ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with decent clarity. The head is a two finger pale orange shade. The retention is quite solid, and the texture is quite creamy. Solid lacing is left behind on the glass.
S: DAT RAISINY NOSE. This starts off strongly with dark fruits, before a slight whiff of hop bitterness comes out after warming up. Caramel notes are nicely restrained but not nonexistent.
T: It starts off with a light hop bitterness redolent of tobacco. Maltiness takes over after the hops fade on the palate, with some unsweetened toffee. The finish is mildly fruity, but not as strong as the nose indicated. Sometimes I even get some wisps of chocolate. While I don’t enjoy all of the flavors (COUGH CRYSTAL MALT COUGH), it’s clear this is a high-quality example of the style, without a hint of alcohol anywhere.
M: This style is usually plagued by intrusive malts and a heavy lingering finish. This one is superbly clean, crisp, and there’s only a slight sweetness on the back end. The carbonation is fairly mild, and yet it’s still quite drinkable.
O: Normally, I’m not a fan of this style, but these guys damn near nailed this. It’s super clean, drinkable, yet nicely complex and savorable. I would definitely buy this again - this is one of those ’hidden gems’ that few people know about but is actually really damn good.
Bulk_Carrier (2229) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. She pours a nice dark brown colored body with a big beautiful one inch white foamy head that wants to spill over the pint glass no matter how careful you try to pour it, decent lacing. The smell has some dominating pale malts and the hops remain in the background for the most part. The taste has the previously mentioned flavors with darker malts coming through, slight yeastiness. On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy, borderline sessionable, noticeable coating of the tongue, sticky malty aftertaste and finish. Overall, good for the style and good for me, I would come back to this if it was in my distro.
bkurtz (861) - PERU - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper with an average head. Aroma of sweet toasted malts and caramel. Flavor has caramel, sweet breads, and fruits dipped in alcohol. I really enjoyed this brew.
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a white head. Smells of biscuity malt and tastes chocolate fruit up front and hoppy finish
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rondphoto (2200) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark mahogany with a big head that slowly drops to a head cover, mottled streaks of lace. Taste is sweet caramel malt and medium hops - coast to coast! Both sides contribute their strengths the entire way, even through the lingering finish. A solid offering from Geary’s, maybe their best. Recommended.
VincentDamon (352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bière achetée dans le Maine, dans une caisse mixte de dégustation. Couleur roux foncé qui tire vers le brun, mousse correcte, beige. 7% d’alcool, bien que ce ne soit pas inscrit sur la bouteille. Nez intéressant de sucre d’orge, de gomme baloune et de houblon. En bouche, on dénote d’abord une belle présence. Sucre bien balancé, avec une touche houblonnée bien calibrée elle aussi. Un tantinet liquoreuse, cette bière n’a rien à voir avec les bières légères américaines qu’on boit souvent aux États-Unis. Belle surprise. Le goût de sucre d’orge se mêle parfaitement aux notes d’alcool. Cela descend très bien. Décidément un bon petit produit qu’on se doit de verser dans un verre, d’ailleurs! Cheers!
Frozer (131) - Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much to smell, almost no aromas. Color is a medium red - brown. Darker than I expected but I complements the taste. Intial flavor is toasted biscuit. The more I drink the hops start making an appearance. A Malty start with a nice hoppy finish.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a clear dark amber. 1.5 finger head that sinks down to a nice ceiling.
S - Toffee malt, slight spice, alcohol vapors, fruity-mostly grapes.
T - Roasted toffee malt, nutty gingerbread spices, sharp citrus, apples, dates, and butterscotch. All this is surrounded with with quite a bit of grassy lemon hop bitterness. Finishes dry.
M - Medium to full bodied and creamy.
The rich fruity malt is masterfully balanced by the grassy hops. A very complex brew that is a joy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle 4/13/13 (Binny’s Naperville Clearance Rack)-40° in English Pint-Pours a murky brown with a small tigh off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and hops. Taste of malt, hops, dark fruits, and alcohol. This full bodied brew is not bad. Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one.
boomerbrew (143) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Great Lost Bear Portland, Maine. Nice aroma and taste was balanced. A little hot on alcohal but plesent on palate to warm me on a cold night in Portland.