daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, soapy white head. Aroma is predictably malty, a salty note creeps in. Flavor is lightly smoke, malty, bready...predicatable but ok.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy brown color with an average white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium toasted sweet malt aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture and flat carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a light to medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Soft brew.
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle, bb 1/1/11. Small beige head that most dissipates atop crystal clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some brown sugar, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, caramel/brown sugar, some orange, light earthy. Watery light body.
bluejacket74 (1624) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, best by 1/1/2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with pretty much no head at all. However, there is a good bit of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready and sweet malt, nuts and some butterscotch. The brew tastes like bready and chocolate malt, toffee, nuts and a bit of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, itís a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. This brew seems to improve as it warms, and I let this beer sit a few minutes once I took it out of the fridge before opening it. I think itís a pretty decent overall brew, I certainly wouldnít turn one down.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from a local shop in Hatteras.
Aroma: The nose is bright and crisp with a bit of toast, a light caramel note, and some leafy hops.
Appearance: It pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head that fades very quickly.
Taste: Surprisingly roasty with light caramel and buttery notes in the background. There is a decent hop bitterness to offset everything. There seems to be a little walnut and dirt flavor there as well.
Palate: Light to medium, almost watery body with very low carbonation leading to a lingering, dirty walnut finish. Kind of odd.
Overall: This one could use a little bit of work. The flavor profile is interesting and the nose is rather nice. The body is just sits there though.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 06/28/2010. Clear copper amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet floral and light caramel aroma. Sweet floral and light pale malt flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/4/15 - 3.6
Bottle at WBF-Raleigh on 04/24/2010. Clear copper body with a small off-white head. Sweet earthy and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor on a earthy malt background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.6
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a loose cask head. The aroma is quite toasty with some crystal malt accents. Rich crystal malts and toast character with herbal hops. Good, balanced dark bitter.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Raven, Bath. Dark mahogany with scattered lace. Husky malt aroma. Sweet malty entry. Dry, nutty, and burnt toffee finish with some dates too. Very nice.
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle.Light brown with a small head,aroma of caramel nut and malt,taste is similar with some fruit.
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, basement).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Seemingly infected, although whether intentionally or not is questionable. The scent reminds me of too-old bottles of Blaugies...very musty. Not much else underneath the funk. Unpleasant sourness and aftertaste.