RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red cap version from the Dark Horse/Arbor collab. Sweeter nose and taste than Dark Horse version. Hard cider acidity. Surprisingly different and slightly more enjoyable than the DH black cappers.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
18th July 2011
Very hazy red - brown beer. Small off white head. Sourish nose. Light palate, semi dry. Minerals. Cinnamon like spice. Dry bitterish malt. Dry finish. Lacks coherence. Bitter aftertaste. Not for me.
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a brownish color with a small sized off white head. Roast, dark fruits, caramel, and some woodiness. Lighter tart finish.
Damico (1920) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber with a small head. The aroma brings some light sweet malts. The flavor brings some ginger and some spices end up towards the end of the palate, but bland overall in my opinion. The body is a bit thin as well.
crackedmachine (412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with a very thin, brief tan head. Aroma is sweet and earthy, with some bitter coffee and an odd astringent quality (turpentine comes to mind). Not entirely sure how to score the aroma: an unpleasant but intriguing curiosity. Flavor is mellower: malty sweetness, a bit of chocolate, toffee, and a nutty finish. The aroma really threw me off, itís actually an enjoyable beer, although a bit flat and sweet for my taste.
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with light tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, toffee, dark malts, and a bit of a citrus hop note. Flavors of dark Carmelo malts and some citrus hop notes. Really lacking in flavor for a bigger beer.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky chestnut with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark malt, prunes, coffee, dark roasted malt and faint brown sugar. Taste is acidic for sure with dark malts, coffee, caramel, darker fruits and some nuttiness.
jgb9348 (3968) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muddy deep dark brown coloured body with a ruby glow and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of metal, malt, earth, cherries, grapes and a touch of oak. Medium-bodied; Pungent earthy, caramel and nutty flavours at first with a little sour touch a middle of the way through with some faint pit fruit and prune sweetness on the end with a little maple sugar as well. Aftertaste is a bit complex, but a lot of the flavours are muddied and showing either malt, nuts or earth. Overall, an interesting beer, but not amazing and not too great for the style - a bit off the pace, still nice to try, since it appears to have only a few ratings. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan for US$2.69 on 28-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington on the fourth of July, 2011 just after watching the fireworks.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle...reddish prune body with minimal white head. aroma of coffee beans, brown sugar, grassy hops, toasted grain, and dark fruit. flavor of roasted malt, toast, spice, and baked goods..subtle, yet dense..the better of the two
satan165 (1008) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is much sweeter that the DH version, heavy mollases and closer to the brown ale it is disguised as. appearance is much murkier than the DH, zero head/legs, tiny carb. muddy river water. flavor is spiciness amongst big brown sugar/caramel. excellent milk chocolate comes in time. mouthfeel is dead as low carb predicts. falls flat across palate, unpleasant.
Pailhead (3859) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma is a strange combination of grapes, caramel, toffee, nuts, spice, and a touch of alcohol. It pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with caramel and chocolate. The finish consists of light grape bubblegum, citrus, roasted nuts, spice, and a touch of espresso. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, kind of strange and little all over the place. Iíd love to see what this would be classified as if not for the "catch all" that is American Strong Ale.