouthful it’s there, and the next it’s gone.
This is an absolute triumph of a beer from Magic Rock, and worked perfectly for me today. I’m so looking forward to next year’s release….
#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!