Shock, a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale brewed by Birradamare SRL

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Shock is a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale brewed by Birradamare SRL, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a chalice from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a cloudy chestnut brown and is topped by a finger=thick cap of loose cream-colored froth that disappears almost immediately. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

Aroma

The aroma is strong with a scent of booze with a hint of toffee.

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Flavor

Brown bread leads the palate to taste that’s boozy and sweet with toffee, ripe banana, and a hint of chocolate. Lemon tea, nut, and a mild herbal bite round out the finish.

Mouthfeel

The feel is very dry and smooth with a body that’s a little heavier than medium with moderate carbonation. Its sweetness is slightly cloying and its finish is slightly astringent with a warming alcohol sensation.

Overall

Its appearance is a little too dark and its head retention is low. Its feel could use more carbonation and while its aroma and palate are nice but lacks the yeast and spices common with Belgian ales. This brew seems more like a Barleywine than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Regardless of any style mischaracterization, it’s still very much an enjoyable beer.

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