MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Perfumy citrus (the lemon verbena, I presume) trumps toasted almonds before moving into peppery birch and caramel sweetness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the nearly see-through brown gown.
-Light roastiness adds depth.
-The soft carbonation makes the spice mix feel too brash for my tastes. This doesn’t taste like beer much.
-This lemon verbena gets oppressive pretty quickly, if you are not into this type of flavor.
-I really don’t understand how they can make so many spelling mistakes in a beer name with 3 words (one of them being an article, on top of that). This is almost as bad as some t-shirts I saw in Japan which people wear having no idea what is really written on their shirt (like "Chair Army Fun", or "God Bless Meat Loaf")...
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a great deep ruby shade with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is resiny hops, some earthy and peaty notes, caramelly malt, and mild pumpkin. Tastes malty, sprucey, with multiple spices, hops, and earthy notes. The palate is pretty watery. OK, not great.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep amber orange with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet grainy and nutty nose with a touch of herbs. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a unique balance of citrus and herbal flavors before a drier smooth finish. This was surprisingly better than I expected. A well-made and flavorful recipe.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark red-orange color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spicy, earthy, herbal and vegetal notes. The taste is spices, almost curry-like, squash, herbal notes and faint caramel malts. Medium bodied. Interesting.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sim rate (bottle thanks to Steve & Kim): We were lucky to try this straight from the tank at Stone last year and I remember it being very herbal - sage, rosemary and tons of lemon. The herbs are still there but a bit more subtle now which actually works better. I’m sure that was the idea! Aroma is all verbena. Nice and sour with verbena again in the flavour. Sweet & sour mix together in a great way. I really like this. Completely drinkable but something different at the same time.
GT2 (7034) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear light amber with a decent yellowish off-white head. Nose is wildly herbal heavy with big lavender, candied yams, and other spices that seem familiar but I can’t quite place like powerful lemon herbal tea (I see now lemon verbena and fenugreek which I am not familiar with). Good combo though- no complaints but get ready for herbal overload. Taste is surprisingly neutral with a sessionable, light palate. Not expecting something so balanced and calm given Stone and the Bruery having their hands in this. Full attenuation, long bitter lemon finish. Refreshing herbal tea and fresh garden character. I really enjoyed this but I love herbal beers like Stillwater Cellar Door etc.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 2011 vintage. Poured clear, reddish-amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toffee, caramel, and biscuity notes with accents of lemon, herbs, squash, and birch.. more and more woodsy as it warmed up. The flavor found tangy lemon and woody notes on the tip of the tongue, with warm molasses, caramel, and yams following.. mildly tangy and engaging throughout.. more herbs and dry woody character on the malty finish. Lighter-bodied with a good feel and flow on the palate.. interesting and enjoyable.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Bruery Provisions. This beer is a clear chestnut color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace on the glass. Aroma of ginger, citrus and roasted malt. Light body with flavors of herbs, lemon and sweet malt. The finish is mildly spiced with a short citrus aftertaste. More or less average overall.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahgony beer with a dark cream colored head. Citrus and light spice aroma. Malt and earthy flavor with citrus, spice, and a light vegetal note. Medium bodied. Malt and earth lingers with light vegetal notes, spice, and light citrus.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin to medium sized beige head. Spicy on the nose, lemon and citrus, bright pith, caramel. Malty, bitter, a rather weird bitterness. Toast and a bit of chocolate, herbal bitterness and a touch of quinine.