Johnsense (1008) - - JAN 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper pour. 2 fingers head. Good lacing. Floral hops and caramel in the aroma. Bitter to start. Hops toffee a bit of wood. Slight hint of dried cherry. Muted compared to the aroma. Medium body lower carbonation. Decent enough
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep amber with a tan. really solid ESA. balanced betweeen the english malts and ample nobel hopping. id drink this anytime.
BillKismet (3515) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-maroon-amber brew. Despite a frisky body, the head is rather thin. An aroma characterized by toasted English crystal malts, nuances of toffee, and a rife with fruity hops. Caramelized malt body, candi sugar, treacly pricks, fruity and leafy hops all contribute to the flavor profile. WHile this has the profile of a strong ale and is medium in body, it never seems alcoholic or unbalanced. A solid brew all the way through.
SanfordBrewer (1411) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
translucent amber with a bubbly beige head, medium body with high carbonation.
aroma: sweet and funky - definite brett or pedio. good though.
taste: caramel and chocolate malts, brett/pedio funk. not super sour like a geuze, but funky like a saison.
dmac (4739) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Scott. Poured a reddish/orange with lots of rising carbonation and an average sized creamy light beige head with some nice lacing. Aroma of wet bread, metalic notes, distant nutts, light citrus and some melted toffee. Fuller bodied with lively carbonation and a long lingering finish. Flavor is much better than the aroma, notes of toffee, nutts, bread, crusts, some fruit skin and rind. Good beer.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Great Lost Bear. Complex, enticing aroma, malty, fruity and lightly spicy, with notes of dark fruits (plum, raisin), dark brown sugary sweetness, faint hints of chocolate and earth. Clear dark amber-brown color, head is uneven and very fine. Flavor profile is malty, gently sweet, fruity and mildly roasty, finish is bittersweet, with suggestions of nut, dried fruit, faint esters and hop spice. Moderately high level of carbonation on the palate, gently prickly and with a good heft to it, medium-full body. Quite tasty and well done. I’d certainly like to try more of this one day.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a white head that subsides to a film.
Arom: Spicy sweet barley candy. Sweet apple.
Taste: Tart and sweet apple cinnamon Hop bitterness in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied moderate carbonation.
Overall: There are things I like about the beer and things I don’t understand about it. I get big time green Apple in many English Strong Ales, and this one wasn’t lacking in the green apple department.
zdk (1833) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask from Get Real NY - golden amber pour, plenty of sweet malts, toasted malts and bready. honey necter with some carmelized sugar. Bittersweet finish.
MaBeer1972 (1470) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach. A wonderful medium amber brew with a good malty backbone. Lots of roasty malts. Good hoppy bitterness and finish on the backside, especially with the East Kent hops. Goes down very smoothly.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a rocky light tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma is of spicy hops, crystal malt, yeast, and a subtle pepperiness. Initial taste is spicy hops, that gives way to malty sweetness, with some noticeable alcohol and ends with solid bittering in the finish, with a lingering, thickness at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a medium body. Very nice balance.