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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours amber with a bit of brightness. White head and a bit of lacing. Nose is sweet malt with a bit of fruit, toffee, and caramel. Taste is lightly sweet wihout much else. Medium body wig a bit of alcohol. Great concept, but fairly plain overall.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-19-2010
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malts, light caramel, and slight toffee. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but still lasted throughout. Hazy. Not sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malts, light bread crust, water, and hints of cocoa and almond. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, malt and slight cocoa finish. Disappointing.
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Brune pour with a off white head. Very light on carbonation. Really didn’t enjoy this. malt and slight hop presence.
ben4321 (4833) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: On tap at Hop Devil Grill, 2/13/10
Aroma: Caramel and toffee malts
Appearance: Clearish copper color
Flavor: Some sweetness, light hop balance
Palate: Creamy, low carbonation, lightish body
Not very detailed notes on this one, but I do remember that I didn’t love this one, something about it just wasn’t quite right. Everything about it is solid, and it is pretty much on target for what they were trying to do, but for some reason it just didn’t quite work for my taste buds. It isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t see myself ordering it again.
obguthr (4685) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Woody juniper nose. Hazy copper, thin yellow head. Malt flavor that is a touch moldy, but in a pleasing way. Finishes with a salty ocean breeze. Unique and moderately enjoyable.
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Man, I thought that this was going to rock, but I came away disappointed. I have a lot of respect for Brooklyn, and for English ales, so I was sure that this was a must-have. Cloudy, medium to dark hone amber. Spot-on, slightly fruity English bitter aroma. Flavor, unfortunately, was a little astringent and homebrew-y, woody, cidery at times, and just came off as off-kilter. Mouth is light. Long tea-bitter finish. On draught, Capital Ale House, Richmond.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Poured a deep hazy amber color. Mild sweaty hop aroma with some citrus notes below. Semi-sweet toasted malt flavor. Semi-dry hop finish. Light bodied with a very light carbonation.
mansquito (4208) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As other people have noted, this is a strange beer that is very difficult to categorize. I got in at Swift Hibernian Lounge, where no information is posted about the beer. I only had a sense that the alcohol content was somewhat high because of the Chimay chalice they poured the beer into, everything else, I had to figure out with my nose and tongue.
Pours an orange color with a creamy looking white head, and leaves some light lacing. Aroma is mostly fruity, cherry. The taste is heavy on tart bubblegum/ cherry flavor right around the middle, and then it changes to a really good finish... yeasty maybe. There is a tiny bit of bitterness and really mild hops in the beer, but they are like a subtle undertone complementing the other flavors.
Overall, I liked this beer. It was weird and I would have had no idea how to describe it... I thought for a second that it was a Belgian style, but it didn’t quite fit in that category, nor does it really fit in the English Strong Ale category, but I guess the reason why we got such a categorization is because it fits all the bigger beers with crazy flavors under one roof.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Still looking amber pour, but almost merits a 4 for simply being so bright. The nose is sweet fruit and juniper to begin with, some soft malt emerging just a tad. Body is a bit thin, and the beer is certainly flavorful enough. But the Fuggles get a bit lost in a beer that doesn’t seem quite to know what direction it’s headed.