DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
3 Oz sampler. Mildly caramel sweet notes in the nose with the typical City Steam licorice aroma. Transparent copper color with an off-white head. Start is lightly caramelly with some roasted cereal malty in the middle with mild spritzy hoppiness to finish.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
So I dunno, after walking 3 blocks in downtown Hartford on a sunny early Saturday afternoon and feeling like I was going to get killed (I walked past a group of teens who looked at me and mouthed obscenities, then threw an iceball at me for absolutely no reason), after feeling all nervous about my car parked right on Main Street, I thought, well maybe this brewpub will live up to the hype more than the last one. Maybe this will be nirvana in the midst of a shambles, a vortex of light in the middle of one of the worst urban darknesses in America.
Sadly, I was mistaken. My first beer, this "vienna" is solid, medium-sweet caramel-apple flavored, but has no hops at all, little nose, and a very light wispy conclusion. Oh well darker is better right? On to the IPA...