beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick foamy head. Light aroma of malt and yeast. Slight floral flavor, but mostly just bitter, which I didnít care for all that much. The bitterness moderated around mid-glass as the beer warmed a bit. This beer was worth trying, but I wonít be back for another 6-pack.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz) Hazy deep amber-orange with a large beige lasting rocky-foamy off-white head. Very faint aroma of dry floral hops, rye bread, faintly citrusy and not much malt anywhere. Taste is juicier (peach, orange, apple) with more floral and slightly funky hops - nice and balanced, the finish is quite juicy. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic and fizzy, decent body - donít taste the alcohol at all - very nice.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Crystal clear amber body with large off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, caramel, some orange, light bread, tea. Taste is medium sweet, floral/orange, apricot, some caramel, tea. Light alcohol warming. Smooth medium body.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light copper color with some golden glowing around the edges. Small to medium sized ivory cap. Leaves some light topping once its faded and the lacing is splattered with spots.
Aroma is quite nice, seemingly light but delicately enhanced with a certain subtle complexity that fits a strong ale. Warmingly toasted and bready with a pleasing little dollop of white grape and apricot jam.
Oooo...as in moo, a very nice taster. Toasty and warm, lightly fruity and hoppy. Buttered toast, slippery caramel, dried apricot, and a mellowing warm tone is located all throughout as it begins to finish with some yeasty dryness and hop oil warmth adding some lovely little additions of herbal spice, then back again with some caramel returns and more subtle warming. The malt backing is quite adequate and largely placed as to make a subtle balance and play between the warmth, hops, spice, and yeast. A pleasure to sip. Subtlity is the name of the game in this one. Great finish. The hoppy spices are perfectly intertwined into the finish.
Feel is clean, smooth, and warming with a certain medium tilted body that leans to the malted side of things. A good thing here. Very balanced and well rounded. The texture is so easy to take in. A very drinkable ale, sipable in large doses.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Deep orange/copper color. Not much of a head to speak of. Very thick and buttery aroma with hints of malt, fruit and some grains. The flavor begins with a sweet and buttery flavor and goes to a smooth malt backbone and a slightly sweet and fruity finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Very thick and chewy.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is highly diacetyl, but not necessarily out of place. The heavy, buttery notes work nicely with some light fruitiness beneath. The body is fruity and dry, highlighting a great meaty, nuttiness. Some hop bitterness fights through the fruity esters in the finish as well. Interesting to say the least.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Had a grass like aroma with some malty as well. The pour was nice with a lot of carbonation and a good looking sized head, although it was kind of a strange yellowish off-white color. T he flavor was veru strong, meaning it had a bite to. Almost like bitter beer face type of a bite. The malts were good and there are definitly some fruit overtones, but that bite was difficult for me to get past.
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper. Fluffy white foam. Nutty with mashed dates and earthy Ringwood notes. Light waft of rounded fruitiness. Delicate carbonation with a creamy softness. Opens with a gritty stamp of dryness from the Ringwood, coupled with an earthy hop understatement. Well-attenuated, and gritty as a result of the yeast, but equally slippery and juicy to augment its remarkable depth. Complex, but so clean and devoid of flaw. Nutty malt flavor rises to the surface and continually softens the body, gaining a depth-lending touch of toffee glaze and toasted walnut harshness. Retrained, but noticeable, oily hop bitterness in the finish accompanies the lengthy Ringwood-accented toasty, nutty malt (Crystal?) depth that lingers on. Not sure what else you want from the style. This is absolutely superlative and must be to die for, cask-conditioned. Thanks, IPFreely.
ABUSEDGOAT (2169) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 After sampling 4 beers before this one, this one seemed to be a blend of the lighter beers at the brewery. Fairly sweet and bitter, and the alcohol was noticeable. Not really that special.
UPDATE: pouring like a jackass gave this a large head. Poured a thin brown color like Newcastle. Aroma was fruity, alcoholic, and bitter. Finishes nutty and alcoholic. Itís fairly complex, but really the flavor lacks to keep it really interesting. Itís still a good solid brew.(3.3 --> 3.4)
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Re-rate 10-8-06. I donít know what happened. Its almost like they re-worked this beer. Its way too high on the malt side and somewhat syrupy, lacking a hoppy balance to settle things out. I used to love this one as indicated below.
I am extremely biased as I love this beer. It has a coppery caramelly bubble gum finish which makes me want more. The only thing that works against it in my opinion is that it has a bit of a grainy finish which you find on the other CB beers. Maybe Iím a Ringwood or a malt fan. This particular bottle I got from Half Time seemed more on the caramel side than the bottles Iíve purchased directly from the site in the past. I wonder if they have enhanced this brew since it first came out.