drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís tough to rate a beer that you donít have anything to compare it to. Thatís how I feel about this bitter, but I canít say I like it too much. Very aromatic, nutty. Dark, chestnut color and cloudy. I really donít like the taste though; it seems like it canít decide what it wants to be. Nutty and bitter.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Clear amber body with small white head. The aroma is herbal, light caramel and bread. The flavor is bread, very light toffee, very dry and grassy. Light body, moderate carbonation.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub: I canít think of a brewpub that has ever had more than one bitter available at the same time. The beer is a murky brown/orange color with a nil off-white head and spotty lacing. Roasted malt and piney hops aroma. Medium-bodied with a toasted malt character, as well as some nutty and hoppy flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with a mild hops aftertaste. An interesting contrast to the Huxell I tried immediately prior to this, considering they are technically the same style. This one isnít quite as good but still a decent brew.
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy hazy red color, perhaps almost brown. clear aroma of smoked or roasted malt which is surprising - some hops are hidden beneath the malt. as my nose draws nearer to the liquid in the process of drinking, cascade hops are apparent. this is surprisingly brash beer for a 4.5% bitter! tastes like a scottish-american interpretation of a classically english style - iím amazed that so much flavor is packed into a beer of its size. yet another surprise is the tannins/acidity throughout (perhaps a byproduct of over-extracted roasted/smoked malt, or possibly a hint of acidulated malt?). definitely a surprise of a beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Thanks to jdg0608. Poured a reddish hint color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is very malty with a hint of hops at the finish.
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour with turned up turned on roasted malt, lots of malt, and lots of lace. Overall an average beer. There is saaz hop and C hop taste in here. I have had similar tastes, though not quite this combination. Points for it, and it may appeal better to others. Decent mouthfeel.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sediment-laden hazy blood orange body, thick, puffy beige head that leaves pillowy lacing. Potent caramely, toasty aroma with earthy, piney hops wafting from the glass. Spicy, earthy hops take front stage in the body, paired with toasted caramely malts. Chalky, spicy finish. This is quite good.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma of mild hops and some nice hops coming through in the end. nice sweet flavor and not to bad for a bitter.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Dark, hazy, burnt orange ale with a large, fluffy, khaki head. Terrific retention. The nose is herbal and floral with notes of black tea, carnations and tangerine. The flavor leans a touch on the bitter side of balance and is citrusy and dry. The cascades wash away almost all signs of residual sweetness. Medium-bodied with a harsh mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Bone-dry finish.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from Ogglethorp (thanks!). Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small head. Nose is toasted grain, chocolate and floral malts. Taste is the same with some nuttiness. Finish is dry. High carbonation. Medium body. This one does not work to me...i think a different hop bill is in order...