GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CK for the release. Actually drank this with Sam Calagione no effing joke. Full haze deep ruby to black pour. Medium tan foam with okay lacing. Nose is really quite nice- savory, ancho chilies, roast, cinnamon, some umami coming in. Taste is drained, very thin, easy to drink but a bit minerally/chalky. Palate aerated, a bit overcarbonated.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. Chatted with Sam Calagione about this one. He said they added burning apples directly to the kettle, raising a huge plume of steam. Must have been something to see. Got chicory and burnt coffee in the aroma and the flavor. Didn’t detect much in the way of apples. Still a tasty beer.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft at the brewpub. It pours a very dark brown color. Slight soapy taste with a strong roasted bitterness. Slightly oily on the palate. There is a good bit of lingering earthiness. Decent.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brewpub tap. dark sepia, moderate beige head. Autumnal nose: wet earth, leafy, dusty roast. Wish it was more potent. Sweeter flavor shows chocolate and roast before the creamy marshmallow finish. Coating despite light body, very creamy.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep, dark drown with a slight tan head. Sweet, roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste is smooth chocolate and coffee with a roasted malt aftertaste. Very easy drinking.