Stone Coast packed it in on 1 August 2008. I've had this bit of their legacy sitting around the stash since well before then. Fifteen bucks for a 10% bomber which makes sense to me and not just because this is a bit of a voice from the grave.
It pours at the intersection between caramel and chestnut and has a wonderful thick clinging mousse of a head. Sweet malt and sweet hops join in the aroma to be a replicant of fig and date. It's quite remarkable. That is, in fact, why I just made that remark about it. In the mouth, it is thick. No other word for it. And doubly so as there is plenty of sweet thick maltose residuals in there but, also, as soon as there is a wiggle of tongue or a shift of jaw, the fluid releases a rich cream of carbonation that balloons. It's almost marmalade meets steak. Big. Flavours of everything: malt wall, orange, fig, pumpernickel, salt, age, memory. A telling pinch of twiggy and pine ridden hops bites at the lingering end. Made in 2007 and downed in 2010. Thanks. BAers share this deep and abiding love departed.