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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner & english pub glass. Aromas of caramel and dough emanate first, but then fade. A sugary, cola note pokes through next with a slight hint of a spice (clove?). A clear, crisp toasted bread aroma follows this, and finally, it settles on a grape-y, peach-y juice-like aroma. It should be noted that all these aromas are light, and, with the exception of the spice note I couldn’t quite pin, were fairly clear to an amateur such as myself (I justified an extra point beyond just average for that). The head is a notable, fluffy and soft, beaten egg-white texture (although light tan in color). The bubbles are a consistent micro-bubble that sits atop a clear, effervescent, honey-colored beer. There is a slight chill haze that, of course, fades as it warms. It leaves behind a moderate, micro-bubble lacing on the glass. The taste is a medium level of dry sweetness with a light bitter, and very very light sour note (lemon sour). This beer definitely has a dry quality to it that’s pretty evident in the initial palate-feel. It’s medium bodied, oily-light textured, with a soft, but zippy (soda-like) carbonation (in moderate amounts). The flavor is mostly a roasted nut, caramel, and grape candy character. It finishes with a blackened toast flavor which lingers, but it’s a mellow lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2396) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottled. Red brown clearish pour.white head. Malty chewy body. Not a tin of hops. Decent but not spectacular

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3792) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at The Knick. Mild sweet nutty nose with very little hop aroma. Medium golden amber clear with light haze, topped with thin off-white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts and stays sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Light nutty finish with some sugary tang. A little too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (841) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus hops and some fruit. Body is full and crisp. Earthy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth.. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (315) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Tasted from draft. Pours a ruby amber with white head. Aroma of caramel and bread. Taste is sweet malt with minimal bitterness on the finish but very well balanced. Flavors of caramel, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, molasses. Very good for its style as usual for a Great Lakes beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBill1 (17) - Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Great beer. Too bad not available all year. Nice ale. Smooth yet snappy. Highly recommend. Another GREAT Great Lakes brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerBill

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle to glass. Reddish orange pour with a thin off white head. Nose is slight roasted malt, a bit sweet. Taste is very basic light roast malt, very mild hop presence and a sweet bready finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (503) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2014
This is a very enjoyable toasty ale. Malty red and smooth. This is a very drinkable ale. I throughly enjoyed this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2919) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 4/7/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cal that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, floral, herbal, pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bready malt, yeast ester, and light-moderate hop flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt, yeast ester, and light-moderate hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4275) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
12oz bottle from Crossroads. Poured a reddish amber with a fizzy smaller off white head. Aroma is malt forward, seimsweet with notes molassess, toffee, nuts, grains and dough. Flavor is earthy and malty, dry crusts, toffee, molassess, raisins, nuts and dough. Medium body that is slightly syrupy with stronger carbonation and a dry finish. Meh......nothing special.

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