jackl (5474) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s. From Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s deep copper amber with a small head. The nose is rich roasted chestnut, some birch, root beer soda. Flat cocoa cola, some prunes and dates. Slightly herbal grassy accents. Interesting aromas. The taste is more tree bark, birch. Rich mineral. Sweet berries and caramel. Maple bar. More root beer and deep sweet prune. Honeyed brown bread. The beer’s smooth, the carbonation’s fine and subdued. Overall, a really interesting beer. It’s certainly unique, and I enjoyed that it challenged my modest descriptive vocabulary quite a bit.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a extremely small sized head of no head bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark orange colored body and a oily lacing. The mild aroma was sweet and malt hop. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of toffee honey and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Leighton (13541) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - thanks to Jack! Pours clear amber with a small, creamy tan head. Sugary fruits in the nose, toasty bread, strawberries. Medium to big sweet flavor, sweet berries, bready and lightly doughy malts, mellow bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, light warmth, some peppery spice, bit of ripe citrus, bread, low bitterness. Pretty rich stuff but decent overall.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rusty burnt orange with a slight red tint. Aroma of honey, caramel, hay, mead, and a slight fruity hint (guess it’s the pomegranate). Flavor of honey, earth, grass, sugar, mead, slight fruit. Finishes slightly cloying with a gentle earthy, tangy, fruity aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with high carbonation, but not a creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, but it is a little cloying. Good aromas and flavors, but I could go for a softer, creamier mouthfeel.
rougeau13 (2142) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Deep, clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, wine, grain, and spice. Taste is sweet and a bit tart. Medium bodied; smooth. Nice.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear slightly reddish amber with a small, rocky head that fades quickly and leaves no carbonation. On the nose, there are notes of grapes, honey, pomegranate, pale fruit, wheat and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, raisins and fruit, along with a touch of sour fruit and an interesting spiciness. Hops are very subtle. The finish is long, spicy and slightly sweet. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a slightly dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting fruity ale with a delicate spiciness. It is an interesting, complex brew, but it seems to lack something. 2012-12-31
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a decent orange with a nose of smoky candy. Flavor is smoky fruit with a weird honey smoke finish. Light notes of bbq’d beechwood. Average mouthfeel. Meh, another good intentioned DFH beer.
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent head, not much retention, pretty carbonated, caramel, fruit, a little sour.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear reddish orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet pomegranate, grape, and honey aroma and taste with notes of hazelnut with a brassy sweet spice finish with a thick sticky palate.
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish clear with a thick forming, light khaki head. Head faded quickly. Fruity and sweet. But enough bready malt tones to balance it. Figgy pudding, fruit bread, candied sugars, spice, caramel, and pomegranate. Nice tastings, but didn’t exactly pick out everything that went into it.