ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 oz. into a tulip at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. From notes.
A: Pours a dark golden color. There’s about a finger of white-colored head that’s bubbly in texture. Head duration is solid, and lacing left behind is plentiful.
S: A rather sweet brew, as expected. I don’t pick up much oak aging, but I do pick up plenty of sweet caramel, treacle, citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of dark fruit. It’s not as hoppy as I anticipated.
T: It starts off with a prominent treacle flavor. This transitions into a faint bite of citrusy hops and booze drying out the aftertaste somewhat. Really damn good, if slightly lacking in complexity.
M: The feel is both thick and creamy, while the drying bite on the back end doesn’t strike me as being remotely harsh. It’s quite drinkable for something so big. Carbonation pokes through the full body quite well.
O: This exceeded my expectations slightly. Even if it’s not the deepest, it’s drinkable and more pleasant than its gravity would suggest. I enjoyed killing this, but I don’t think it would have been this good straight from the bottle.
alobar (3224) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber pour with white head. Aroma of fruit, birch, and alcohol. Fruity flavor with pineapple, mango with vanilla, birch, and some alcohol. Very nice beer.
SvanteL (50) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangegul, disig med medelstort skum. Fruktig doft med citrus, aprikos och ananas, aningen tallbarr och trä. Smaken lite kärvt träig från björken men här finns en stor fruktighet av citrus och aprikos plus en lite eldighet av alkoholen, fruktsötman balanseras av träsmaken och en påtaglig beska.
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Johan K (non-ratebeer), sampled on September 19, 2015.
Hazy copper color, small white head. Malty, sugary sweet, alcohol scent. Malty, sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Slight bitter aftertaste. Full mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange beer with a weak white head. Aroma of hops, malt and alcohol notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Bitter and grassy finish. Average body.
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pale orange colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with apricots, citrus, fresh wood, pineapple, toast and a whiff of alcohol. Malty, fruity taste with citrus, apricots, fresh birch wood, vanilla, toast, pineapple, grapefruit and a generous citric bitterness in a finish with a certain alcohol glow. Almost full body, sweet. Soft and rounded malt character, but the wood and alcohol gets a bit dominant after a while. Quite nice.
Enwiebe (225) - - MAR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/14/15. Bomber bottled May, 2013. Mild citrus and pine nose. Birch is definitely the primary flavor. Alcohol is not dominating and has rounded out a bit. Nice strong ale but nothing special.
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GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2015 July 9th, 2013 - Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary Ale practically crowns itself for the awkwardly numbered occasion with a great, huge cap of foam, and below it a sweeping robe of glowing, murky bronze. The smell is curious at first, with some birch wood, and a licorice and herbal scent. Molasses coats this botanical bounty, causing the first round of confusion, and then the smell of dark pipe tobacco kind of brings everything back together, since it too is a plant product often souped up with sweets and sugars for the mild-mannered pipe smoker. The beer is light and velvety on the palate, but the flavor is pungent, with more of that herbs n’ molasses combo, as well as some lighter sweeteners like honey or agave nectar. And then we get that powerful, knocking, resounding birch beer flavor that practically screams: birch, birch, birch! And pine, too, which is deep and extremely rich, almost more akin to a dark maple syrup.
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, floral, citrus, malt, pine.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, floral, sweet malt, citrus.
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is complex and provides hints of wood, grapes, smoke and spices. The appearance is a golden copper with very little foam. The first taste was interesting, with a funk flavor. Notes of sour maple, citrus, raisins, molasses and cinnamon. The finish reminded me of toast, warm hops and plums. A very complex beer that I want to drink again.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours a golden yellow with thin to no head. Slightly hazy. Aroma is fruit mangoes papaya and very malty. Flavor follows with slight bitterness and dry finish. Really nice.
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