Another from Magic Hat's autumnal Night of the Living Dead '07 mixed pack. This time they let us know what to expect as the label says "peat smoked offering" and "an ale inspired by the doctrines of medieval chemists". OK, they give us a hint. I'd link to more detail on the site but it is a 2002 Flash-eriffic dream that you will have to check out from the link above yourself.
Red chestnut ale under an off-white head. Maybe a notch less of the diacetyl than AMB07 in a pretty good medium bodied brown ale which opens up, after the buttery cloy, into some grain, some smoke, a bit of ginger root and an oranged thing followed by a waft of twigged bitterness. It is a good lesson in taste sequence come to think of it as each flavour pops out nicely from the last. One of the approving executive BAers has a good adjective for this one's maltiness: cake-like. That for my money is a very tough word. But why? Cake is good, right? I like sweet beers but only when the cloy is cut or at least framed with something. This is just a bit too flabby, unbalanced even with the other flavours that are, indeed, right there. The effect is a little like those maple flavoured Wheaties that had Brendan Shanahan on them a few years back. Plenty of grain but plenty of maple, too. But that is just me and this is a likeable beer that could do with a bit of brightening or heavy-en-ing or something. Mere mortal BAers almost all like but, again, with a lowish average.