I was at the liquor store with only a few minutes to spare and decided to just ask for one of everything that was new. It was only 4 different beers, so I knew I wouldn’t blow my budget. When I got up to the counter and saw the Higher Math ring up at $9.99 I had to hold my mouth closed. (Actually it was only 8.49 because of my New Jersey Craft Beer membership.) I had heard a bit about it, but didn’t really know what to expect or that it was kind of a big deal. It’s a big deal because it’s the beer to celebrate their 20th birthday and it’s a nod to the first beer Sam made with some cherries he bought at a bodega.
Higher Math is a golden strong ale fermented with sour cherry juice and cocoa nibs. It clocks in at a whopping 17% ABV.
What really matters, though, is that this beer was well worth the $9.99. As soon as I opened up the bottle, I could smell cherries and chocolate. It was like walking into a fancy chocolate shop at the holidays. As I poured it, it looked and smelled so good, my mouth was actually watering. The first sip was so full of flavor and fizz that it felt like a chocolate cherry bomb had exploded in my mouth. That’s a good thing. You can feel the 17% warm you from your tongue to your tummy but it’s not overly boozy. It reminds me of a port and would make a great nightcap.
I would love to try this beer in a few years after it’s been aged. I’m going to attempt to go get another one..or two..and cellar it because it can really only get better with age.