ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Instead of my normal rating style, I’ll just say that this almost a carbon copy of Arrogant Bastard with some water added. Less aroma, flavor and alcohol. Same pricetag though.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer recommended by a friend at Colonial Spirits, I’ve been wanting to try another brew from Berkshire since trying the Imperial stout last year, and he has never lead me wrong before so let see what this beer is all about. It pours a candied orange, similar in color to pencil shavings. It leaves a very thin white head thats semi-sticky but not really clinging to the glass. The smell of this beer is surprisingly fruity, peach, grape, citrus. The hop essence in the nose is almost non present. As I taste this beer the hops let me know there in this ale, then a fruit essence hits your palate then leaves quickly replaced with some spices cinnamon, nutmeg, corriander and finished with a squeeze of hop bitterness. This is a nice ale one that is refreshing and I could drink all winter.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle: Bottle conditioned. Somewhat cloudy medium amber with orange-red highlights when held to light and a medium yellow-eggshell colored head. Aroma is spicy/grassy hops, light spice, hints of toasted malt, caramel, light pepper, wet towel, with a touch of dough towards the end. Taste is spicy, almost peppery, hops, a hint of grapefruit, light caramel, beer-soaked bread, toasted malt, clove-orange, a hint of fruity yeast, and then more spicy hops finish things off. Medium bodied and creamy at times, while at other times I feel like it’s slightly watery and dead, moderate-medium carbonation, I’d like it to be just a bit more dry in the finish (which is watery, with spicy/floral hops notes lasting).
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly piny aroma to start, turning extremely sweet in the nose. The sweetness is amazing with hints of cocoa powder as well. An interesting and pleasant aroma. Mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. I’d like this to be darker. This is a weird ale. There are some mild piney hops throughout with some roasted malts and lots of sweetness, but not overly cloying. Almost milky and cream-like. A bit spicy and just very different. Enjoyable, though.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another one of their attempts at a blended beer. This one’s dark and coppery with a very thin ring of white bubbles. Smells appley with some hints of orange juice. Taste is very caramelly with some strange nutty elements on the finish.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cuivrée en couleur, très faible mousse beige pale. Malt, houblon citronné et floral d’influence anglaise, un peu boisé, traces de cuivre et haut indice de sucre en arôme. Noisettes, vieilles feuilles de menthe et léger caramel en bouche. Corps plutôt mince, carbonatation effacée. Échantillon en fût au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 22 oz bomber. From my best friend, Scott, Poured a dark amber, clear, with a small fizzy white head. Aroma was sweet+caramel+hops. also apples and fruit. Nice. Taste was caramel, burnt a bit, with some fruit in there as well. Tasted some cinnamon, smooth, good beer.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear light orange with a fluffy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose: Citrus hops, some piney hops, caramel malt, green apples and peaches.
Taste: bread, peaches, toffee and some undifferentiated spices. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice hop bite.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last of the goodies sent to me by OldGrowth, Many Thanks Tom. This beer reminded me of Stone’s Lee’s Mild, possibly because its been so long since I had the latter(and my memory doesn’t serve me as correctly as it once did). Light amber colored, translucent looks like a cup of tea. Flavors are very earthy, with a cinnamon, maple flavor that is balanced with a mild dose of Noble hops. Thin bodied. Finish is most spice with a lingering flavor of old leaves.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Nicely surprising beer. Bartender told me it would be "maltier" than most beers, but this beer had great balance, was very drinkable, with a good kick. Nice, nice winter ale.