ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a clear brown with red mixed in and a half finger of off white head. The head faded farily quickly to a fing leaving behind some lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and strong nuttiness. There is also some nice maple aroma in the background.
T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts and a lot of nuttiness. There is smoothing maple sweetness in the background. Through the middle some more nutty flavors and some fruity flavors come out. The finish is a mix of sweet rich caramel malts, nutty flavors, and some maple sweetness that linger nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and crisp. There is some nice lingering maple sweetness in the finish that lingers nicely.
D - Very drinkable. The maple flavor mixed in is a really nice addition. It is not too sweet but really makes the beer very enjoyable. Everything else feels very nicely balanced around it.
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler filled at the brewpub and consumed several days later. Pours a clear deep brown that seems to have a purplish tint. The edges are deep ruby when held against the sun. Thin-moderate tan head that faded within the first two sips and left no lace. Pleasant aroma of malt along with a bit of maple syrup. The flavor is malt with probably the strongest dose of maple Syrup I have come across in a beer. I like sweet beers, so the sweetness of the maple syrup combined with the malt is a treat for me. For others perhaps not so much. Virtually no bitterness at the finish, just a continuation of the lingering maple goodness. Medium bodied. I guess my only complaint would be the expense of picking up this growler. They use 2 litre swingtops, so this fill cost me $35. Hopefully I don’t break it like I did with my Albany Pump House growler on a recent trip.