wlajwl (5778) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, an undercurrent of fruit and a sharp, hard to describe element. The flavor is dark fruit, very nutty/pecans and a hoppy/fruit finish.
sneezey (135) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good ale, nice flavorful hops without some of the odd citrus flavors that would spoil a strong ale. Could be even stronger, but probably right for the style.
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting this to be a special bitter based on the name but, while it definitely has an English character, it is way stronger than a special bitter. It pours a clear amber w/ little head. Its nose is fruity w/ a lot of caramel and an herbal hop presence. Full bodied but not too sweet w/ earthy hops to finish. I can’t place my finger on it quite but there is something a touch off in this beer; the balance is just weird or something and there’s nothing especially good about it to make up for it. It’s an OK beer but no more.
BiddleBrau (1164) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOtM selection. Malty toasty nose with hint of hops. Hops play prominent roll in this brew but toasty malts provide good back-up. Hop flavor is a bit cloying reminding you of their recent passing over the tongue. Not overly carbonated so you get a full coating on the tongue.
RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from by beer of the month club. Pours a clear copper with a decent biege head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee, and a bit of hops. Nice to sip on.
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, really surprised I liked this as much as I do! Last shipment of "Beer of the Month Club" and my experience was mostly disappointing; this beer is a rare example of something I actually enjoy. Reminds me of a rye ipa with some spiciness. I like it.
Atom (2156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle pours a bright clear amber with a small khaki head. Aroma is floral, caramel malt, browb and honey. Taste is a stinging spicy caramel biscuit malt, with spicy hops. Not enjoying this one.
kerenmk (4093) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s. Murkey honey colour, off white head. Aromas of Bazooka Joe bubblegum and band-aid. Sweet, then weird bitter taste - none was fun. Light body, average carbonation, short finish. Something’s definitely wrong with the bottle. 5/3/5/2/7=2.2
Re-rate 9/7: bottle, beer of the month club. Murky amber, dark white film. Sweet malt caramel, ripe fruit aroma. Tastes medicinal, alcoholic bitterness, acetone. Sleek texture, medium body, a little fizzy, bread roll finish. 7/3/6/3/10=2.9
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a copper with an off white head. Aroma is faint, with nuts, grapes, and apple being noticed. The above flavors are present, and has some sour notes, and is a bit salty as well. Medium body. Slight sour aftertaste. Drinkable, but not to impressive.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice pour, a clear, deep reddish amber with a creamy light beige head that supplies a lot of slipper lace. The aroma has floral scents covering a rich, bready maltiness. Very smooth drinking. The flavor adds a balancing citric bitterness and finishes surprizingly dry. Very nice.