JDBaker11058 (1844) - Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: medium amber brown, decent off-white head. Aroma: biscuity brown bread, mild but present earthy hops. Taste: as the aroma indicated, with additional notes of cracked pepper and fall leaves. Finish: pleasantly lingering mellow and dry bitterness, with the expected crackery malt finish. Notes: Very drinkable beer. Glad I tried it. Had on July 20th, so I’m not 100% sure that Taurus is the Zodiac that I had, since it should be Cancer. However, that isn’t listed as a rating option and this is the next closest by date. Whichever it may have been, I’m entirely certain that this is a beer series worth exploring.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brewer’s Art. In short, one of those random kick-ass beers that Brewer’s Art creates by happenstance. The pour is quite generous in a pilsener glass: clear, deep orange to amber in the body topped by a small, yellowish, soapy head with nice retention and sheen appearance. Nose is rustic malt, raw malt huskiness, honey, spices. Taste is malt heavy, with biscuit, toast, mild butter/diacetyl, spice, maple. Butter is prominent but works with this one adding heaviness and body rather than slickness and off-character. Rich, oily mouthfeel. An excellent, raw, malty session beer.