The amber challenge continues!
The nose is rather nice: yeast oriented, it’s got a pleasant bread quality but it’s also allowing the malt to come through, too. It’s a very smooth nose too, the velvety quality coming through there: nothing sharp or dissuasive in it.
Now if only I could work out the carbonation. It’s not unpleasant but it just doesn’t fit the style. Getting a little further into the beer I might also be picking up a slight buttery quality? The darker malts and the effervesce make this not a problem but if I’d gotten the carbonation right, I might feel differently.
4 lb Metolius
1 lb C 80, 2 row, Munich
.75 lb Vanora
Fermentables: 5 lb ExLME
.75 oz Northern Brewer, Amarillo @60
.25 oz German N Brewer, Amarillo @5
Yeast: Imperial Barbarian