brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is an opaque, dark amber color with a huge off-white head.
S: A very spicy and herbal nose with a lot of rosemary, sage, and perhaps even a little juniper. There is some fruit to it, too. Mild aromas of tart cherries and definitely a good amount of raisins.
T: The flavor starts off sweet with a light tartness. There are sour cherries and raisins, and even a bit of dates. Some sage and juniper gives is a strong herbal quality and there is a little bit of tart lemon on the back.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the high side of medium.
O: Not surprisingly for a Fantome beer, this was a little bit different. I enjoyed it, but could have done without such a strong herbal presence.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Aroma was of light funk, some spices, mainly coriander, yeast, and light fruits too. Flavor was sour malomars, light fruit, and spicey too. Interesting, but not my thing.
Chalsk (1005) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma of earthiness and spice (perhaps thyme) and caramel. Sweet and spicy taste. Hints of Apple. Funk. Decent.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark golden orange, almost copper with yelowish orange hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind with nice legs.
Nice earthy, funky aroma with barnyard notes, especially straw and wet hay. Subtle vegetal earthiness with a bit of mushroom along with some caramel malt and peppery spice.
Medium bodied with a good balance of dry earthy spice and barnyard funk. Slightly earthy, vegetal character with lots of zesty spice up front, especially pepper and coriander. Nice malt backbone and subtle citrus fruit but the earthy funk flavor dominates.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly, I think courtesy of Max. Pours a lightly hazed ruby amber. Fruity, light candy, light floral toast notes. Soft musk and malt, light toast. Wheat and toast on the finish.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a muddy tan. Aroma has notes of raspberry, brett, and cough medicine; overall a bit too medicinal. Flavor is mild and a bit watery. Some pleasant strawberry and raspberry notes. A touch of tartness with hops. Not bad though I wish the fruit came out more.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-amber pour, thin white ring. Heavy berry nose, dandelion and grass. Flavor less fresh, light acid and grass, hints of apple, grapefruit. Very nice overall, peppery earth qualities.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5/25/11. 750mL bottle thanks to mlunger12! Cloudy amber pour with a big frothy head. Fruity aroma of kool-aid and sweettarts with some dirty earthiness. Tart, fruity flavor of sweettarts with an underlying earthy mintiness and something savory - almost pizza crust or something.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper amber with the usual huge fucking fantome head. Calms down and the lacing is fantastic, also as usual. Nose is fruity, slightly jammy, with some candied strawberries and mint/menthol. Flavor has a bit of that strawberry, but also a mess of other stuff including metal, ginger, mint, and maybe some other herbs/botanicals. Interesting beer, as always from this brewer, but not my favorite.
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty stoked to see this in NC. Pours a murky reddish orange with a billowing sandstone head. The monstrous head blankets the nose a little and suppresses some of the more delicate character I found in the flavor, spicy with some coriander in the nose and a very ephemeral floral sweetness. Awesome flavor with hints of candy and fruit. A mild showing of bubblegum and a pleasant perceived sweetness. Very lively carbonation with a mild grip from the spice and a dry finish. Bossome.