ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours an almost clear mahogany color with a finger of frothy off white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some nutty and bready aromas, some grapefruits hops, brown sugar, and a touch of dark fruits.
T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops and bitterness with a touch of brown sugar. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with a bit more bitterness with some bready malts and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some tropical hops, bitterness, nuttiness, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice malt forward, but still fairly hoppy strong ale. I really like the balance on this one.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. A reddish brown body topped by a short lived light beige head. A few blobs of lace were left. On the nose is sweet malt, dates, roast that all come together. Flavor is a fair amount of nuttiness, bready, and nice subdued pine. Needed a touch more sweetness to round out the flavor. Fairly dry finish with roasted nuts. Medium body with mild carbonation. Good stuff.
Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit/dates, caramel, spice, and faint pine. It pours a mostly transparent dark amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and faint dates. It finishes with mild oranges and citrus hops. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
magsinva (1006) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from wine warehouse - pours a clear dark red with a white head. Aroma is slightly metallic though I do get spicy sweet notes. Taste leans bitter and the palate is a bit dry. Overall, solid effort.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a can has a dark amberish color with a medium beige head. Roasty nose with a little alcohol, spice and and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is malty and then woody,nutty with some hop bitterness and some zest. Palate is fairly smooth with a nice carbonation and easy to drink, pretty good brew.
ROGUE (2152) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap and 12oz can. Poured a dark amber color with a one finger light tan head with good retention. Aroma is roasty, nutty, toffee, stale hops, and a little booze. Malty and slightly sweet, with dates, caramel and bready malts at first. Orange zest with some floral hops, followed by a pine bitterness that lingers for awhile. Very slight alcohol burn through the finnish. Creamy mouthfeel, with moderate to high carbonation.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from wchesser, thanks Will! Aroma has notes of toasted malts, sweet dried fruits, toffee and citrus hops. Dark hazy brown hue with an off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Taste is very sweet and med bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Overall a very good and drinkable brew.
wxman (1589) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a reasonable light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and raisins. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dark dried fruit, molasses, caramel and an assertive hop bitterness. Some citrusy notes as well. Robust and flavorful, but a bit too hoppy for this aging hophead. Well balanced.
ACHops (991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Super Deli Mart. Pours dark chestnut with a thin lacey head. Light spice and cloves on the nose. Chewy malt flavor with oak, spice, and punchy hops. This would be a cool one to age a couple years. How does that work with cans? I think this is my first date beer. Love both of these breweries, so my expectations are pretty high I guess. The marketing and packaging are cool with this one too, even by 21st standards.
60minuteman (1090) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany pour with light tan head. Aroma of spices, dates, figs and burnt malt. Taste is roughly the same with the addition of honey. Frothy and carbonated...almost overly so. Still delicious.