nearbeer (3290) - 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 (92) - 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 (4745) - 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.
HuntHops (3) - Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2011 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I was really excited to try this beer being that is from my home state. It turns out it was an extremely disappointing experience. On tap at Amsterdam Cafe, Auburn, AL. The aroma was overwhelmingly one of alcohol and very yeasty, really it smelled off. Taste was strong alcohol and something off that really didnít taste like beer at all, like a home brew gone very wrong. Overall really terrible beer, very disappointing.
Itzjerm (917) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 Update: Still a very harsh amber ale, not enjoyable but not as bad as the last experience.
Tried this at Huntsville Beer Week 2011 at Famous Joes Pizza. It was very very bad, I couldnít finsh the bear. Flavor was yeast slight malt and water (maybe it was the bottom of the keg. Had strong flavor of dish water. I later sampled it, and it tasted nothing like at Famous Joes... seems very inconsistent.
DiarmaidBHK (3064) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Stem and Stein. Pours amber with no head. Nose is cloying with strong alcohol. A bit of maltiness on the tongue. Lots of hoppiness on the finish. A weirdly imbalanced beer. Not exactly pleasurable to drink.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Bleeng. Pours a dark amber with a very small quickly diminishing light tan head. The aroma is raisin malt and caramel. Thin mouthfeel and a bit flat with a smokey oak finish. A good amber from Blue Pants.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bleeng. Thanks!
Pours an average amber with a dense body and a decent head. Aroma is biscuity rose and light hairspray. Flavor is raisin-sweet candy and malted sugar. Average mouthfeel. Tasty.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bleeng for sending this to Houston. Mahogany red pour....sadly it lost some carbonation. Sweeter malt nose with some brown sugar notes. Flavor is roasted malts, biscuit, some hops and has a nice finish.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the Nook. Hazy brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head, that left some lasting and good lace. Nice chocolate aroma with a hint of a nut undertone. The chocolate flavor with a backing of light roast, nut, and hop. Medium body, smooth, malty aftertaste.