What an odd beer. I had a Creemore Springs Kellerbier just before this and am stunned how similar this 9% brew is. It pours a deep caramel with a cream foamy froth. One the nose, grain and a bit of spicy hop but then this real musky tone. In the mouth, caramel notes with some dry spice (clove and all-spice) but a really light mouthfeel for the strength... like a kellerbier. Sticky with black malt and clove at the end. The brewer doesn't have any notes on the beer. It's listed as a Belgian dark by the BAers but I don't agree. Is it an Imperial Bamberger Ungespundet? This would be really good with smoky pork BBQ.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."