BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle # 119579 and served in a Fullers nonic pint glass: Plae amber with a smooth frothy head but minimal lace. The aroma and taste are a bit young and missing that richness character found often with many of the FVA. In fact the malt character of this is quite disappointing... where is the Optic, Maris Otter or even Golden Promise? Whatever organic malt this is, it is not up to FVA standards IMO. The Sovereign hops piney notes also seem out of place. Too bad the outstanding 2012 EKG crop got wasted here. Add the the mouth feel is thinner than often found in the FVA series and you have an utterly disappointing brew. I do not think age will help this in the least bit.
floydslip (136) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous amber colored beer with a thick off-white head that lasts. Nose of sweet malt and sour yeast with hints of toasted bread. Taste is both sweet and sour at the same time, making for a deliciously balanced brew. Then, hints of vanilla and white chocolate come through, ending with slightly bitter nuts. Absolutely delicious. The only thing you wonít like about this beer is that your glass will be empty way too quickly.
SimplySike (688) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl. Bottle no. 40751.
Pours goldenkopper orange with dusty white head.
Aroma cherry, ripe dark fruits, toffee, caramel, sweet, malt.
Taste caramel soft sweet, toffee, small little bitter finish.
Mouthfeel oily almost siruplike, dome carbo.
Amazing beer, soft in the mouth, great complex taste and aroma.
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/4 inch thick head of medium sized and slightly fizzy bubbles. Light malts and cereal grains in the aroma with some oasty notes and a bit of floral hops. Nothing really jumps out at you in the aroma. Color is a medium orange. Soft bready malts in the flavor with some more floral hop bitterness and light caramel malts. Light alcohol presence. A bit flat on the palate though. Finishes sticky malts. An ok vintage. here are better.
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a medium white head. A nice smooth nose of part and caramel, yeasty. The flavor is similar with woody and yeasty port, some robust sweet malts, very flavorful. Good. Solid definitive brew.
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a manuhka honey, burn orange colour with a short lived thin white head. The aroma is sweet, malty, toffee/biscuity, with an underlying floral hop note. The flavour reflects this note for note. Ends on a slightly sweet astingent note. Very enjoyable.
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Doug at his going away tasting
Clear golden with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavors of caramel, ripe dark fruit and mild bitterness
Nice and smooth
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-07-01. Crisp dark amber body with a large foamy head. Aroma is pleasantly malty, sweet, notes of English malt and caramel. Flavour is pleasantly malty, caramel notes, English malt character, modest bitterness. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Pretty nice. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a rich pale malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and a moderately bitter finish.
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled amber with a nice white head. Aroma is hoppy, earthy. Flavor is caramel, malt, overripe fruit, very sweet, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry. Finish is earthy and herbal bitterness. Relatively low bitterness that perfectly balances the fruitiness and sugars. Strong body, mellow mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Great, strong ale.