teorn88 (2707) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at BD Shoreditch. It pours a clean copper caramel color with a large off white head that sticks around. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, molasses, pecan and roasted coffee. Taste is sweet with a light sour finish. Notes of caramelised bread, sunflower seeds and raspberries. Then more fruity sweetness comes through, with peaches and ripe mango. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Rather good.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2335) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Anchor Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red 6% Bottle from Seijo Ishii, 380 yen. Served in a pint glass. It pours an exceptionally clear golden brown with a foamy off-white head. A malty sweet aroma with a surprisingly strong citrusy hop bouquet. The taste is a bit rough but gives you an earthy biscuit, some maple sweetness, a bit of a sour tang before finishing on a green hoppy bitterness. It’s alright though I was expecting it to be more malt forward.
AbbeyRoade (400) - Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Meh. Sour. Bleh. Not very good as is usual for Anchor, sadly. Just sort of a plain ale all around.
Artichoke (81) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
One finger head, quite hoppy on the front with very little malt. This needs some sweetness for balance. The promised maple is no where to be found.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Slightly cloudy copper-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and hops. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, piney hops and slight maple. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
dambor (76) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a beautiful head. Aroma: flowers, a sweet hint of maple syrup and herbs. Taste: pretty herbish and dry, with a bit of sweetness (from the syrup, I suppose). Again a very good and elegant beer from Anchor.
radagast83 (5053) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Scion. Poured a dark ruby amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of sweet caramel notes, sweet maple character. Flavor was light malt, some nutty notes and maple.
EdKing (1981) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wholefoods Piccadilly. Pours rusty red/orange in the glass, thin off white head. Nose is toffee and caramel, maple syrup, earthy hop, ale fruity, quite a lot of hop bitter in there too. Taste is sharp and tangy hop, toffee and caramel, earthy hop, maple syrup, boiled sweet. It’s a nice beer. Has that classic caramel Anchor malt character balanced with a bit of bitter hop.
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty happy red with a low enough maple addition to not take away from this. Light bitter finish. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Thanks to radagast. Bottle at scion.
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good amber. Substantial hop aroma aroma and dry flavor of hops and grain. Dry all around really, especially in the finish. Nice copper color and a substantial head. More of a pale ale really.