brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is amber in color with a tall, tan head. A light tartness of lemon on the nose followed by some pepper and spicy coriander notes. Caramel sweetness is also there along with some white grape. The flavor is a touch boozy with some strong grape flavor, a hint of spice, and rather intense caramel. Not as bad as some of the series, but not as good as others, either.
t0rin0 (68) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle at Fantome-a-thon 2012.
Pours dark brown, moderately hazy, very little head but still carbonated. This tastes like grapes, candy, a touch of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of oxidation. The best description I heard all night was "carmelized grapes" which is spot on. Not a favorite.
nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 750ml bottle pours a gross looking, murky brown with some creamy beige head and floating chunks. Nose is weird, grassy, like a construction site, mustard powder, dill. Flavor is lightly sweet, vegetal, a little wood pulp. Medium bodied finish.
sonnycheeba (3677) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy light brown with thin off-white head. Aroma is sour fruit, cookie malt, and earthy notes. Flavor is malty - biscuit and cookie with some earthy undertones. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
GT2 (8671) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a very ugly muddy brown with thicker tan head. Nice retention but ugly color. Nose is spicy with odd umami seaweed and celery salt. Weird nose. Taste is odd. Mildly metallic and bitter with lots of pumpernickel bread and celery. Lemon in the finish. Odd stuff. Convoluted.
Travlr (12950) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of me. Muddy variegated brown color, massive fluffy tan head. Aroma of pumpernickel and brown bread. Taste is smooth and slightly funky brown bad. Not bad.
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
murky nut brown, thin cream head. Nose is light construction, rind, nut and chocolate, bit minty and lemon-strong. Flavor is moderate Brett, light salt, bit of thin crackery finish. Fizzy body competes, all old flavors. Weird, too much contrast.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet fruit nose, lots of toffee and cola. Taste is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with soft and creamy caramel, some dark fruit, light honey.
vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour smell. Tastes of lemon and dusty malt. Slightly roasty. Some sourness in the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is light caramel and cookie malt with earthy hops and barnyard notes and fruity esters. Flavor is malt and spicy hops with barnyard notes and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.