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Friday, January 8, 2010

A Taste of … Odd Notion Fall 09

Magic Hat Brewery and Performing Arts Center
5 Bartlett Bay Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Preface: This is another sample sent by the folks at Magic Hat Brewery and Performing Arts Center in South Burlington, Vermont. The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew. It arrived via delivery service and has been stored in a cool, dry, dark place (a Brooklyn apartment). I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: This is one dark brew… my Maglite got lost and couldn’t find its way from one side of the pint to the other. So I will call it a deep black brew… Topping this dark brew is a head of tiny café au lait bubbles that knit into a thin dense head.

Aroma: As soon as this bottle was opened there was a malty presence. The first impression was an emphatic impression of fresh rough cut tobacco. A second visit to the aromatics caught a leather note and the third visit to the aromatics revealed coffee accents.

Mouth feel: This is a medium bodied brew… I was expecting a heavy sensation so the second sip was needed to correct my flavor receptors.

Flavor: The first sensation, during aspiration, was a cheddar cheese tang. A second visit found apples, pears and prunes sweeping over the lactic tang. The third sip brought out more ester/fruit flavors with the accents of pear and apple demanding attention.

Finish: The lasting impression is rather dry and perhaps a bit “dusty” in the way patent/highly roasted malt can taste.

Comments: The notched label announced that this was best before December 2009… As this is the first of the year I don’t think I tested the maturity of this brew. The fruit flavors paired with the dark malts would go well with a Waldorf salad or a hot apple tart for desert.

The Brewery: http://www.magichat.net/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/96/51573

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/magic-hat-odd-notion---chocolate-belgian-stout-fall-09/107924/

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