sonnycheeba (4512) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper/amber with fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, figs, light floral notes, and some light herbs. Flavor is dry malts with a touch of sweetness, some dark fruit esters, and light hop bitterness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
radagast83 (6106) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewpub. Poured a mostly clear dark copper color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, some sweet toasted, nutty malts. Flavor was a touch of light citrus notes, earthy notes, nut character. Liked.
kramer (5505) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that had pretty decent retention. The nose is dry toasted malt with a light fruitiness and just a light hint of hops. The flavor is fairly dry, with a light chocolate malt note on the finish. A little dusty tasting late in the finish though, and there is an almost complete lack of hops. Light bodied and easy drinking with soft gentle carbonation. This is OK, and certainly drinkable, but there’s not a whole lot of character to it.
magsinva (1021) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from State Line - pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is nutty? I’m struggling to describe what I’m getting on the nose. Palate is dry. Overall, my lingering impression is wow that’s dry and that’s aboutn it. Solid, but not my thing.
DiarmaidBHK (3857) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from state line liquors. Pours brown with a half an inch of khaki foam. I didn’t get much off the nose. Dry on the tongue with nice amounts of malt. Clean finish. Very quaffable.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 10/25/12
Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with some caramel, nuts, a light grass, and some earth
Appearance: It pours an amber-ruby-orange color, there’s a beige head, and a little lace
Flavor: The taste leans nutty and a little sweet, with caramel, and some grassy and earthy undertones
Palate: The body is medium, it has a soft carbonation, a smooth mouthfeel, and lightly dry finish
I thought this was a really solid beer. I didn’t really get a lot of the spice described on the bottle, it felt more nutty to me, but otherwise, I think Brewer’s Art hit right on what they were trying to make. Also, this is the first beer I’ve had that was brewed for someone’s wedding since NickD717’s "Something Borrowed Something Brewed," so there’s that...
radio_nowhere (1258) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Draft on Monocacy Brewery tour. Sample in small glass, dark copper color with off-white head. Aroma of caramel sweetness and spices. Taste adds some surprising citrus hop notes and some nuttiness. Medium body yet light tasting. Interesting.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, faint raisins and nuts and herbal hops. The taste is toasty and nutty with toffee and floral hops. Medium bodied. Nice alt.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent alt that had a good malt flavor. At first it was a little bit uneventuful but the finish and palate was nice.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours translucent deep copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is vienna/Munich malty, with notes of nuts, mild hops, and earth. Tastes nutty, with caramel malt in the finish, some late cacao, and a mild finish.