smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with a touch of haze. Nearly no head. No lace.
Soft and sweet pale malt aroma. Gentle but very present. Light floral hop far back in the background.
Flavor mimics the smell except that I detect a touch of juniper berry in the swallow. This blends nicely with noble hop. This is subtle but extraordinarily complex beer. Rich body with generous carbonation. Easy to drink despite the high ABV (10%, according to the menu).
cbfobes (2655) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 2014 GTMW, side note, I love gin, if Iím not drinking a beer, itís a gin and tonic, well maybe a nice bourbon too, getting off track. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin head, aroma has a good amount of the juniper berries and some oak, pretty much over takes everything on the nose, the flavor has a strong gin front end with a little bit of booze in the finish, good stuff.
tectactoe (3084) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap: Pale, hazy pear skin body with a sudsy white head that lasts. Huge gin aroma. Soft pines, floral notes, botanicals. Big greens with a hint of cereal grain backing. Tastes like soft gin. Rose water. Liquid evergreen & pine with the lightest touch of citrus zest. Floral rose hip, spruce, & drying gin finish. I wanted to like this so badly, but I am admittedly not a big fan of gin. This was basically gin in a softer, beer-like medium. Ends up just being OK for me.
Bacterial (2086) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. Light yellow pour with a white fluffy head. Herbal nose. Hops and bitterness in the taste with some interesting floral character. Pretty nice.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. From notes. Loads of herbal/botanical gin flavors. My god, this is delicious!
jonnyguns (1099) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Half Acre Brewery, Chicago. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head that disappears slowly. Nose has aromas of pine, botanicals, herbal spice and oak. Taste is upfront pine hops with that botanical flavour coming through. Can taste the gin barreling exceptionally well. Spicy oak finish. Great beer.
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brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster glass in the HA taproom. Clear yellow and white foam. Smells like piney hops. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Tastes a little medicinal, bitterly piney and off-putting to my palate. Iím not sure that Iím acclimated to the gin barrel concept yet, and Iím not sold yet on the beer+gin combination of flavors.
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale yellow out of the howler with a foamy, sticky white head. Floral, herbal nose. This is a very nice beer. Clean, crisp cracker taste with some lemon grass complimented with a firm botanical, herbal gin flavor. Dry with some almost vermouth characteristics. I really like this beer. For the record, I love gin.
HonkeyBra (3678) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the tap room. Pours a hazed golden color with a white head on top. Aroma of gin, booze, botanicals, pilsner malt, some hops in there. Mild juniper and boozy elements. Somewhat herbal notes. Flavor is herbal and spicy, with lots of botanical and peppery booze notes. Medium bodied with gin in the finish. Overall, pretty fun variant on a great beer.
ClarkVV (4068) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Very light, straw golden body has a small, white head with moderate to poor retention.
Initially some minerals, dry woodiness and a touch of honey arise in the nose, while the botanicals are slow to emerge (while well-chilled). Malt is pretty sparse here as well, though some lightly spicy (pepper and dry hay) hoppiness breaks through. Free from any flaws that I can find, as well.
The flavor comes off as expected. Lightly sweet, well-attenuated malts provide drops of honey flavor about the palate as gin sharpness/acidity begins to quickly dominate the beer. Hops are noticeable, but also seem to succumb. I donít think the barrel character was "overdone" in the sense that itís just a mouthful of gin; I just donít think a delicate style like this works with such a strong, sharp, flavor profile that gin provides. That being said, I think it came off as well as it could have, and the beer was certainly still drinkable. Probably an Imperial Pilsner would work much better. This also needed a bit more carbonation. A very cool idea, anyways.