Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
633 mL bottle from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, opened to celebrate my acquisition of a new car. Rated 5/31/10. Pours a hazy reddish color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is nutty and malty with notes of figs, dates, leafy hops, cinnamon and clove. The taste is lightly tart fig and other fruity notes, cinnamon with complements brown sugary malt notes, nutty notes and a citrus and leafy hop finish. Medium-full bodied, smooth and fairly bitter in the finish. Another good effort from a brewery that I’ve enjoyed a lot.
ClubGonzo (4023) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer from Baird, and NOW we’re talking Japanese eccentric finesse! :-) Pours a hazy nut brown body with a thin, yet lacy top. The Jubilation Ale smells very much like chocolate, backed up by a thin layer of fruity spice in the background. The combined spice and malt profile adds up to a very peculiar, yet delicious nougat flavor slightly reminiscent of the Nutella chocolate spread. For some reason, this totally works in a beer, and I’m not even a particular fan of chocolate stouts. Really mind-boggling. Glad I got to try this one. Props to Baird for experimental pay-off and a nice bottled surprise.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
If there was cinnamon in here, I did not catch it. A lot of malty notes and really syrupy. boring and one note.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by 3/4. This was pretty much a letdown after mildly enjoyed the amber and pale from this brewery. Just seemedvery understated overall withno flavor pronounced at all. Not offensive, but offensively unoffensive.
jtclockwork (8420) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pilsner Pete’s RBSG. Pours hazy copper amber color. Nose is juniper, spice, fig, cinnamon and fruits. Taste is similar with emphasis on the figs and exotic fruits.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(63.31cl bottle, courtesy of ¾) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, figs, cinnamon, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, cinnamon, light herbs, and dates.
3fourths (8028) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. mild cinnamon and fig, as advertised, with toast, toffee and light roast coffee in the nose. more bready/grainy flavor, lightly zesty finish, moderately sweet with a slight cedar and dried fig/date fruit note. chewy back.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, another treat from afire thanks Waylo. Poured a hazy copper with slight tan head. Spice and vegetable with some dry sweet notes. Thin and high carbonation. Okay but maybe needed more of an alcohol boost to warm up.
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium pale beige head. Hazy amber body with floaties. Malty resiny minty aroma, very harmonic. Dry-sweetish minty oxidized malty taste with strawy soda notes. Mild mouthfeel. Fullish yet light body. Dryish peppery minty aftertaste with malty gingery notes. Nice, mild, drinkable, unusual. (0.36l bottle, Olympen, Oslo. Bottle says 2007.)
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasting - The Wine Source. Copper, thin white head. Citric sherry and grape aromas warm to light swirls of spiced cinnamon pears. Vinous and spicy with a touch of backend cardboard throughout. Light to medium bodied, soft carboantion, spiced fruity finish. Not my cup of tea, though fresh it might change my opinion...