TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle acquired via trade some time ago. Not sure who. Finally cracked. Pours a deeper orange amber hue, gentle haze but near transparent. Darker glow, dulled middle, with some more fiery fall orange glow on the edges and bottom. Lively carbonation shows cakey offwhite head atop. Firm cakey layer sticks around well as a firm layer, laces well enough. Aromas show gentle soap, earthy florals and gentle yeasty life, subtle fennel grows, doughy and bready malts, cereal with a gentle slant of gentle darker, more substantial malt elements. Some more fennel, subtle herbal qualities, earthy and floral hops, gentle dandelion. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, gentle oxidized malts meet a gentle yeasty element, subtle spice, firmer herbal spice and florals, earth. Touches of straw, grainy malt, bread and a subtle faint carmelized element. Middle is a bit sweeter, gentle bread, dough, subtlle melon and light fruity life. Touches of florals, herbal coolness, earth. Some gentle touches of body show up a bit more. Backend is a bit carmelized, a bit more oxidized with a subtle spicy ginger quality. Finish is a bit stale, bready and earthy. While this isn’t bad and is certainly drinkable, it’s a bit stale and past it’s prime. The nuance aside from that herbal quality and more dry feel up froont seems lost on me. Ok. Pretty pour.
Eric_Saddler (3) - - OCT 14, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ouch. I’ve tried almanac beers before and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Their one with plums was delicious and so I figured I’d give this one a shot.
Not nearly as impressive. It was painfully cloying and sweet. I did pick up some of the spices and whatnot that they added but it was all overshadowed by the intense sweetness.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from bytemesis- thanks again! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with some bubbles that accumulate on the inner edge. Aroma of grass, sweet malts, florals, and cereal. Flavor of dry grains, grass, soap, and corn flakes. Light-medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel with just a little bit of bitterness. This is a decent beer but I never, ever would have guessed it’s supposed to be a biere de garde.
Blairgus (2193) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 sept 2013, bottle. Dark yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is huge rich caram malt. Very nice. Med body and moderately fizzy. Caramel malt, raw/brown sugar. Some pine hops. Nice.
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arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy dark orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight biscuit, bread, hints of red fruits, touch of toffee and caramel, touch of spice in there as well, kind of hard to tell. Taste is a mix of metallic, hints of oak, slight caramel, toffee, slight spice, finishing fairly metallic, off. Not very good, but pretty old.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home, via trade with bytemesis. Thanks Mike! Pours a clear dark orange appearance with a nice light brown head. A bit oxidized, light caramel, cracker/bready, light citrusy aroma. Somewhat tangy, goopy, toasted malty, orange fruity, somewhat tangy, sweet, earthy/herbal flavor. This seems to be a bit old, unfortunately.
olr1984 (712) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber thanks to t0rin0. pours a hazy gold with large white head. malt and bit of a grass aroma. I think this was a bit old to drink. wouldve been better fresh.
djd07 (2535) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with frothy white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is toast and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with sweet malt and raisin flavor. Decent.
Gription79 (2003) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma: soft bready malts, earthy, caramel, the aroma is restrained
Appearance: slightly cloudy amber with cream colored head, great lacing
Taste: dried apricots/peaches, bready malts, hints at citrus/orange notes, caramel
Palate: the body is medium-lite, bright carbonation, dry
Overall: This is a great exmple of this style, really enjoyed the complex delicacy of this beer.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Bottle at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours cloudy gold with a creamy, white foam head. Lemon and grain on the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor wit big hay character, some light grass, white sugar. Medium bodied with average to high carbonation. Grassy bitter finish, more sugar and grains. Kind of odd. Not great. Has an incongruous bitterness and it’s also too sweet. I like this style but this beer misses on a few fronts.