Braudog (6253) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Leroy Lounge. Dark, ruddy red. Little head. Not much are to speak of. Drinks with an all-out nutty caramel character, what bitterness is here is utterly buried. Definitely for the malt crowd, maybe a decent accompaniment for a big, salty meal. (#5075, 6/15/2013)
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Brown/amber with small off white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Nice balance between malt with a bitter hop finish. More hops than one would expect from a red ale.
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. The pour is a golden brown, mostly clear, with a huge 4 inch noisy tan head. The head falls rockily with a lot of crackling. The aroma is caramel malt sweetness, along with a grassy floral hop. The taste is toasted caramel, grassy huskiness, and a chemical floral. The aftertaste also shows a bit of alcohol heat, which was surprising at 7% abv. As the beer warms, the chemical roughness becomes pronounced. The palate is light to medium bodied, some pretty rough carbonation and the bright dry alcohol in the finish. Thanks for sending this my way, Phil.
decaturstevo (5741) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2013
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
I was worried when I popped the cap and foam started for the rim of the bottle. The amber pour quickly foamed out of the glass. The aroma was sour charcoal lighter. The flavor is bad mostly alcohol and bad. The first beer in a while I couldnít drink. Something is bad wrong here.
jcartamdg (2982) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an amber brown with no head. Aroma of malt and booze. Taste is alcohol, malt and hops. Kinda off, gives a weird finish. Not loving this.
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Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2013
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bomber courtesy of Suttree. Thanks! Pours a hazy red-amber color with a large fizzy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts with green apple and a faint bit of band-aid. The taste is strong nail polish. Faint toffee and nuttiness but most a very harsh chemical note. Thin-medium bodied. Sadly. this is majorly off. Probably more off than any beer Iíve ever encountered. Completely undrinkable and an instant drain pour.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad for an amber ale. I like that itís amped up a bit in terms of malt complexity and hops. Not super bitter but this is definitely breaking into hoppy territory. Thereís a nice bit of spiciness to go along with the caramel maltiness. No tart or sour red malt flavors that I donít want in a red unless Iím drinking something flemish or barrel aged. Good brew. I hear the recipe has changed a bit over the years so worth trying again if you havenít had it in a awhile.
nearbeer (4781) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. Deep red-brown with a huge, billowing Belgian-style head that prevents pouring much into the glass. This is a bit annoying, but it does settle to a nice-looking creamy frosting after a few minutes. Aroma is roasted peanut, toffee, woody hops, light coffee and cocoa. Taste is wooden hops upfront, turns to toffee and finally a peppery-bitter, dry yeast and toasted chestnut mix that has a tinge of barreled booze. Not bad, but seems a tad disjointed. Reminds me of some Italian brews I tasted that were experimenting with chestnuts. Medium body is soft and dry, with a high carbonation that fizzes up in your mouth, and shows more abv than a 7% brew should. I salute the boldness of this attempt, but it needs a little tinkering with the recipe and way less carbonation (at least in the bottled version).
drostj (106) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg pour at RC Brewfest. Dark, wine red appearance with a thick, solid head. Very rich aroma - malty with some floral and a bit of sweetness. Very full, rich flavor - strong malt with a lot of hops as well. Nice balance of bitterness and sweet. Great beer - Iíll be drinking more of it.
Suttree (6011) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red, as you might expect. Smells like an amber ale, which makes sense, I suppose. Taste is caramel and black pepper. Lightly hoppy. Nothing earth shattering, but simple and tasty. Sampled at the 2012 East Nashville Beer Festival.