fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour with a 2 finger, creamy off white head. Aroma has cereal toast, nuts, floral hops and light tree fruit. Flavor starts with subtle sweet stone fruit and cereal malt, then some nice tast and nutty malts, tree fruit, yeasty and crusty fresh white bread, nice floral and ever so slight spicy hop notes, hints of earthy dry hay, more spicy and floral hops and mineral notes to the finish. Palate starts off creamy with a medium body and dries out a bit toward the finish without really thinning like most beers do, it becomes a little more oily, but maintains a medium body, mostly creamy feel until the end, which has a nice, mineral dryness with just a touch of booze, awesome. The carbonation is light to medium, with a blanketing and just the right amount of sharpness. A very tasty, though subtle beer with a with a mouthfeel that fits it perfectly.
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours golden amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is fresh, light pitted fruit with interesting malt. Full bodied. Flavor is very intense, but hard to dissect. Arguably a bit nutty. It’s earthy, but not really barnyard. It has sweet malt, but it also tends towards dry. It’s not exactly astringent, but my mouth wants to say it is. It gets a bit earthier with time. It seems very rich, and rich is not a term I’d usually use for a "blonde". Tho it’s in the description. Quite an impressive ale.
JDBaker11058 (1269) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: lightly hazed coppery gold, with a thick, creamy head and generous lacing. Aroma: floral, doughy, nutty, with a bit of honey. Taste: sweet nuttiness (almonds or hazelnuts even), with some gingerbread cookies, a bit of citrus peel and a hint of barnyard funk. Finish: clean, almost like a lager, with a slight lingering sweet/funky fruit note. Notes: Extremely easy drinking and very refreshing. Not overly complex, but well-balanced and tasty. Would drink again. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber-rust pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, grassy notes, straw, dusty yeast and fruit notes. Taste is rather sweet with lots of malt and caramel, grains, toasted bread, straw, and fruit. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation. Ends with more sweet malt, caramel, fruit notes, straw, yeast, soft flowery notes and bread.
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear tarnished gold witha lasting offwhite head. Aromas of straw, apple, spice and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, spice, fruittiness and light yeast with a crisp lingering spiced fruit finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9690) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast, nutty and light caramel malt with earthy hops and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, light kettle caramelization, light hops and bitterness with drying alcohol and a sweet finish. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Clear golden color, large bubble edge head. Aroma of lightly and pleasantly spiced hay and malt. Taste is bitter rye bread. Decent enough.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
P: A bright copper body with floaters and a generous creamy whipped off white head. Wet lacing swarms the edges.
S: Toasted malt, crusty Italian bread, stone fruits, salty caramel, licorice, spicy booze and musty cellar yeast.
T/M: An odd seltzer water, apple peels, toasted caramel, wood and aged grain. Waxy vegetable skins, coriander, musty yeast, bread dough. Different spices that I can’t really pin down but creates an odd profile towards the end. Medium body with a spicy bite.
O: Decent but nothing really shines here. The taste is kinda odd and really seems lack luster. Once warm the flavor becomes more coherent and balanced.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, nougat, straw, earth, and baked apple. Flavor of earthiness, yeast, candi sugar, hint of fruitiness, nuts, and straw.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and slightly sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt and spice flavor with yeast and light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Sweet malt/light caramel lingers with yeast, spice, and light earthiness.