cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating for 2011 vintage (tasted 30 June 2012--about 6 months of age). Vertical with 2010 vintage. From bomber into Lagunitas glass (on hand for tasting). Pours medium brown with a golden edge to it (Gibson tobacco sunburst). Head is fine, kind of big bubbles that surge up strong and fall just as fast. Aroma is super fruity: dubbel-like, but also apple juice, and some hard alcohol and dark fruits. Flavor is blend between intense fruity, alcohol warmth, and a rich, desserty sweetness. Overall nice dubbel-style beer with a good deal of complexity to think about. Maybe a bit overweight in fruit notes, but other than that, well done. Aroma: 6. Appearance: 3. Taste: 7. Palate: 3. Overall: 15.
2010 vintage (aged about 18 months). Direct comparison to 2011 vintage. Much better pour--head is taller and more persistent. Color is similar, maybe slightly lighter. Aroma distinctly more musty and sour. Palate a bit more lively. Dominant fruit notes still there. Cloying, where the younger batch wasn’t. Hard to tell if differences are due to batch variance or aging, but I definitely prefer the 2011 in this matchup. Aroma: 5. Appearance: 4. Taste: 6. Palate: 3. Overall: 13.
Love the Forager concept and hope Fullsteam continues and expands it.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
didn’t really get fruit notes from persimmon but definitely got the spiciness they talk about on the label. Seemed over-spiced to me but yet they didn’t add any spices themselves. perhaps these fruits were a bit too wild?
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored pour. Aroma of fruit, spice, light tartness. Flavor has a nice person note, sweet spice, yeast, bready notes.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, #1779.
Pours a deep copper that looks almost black in the glass with a small fizzy beige head that recedes to a small collar and collection of bubbles fed from the middle.
Aroma is fruity with the persimmons definitely coming through, but sweeter than just the fruit, caramelized sugar maybe. There are hints of spices but very faint.
Taste is also dominated by the fruitiness which comes is two waves - first, the slightly tart persimmons, second, the fruity esters.Then some spices, which are more prevalent than in the aroma, especially in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation, fruity and dry in the finish.
This is my first Fullsteam brew and I’m really enjoying it. It’s certainly a unique take on a winter warner.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared by Jersey Joe. Rating #18. This beer I really enjoyed, it had a sweetness that I couldn’t put my finger on, but it really blew me away. Very good. (2147)
JK (5608) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The high abv is well hidden. Dark brown color. Light fruit in the aroma. Flavor is lightly sour, with more fruit. I can taste the persimmon. This is a good beer. Lightly sweet finish.
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Thanks Sean for the bottle. Pours a clean soft copper with two fingers of tan head. Nose shows dark fruits and some sweet spice, fig and persimmon show through. Estery and slightly phenolic, some peppery notes. Nice dark fruits and sweet spice, dates and sweet bread. Full body and medium carbonation.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Summer Santa. Pours dark hazy amber with a tan head . Aromas of caramel malt, dark fruits, caramel malts, and some spices. Flavors of sweet dark malts, plum, apricots, and some spices mixed in. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft. Alcohol is there, but not a strong note. Interesting beer.
drfabulous (6148) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Bruisin Ales. Pours a nice ruby dark color. Big burst of Dubbel/Quad flavor. Raisin. Plum. Some nice spices. Toffee. Caramel. Enjoyable.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 750 ml bottle, number 379/800, and shared during BDR’s annual BBQ weekend. Pours a semi-clear reddish copper colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to a creamy top and spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, some plum, tropical fruit and a hint of apricots. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of light fruit, multi-grain and caramel malts, some mild spice and a touch of candied cherries. Finish has a neutral aftertaste with some caramel malt, light tropical fruit and low bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.