Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A clear dar brown ale with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light molasses. In mouth, a smooth sweet caramel with cinnamon notes, butterscotch, fruity esters, a bit cloying. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Pony Bar UES - NYC. Pours clear, rich copper-red with a fine, creamy head. Big nose, dripping with pine and caramel, some sweat and ripe orange. Huge flavor as well, modestly boozy, with lots of caramel malts, some brown sugar, assertive bitterness of heavy pine, lightly toasted grass, ripe grapefruit and orange, along with some berries and dirt. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, quite resinous and sticky, with lots of dirt, earth and grass, some melon and papaya, toffee and caramel. Lingering dirty grass in the aftertaste. Malts toasted to the point where they give off suggestions of cocoa. It ainít a subtle beer, but itís alright.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Nikkiís Liquors. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee and caramel malts with herbal and resin hops. The taste is citrus and resin hops, some earthiness, and toffee malts. Medium bodied and refreshing. Nice.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown amber with a medium sized beige head that deflates steadily and quickly. Huge spicy hops on the nose, very pungent, deep citrus and chewy malt that picks up a tiny bit of oxidized fruit. Medium to thick bodied, warm alcohol comes through early on, but itís not overly boozy, somewhat sweet and sticky. A touch of earthy pungent hops and malt. Spicy into the finish, gentle bitterness lingers for a while. Tasty enough.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a decent amount of hops, fruit, light spices and some sugary sweetness. Flavour of caramel malt, lots of hops, light spices and some alcohol in the big bitter finish. Medium bodied. I quite liked this.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium nut brown color with a large creamy orange-tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a bit roasty and had a harsh fruity and floral hop presence. The flavor was bitter and harsh pine and fruity hops with undertones of bread an pepper. Medium length finish of pine, fruity hops, bread and pepper. Medium body. Ok.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus as well as yeast and caramel malt. The appearance is amber with a large foamy head. The taste is very bitter and astringent with pretty much hops dominating a caramel malt. The palate is smooth. Overall I like whats here but itís way to boozy and astringent.
thornecb (3977) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light mahogany into a snifter. White head receded to hug rim. Dark caramel and resin aromas. Medium bodied and dry with dark toffee and molaases upfront turning to bitter resin on the lasting earthy finish.
Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a lighter red color with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, caramel, and herbal hops. Flavor was similar, a typical imperial red, too malty and bitter hops.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sunset Grill - Allston, MA. Aroma is tropical and full of caramels. Iím finding it tough to parse caramel from tropical hop fruit. This reminds me of a citron-flavored caramel. Really rich and intense with sugar aromas. Flavors are decent, but as with a lot of Harpoon brews the intense filtering manages to strip out a lot of flavor, complexity, and depth in my opinion. Juicy finish. The caramel richness persists, but thereís something missing. Something raw and elemental.