ChainGangGuy (4706) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that’s soon settled out.
Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I’m not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it’s a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings.
Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation.
Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn’t get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bičre de Garde here at all.
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Draught. Pours a dark reddish brown. Weird tastes and aroma. Candy? Unclear. Rather carbonated. Ok but not amazing
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL at DC Elite. Pours a clear amber with not much of a head. Aroma of brandied orange, copper, metals, but the primary note is spicy, sweet brandy and orange cognac. Taste is sweet, watery, big metallic. I really want to like this beer because it has a lot of potential but ends up being very difficult to drink even in a small snifter. Copper penny character is just too much.
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear dark amber - fizzy - moderate head - nose of dusty yeast, toasty grains, light esters, orange peel - a tad sweet up front, but the flavor is mostly snappy, toasted grains, yeast, light cherry - herbal bitterness on the tail end - lingering dustiness - nothing all that complex, but not anything I would call flawed - meh.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap - grainy notes, but sweet not dry. soft herbal body, citrus orange. playful tingly carbonation. tasty.
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 from Monument Wine. Pours see-through amber with a thin beige head and a spicy aroma. There is a too sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of holiday spice and a peppery finish.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark orange brown pour. Not much going on in the nose. Some metallic and tangerine notes. Tangerine flavor with herbal, minty notes. Okay.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
17th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Amber coloured beer. Light and creamy. Malty tones backed up with a distinct orange marmaladey fruit and strawberry and red fruits. Complex and lip smacking.
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a clear, bright amber. Looks like ginger ale. Creamy white head. Nose is sugary, fruit cake, cherries, apples, light spice. Flavor is sweet, light malt, cracker, cherry, fruit cake, cake icing. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
Travlr (19887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bright amber color. Aroma of very subtle butterscotch. Taste has lots of malt. OK.