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AleSmith Horny Devil

Rating: 4.6

A beer that I had been saving for quite some time now, AleSmith’s Horny Devil is a bottle that I ordered from the Brewdog online shop way back in May 2013 and had originally intended to drink soon after until I spotted the words ‘Ages Well’ on the bottles label and thought I’d store it and enjoy it sometime down the line. The beer is my second from AleSmith, the other being their IPA that coincidentally I picked up as part of that same Brewdog order. That particular offering rates as one of the best beers I’ve tried to date and is part of the reason I held off drinking this one for so long, I wanted to really appreciate this one. From what I gather, the beer is a 2012 vintage and comes in at 11% abv. so I decided to crack it open over the Christmas holiday’s and enjoy it with a Cuban cigar to make it really feel like Christmas.

AleSmith Horny Devil

Appearance (4/5): Pours a bright golden colour with a thin, half centimetre head that is a foamy white colour. Retention isn’t too bad considering the strength of this one, the head settles as a fine, slightly soapy lacing after about a minute and the beer itself is crystal clear.
Aroma (10/10): This one smells excellent, the first thing that strikes you is how well the alcohol content is hidden with only the tiniest bit coming through right at the end. The beer is really fruit with some pear, apples and nice citrus notes coming through on top of some spice, cloves and peppercorn; there is a little coriander in there as well. The beer is very well balanced aroma-wise, there is some Belgian yeast and pine notes coming through with some strong apricot in there as well as some pineapple. Outstanding stuff, definitely one of the best smelling beers I think I’ve had.
Taste (9/10): Fruity with some apple and apricot coming through early on, there is some pear and hints of citrus as well with some sweetness and sugars complimenting this. The beer was incredibly well balanced with the alcohol again well hidden and some nice spices, cloves and coriander making an appearance alongside some pale malts and Belgian yeast. Fantastic stuff from AleSmith, a slow starter but after a few sips I was hooked.
Palate (5/5): Medium bodied and smooth, very smooth. The beer is sweeter than I expected and the alcohol content is masked almost completely, there is no telling this is an 11% beer. It’s fairly well carbonated, sitting around medium to high and frighteningly easy to drink. The finish is a medium dry and crisp one with a touch of tart that leaves you wanting more.

Overall (18/20): Another brilliant beer from AleSmith, the quality really shows through with this one and it is remarkably easy to drink despite the fact it comes in at 11% abv. and is packed with flavour. It’s more fruity than I was expecting but the balance is great and the carbonation is perfect, helping the beer down far too easily for the strength of the beer. Simply put, this one is a must try for any beer fan and one that was well worth the very expensive price tag.

Brewed In: San Diego, California, United States of America
Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1
Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Abv: 11.0%
Serving: Bottle (650ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £15.29

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