Pours a clear dark caramel colour. The head is smallish and fades away rapidly with no lacing or cling. Some carbonation is visible.
First sip: A lot of toffee and sweet malt up front, with a faint burnt toast flavour. Strong toffee syrup after taste. Very mild bitterness that washes away quickly. Medium mouth-feel with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue. Very warming in the belly and the beer burp is pleasant.
This is a yummy beer, but it's a little sweet to drink on its own. It's almost a liquid beery toffee. You need something to balance the sweetness - a King Island blue vein cheese is perfect if you're after a nibbly. Or a really heavy meaty meat dish with extra meat and gravy. Or Venison. Or curried goat. Something strong is what I'm trying to get at.
It's not a good beer for warm days. This is a cold winter's day in front of the fire beer.
Red Trolley Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
12fl.oz / 335ml Bottle
Same again, sir? Yes!