radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma was some nutty notes, sweet malts. Flavor was light malts, sweet nutty cocoa powder. Some light chestnut notes, touch of vanilla.
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel. Flavors of chestnuts. Thin mouthfeel.
Travlr (13428) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft at Churchkey. Clear golden amber color. Aroma is nedicinal and herbal. Taste is cream soda, medicinal finish. Rough.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with notes of hazelnut extract and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation.
Wow, um...well...huh. In the mouth it’s kinda like drinking sugar water...not that it’s overly sweet exactly but...there just not much of any other flavor...no tartness and virtually zero bitterness. The aroma is about as simple as it gets, especially considering this has notable adjuncts. Definitely smells like some sort of nut extract, and the vanilla is certainly apparent, but other than those two additives and some generic caramel malt odor, there’s not much of anything else I can find. So it’s kinda like taking carbonated water, adding nut extract and candi sugar, and calling it a beer. Not terrible as much as inept and un-beery.
ludm25 (2) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Une bonne bière au goût de marrons qui n’est pas écoeurante car peu sucrée au goût. Un délice
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle at The Bayou
Clear dark amber with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, toasted malts and vanilla. Taste of toasted malts, fruity and vanilla
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Ale Wine & Spirits beer tasting on 12/04/2014. Pours a ruddy amber color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of mal, spices and fruit. Light-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, fruit and subtle roasted nuts. The finish is sweet with a malt and mild vanilla aftertaste. Average overall.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Swing top 750ml. Clear rust red body with a lasting tan head. Aroma impression is raw malt grain husks, nutty in the way of crushed peanut shells with faint oxidation. The chestnuts are there but don’t integrate very well, and it smells more like amaretto given the boozy ethanol notes that should not be present in a 5% beer. It even smells somewhat like Grand Marnier, but then turns to something like hazelnut car freshener and perfume. Great. The carbonation stinks, very low leaving the mouth flabby. Sweet, nutty, syrupy, wort-y.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Oxidized nut notes in the aroma, flavor is sweet nuts, caramel, vanilla. Not as bad as I was expecting.
Beersiveknown (3264) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 31, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle at home from dicey o’reilly’s bargain bin
Pours clear pale chestnut brown with thin lacing of offwhite head. sweet dusty caramel and stewed prunes on nose. Fairly thin, sweet, slightly astringent, dry oxidised papery notes.