Beecher's 4-Year Aged Flagship
Beecher's 4-Year Aged Flagship is a semi-hard cheddar made from pasteurized cow's milk. It is the same cheese as Beecher's Flagship except that it has been aged for 4 years and it is 4 years well spent. The aroma is bigger and richer than its younger counterpart, with more funk, nuts, tang and a hint of baby vomit. The cheese has no rind and a semi-hard ivory paste that is crumbly but melts in your mouth. The extra age gives it a delicious, sought after, crystalline crunch. It is salty, buttery, and nutty with a hint of fruit and a slight tang. I am drinking a Surly Electric Sombrero of Death. The carbonation shaves a little of the cheese creaminess off the palate but not too much. The cheese brings out the beer's rich malt flavors. The cheese is big and dominates but the beer has enough going on to not be overwhelmed. This is the cheese you want to eat with this beer. The cheese rates 95 and the beer and the pairing rate 90.