Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bang-on creation by Harpoon, who often do these underappreciated styles. Nice social sssionable drinkability. Yeasty aroma, not its best point but OK. Good brown coloured body, lacey. A little sourness, that builds up and probably the sourness is enhanced by the wood. The aftertaste leaves a residual woodyness.
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle, shared with LiteWait. Used a snifter. Dark brown in color however when light penetrates it, there is a lot of red hues. Small white head produces a ring of lacing that stays to the end. Aroma is of light or dull floral. Taste up front is Malt, toward the center is hoppy and in the finish is a light oak essence. It is decent. Not one I would buy again, but if it was available or given to me, I would drink it.
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown in color however when light penetrates it, there is a lot of red hues. Small white head produces a ring of lacing that stays to the end. Aroma is of light or dull floral. Taste up front is Malt, toward the center is hoppy and in the finish is a light oak essence. It is decent. Not one I would buy again, but if it was available or given to me, I would drink it.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a clear copper to chestnut brown color with a small, smooth, beige tinted head. Settling quickly to a thin surface ring, the foam leaves delicate chiffon lace rings and drippy spots on the glass. The nose is a bit subdued, yet well balanced and structured. Malts are based in dry chocolate, biscuit, and toasted bread, touching on medium-toast oak and even crispy, baked, caramelized rice cakes. Earthen hops are appropriately mild, so as to not overpower the already dry malt profile. Flavors follow suit, very toasty overall, showing notes of cocoa, bread, and mild nuts. A subtle grassiness imparts some bittering character, while toasty oak offers a woody vanilla character. On the palate, the body seems a little shy of what it could be. Moderate carbonation ushers in considerable dryness towards the finish. Overall, it’s a nice, easy going brew, but it’s certainly not anything exciting or new.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bland looking muddy amber color with a one finger off white head. Aroma had some faint caramel as well as mild smoke. Moderate in body and smooth texture. As to flavor. My first impression was quite negative as the beer starts out metallic and bitter. Off putting to say the least. As my glass warmed, a bit of caramel and oak was coaxed from the brew. Ok, but I probably won’t purchase another.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours a big retaining foamy light tan head with red/copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel/cocoa, wood, vegetal, some earthy/spice. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/cocoa/licorice, wood, 2nd spice hops. Soft carbonation. If aroma didn’t have some detraction, it would have started out on a much better foot which impacted overall too.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a good looking clear mahogany brown with an average to large sized foamy light beige head. Aroma is just weak and there is no indication that this was aged on oak, what is there is some notes of chocolate malts, toast, sweet wort and a slight hint of vegtables. Body is just way to foamy and creamy with average carbonation over a thin to medium mouthfeel. Flavor is even weaker then the aroma with some notes of nuts, taost, chocolate malts, grass clipings. Blah, where the hell is the oak??
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a stained bar wood brown .. . it must be, because he loves guns .. . medium head, good foam for used mop water .. . nuts, weak motel coffee and old mushy barrel flavours .. . muddled mouthfeel and the bitterness is totally off .. . a waste of craft beer space .. . i can’t shoot - i still love you..
SanfordBrewer (1369) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lucent brown, thin white head, creamy medium body, high carbonation.
Aroma: roasty munich malt, minerality, sweet vanilla, wood, earthy hops.
Taste: munich malt, minerality, vegetal hops, notes of oak as vanilla pudding and dry wood.
I’m not really a fan of munich malts, nor therefore dunkels. The oak character, however, is very good. Strange pairing though.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Earth, light pine, wood, toasted malts, and caramel in the aroma. Flavor is similar- starts with a medium roasted malt, and moves to the pine, leaves with a bit of light molasses. It’s a decent brew just a little shallow.