NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ Freshcraft. Deep brown/black appearance with a creamy, dark brown head. Quite sweet caramel/candy/chocolate aroma thatís fairly devoid of hops. Very sweet, candy sugar-like, chocolate, somewhat roasty, mild fruity, anise, belgian yeasty flavor that almost reminds me of a quad or dubbel. Where the fuck are the hops? I canít taste them. This tastes like a complete mess to me but I guess Iím the exception not the rule.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of vanilla, light note of gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean/husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not unpleasant in the nose (despite a lack of hops suggested by the name/style...this is really just a simple porter/stout), but man alive is this sour and dirty tasting in the mouth! Truly terrible aftertaste, almost invoking a spit reflex. Surprisingly, the nose suggests neither the sourness nor the foulness. So, itís a total drain pour even though it smells ok. Poor Crabtree...they seemed to have lots of potential in the early days but things have definitely gone downhill in the last couple years.