Appearance: Pours an attractive deep amber with soft red highlights. It forms a healthy three finger head which holds its shape nicely. A nice smattering of lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.
Aroma: Getting those luscious caramel malts straight off the bat; toffee, butterscotch and a hint of maple. We’re also picking up something a little tangy but we can’t quite put our finger on it…blood orange maybe? The use of Sabro is genius as it provides the slightest hint of toasted coconut, woody notes and it further accentuates the orange citrus characters. Some soft doughy notes happening too. Solid.
Flavour: Definitely tasting more of that tangy orange upfront. They marry up with the sweet malts really nicely…the fusion of them together creates this almost Jaffa-like dessert quality. Flanked by a super subtle touch of coconut, light herbs and dried wood which lead in to the slightly bittersweet finish. Great length on it too.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, a little gelatinous. Dry-ish texture with moderate Co2. The 6% ABV is well positioned.
Overall: The second we heard Shawn was releasing this in tinnies we knew we had to review it. We can’t be certain if the addition of Sabro is a new thing or not but we like its use here. Another cracking drop from Foghorn.