As i continue and the beer is allowed to warm (not much with me drinking it so quickly though) the tingle on the tongue is reducing, the smell is less intense, and there is a mellowness in the chocolate taste that only makes this beer more enjoyable. therefore another first. a beer that is good cold and as it warms. the hops do not become overemphasised, the chocolate/malt taste has not diminished and there is still no offensive aftertaste. ok, so there is the possibility i am drinking it too quickly and so mellowing out (in mind and tastebuds) myself. One thing i have been intrigued about recently is the term 'dryness' when describing beers. i have heard Guinness described this way, and must say there is a sort of sense of what that might be with this non-lingering aftertaste. I get the same thing from Guinness, so am wondering if this is the case here. anyone that knows about this, please leave a comment to deny or confirm my sense.
Until then (and after it), i am just going to keep enjoying this beer. Samuel Smith triumphs again!!!!