nimbleprop (5888) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. 750ml bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with one ring of white head. Big apple cider aroma, a little vinegar, sweet, fruity, pears. Flavor is tart, apples, pears, vinegar, light crystal malt, light caramel. Full bodied, vinegar finish.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GT’s birthday tasting. Mahogany pour with a small head. Nose of candied sugar, plum, raisin, and fig. The flavor holds big candied fig, overripe apple, plum, and vinous red wine. Quite nice but not earth-shattering.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark nut brown, thick beige head that lasts. Nose is dates, candi sugar, lightly tart lacto, balanced though. Flavor more so, would border on infected but soft carbonation and presence of raisin, candi, prunes, plums. Very balanced and refreshing, good as a dubbel with a refreshing lacto touch. Terry’s touch is noticeable.
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MrChopin. End of the bottle so the pour was a bit of a murky brown. Tart earthy aroma, berries, stone fruits, toasted malts, must and grapes. Also smelled a pour from earlier in the bottle which was more caramel and raisin forward. The taste is cranberries, earthy notes, caramel and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a medium beige head. Candied dark fruits, caramel, and hints of cider culminate with doughy cherries and hints of rotten / overripe cider. Medium to full body with low carbonation and a sticky finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark fruit and light toffee nose with lots dough and light milk chocolate. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lots of cola, some toffee, lots of rum raisin. Just a tad tart, with some light berry.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours hazy brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and toast malt, raisin and prune, cedar, caramel and cookie malt, fruity esters, and no hops. Flavor is lightly tart, raisins and prunes, cookie and caramel malt, cedar notes and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
GT2 (9294) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL c&c thanks to MrChopin. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small, yellow head. Small retention. Nose is fresh citrus, oddities, small olive, salt, lime. Taste is tart, moderately sour, with red wine character. Very nice actually with lactic acid and lemon lime. Refreshing, quite tart. Interesting.
brokensail (13227) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour is a dark amber, perhaps copper, with a short lived tan head.
S: Nice caramel and malt notes, some bread in there as well. Definitely a lot of apples, sort of like cider. It smells quite oxidized as there is a bit of cardboard to it as well.
T: Mild dark fruits such as raisins and plums. Toffee, bread, and caramel. There is a hint of spice notes from the yeast as well as some of the cider notes that were present on the nose. More of the oxidization and cardboard here as well, too.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Seemed incredibly oxidized and not all that good. Interesting to try, though.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Rating #30. Dark brown with a light tan head. Fruity aroma, some tartness. Very light flavor, sweet and more fruit. (1546)