Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and banana. The taste is caramel, nuts, banana, light roasted malts and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Both creamy and crisp. Nice beer.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the menu: "25 IBUs. This dark ruby brown lager was recreated using a 1930’s recipe with beer historian Ron Pattison & local beer blogger Alastair Reece. Slight hints of caramel & toffee shine in this early English interpretation of a dark lager."
On tap at the brewpub last weekend.
Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bready base along with some light caramel and toffee. Faint hint of English hops in the background. The flavor is mostly bready with a touch of caramel. Light body and a light bitterness in the finish. Well made, but nothing that particularly stands out.
Serving type: on-tap
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2011. Mahagony color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, licorice, nuts, biscuity and toasty malts. A bit worty taste. Quite original lager with good biscuity and nutty malt backbone.
tkrjukoff (4100) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ GBBF. Pours black with a nice bubbly tanned head. Aroma is weak, malty and roasted. Flavor is crispy, velvety, sweetish, fruity, malty, buttery and bitter. Finishes malty bitter.
BeerViking (2637) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask/gravity at GBBF 2011, red-tinged black with a lasting beige head and aromas of roast coffee and toasted malt plus a little red fruit. Full bodied and smooth, with a coffee and toasted caramel flavour somewhere between a dunkel lager and a bock, and a bitter-malt finish. Lovely.
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Cask at GBBF London 2011. Clear red brown, small head. Fruity aroma with fudge and banana.
Velkyal (297) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich ruby, topped with a deep beige head. The nose is some grass, a little lemon and a tinge of coffee. Taste is caramel, toast and nuts, a light bitter bite hits the back of the throat to cut the sweetness of the beer perfectly. Smooth silky body. Excellent brew again from Devils Backbone.