bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour into the glass, with a diminishing head that leaves little to no lacing. The nose is sweet, of cotton candy, and also vegetal at the same time. Flavors are somewhat dry and spicy, some herbs, cinnamon, beans and legumes present, all lingering with a basement dank bitterness that, at times, feels like a finish of perm (hair) solution. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body is medium-light, with appropriately light carbonation. Iím not sure how pleasant this combination is in deScription, but it somehow works itself out in the pull. Thereís a lot going on here, and for true spice/herb/vegetable fans, this shouldnít disappoint. For those of us that donít necessarily use a juice maker for our veggies, itís just ok.
puboflyons (2873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is a deep mahogany amber with pretty decent clarity and a small, but long lasting beige head. The aroma is of molasses, dark malts, coriander, and a little bready. The body is medium and smooth. The hops are more dominating in the flavor as the sweetness quickly evolves into a moderate bitterness and dry finish.
argo0 (12789) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, some lime, light hay. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some ginger, light clove. Light-medium body.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazelnut brown with small off white head. Nose is malty, light caramel and spice. Not overly spiced like most winter/Xmas beers, thankfully. Nothing super exciting but a fine and drinkable winter
annunz123 (945) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bread, spice, and some smoke in the aroma. Flavor is definitely different, but not in a good way. Toast, caramel, smoke, and some bitter/sour all compete in the flavor, and nobody wins, especially you, the drinker. Poor effort from a brewery I usually really like.
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a medium to large off white head. Malt, toast, a bit of burnt spices, and a hint of paper. Medium bodied, toast, malt, a bit of spiciness. Burnt malt and spices, dry herbal earthy bitterness on the finish.
blipp (7776) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Juniper berries, ginger, hints of spruce, with lightly toasted malts and earthy notes. A bit odd.
gripweed57 (1273) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. deep mreddish brown color with a small bubbly beige head. Earthy woody spruce-like aroma. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with hints of spruce, brown bread and leather. Dark dried fruits and black pepper in finish. Not worth seeking out.
johnnnniee (3401) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a good sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of mineral water, licorice, a bit of brown sugar and a hint of earth. The flavor is really quite bad. Caramel and brown sugar atop a heavy presence of anise or licorice with a metallic earthy almost sulfur flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. I couldnít finish this one itís horrible.
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright mahogany into a shaker. Off-white head with excellent retention pancakes leaving spider lacing to coat surface. Toasted nut bread aromas. Earthy bitter leaves and twigs upfront and straight through to the lasting bitter root finish. Quite a change. Itís flavor is more like "bitter" liquor than the typical bitterness of pine and grapefruit beer offerings.