brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Mahogany pour with a khaki head. Big candied fruit, dried cherry, and caramel. Some toast, molasses, and a subtle tartness. Flavor is mostly sweet with a hint of acidity in the background. A lot of dried cherry, caramel, and molasses. Maybe pomegranate? Not my favorite.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Pours a clear amber, weaker foam. Nose is cheesy, odd sweet tea, Lipton. Taste is Lipton sweet tea, toffee, sugar, lemon. Sweet, cloying.
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber with a foamy off-white head. The aroma has some toast and biscuit, with a warm earthy toffee note. The flavor is a little breadier than I’d like, with not enough hoppiness. But it does taste like a cozy cabin bed with hotel-quality blankets--comforting and warming with notes of earthy dry caramel and biscuit and toast, a bit bready and warm. Very apt name.
jhamp9 (880) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really nice looking clear dark brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is honey, toast, and dark fruits. Taste in this bottle is a mess. Odd tart fruits, molasses, alcohol, and some graininess. Palate is slick. I had trouble finishing a glass.
AWISLguy (927) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Alpine Wine & Spirits. Excited to have for my 900th rating and my 50th American Strong rating! Pours a tannish brown with a tan head leaving some circles of lace. Aroma has brown sugar and nuts with some raisin and sweet fruits. Taste is of sweet stone fruits, heavy caramel, brown sugar, nuts, some spices and some chocolate. A bit of fruitcake-y presence. Medium to full bodied, syrupy and sweet, with a dry end. Finishes heavily sweet with fruity/nutty presence fighting in. Some alcohol showing through. Shrug? It is an interesting style, whatever it is trying to be. Imperial Amber? It is almost an amber/scotch ale combination. Too sweet. Grand Teton has a lot of good stuff; this unfortunately is not in that group.
commonmac (100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Dark amber, coppery color. Nearly brown. Aroma reminiscent of burning pinon wood leading into a strong sweetness...borderline chocolate. Lacing decent. Very sweet taste and no let up in the aftermath. It’s an autumn beer but not a great one. Rumors of undertones of decomposition. The bone remains slight cold.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear deep red, with a short, soapy near-white head; only a couple bubbles lazily floating to the top. Aroma: caramel and vanilla waft up strongly, with more subtle cherries and raisins underneath. Taste: caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cherries, cream, brandy, toasted oak, nuts, and a hint of apple pie. Finish: slowly building boozy warmth grows over a lingering malty caramel thread, and as that sweetness fades, the back of the throat dries nicely, encouraging the next sip. Notes: A winter warmer evoking a cross between a barleywine (less the hops) and some sort of super-marzen. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club. I’ve only had 3 beers from Grand Teton (all from the RBC), and I’ve really enjoyed all of them.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dick jokes galore. Walnut-brown body, traces of off-white lace up top. Smells lactic and nutty. Caramel malt presence isn't subtle. Hazelnuts.
Crisp, malty, sweet, caramely. Smooth, but a bit sweet for my tastes. Booze is nowhere to be found; totally impressed they snuck 8.2% in there. Solid, even if it's not really my style.
DalzAle (1845) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by portableparty. Dark amber pour, spotty light carbonation and an aroma of malt and iron. Flavor is light toffee, thin body and aftertaste of bread and raisins.
portableparty (1876) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle 2013. Pours red amber with a quick tight off white head that fades to a thin collar and a couple random spots in the middle. Aroma is slightly metallic and malty with subtle hidden caramel and faded hops. Taste is bitter metallic and spice with muted hops caramel and alcohol. Palate is thin/medium with a dirty dry warming finish.