leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10 oz. tulip in the taproom. Visually, resembled a lager. Always hard for me to find aromas in the bars. Hopefully the smoking ban goes into effect soon. It would be a stretch to say some aging would tame the alcohol and bring out the flavors, but I honestly don’t think there was enough going on to save it. I would only choose it again if my options were limited or I wanted a fast buzz. This brewer needs to work in some complexity if he is to save the Phat Abbots.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold. Sweet banana, lemon and kool-aid orange smell (yes, kool-aid). Flavor is sweet overall with a heavy candy sugar presence and some lighter lemon/banana yeast notes. Average.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Old lemons and faint spice aroma. Golden glow in clarity topped with white lace. Flavor is pure sugar syrup, oranges and phenols. A bit of mess. Way too much malt presence. Carbonation is weighed down. Alcohol snares the sinuses. Rubbery. Yeast have gotten too bold. Unpleasant.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
orange body with no head, sweet cream aromatic yeast stank, soooo sweet, bitters, alc buzz in the background, warming and lingering, sweet apple sugar... sort of like a bowl of cheerios with a ton of sugar on top of it.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample at brewpub. Very spicy and strong. The alcohol should be better masked. My girlfriend says it is like drinking sugary scotch, and I agree.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz - The aroma is a blend of candy, malt, and spice. The taste seems to be a blend of candy sugar and some spices, with a bit of pepper and alcohol.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from hoppymeal. Pours a dirty gold with absolutely no visable carbonation...had me worried. Solid Belgian yeast, fruit and spiced nose. Mouthfeel is a bit viscious, but has a nice covering of the palate. Very limited carbonation, which hurts its rating. The taste is a bit cloying with sweetness...although I do get some apricots, bananas and lemons in there. It’s almost like they forgot to ferment the wort...or if they did they had lousy attenuation.
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another flat beer from Arbor---few bubbles and little head. Nice fruity/spicy taste however, Cloudy brown color with solid body.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky orange-brown body, thin off-white head. Strong spicy nose with bold pineapple and other fruits. The first thing I notice in the body is its harsh alcohol bite, followed by the cloying, sticky, sweet, musty fruits. Cloves are also prominent. The overall effect is a not-so-pleasant tonic of sorts. A surprising drainpour from Arbor Brewing.
demitriustown (1175) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a cloudy golden/amber color with little to no head. Aroma is fruity with orange and lemon coming out first, big spice presence too with clove coming out, and a nice malt texture as well. Flavor is nicely sweet like candy with the fruitiness and spices coming through in the taste as well. Palate is lightly sticky with a lingering spice note that is quite enjoyable. Overall, pretty damn good stuff in my personal opinion. I would buy this again.