brokensail (12899) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is amber in color with a finger of khaki head. Very sweet on the nose. Lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Somewhat toasty, light vanilla notes, lots of spice, and a moderate fruitiness (mostly stone fruits). The flavor is also on the sweet side. Banana, peach, and a touch of golden raisin. Light spiciness along with a strong toasted bread and sugar character. A touch of caramel and toffee, and a very light floral hoppiness.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res. Cloudy peach appearance, with lots of foaming head, and good lace. Malty aroma. Decent and drinkable biere de Garde, though not my favourite in the style. Some fruit: orange and pineapple. Appropriate carbonation.
Headbanger (3519) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle 8/19/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-52° in Snifter-Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweetness, and caramel. Taste of caramel, citrus, sweetness, and malt. This medium bodied brew is not bad but not what I was expecting.
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 Bottle; Pour is fairly clear dark copper with a mild off white head in this glass; copper, nuttiness, spices, bread on the nose. This beer is shit for the style - more nuttiness, breads, light fruits, spices, with a terrible finish. As she said : "it tastes like fish" No.. it doesn’t really taste like fish - but the point is that it doesn’t taste great. Anyway - nice packaging, nice story, and another meh offering from the two brothers.
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy amber, white head, aromas are stale bread, burnt caramel, and pure f’n rust, do not buy this beer, smells and taste like a 60s to 70s vintage schwinn bike that’s been outside in the rain for a couple decades. I love biere de gardes but this brew was terrible. After reading the other reviews, it had to be the bottle I got but it had just came in so who knows?
jredmond (6151) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle with vin. Pours a clear red amber body with thin white pacing. Aroma is light fruit and rust. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of booze, light fruit, yeast, and rust.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Gorgeous amber color with a garnet hue. One finger cream colored head lasts a while and then reduces to a sticky lace on the glass. Big sweet aroma with white grape juice, sweet tea, and shortbread. The taste has some golden brown sugar sweetness and biscuit malt, but the hop bitterness is pronounced and keeps the brew from being cloying. Its a blend of English bitter hops and aromatic american varieties. I was suspect about letting this beer sit around but as the name implies, it is suitable for aging. I believe that in time the flavors will meld together into a very special elixir. I may have to pick up another to rest for 18 months or so.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Binny’s Niles. Pours a clear golden amber with off-white head. Aromas of fruit, bready malts, caramel, and spices. Flavors of bread, fruit, spices, caramel, and some grassy hops. Finishes sweet with light alcohol presence. Body and and carbonation are on point. Nice beer.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz poured into a snifter. Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Aromas of grass most notable. Mouth feel medium. Lots of nutty sweetness. Alcohol barely detectable. Very drinkable.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Darker copper with good, foamy, beige head / Muted, sweet nose of burnt sugar, honey, raisins, and cooked fruit / Medium body, very sweet and lightly syrupy, with modest but decent hopping, and good, lightly bitter finish / Flavors of spun sugar, honey, and toffee, with cooked apricot and orange notes / A little overly sweet but enjoyable, although probably moreso in autumn.