ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful burnt red color. The head is typical for the style: about one fingers worth, with an off-white shade. It fades away slowly leaving nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: This is dominant in burnt caramel. Touches of piny, herbal hops blend well within all the caramel the nose provides. Slightly bready, too, almost like pumpernickel in a way. I could use a touch more hops, but I doubt itís the freshest bottle.
T: It pretty much tastes just like it smells. Plenty of burnt caramel and toffee malt start this one off, with a pleasant balancing hop quality (mostly piny, not much citrus). I like the aftertaste and itís mild nuttiness. Fairly balanced and mellow, almost to a fault - no one note really sticks out.
M: The general feel is bit sharper than Iíd like, both in carbonation (pokes through the body somewhat excessively) and actual texture (itís rather coarse). Aside from those two niggles, the dry finish helps it go down easily.
O: Not my favorite beer, but neither is it my favorite style. Itís quite well made though - there are definitely others out there who will enjoy it more than I did.
odinstyr (667) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bronze-red with a foamy tan head. Smells of bread - whole grain wheat and rye, nuts. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter - bread and roast nuts, floral grassy hops.
lownote (427) - USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn this is drinkable. Pours red, a little cloudy, with a nice thick head that lasts. Great spicy rye aroma with some hops in the background. Great thin body. Good balance of spicy malts, sweetness, and hop bitterness. Good stuff.
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There are strong malt notes throughout, caramel, toffee, bready. There is solid citrusy hops that balance the maltiness. There is a slight grassy vegetal hop character. Lingering bitterness.
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours lightly hazy red-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops with a mild note of caramel underneath. Body is medium-to-full. Dry finish with a touch of astringency. Piney, resinous hops flavor with some caramel underneath.
screigh (559) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruby red. Small off white bread with some lacing. Malty nose. Sweet and malty. Grapefruit pithy bitter finish.
closey22 (1382) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy red with thin Lacy head; aroma is hoppy; flava is malty blended hoppiness takes over; feels medium creamy decent fizz; finishes bitter hoppy
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
28 Nov 2015, tap. Brown. Nose is toasty malt and mild alcohol, slightly sweet, some yeasty notes. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Toast, alcohol bite, slightly sweet, some bitter grassy finish. Very nice.
joejames (412) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Crimson American Grill, York, PA, served in a shaker glass. Pours clear reddish amber, One finger dense off white head with awesome lacing and retention. Aroma of toffee and herbs. Taste is primarily sweet but has enough bitterness in the background to balance. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, slick mouth feel. The finishes reveals a drying bitterness. Tasting notes of caramel, toffee, nuts, wildflowers, grass and light citrus. A great strong ale that I would drink again.
obguthr (5088) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Strongly vegetal wood nose. Clear rust, medium yellow head, good lace. Cherries, oak, canned vegetables, orange peel. Medium body, moderate carbonation, warm, bitter.
Zymurgeist2 (1527) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of a sampler at Jet Rock at PHL terminal B. Clear amber with off white head. All malt. Malt, malt and more malt. Slight alcohol burn and slight cloying. Did not get the hops out of this, but not bad.