UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Amber coloring with an off-white head. Tastes like a standard lager at first, but the finish is where the payoff is - definite notes of sweet potato, especially as the beer warms up a little bit. I "yam" always excited about drinking a Carver.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Fullsteam. Clear light orange. Medium white foam. Wispy lace. Nose is super heavy diacetyl. Taste is heavy diacetyl, tangy lemon, huge buttered roll. Butter bomb. Almost impossible to accomplish this with a lager style. Premature kegging perhaps. Needs diacetyl rest.
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AWint (5) - Albemarle, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You definitely get the sweet potato but it is still just a lager. Pours a great color and is very drinkable, would be a great gateway into craft beers for those who are just starting out.
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spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
64 oz. growler from Weaver Street, Southern Village
Ar: Aroma is straight roasted, caramelized sweet potato. Nice job by Fullsteam to bring that out.
Ap: Pours a clear copper-orange with a frothy manila head. A bit of retention, doesn’t leave much lacing.
T: Moderately sweet, caramel flavor and a mild bitterness on the finish. Not a ton of hop character, but enough on the finish to balance this out.
P: Body is a touch sticky, maybe a bit too thick to drink more than 3-4 of these.
O: Glad I tried this one.
LilBeerDoctor (3716) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear dark orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt, sweet fruits. Flavor is very sweet and malty. A good lager but just marginal to ok overall.
Lubiere (12780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A golden amber lager with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet solventy malt with fruity esters. In mouth, a sweet weizen like offering with banana esters, cloves, not bad. On tap at Twin City Brewfest, August 13 2011.
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft from fullsteam. Good beer. A really clean crisp dry beer. I like the earthiness to it.
freekyp (1910) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet potatoes really comes across well in both aroma and flavor in Carver. Some lager twang is here but it melds well with the pitatoe lending a full but light mouthfeel, and ending in a spicy balanced fade.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Hazy amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, bread, some orange, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, lemon lager, bread, some caramel. Light-medium body, light acidity.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the tavern. Pours cloudy light orange with a fairly minimal bubbly white head. Nose of sweet potatoes, sour dough bread, mild yeast, and light malts. More sweet potato, more bread, and less malt than the regular carver. Similar taste; perhaps a bit more dry. Palate is a bit more lively than the original. Refreshing.
Earlier Rating: 8/15/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Growler from the brewery. Pours light clear orange with modest white head. Nose shows mild sweetness and crisp hops with mild floral and grass notes. Some orange citrus. A little bit of earth and soil. I can maybe barely detect any sweet potatoes on the nose, and the sweetness comes through a little more on the taste, but mostly this is about light, crisp hops. Great for the summer.