Sammy (8675) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.
Drake (8601) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of alexsdad06. Thanks! Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a large tan creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with fairly strong hoppy notes and some nutty notes. Taste is bread, caramel, bitter leafy hops and faint berry-like fruity notes in the finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good.
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.
GT2 (8461) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a clear, rich amber with a towering, yellow, healthy head with excellent retention and leaving very nice webby lacing. Aroma is resiny, malty, earthy, rich oatmeal, bran cereal. Taste has the characteristic Great Lake rye malt earthiness, raw oatmeal body but this has some slight piney hops to balance. No spicy alcohol poking through. Rich, creamy palate. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent.
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 On draught at Barley’s Smokehouse. Billed as the big brother to Burning River, I'd also say it is kissin' cousins with Arrogant Bastard. Pours a luminous red color with a medium and creamy light tan head. Thin rings of lacing throughout. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, fruit and hops. Rich and tart with robust bitterness. Hops, malt, fruit and alcohol play nicely together. The finish is nicely bitter hops, with a pinch of citrus and sweet malt. As usual I am impressed with this scary good offering from GLBC.
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep orange and red color. Somewhat hoppy, grassy (alpha king-like) nose, which is interesting. Sweet cedar and plum scented. Very sweet and somewhat dry as well. Cherry wood, cedar wood, plums and red grapes around within a mildly spicy Belgian-like yeast.
DocLock (7871) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours deep copper with big white head. Aroma of malt, big fruit, cognac, some hops. Tastes malty, with fruit, hops, slight spirits, and a dense, semi dry finish. Solid, and very good. Earn your red wings, then get yourself some Nosferatu to wash it all down.
jercraigs (7867) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-04-10. Dark red amber body with a modest bubbly beige head. (3+) Interesting aroma, generic fruit and a pleasant melange of grains - descriptors elude me. (7+) Sweetish malt flavour, tangy malt finish. Bitterness has faded it seems, the bottle was not super fresh when we bought it. Alcohol is impressively invisible. (6+) Average palate is smooth but a touch light. Decent. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
BMan1113VR (7863) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a best buy of 11/18/09 thanks to thirdeye11. Large off-white head, hazy orange body. Earthy, caramel, orange, dusty cocoa. Taste is bitter, tangy, burnt caramel. Creamy carb.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line
Noble herbal hops and their citrusy wings float atop the chewy cereals. Another balanced masterpiece from Great Lakes which manages to please those in search of memorable flavors and those looking for a friendly pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear ochre red.
-Carbonation is perfect, helping drinkability and letting the malts build a smashing body.
-Herbal hop bitterness firmly greets the tastebuds before slowly fading away.
-Orangey fruitiness stems from the hoppiness and branches out into the sweet cereals.