La Gold – Birra San Martino
This “strong honey bock” from up-and-coming Swiss brewers Birra San Martino pours a murky raisin brown with a mid-sized, dirty white head. The distinctive and fairly promising nose of La Gold offers chestnuts, raw flour, twigs and leaves, and some dark fruits. Nuts and grains appear first on the tongue, fading nicely into richer flavors like caramel, flowered honey, and plum-y chocolate. La Gold has a unique flavor that is earthy and contemplative, and yet still quite drinkable, with complex waves of roasted nuts, cereal grains, and hints of honey, plums, and raisins washing across the palette. La Gold gets more flower-y as it warms, with wild berry notes coming on and less of those richer caramel flavors. With a little more sediment in the glass, some barrel root beer and sarsaparilla enters the frame. What a beer!