CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Church Key DC: Pours a clear deep amber copper with a small ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramely malts and some piny English hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and rich caramel maltiness with some light fruity complexity, golden raisins and a decent hop balance before a smooth bittersweet finish. Very true to style and enjoyable.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2646-20091205] Tap. Boozy grainy fruit malt aroma has a hint of banana. Slightly hazy, light brown orange body with a quick foamy white head. Fruity weird banana malt flavour. Medium-full body. Nice to try but odd banana fruit characteristics.
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the Comet. Pours a clear amber copper color with a small whitish head. The aroma is sweet toasted malt, caramel, honey, fruity esters, and some resiny hops. The flavor has a base of toasted bready malt, caramel, honey, light fruity notes, slight hoppy bitterness, with a dry smooth finish. Medium bodied.
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo. NY. Orange honey color. Aromas of sweet malts, hay, honey. Sweet malt driven flavor, hints of spice, light juicy fruit gum. Medium mouthfeel. Good solid beer
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draught at Cole’s. Clear but deep bright refractive slightly reddish-amber with a smallish creamy off-white head. Smells great - roasty, lush with resiny "C" hops - mmmm - some alcohol, not too sweet, which is nice - really appealing (8-). Taste is interesting, the hops in the aroma are hardly present in the flavour at all - it’s mostly solid roasty malt - sweet, with background herbal/resiny dry bitterness - definitely alcohol, and a hint of carbonization; "black IPA"? - solid, regardless - I’d like a BIT more flavour hopping. Average body, solid carbonation - has a nice, restrained, slightly dry bitter finish with just a hint of booziness. Good stuff.
nimbleprop (5798) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Churchkey DC. Pours a transparent orange amber with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is mostly malts, crackers, biscuit, some honey. Flavor is more of the same, crisp malts, some sweetness, dry, grainy. Finish is crisp with no hint of 7% alc. This was nice, sessionable too.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the tiger. Pours an amber body with a thin off white head. Peach and pear skins and some other apple ish light fruit ester. A moderate warm fruit body that comes out a bit malted and chewy but slightly cloying. Decent cask ale.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at HopCat. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Nose of English malt and honey. English malt flavor with a bit of fruitiness before a sweet finish. Not bad, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a dark orange-caramel color with a small beige head that faded quickly but produced nice lacing. The aroma was tart, tangy and bitter with light touches of fruit, nut and yeastiness. The flavor was bitter, tart and tangy with fruity, vanilla, nut and a yeasty undertones. The finish was long and bitter sour caramel. The flavors are a bit of a muddles mess and did not work for me. Eh.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Cask at BT. Pours a mostly clear coppery brown with a foamy airy cask head- fades a bit. Aroma is caramel and toffee malt,s earthy leather, spiced, fruity esters, yeasty a bit sherry oxidation even though it was a fresh cask- on further tasting from tap at Barcade there is a lot of Butter- blech.. Flavor is sherry plum esters, sharp caramel, toasted malts, Butter solvent-like clove and pepper, earthy and stale malt finish and lightly bitter. Strange beer.