Travlr (14478) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber color, medium white head. Aroma of slightly toasted nutty caramel. Taste is earthy caramel.
argo0 (11870) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some bread, light spicy, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light bread, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
BeerandBlues2 (10451) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, and nutty malt, light Noble hops and a clean lager nose. Flavor is spicy hops, light bitterness, moderate malt, clean lager character and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Timberwood Grill in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel and a faint earthy smokiness. The taste is toasted malts, toffee, caramel and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.
DocLock (8253) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Craft Ale House. Pours caramel colored with off-white head that doesn’t lace well. Nose is toffee, caramel malt, piney hops. Tastes crisp, with a solid caramel malt bill and some spicy notes up front, giving way to a big hop blast at mid-palate. I give credit to Evolution for realizing that hops have a place in winter seasonals, too.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a creamy froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel nose with a touch of piny hops. Starts with decent fullness and slightly chewy light caramel malt with a smooth lightly bitter balance toward the finish. Sort of a slightly stronger version of the Exile ESB. Pretty drinkable, but nothing too exciting.
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz glass at Big Hunt DC pours a clear copper with some tight, white head. Nose has mostly sweetness, toffee, cracker, bread, slightly metallic. Flavor follows right along, malty sweetness, caramel, mild spice, mild yeast. Drank a bit fuller than the abv let on.
EithCubes (5157) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is nice and dark, some roasty character but more dark bread crusts a la crispy Munich. Very gentle yeast and hop character. Pours opaque dark brown-red, sort of a muddy amber at this point, with a short soapy beige head. Taste semi-dry, all malt all the time with a bready finish and slightly scorched crusts throughout. Some honeyish sweetness which I find disagreeable, light floral/earth/wood from the hops and a touch of neutral yeast. Light bitterness. Doughy, spicy character and a little overdone brothy melanoidin buildup. Full body, smooth, but doesn’t have enough carbonation to bite through the muddle. Fine as a sipper. I’m guessing the name ("Secret Spot") is a reference to Sticke?
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a bright ruby tint and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of pale malt, alcohol, nuts, earth, very light spices and a hint of english or german hops. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic note along with some nuttiness, a hint of the hops, a little alcohol sharpness and a definite bitter earth flavour. Aftertaste shows the slow alcohol burn and a larger metallic and pungent finish, with a hint of sugars and a little spice kick. Overall, a pretty pungent beer for the style with the alcohol showing through and a bit too much bitterness for me. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Grateful Red in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 02-February-2013 for US$2.47 sampled at home in Washington on 05-February-2013.
nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle split with Anndiesel. Hazy unfiltered orange-tan body. Thin, oily non head. Toasty malt with some balancing orange hop aroma. Captures the style rather respectfully. Medium bodied, very easy drinking for the ABV. True to style, enjoyable.