Gentle Bens NCAA Ale
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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(basketball seasonal) – Brewed annually for the Wildcat basketball. Traditional English double strong ale that boasts a huge full bodied malt flavor and mellows with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Barrio’s NCAAL growler fill from Total Wine in Tempe. It pours with an amber to mahogany looking body that supports a nice full tan head of foam. The aroma offers up coffee beans and nuttiness as well as some roasted and earthy malts. The taste begins sugary sweet with malts and a bit of sweet fruity esters and then it quickly moves into roasted malts, roasted coffee, nuttiness and some pine like hops. Into the finish it seems to pick up a cinnamon not too. Decent enough American Strong Ale but it seems it lacks some flavor harmony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
10oz on tap. I confused this beer for a belgian strong ale - it has a lot in common. Strong brown color, light lacing, clear. Medium-full body, good alcoholic taste...unforgiving for the uninitiated. Pity this is only a seasonal - I might get a growler or two for March Madness!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1218) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Sampled at Arizona Strong Beer Fest, 2013. Pours dark amber in color. Unfortunately, does not hide its ABV of 10% very well. But, good malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Nose mostly scotch, maybe a hint of caramel. Nice mild blend of wood, toffee, and booze. A strangely creamy, smooth brew for something this strong and complex. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Deep amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Not much nose but nothing bad there either. Sweet caramel malt, a nice abv warmth, light earthy bitter. Medium;/full bodied with smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2011
on tap-pours a white head and hazy copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-peat. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/peat, earthy/spice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
on tap as part of the sampler pours deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is all malts, caramel, toffee, doughy. Flavor is toffee and sticky caramel sweet through and through. The alcohol is masked well, but it’s pretty one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
[Tap] Pours a dark amber color with a red hue. About an inch worth of thick white head and great looking lacing. Sweet malts, alcohol and persistant hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, mild fruits, heavy sweet rolls and dough in the taste. Strong hop finish gives the initial impression of an IIPA. Lingering boozy finish was all right. They have some weird rule with this beer where you have to wait a specific amount of time before ordering a second beer. Still one of the better beers here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4686) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap at Barrio
Appearance: Hazy amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Floral and caramel malts
Taste: Caramel, malty, some fruity hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Draft at Barrio. Pours clear reddish brown/amber; thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is mildly boozy, plenty of spice notes, with toffee/caramel, as well as fruit, herbal fading hops. Flavours of brandied caramel, tight fruit. Middling.

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