bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Nugget Market in Davis, CA. Pours very dark and ruddy with a foamy tan head. Nose seems floral with resin backing. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is pine/grapefruit with chocolaty dark malt. It finishes smooth bitter with chocolate notes.
Marheb (2131) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pas aussi flamboyante que je l’aurais aimé mais j’adore ce genre de profil malté soudé à une délicate croute houblonnée.
ericdevin (824) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply. Pours a dark, cloudy, reddish brown, fair amount of tan-red head. Aroma is resinous hops, chocolate malt, dark chocolate and a sticky sweetness overall. Body is thin at first, then reveals its richness, very malty. Finish is surprisingly sweet, and maybe a bit abrupt for my liking overall, but as someone who doesn’t usually go in for reds or ambers, this is a stunning beer.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish dark mahogany. Long-lasting, rather generous head that recedes to an eternal off-white film. Nutty, leafy, earthy nose with perhaps less hop aromatic than I’d anticipated, but then again, it must have a few months under its belt. As always, Alesmith greets us with flawless malt extraction, bringing forth chocolate, chestnut and caramel nuances where there is actually little to no roast feeling at all. The hops chime in with a gently citrusy, fairly juicy presence that closes on the leafiness that had first been noticed upon smelling. Clean and fairly easy to drink, becoming toastier and toastier as it warms, yet maintaining its bitter backbone in good proximity to keep the residual sugars at bay. A balanced American Red Ale that is not a show-stealer in Alesmith’s portfolio, but a very pleasant drink nevertheless.
50belair (2355) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Seth for sharing this one. Clear reddish pour with an off white head. Caramel malt aromas. The taste follows suit. Decent body and mouthfeel.
ineedbeer (784) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is fairly balanced between malt and hops. Malt character is very bready with some caramel notes. Hops are rather grapefruit forward with some resin and dankness. Not super fruity and more toasty than caramel.
Pours a deep burnt amber bordering on light brown with a thick light tan head that slowly receded until a film is left on top and is a bit thicker on the edges. Medium lacing with medium legs.
Flavor is very malt forward with notes of toasted bread and light chocolate being most prevalent. There is also some dark caramel flavors. The initial taste is similar to a tootsie roll mixed with toasted bread. Mid palate you get some resinous and dank hop notes but not much citrus, just faint grapefruit. The finish has more hop resin and very toasted, almost burnt bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies with medium carbonation. Low to medium low astringency, some of which is from the hops. Low alcohol warmth.
Overall, not a bad beer. The malt character tastes more like a brown ale than an amber or red ale and the hops character is fading leaving just the hop resin.
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UDBeernut (1775) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours crimson red hue, off white head with food retention. Nose is boring. Taste is reminiscent of chocolate cover strawberries. Light flowers on the finish. Fuggin a bro.
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of grassy hops, citrus, bitter hops. Flavor of rich roasted dark malt, chocolate, with a bitter citrusy hops finish. A hoppy amber - more like a brown/black IPA with its dark, roasted malt and hoppy finish. Palate is hearty- again like a black ipa or an imperial red (although the malt is more roasty than your typical reds). Tasty beer!
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in a bomber. Pours with a thin lacey head. A really nice malty brew.
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great looking beer. Pours a deep maroon. Looks pretty transparent. No haze or lees apparent. Nice big head, light beige. It’s a bit rocky but sticks around for a long time. The aroma is a mix of floral and bright citrus hop notes. There’s a little spruce to the beer, as well. Underneath the hops, some caramel and toastier malt flavors come through. The taste has good hop flavor, nice delicacy/complexity. The malt plays a larger role than in the aroma. Good depth from the darker malt. It almost has a light chocolate flavor. In both the aroma and taste, the beer just lacks somewhat in intensity for the abv. For a ~6.5% abv beer, I just want a bit more. Mouthfeel also doesn’t really help, as it gets a bit watery in the middle. Still, it’s a good beer. I just wish there was a bit more to it.