Scrapersnbeer (977) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer with the hop notes of an American pale and the malt accent of a dark English ale. Dates? Only faintly. They do appear in the flavor, which transitions from hoppy bitter to the bittersweet of a dried date. Malt and alcohol are largely hidden. Murky red brown color and tan lace. Thick and heavy. Very nice recipe here.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned on 11/30/2011. 4 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this seems to have some stale grassy hop aroma, as well as some very sweet, fruity, and sugary malty notes. The dates impart a bit of a floral character, too. Transparent ruddy dark-amber body with a medium off-white head. Fair lacing. Starts with a bit of caramel and toffee malty character. Becomes a little more toasted in the middle. Some fruity sweet flavors then briefly make a cameo, before this finishes rather dry and a little bitter with some spicy hop flavors. This seems to be lacking a little body. A solid, but not spectacular beer.
DiarmaidBHK (2272) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from wine warehouse. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Bits of prune and raisin on the nose. Lots of alcohol on the tongue. Bit of hop spiciness on the finish. Competently made but nothing Iím doing backflips over.
BeerKurve (218) - - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark maroon with an unfiltered appearance. The lacing and head retention are quite good and stay with you throughout. The flavors include caramel, toffee, dates, plums, floral hops, spices and peated malts. Itís pretty light bodied and the carbonation is pretty low, but there is an amount of thickness that throws me off which reminds me of a Scotch Ale. The flavor and mouthfeel for that matter remind me of a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, so much so that I would classify this ale as such. Itís still a good beer regardless and itís worth checking out at the very least
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can/12oz - Pours a quite dark brown that is actually ruby in color if held to the light. Head is light tan and foamy... some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of dark fruit that is partially masked by the piney hops. Flavor is malty with lots of dark fruit. Hops are not as strong as in the aroma. Lingering medium hop bitterness and the thick sweetness of the dates. I liked this one... very interesting...
PhillyCraft (1964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy red tinted brown. Lacing is a layer of soapy film. Aromas of fig, tofee, apple, hay, caramel, and other dark fruit. Toasty.
tennisjoel (1138) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice solid beer. The addition of dates makes it an interesting project and the hops are subdued, but still recognizable. This is a beer I would consider purchasing again.
Amnesia87 (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark amber with a hint of red. A good 2-3 fingers of head. Lots of lacing. I smell dark fruit and for some reason chocolate. Tastes much like it smells but the flavor is a bit too faint in my opinion, it gets covered up by the carbonation. Overall I enjoy it and would drink it again, but it's not something I would go out of my way for.
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FURLYSURIOUS (262) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby, almost purple hues with a healthy two finger tan cap and consistent lacing. Smells of fresh pitted fruits, some caramel and toffee to support. The flavor is dominated by plums, caramel and a heap of obvious dates. The hops pull through all of this in a surprising way. The feel is a bit thinner than I would normally associate with these bold flavors profiles. Overall, itís a unique beer that deserves its position in 21st Amendmentís seasonal lineup.
JCB (3795) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Samís, Durham, during the 21st Amendment rollout event some time back. Found it an interesting hybrid of a well spiced English strong ale and a West Coast hoppy brown or red. Dark copper pour with a medium head, the nose is heavy on malts, dates, and toffee. But the taste brings into play more of the dry hops and gives things a brightness and contrast that make the beer distinctive in the style.