ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber color. Not a lot of aroma, sweet malt with a hint of fruit/hops. Flavor is malty, with a touch of bitterness
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish colored pour from the bottle. Taste is caramel, malt, wood, grain and light hops.
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI via Plum Market. Dark gold. Active carbonation. Metallic caramel malt aroma. Some floral. Sweet. Somewhat thick. Caramel finish.
Darwenus (905) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not great, not awful. Pours a clear orange color with a little foam. The aroma is mild caramel, sweet fruit, nuts, grass. The flavor is adds apple and sweet tea notes. I didn’t hate it.
HoppyScallywag (307) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strange aroma....almost like an acidic tomato. Very weird. The initial taste is almost veg-like and fills the nasal. I like the slight sour and burn left on the palate. This is good.
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Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beggar's. Nice red color. Pretty thin white head. Solid taste and appropriate for this time of year.
Ahuth (337) - - MAR 18, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Has a dark brown color. Has a big malty taste. A sweet taste. A hint of grassy hops.
Dacrza (863) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: March 17, 2016... GLASSWARE:Brew at the Zoo pint.. OCCASION: St. Patrick’s Day--observed with an appropriate Irishman... APPEARANCE: dark orange amber, almost browning, body that cascades bubbles in a balanced and full manner; the head is off-white creamy and thick, holding at a full finger... the glass drain approaches lacing appearing almost as webbing... AROMA: surprisingly hoppy, with tangerine and mango wafting with flowery scents to evoke a pale without the resin... oven-raised dough and caramel make for a balanced suggestion--hearty yet accessible... PALATE: immediate presence at the throat, kicking open the door with its maltiness and leaving a thick, toasted residue in its wake... the hops soften at the teeth, with little suggestion or staying power there... medium-bodied, warming (at 6.5%, formidable) and worth mulling over after each sip... lively...TASTE: the toastiness is overt, with toffee and caramel demanding attention... the hops are light and afford some fruitiness--apple, tangerine... a slight basement dankness is winning, as it adds strength to each sip... some nuttiness and buttery hints jam as many different angles into the profile as it seems possible... OVERALL: Great Lakes continues to impress, this time with a style that comes across as a workingman’s ale braced for the month of March... flavorful, refreshing, bolstering...definitely worth the six I picked up just for the holiday...
Carlisle (538) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours copper with thick off-white head that dissipates quickly; some lacing. Light bready malt aroma. Malty biscuit with caramel notes. Some bitterness in the finish.
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NikkTwist (2773) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Irish Pol. Clear dark amber pour with white foam. Lots of dissipating wet lace. Medium-dark caramel malts. Quite sweet. Brown sugar. Hard candy. Amber fruit. Apricots. Mandarins. Hints of coffee and cola.