Friday, December 30, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Lagunitas Brewing Wilco Foxtrot Tango American Strong Ale

(7.80% AVB)  Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, this self-proclaimed "jobless recovery ale" from Lagunitas is a deep brown with reddish highlights and a slightly off-white head that sticks around to leave behind some decent lacing. The smell is all malts and hops, a bracing but delicious combination.

Wilco Foxtrot Tango has a fair bit of anise on the taste, but it's a bit lighter than you would find in, say, a Russian Imperial Stout. It's got the same complexity behind it, though: good balance between hops and malt, with a few other flavors, like caramel and an earthy chocolate, thrown in for full effect. You can also sense the beer's alcohol, even if you can't really "taste" it; it's readily apparent in the depth of character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly decent carbonation. I like most everything from this brewery, and this one's no exception: A-

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