TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blackened crimson. Pasty well-sustained caramel-hued froth. Decent aroma of tobacco, cacao nibs, creamed coffee, chocolate wafer cookie, raisin, burnt malt hulls, and peppery hops. Overtly fruity and metallic, with an early body-hindering onset of husky malt (burnt popcorn) and unripe plum acidity. The faintest glimpse of fresh-tasting malt is overshadowed by a moderate amount of tangy esters. Malt continues to lifelessly exude with a papery limpness, with virtually no soundness of structure or sharp definition to combat the prevalent sugariness. Earthy hop tickle emerges as subtle toffee and unsweetened chocolate attempt to salvage things. Finishes with an instant-iced-tea dullness and stewed sugar sweetness trailed by a considerable glow of warming alcohol. As with their "Session" line, this comes off as very cookie-cutter and generic. Malt resembles that of low-quality grain, and the notes of metal and fruitiness combined with the strong presence of alcohol make this too unclean to drink much of. No glaring flaws, though…it just feels like it needs to brewed with a little more intention.
cblado (224) - Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color. (If it poured another color I’d check the label.) Smooth caramel notes. Overall a solid beer.
Gription79 (1897) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Nutty, smoky, toast. There is a slight metallic taste. Hint of fruit, yeast maybe? Overall it is not terrible, but there is no need for me to try it again.
Elwood (2900) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a medium brown color with a small head. The nose has a hint of roast but not much else. It comes across as an average brown ale that’s a little thin on the tongue. There is a hint of hops with a little dark malt character with a light to medium body. It lacks character and flavor, but is a thirst quencher.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from the state store. Pours dark brown with a small beige head, light lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smokey and nutty. Taste is dark malts, caramel, grainy and nutty. OK, some metallic.
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark amber with a small off white head. Scent is toasted bread, caramel and chocolate. Taste follows nose with a hint of nuts.
burleybrew (20) - - FEB 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid beer from Full Sail. The color was outstanding with slightly lees carb than I anticipated. Solid caramel with cocoa on the front end followed by the spice of the hops on the end. Very dry & drinkable. The beer got better as it warned. I’d like it to be a bit more rich in flavour, but like it dry.
mike67 (687) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with off-white, foamy head. Aroma is of nutty, bready malt, hints of coffee and prunes. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready, nutty malt, burned grain, earthy hops, prunes and brown sugar. Finish is medium, bitter. Nice Brown.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburs Foco. Pours a clear reddish brown appearance with a thin tan head. Milk chocolate, nutty, almond, toasty malty, caramel, a bit herbal aroma. Fairly herbal, a bit earthy hoppy chocolate, somewhat nutty, somewhat thin flavor. Ok.
Fatehunter (963) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A finger of tan head formed on a dark brown colored body.
The aroma is wonderful, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and nutty.
Pretty good taste too. Roasted malt, bit of chocolate and the mildest bitterness to finish. Tended to be a little watery overall though.
The texture is smooth with a bit of bubbles, thinner body with moderate carbonation.
A little thicker and this is a big winner, still a good drink though.