faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a bit hazy red-orange colour. Sweet fruity aroma with caramel, toasted malt and some toffee. The flavour has a pleasant sweet ripe fruitiness with caramel, wood, toasted malt and toffee.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
As much as Iíve been impressed with other Central Waters beers, I was genuinely not impressed with this beer. An attractive appearance led to an indistinct aroma and odd flavor.
Appearance was a bright, clear, brilliant red. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Flavor was strangely metallic and liquorice-y, which was not what I expected. I did not detect the "nutty" flavor discussed in the original description. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not really remarkable one way or another.
Canít say Iíd recommend this beer...particularly not given that places that sell this also likely sell some of the various wonderful stouts from this brewery.
I picked up this bottle from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím really getting to like this brewery, but this is a rather nondescript Amber. Looks nice, a clear copper/amber body with a fluffy off-white head. The faint aroma has some toffee, apples, and butterscotch. (Bad bottle?) Add a light floral/earthy hoppiness to the flavor and you have the whole picture. Iíd only repeat this one to see if my bottle was off.
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hopdog (11489) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, floral, and buttery. Tastes of caramel, nutty, grainy and a light butteriness.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color. Head was tall, tenacious, and off white in color with good retention. Aroma was of malty caramel, vanilla, and butter. Frosting came to mind as I sniffed it. Delicate sweetness up front gives way to mild hop bitterness. Malt spiciness dominates the flavor with caramel and sprucy hops in the background. Better than I had expected and better than itís overall rating IMO.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pick up a bottle from Trigs in Wausau, Wisconsin. Poured a clear light reddish amber with an ivory cream head. It had some nice lacing as this went down. Nose sensed caramel, toast grains, brown sugar, and nut. Grainy through the mouth with bitterness around the tongue. Flavors of caramel, and some toffee hops. An average red ale
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler flight at the brewery. Closer in flavor and color to an Amber than a Red. Thin-ish head, malty and hoppy nose, flavor of thick caramel malts with a hint of alcohol on the finish.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light copper with thin head. Very watery aroma, little malt maybe... Mild flavor light malts and caramel, not much else... not a fan.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours copper in color with a small head. Aroma is weak, but some malt can be detected. A nice blend of malts in the flavor. Some toffee an caramel in there, but not all that strong. Aftertaste was dry and a little metallic tasting. Worth a try, but all together a pretty average brew.
muzzlehatch (4747) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (October 2006) consumed mid-November from a Chouffe tulip glass. Thick, stable creamy-frothy off-white head tops the ruddy red-bronze body which bubbles away nicely for a while....touch buttery in the nose though some nice rough woody-twiggy hops manage to struggle through; with warmth the nose seems to fade to almost nothingness though a hint of diacetyl remains.....cherry-apple fruitiness in the body ebbs to a serious dryness and burnt-bitter roastiness....on the whole this is very dry and boring with almost no real flavor, with rough carbonation and bland soda-wateriness making this another major disappointment from this once well-regarded (by me anyway) brewery.