Look-Cloudy, dark brown. Very little head.
Smell-I took a big whiff of this couldn't find much of an aroma.
Taste-Definite malt backbone (my first use of that beer term...I'm so excited) but outside of that...I'm not getting much else as far as flavor.
Mouth-Medium bodied. The barleywine texture is definitely apparent. Not getting much hop though.
Overall-Coming in at 8%, this could be trouble since it's VERY smooth. I enjoy the malty backbone but wish I could taste more in this beer. I good beer...but my least favorite from Mad Fox so far.
This brew was designed to be something special to mark out 300th brew much like its predecessor Batch 100. We took a different approach and took most of the dark malt character out and made this in the spirit of a rich West Coast Double IPA. English pale and crystal malts melded with German Cara-wheat, Carafa and Munich malts form a solid malt backbone. The kettle additions of hops follow with 100% American bred Citra hops to be followed by dry hopping with Citra and another favorite in the Simcoe varietal to lend a piney, citrus hop character to the juicy malt flavor. Enjoy this version now while you can and expect to see the rest of the batch in a barrel aged version in June. Cheers!