BeerandBlues2 (11992) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Pours heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (floral, earthy, grassy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, toffee, toasted), average hops (floral, earthy, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
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 I’ve ever encountered. Completely undrinkable and an instant drain pour.
djd07 (9565) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of some nutty hints, earthy, light fruity touches. Tastes rosey and earthy with some light citrus on the finish.
Braudog (6255) - 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)
Suttree (6013) - 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.
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 couldn’t drink. Something is bad wrong here.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from blazer06, I think. Pours a caramel brown with a soapy off-white head. Nose is caramel and some piney hops with hints of booze and soap. Flavor is similar- caramel and light piney grassy hops with hints of booze. Light in body and a bit off-balance.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light amber color. Aromas of roasted malts, and some hint of fruit. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, with a bitter finish.
nearbeer (4785) - 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).