ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It’s texture isn’t particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isn’t particularly attractive, either.
S: Let’s see, on the nose we have honey, grape, grains, mild diacetyl, and an herbal component. Not all of it comes together successfully - in a way, the aroma smacks of a white wine meeting a malt liquor by way of a car crash. Interesting if nothing else.
T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. An initial quality of honey and grape sweetness is the first flavor noted, slightly drying out to a grainy midtaste and finish. Saffron notes mildly augment things throughout. The whole "malt liquor-cum-white wine via car crash" descriptor I threw out before suits the flavor profile perfectly; it’s a combination that sounds horrid, but the end result is only rather blah.
M: A bit heavy on the tongue, aided by its initial sweetness. It becomes very dry past the midtaste, and actually very easy to drink. Carbonation is mostly covered up by the syrupy qualities.
O: Why the disparity between the smell/taste and overall scores? This is a simple example of a brew greater than the sum of its parts. My initial opinion of the aroma and flavor profile isn’t particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. I’m not sure if it’s because the dry finish gives it great drinkability for 9% or what not, but it ends up being pretty decent. I can see wine drinkers enjoying this a lot.
Mark_Eck (493) - - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden color. Aroma is sweet malts and grapes. Taste is lightly sweet.
techswabbie (2) - Applegate, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a strong, caramel start with a divergent finish in what can only be described as a medium moscato paired with subtle notes of ginger.
olost (11) - - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gosto bom, rico e realmente próximo de uma IPA, um pouco doce e bem forte.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gaultier (221) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Nedre Mölla 3/7-14. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Aroma: Reminds me of white wine and champagne. The aroma is also sweet with notes of honey and grapes. Taste: Sweet, honey. Body is medium, warming alcohol in the finish.
bwa5879 (611) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a bubbly, only slightly occluded apple juice color with a sixteenth inch of white head. Aroma of pine, chardonnay, and underlying toffee (honey perhaps?). Soft carbonation, mouthfeel is average with a slightly dry, effervescent finish. Flavors of peach, more dry white wine, sour lager-y yeast, very grapey tasting finish. Pretty light for ABV, closer to a wine than beer for me.
punkska101 (856) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with seb @saint bock A: honey, fruity. App: clear pale no head. T/p: full body with moderate long sweet finish. O: excellent. Smooth and interesting.
vthesiren (4) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep golden color with a white 1.5-finger-width head. Faint lacing. Aroma reminds me of champagne. Flavor is initially heavy on the barley, with a touch of honey coming through. Light carbonation. A bit of alcohol burn. Finish is heavy on the grape. Enjoyable.
Stuu666 (1708) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose of sweet honey, light spices, taste is dry, toffee, caramel, raisins, spices.
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden with head. Aroma or raisins, sherry
Taste of honey, sherry and sultanas. Sweet with a clean finish.
merc7186 (1989) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Honey, Boozy, Malty, Mild Musty Grapes
Appearance: Mildly Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Great Lacing
Taste: Honey, Malty, Mild Musty Grapes
Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet