poisoneddwarf (1670) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bought at Super 1 in CDA, ID. This beer is kind of stinky. The birch syrup is there (whatever that smells like--I imagine itís similar to maple syrup? Coz thatís what Iím smelling), along with what smells like cinnamon bread (possibly the birch syrup again), booze. Smells astringent. Pours hazy orange with a medium collapsing beige head; it falls into a skiff and collar of foam after a few minutes. The taste is thankfully an improvement over the aroma. Itís sweet and meaty with faint bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is pretty soft and it has a creamy mouthfeel. Itís alright once you get past the aroma. Re-examine: this beer gets a lot better after it warms up. The astringency in the aroma fades quite a bit, leaving a decent--if still slightly astringent--smelling beer. The harshness subsides and it becomes much more drinkable. Let it breathe. I originally had the aroma at a score of 4 and the overall at 14.
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Chuckís. Pours a clear amber color with about half a finger of quickly clearing head. Smell is lagery, bit doughy, a bit earthy. Taste is dry and crisp, a bit of natural flavors, almost spicy. Drinkable. Decent.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Minneapolis Town Hall.
Reddish brown pour with a slight off-white head. Nose is woody and earthy with some brown sugar sweetness and caramel. Flavor is the same with a bit of a burnt aftertaste.
drjay44 (2566) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle Pours a medium light beige head over a clear, light copper (SRM 15) body....nose is sweet malts with dried fruits including raisin, plum, fig accompanying treacle, brown sugar....taste is sweet malts with fig raisin, brown sugar, light bitterness towards the finish...mouth feel light and sticky carbonation makes a soda quality. This is a very sweet example of the style. This is unfortunate as it hides the complexity of the flavors in the malt backbone. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7
DuffMan (6439) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep clear copper colour, rapidly vanishing head. Aroma is sweet and malty with fruity esters. Sweet birch syrup is the dominant flavour, brown sugar, dates, prunes, and almond paste. Warm alcoholic finish with a rum & raisin quality to it. A little too sweet and syrupy for me to really rave about.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/4/12 bomber from azwine.
auburn-y amber...rusty with a small short lived white head.
aroma is very cola or rootbeer-like... vanilla, burnt sugar, bs, yeast, floral alcohol, a little woody, earthy and some spiciness.
the flavor is the same but the aftertaste is almost all rootbeer/birch beer and vanilla with notes of burnt caramel. very neat. a bitterness akin to nut skins hits on the finish.... seems almost tannic. it borders sweet but dries out fairly well by the end. the mf is a touch syrupy yet there are short bursts of prickly carbonation in there to break it up. a little alcohol creeps in by the time it warms... but not in a bad way.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bottleworks. Very slightly hazy orange-light amber pour with a short yellowish head leaving moderate lace and decent retention. Nose is spicy, malty and boozy. Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Caramel, birch (very light), honey, and wood. Finish is sweet, but not as sweet as the body. I like this and commend Alaskan for going easy on the birch. Slightly sticky, but really good.
Dogbrick (7578) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. This beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium light tan head that diminishes slowly to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of peaty malt and hops. Medium to full body with a slightly syrupy feel and flavors of sweet malt, woody hops and molasses. The finish is rich and sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birch syrup? Have you ever had that on pancakes? WTF? Anyway this is rating a bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours brilliant clear darkish ruddy copper with a slight beige smear of bubbles. Aroma is sort of woodsy - or moth balls. Or moderate cola. Full bodied, a bit sticky. Flavor? Sweet. But malt? Hop? If my neighbors birch trees hadnít died Iíd go get a piece of bark to suck on for comparison. The flavor is not distressing, but it is so uncommon. Dare one say unique? One does. Iím not even sure this is woody. Well, ranting done, itís actually enjoyable for an evening with a book. There is a moderately offsetting bitter in the finish - but itís very far from dry.
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine SanTan Village, Gilbert, AZ. Pour is amber, somewhat orange if held to a light. Smallish to medium cream colored head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is malty, caramel and honey. Taste is almost too sweet. Syrupy, molasses, some nice birch flavor. Finish is a bit bitter, with birch at the end. Pretty good, but unusual, in that there is just too much sweetness. A bit like liquid candy.