Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bone Shaker

Everyone loves big cans.  So says Moat Mountain right there in black and steel! 

Well, you wouldn't love them if you had to lug those puppies around all day.  Cans.  BEER cans!  What did you think I was talking about?

´ö` Pig! ´ö`

Speaking of which. Moat Mountain makes a some kickin' barbecue!

Bone Shaker (5.5 % ABV) comes in a big honkin' 24 ounce can.  That, indeed, is a big can.  

It pours a clear caramel brown with a thick root beer like head that lasts and lasts.  All that lush foam leaves behind impressive lacing all the way down the glass as you drink.

The aroma is fresh and inviting.  Caramel malts pack most of the punch but there are other smells like bread and cocoa vying for attention. There's also a hint of hops in contention, as well.

The taste is malt forward.  The caramel malts are complimented by nuttiness and a touch of cocoa.  Some biscuit is also coming through. Bone Shaker is sweet-ish but not overwhelmingly so.  This is sweetness is constrained by a moderate dose of resinous hops that provides a good balance of flavors.  The finish is quite clean.

The mouthfeel is medium with great effervescence.  

Brown ales are rarely my first choice in beers, but this one is delicious.  A better than average example of the style.

Overall: Very good.

Bone Appetit!

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