Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Very malty with just enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Something was slightly off in the aroma, but was not too unpleasant. The malt flavors were the real stars. Sort of British. More hops came out as it warmed, but they were still only supporting players to the malt.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium to dark, brownish orange with a small, cream-colored, head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and grain (later); light to moderate floral, herbal and earthy hops; less citrusy lemon hops; toffee; tea; and slight butterscotch. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel, tea, toffee, sweet malts, maybe a little honey, lemon citrus hops, earthy and somewhat herbal hops. The medium body was oily and slightly syrupy, but mostly slick with fizzy carbonation and lightly metallic and dry finish.
maxwelldeux (2244) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad brew, but not my favorite. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. Good malts to the nose that almost hint at a bread, but not a lot of bitterness.
Mora2000 (4059) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Crispy34 (159) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. The aroma smells like a great, full flavored beer should. You can almost taste the quality with your nose. A very hoppy smell, more like an ipa than anything else, but still very pure and inviting. This is a very good looking beer, complete with a nice, frothy head to keep in the wonderful aroma. The flavor just rolls across your tongue very nicely. I first got the fresh hop flavor without any bitterness at all. As the hop flavor subsided, it turned into the a really good esb bitter flavor. Very interesting and unique. The mouth feel was thick without being too heavy. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will definitely try again...and again.I have never tasted that pure hop flavor mixed with an esb. Very good cause I enjoy a good esb. You should really try to get some of this one.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Might be one of my favorite beers ever. Damn near perfectly balanced, great look, aroma, and most importantly taste. If they made this a year round beer my fridge would be stocked with it constantly.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color with ivory head. Nice floral, perfumy, spicy caramel aromas. medium body. Lightly sweet toasted spicy caramel flavors with floral hop., marshmallow. Toasted bread finish--good
robforbes (1892) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy brown-orange with a small light tan head, and some lacing.
smell is of caramel, hops, a touch of citrus, and malt balls.
taste is creamy, malt, some citrus, caramel, and slightly bitter. ends thick and creamy.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with burnt orange edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a strong malt character and a subtle crisp hop presence. Hints of bread/biscuit as well as some caramel and toffee countered by slightly grassy hops. As it warns, a subtle fruit character comes forward. Not bad smelling but kind of bland.
Medium bodied and much more flavorful and interesting that the aroma suggests. Surprisingly hop forward providing a nice dry bitterness that counters the strong malt sweetness. Resinous with a grassy/piny flavor along with a slight citrus character. This is countered mid-palate by sweet malt with hints of caramel and toffee. As in the nose, the fruit notes become more apparent in the finish as it warms. Decently balanced and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish.
thornecb (3647) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep hazy amber into a Sam glass. Pancake head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Toasted caramel and resin aromas. Dark, toasted caramel and toffee front to back. Lasting mild pine finish.
scottw86 (1013) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy slightly dark orange color with a medium-sized white head. Not much in the aroma, some hay and hops. Taste is pretty crisp with some slightly alcohol tasting notes. Some caramel with other malty flavors. Some light fruity notes. Aftertaste has some grainy flavors with some crisp dry hops with some hay. Overall pretty good!