Friday, February 22, 2013

Backpocket Wooden Nickel

This beer is 5.7% ABV and is described as a peated bock Scottish style lager. It comes from the Backpocket Brewing Company of Coralville, Iowa.  They generally adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, using only water, barley,hops and yeast. Their nickel on the label is inscribed with "In Hop We Trust."

The beer pours mahogany in color, with an almost (but not quite) ruby tint. There is a half inch of thick and creamy off-white to light brown foam. The aroma is very dark roasted malt, nutty, tangy, almost smokey, it has some stout-like characteristics. The taste is peaty, smokey, dark roasted malt, nutty, hazelnut, light mocha and dark chocolate, rich, then tangy, then dry. It is nicely carbonated, easy to drink, yet full in the mouth, lots of flavor. Worth more than a wooden nickel, it is actually amazing.

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