Onslow (1366) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Crystal clear tawny brown ale with off white head. Aroma is nutty malts, a little fruit and ethanol. Taste is modest malt sweetness up front, some crisp fruit in the middle and a boozy finish. A little unrefined and a little too much ethanol taste for a 7% abv (i.e. - not very strong) brew, but still enjoyable.
ttutony (840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown with an off-white head. Malty aroma, with biscuit, bread, and toast. Hops come in late on the finish. Slight alcohol warmth.
Jrwhitney6 (439) - - OCT 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer of month club. Pours a clear reddish brown with minimal head. Strong nose of sweet malts. It has a syrupy texture, with some caramel, bread, and a pretty strong alcohol finish. Ok - too much heat.
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Metalchopz (3029) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Purchased in a mixed pack on my trip to Maine. Pours a clean copper colour with a light beige head and some decent lacing. Sweet malt nose with rye grain notes. The taste has rye as well, but is overly sweet. Hard to go down and heavy as well. Not one I would have again.
GIJOE (1077) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a thin, white head that lingers a while. Nose is malty. Taste is mildly bitter with a long finish. Medium body and lively carbonation. Decent brew.
crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber with no head at all. Aroma is of bread and caramel with a light hint of fruit. Medium bodied on the tongue it's very upfront with the caramel sweetness of the malt but finished with a nice hop bite. The alcohol dies linger for a while but is very satisfying.
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hman43 (1055) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
It has a pleasant aroma of a bit of caramel, bread, and what smells like honey. It is dark amber in color with a light tan head that clings well to the side. The taste is of caramel, bread, and alcohol almost like scotch.
berkshirejohn (5882) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from a Hannaford Supermarket in Kennebunk, ME. Amber with a thin cream head; rich fruity aroma; strong alcoholic taste with a solid carmael malt body; and some biscuit and dry leafy hops to finish. Sadly the alcohol dominates.
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 donít enjoy all of the flavors (COUGH CRYSTAL MALT COUGH), itís 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 thereís only a slight sweetness on the back end. The carbonation is fairly mild, and yet itís still quite drinkable.
O: Normally, Iím not a fan of this style, but these guys damn near nailed this. Itís super clean, drinkable, yet nicely complex and savorable. I would definitely buy this again - this is one of those íhidden gemsí that few people know about but is actually really damn good.
Bulk_Carrier (3539) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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.