fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby pour with a 3 finger, creamy, soapy, beige head. Aroma of citrus, fruity floral, tasted nuts, light tropical fruit, berry sweetness, caramel and light pine. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, roasted nuts, pine, berry, tree fruit, citrus, light pine, caramel, hints of roast, husky grain and burning grass. There is a distinct medicinal aftertaste. Medium body with a creamy to slick entry, moderate, somewhat sharp carbonation and off dry finish, with a slight medicinal astringency. Mostly good, but the finish falls short, heavy medicinal presence in the finish hurts it. Semi-lethal dosage of Tylenol? Hopefully not. But, hey, My Bloody Valentine, one must be curious. It’s actually pretty good initially, but the finish takes it down a solid 0.5 overall for me, which still leaves it in pretty decent territory...
GarrettB (1079) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
February 17th, 2013 - I love a beer that has an unidentifiable style. It grapples with boundaries, pushing them and warping them, much to the benefit of the drinker. Under this category of outré brews is Alesmith’s My Bloody Valentine - a departure from my favorite beers there which are decidedly dark and boozy. The smell is spicy, with lots of grape juice and grape Kool-Aid, old and dusty wood, clove, and a little juniper, with some brown sugar too. The flavor thunders with a heavier booziness than the smell portends. Caramel and dark sugars greet the tongue, heavy and callous, almost like a large, blundering stout. Add in raisin and fig, blackberry and a nice juniper dryness and you have a nice, dark mix of sweeter high notes and sluggish low notes, and a constant line of hops bitterness all the way through.
thorongil2 (1350) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(tap) clear, bright dark amber colour with a small brown head; light aroma of grapefruit; balanced flavour
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Nice balance of Carmely sweet fruity malts, and a good dose of citrus and bitter hops. There’s a little chocolate and hint of nuts on the nose and flavor as well. Easy drinking and complex."
MadIndian (2425) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Nice notes of caramel malts, hop, Earth, toffee and bread.
I really enjoyed the flowery and caramel aroma.
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle after the RBWG Grand Tasting at the Downtown Inn tasting. Pours clear amber with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thick, spotty lace. The nose is pine resin hop forward with plenty of nice caramel bread malt. The flavor is somewhat sweet caramel malt up front, with the intensely bitter pine resin hops on the back. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter pine resin finish.
nealblind (896) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DARK red brown pour big sand head. Aroma of pine, caramel. Tastes tobacco, woody, pine, slight choco, not as sweet as it smell which is good. Bittersweet through and through like a good British bitter. Could be enhanced by more perfume yeast. Aroma hops not all that strong, but might be because it’s 6 mo old.
JHeath99 (1096) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the internets. Pours a dark reddish amber with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma of hops and dark fruit with a slightly boozy hint. Taste of caramel, some hops, nice booze after taste.
snoworsummer (2325) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours dark tawny brown with a creamy bubbly beige head. Smells like pine, hops, resin, herbs. Tastes very malty, like pine, earth, hops, grapefruit. Light/medium body and low carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3680) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours clear, dark amber/mahogany with creamy beige head. Aroma cereal and bready malts, floral and spicy hops, mixed berries, and faint brandy. Flavor is chewy malt profile, dark fruit sweetness, light floral hops, and faint caramel; dry, toasted finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Beerdedone (2703) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red brown with a small khaki head. Aroma was quite hoppy with mild pine, caramel and floral hops. Flavor of caramel, orange peel, pine, earth and floral hops.