Style: American Strong Ale
Purchased From: Consumer's Beverages
This was a beer I tried several months ago, but accidentally skipped over it during my blogging. Therefore it is not fresh in my mind and I only have my notes to go by.
Mendocino Brewing Company is located in California, but also owns Olde Saratoga Springs Brewery in Northern NY. Based on this, we were also able to try some of their other brews at the TAP NY Festival.
I wasn't quite sure what an American Strong Ale was, so I googled it to find out more. Basically, this style can be used to describe any beer that is over 7.0%. Based on this, the taste can vary quite a bit.
The beer was an amber color with a yellowish head. It smelled a bit flowery and like apples. At first, the taste was on the bitter side, then it turned slightly sweet with a strong kick of sugary alcohol at the end. It left a bit of a caramel flavor in my mouth.
My notes do not indicate if I liked this or not, but I don't remember it being that bad. I prefer the alcohol to be a bit more hidden in the flavors, but other than that, I would give this one another try.