drjay44 (2334) - 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 (5776) - 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 (548) - 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 (6824) - 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 (9814) - 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 (116) - 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.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a hazy light brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Aroma and flavor is esters and lightly sweetened malt. The malt sweetness lingers in the finish. medium body. A decent beer.
MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- Dark orange almost crimson coloring. Small tan head. Little lacing.
Smell- A sweet, dull, maple aroma. Accompanied with sweet caramel smell.
Taste- Again with the sweet caramel. Very balanced with a bit of a hop presence at the end. The alcohol is well hidden even though there is a little heat in my stomach.
Mouthfeel- On par for the style
Overall- Good beer. Better than I anticipated. I figured it to be way too sweet, but it was not. This is not something I would cellar.
RSRIZZO (1836) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a Stem glass at 40į. Color is a deep amber with good carbonation and a small off white head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt with a hint of oak. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor of honey, light oak, a touch of vanilla and some hop spice. After taste is lightly bitter with a bit of citrus coming out and the oak like taste hanging on the end. Overall its a very good brew with mellow yet complex flavors.