BVery (4307) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich golden pour with a soapy head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and caramel. Very nice brew.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared at Max & Jessís tasting - cloudy, light colored pour. Light caramel malts, spruce and pine. Light nutty notes and hoppy bitterness and some earth.
dimenhetfield (2378) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Tony. Nice light color with bubbly head. Aroma is slightly citrusy with hints of lemon zest. Canít remember much else though
flatmatt (890) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle with lots of sediment in the bottom. Pours a hazed golden amber with some larger particles and a white head. Aroma has a dry bretty funk with some berry, perhaps some honey and light oxidized hops. Flavor has the brett note leading into a touch of caramel and... tomato sauce? Thatís definitely what Iím getting. Itís not unpleasant, but itís just weird to make the connection. Eventually the tomato sauce flavor mostly transforms to an herbal honey mix, toasty biscuit, but Iím still kind of perplexed about where the tomato came from for so long.
SphinxTX (2859) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours murky orange with soapy/creamy off-white head. Aroma of strong malt, farmhouse, deep fruit. Flavor is much the same with a nice sweetness with a spicy kick wanting to break through with some burnt caramel notes and nice finish. Mouthfeel is heavy body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, damn good brew!
italianjohn (2043) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden amber pour thin off white head light lacing ... aroma is of caramel malts and fruity yeast as well as some floral and citrus hop .... taste is of caramel malts, fruity yeast and a spicy bitter herbal and citrusy/floral hop bite that has a nice linger feel on the tongue ... a solid and smooth brew abv hidden well ... sessionable and well done
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a somewhat coppered-amber with a modest off-white, quickly vanishing head. Nose is weak with a bit of generic sweetness and a little bit of herbs and hops. Flavor has a little back to it, with apples and sweet bread coming out of the malt and light-but-noticable hops to balance. Alcohol is hidden, as is any yeastiness. Itís a decent ale but nothing about this is very impressive either.
Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
I am not certain which batch this belonged to but I have been sitting on for a year and who knows how long it was at the store (probably at least another one). I wish I would have passed because while it was acceptable the price tag was a bit much ($4.99). I donít mind paying for good beer but it has to be worth the expense. Perhaps though I just got a bad bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - Gushing upon being opened immediately was the first strike. The pillowy head took ages to settle such that I almost forgot about it on the counter. The ruby body redeemed itself though by being the center of attention. Caramel, molasses, and Wurtherís chews make me feel like I am sniffing a bottle of the syrup you add to an Italian soda.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy filling is like the inside of a Twix bar. Next comes a yeasty bite like a huge mouthful of sourdough bread. Put together it tastes like a melted scoop of chocolate ice cream on top of a caramel brownie. Decent but somehow underperforming this beer was not worth the price tag. Hereís to hoping that new batches have more balance and body.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original bottling, so that would be a few months shy of 4 years old. A lovely hazy orange with a brownish tinge with a faint white head. A spicy yeast aroma with a mild caramel sweetness. The body is slightly fruity with massive earthy flavors.
Thorpe429 (4945) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass. The pour brings a light caramel-colored body with a short (for the style) white head that doesnít have the best lacing. The nose is pretty plain, with some very mild esters and a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is a bit of a mess with too much malty sweetness and not enough yeast. In reality, not much of anything other than some sweetness. This carries over into the feel, which is almost cloying and isnít dry like Iíd expect. Drinkability is decent enough, but I expected a lot more out of this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2010