Velkyal (320) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich russet red with a light tan head. Aromas of freshly baked bread, something akin to Nutella and a little earthy spice from the hops. Flavour is mostly classic English malts, sweet, biscuity, toasty, nutty and just a lingering impression of pale roasted coffee. Medium bodied and easy to drink, definitely something to enjoy time and time again.
obguthr (5308) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dried leaves aroma. Dark copper, thin yellow head. Dried leaves flavor. Grainy finish. Balanced and drinkable, light cardboard.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at the Basecamp. Pours a clear red-amber color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, floral hops and nutty notes. The taste is caramel, stone fruits and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, well balanced and refreshing.
ben4321 (5397) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Draft at the Brewpub, 11/21/12
Aroma: The nose is balanced between the caramel malts, and some light hops
Appearance: It pours a clear caramel orange color with a beige head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is much like the nose, it leans malty, with caramel flavors and some light hops
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a pretty soft carbonation, and a mildly dry finish
This was a pretty nice looking beer, but the rest of it didn’t really live up to the pour. Overall, I thought that this one was a decent lager, nothing too exciting, but no real qualms with it either. I also enjoyed that it had "Benjamin" in the name.