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.
Blairgus (3571) - 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 (388) - 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 (4905) - 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 (1427) - 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.
ffaoe (369) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight malt aroma. Red in color with little head. Malty flavor with roasty and dark caramel malt, stone fruit notes, hoppy finish.
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The Raleigh Times: Cloudy brown with a frothy white head. Sweet hoppy aroma with some citrus notes. Thick and creamy with a green hop aftertaste.
tsd08460 (387) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus,
Appearance: clear amber, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
dlovell2 (1373) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a tan head. Fruity malt aroma with caramel and pine. Flavor is caramel malt up front with fruity flavors. Finishes with bitter pine. Nice beer , perfect Halloween beer.
HourGlass13 (386) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark deep amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is pine hops, with some caramel sweetness, citrus and bread. Flavor is hop forward for sure, moderately sweet with caramel malts, bread, and plenty of piney hops. Long finish had some earthiness. Not bitter but a little too hoppy for my taste. Interesting brew.
mambossa (175) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear royal-red pour with two finger off-white head (fairly vigorous pour). Malt-loaded toastiness, autumnal foliage and sweetness, inklings of cascade-like hops on nose. As always with Great Lakes, supremely balanced. Sweet, richly gliding toasted malts escorting a tapered yet satisfying grapefruit flowery hoppiness. Artfully crafted. Not sure about such negative reviews, but Great Lakes tends to brew very traditionally and with great balance and integrity. Of course it wonít be a complex hop bomb, itís a red ale. Either way, very proud to be a stones throw from these guys.