GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle -
I keep an open mind when it comes to American Strong Ale’s, because there’s such a huge variance between what’s good and what’s...well, not good. This falls into the "not good" catergory simply due to the strange woody aroma and taste that can only be attributed to the use of birch. The taste is very rooty...earthy, woody, wet dirt. Like squeezing the wood planks of someones root cellar that was built in the 1800’s. Strange. Unique, but strange.
jsnicholas (325) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz $10): 18 months old when consumed. Clear orange color with thin head with a few floaters. Subtle sweet floral aroma. Light carbonation. Medium plus body. Sweet and malty. Very unique. The more I had the better I liked it.
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"After a few years of a very similar wood aged iipa this is definitely unexpected. Birch syrup and birch chips means, you guessed it, birch is the main player. Very pleasant aroma and flavor...but while I liked it, it seemed boozier (like it was spirit barreled) and the hops were pretty much just along for the ride. Worth a shot for a Life & Limb meets iPa type strong ale."
Travlr (14698) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy of radagast83, thanks! Hazy pale rose and gold color, white edge head. Aroma of grass and subtle fruit. Taste is bitter roots, grass, weeds.
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: interesting color--clear, light amber/gold pour with a thin eggshell head; no lacing, some syrupy legs. Aroma: colder, the aroma is of caramel, vanilla, toffee, light herbs; warmer, aroma is strongly of birch beer, light pine, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, green wood, and worn leather. Taste: colder, flavor is strongly of caramel (like a werther’s original candy), with a light woody note; warmer, flavor is hugely of birch syrup, some maple, brown sugar, strong resinous wood, and medicine. Finish: finishes extremely medicinal and herbal, reminiscent of the numbing throat sprays of my childhood; strong woody, boozy notes, and also very dry. Notes: Ok at fridge temp, very very good slightly warmer, very mediocre at close to room temperature. I’ve never experienced such a drastic swing in my enjoyment of a beer predicated solely on temperature. Started meh, got me excited for a minute, then very disappointed. Overall medicinal, numbing finish just killed it. Rather disappointed in my favorite brewery on this one. Hope they have something good in their pocket for 20.
calebjross (1) - Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
See my video review here as part of my To Be Drunk List YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/JY8dBty7JuQ
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rätt okej öl ifrån Great Divide. Dom kan bättre men helt okej. 1 kvar i skåpet
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
suprchunk (2507) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber. Big off white head. Little bit of lacing. Sweet caramel note and taste. Sweet.
AirForceHops (4064) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle in Dec 2013. Hazy amber color with light retention in the snifter. Aroma is birch wood and root beer soda pop. A trace of yeast.
Flavor is mostly birch wood with hints of coconut earth malt and light yeast toward the backend. Very sweet upfront with a dry wood texture. Light warming alcohol after the sip. I try not to use "cloying" sweet very often but... This bitch is cloying. Hard to drink a lot of it.
BeerSkull (1360) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
(Bottle). Reputed breweries that make Anniversary beers are not obliged to get good ratings. I think that this beer is a typical representative of this and if this beer came from an unknown brewery in eg. Afghanistan it’s ratings would not be so high. The beer has a pretty unpleasant and unbalanced flavor of butter toffee, diacetyl, brown sugar, malt, figs, caramel, spice and grassy hops.