Zaftig Shadowed Mistress

This was the second beer that I had at Hopyard 62 in Grove City. This ended up being my go-to place after work in Grove City. The beers that they were getting were impressive and compared to New Jersey prices, their pints were really cheap. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Zaftig is all about full bodied ales for a full bodied experience. We’ve spent significant time doing market research (well yea, drinking beer) and have really developed a taste for some of the best craft beers around. We truly respect the innovators and leaders of the craft beer industry (too many to name here, but the likes of Dogfish Head, Stone, Rogues, Bells, Founders, etc…). When you hear a musician talk about their inspiration coming from other great musicians that came before them, we think of our beer in the same light. We aim to produce every beer to the standards of our favorite beers from the breweries we admire. With that, we’ve coined our motto, full bodied ales for a full bodied experience.”

Random: I was really impressed by the Ohio beer scene. They had a lot of solid breweries out there, although I didn’t get to visit a lot of them.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of light brown head that dissipated slowly. The body was dark brown and clear with no visible carbonation due to the dark color of the body. The nose was incredibly smoky with some ash. It also had prunes and dates. The taste was also incredibly smoky with smoke and wood ash. Prune came through next. Booze gave some warming at the back of the throat as well. It had a thick and chew body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and ashy. This was an interesting beer and I’m glad I tried it, although it would have been hard to finish more than one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0