It’s a deeper brown, rather than black, and rich on the tongue. It doesn’t have the aromaticity of a chardonnay or say Bell’s high gravity offering. It has plenty of flavor, spice, malt and hops, fruit overtones in balance, and the alcohol isn’t as noticeable as many. The knock out punch comes much later, and yes, you’ll feel it. There is a touch of bitter in the aftertaste. In my opinion, it finishes well.

Sierra Nevada's high gravity beer.

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