hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from notes taken when I had it. Color is somewhat cloudy dark copper with a nice white head. A sweet caramel biscuty malt aroma. The flavor is smooth and nice; sweet caramel and biscut malts, some light fruity flavor with slight hoppiness. Pretty drinkable session beer.
beernovice39 (3075) - Montana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Amber pour with an off white top. Scent is caramel and a hint of fruit. Taste is caramel.
DuffMan (6076) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy orange amber, medium off white head. Aroma is very yeasty, lots of fruity yeasty esters, mild spiciness, with an underlying candy-like sweetness. This smells Belgian all the way. Weird for a self-proclaimed Irish red ale. Very fruity, estery flavours as well, to the point of being soapy with a little bubblegum thrown in. Underlying caramel is drowned in the yeastiness. Not a fan of this.
jake65 (2513) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Light copper color with a large, fluffy beige head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, a blend of fruity yeast, light esters, bananas, and cinnamon. Doesnít quite line up with the taste, which is malty with more of that fruity yeast, some florals, and grass. Something reminds me of iced tea... in a good way. Refreshing.
after4ever (5847) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Thanks, Bitbucket! It seems more than appropriate to reach 4K with a beer brought back as a surprise by the guy who came with me when we got ourselves into all this. We decided to start keeping track of all the weird obscure beers we happened to luck our way into a few years ago, and used this site where weíd found some awesome HB recipes. Now itís safe to say I am way more into rating than homebrewing, though Bob has poured more energy into HB lately. Anyway, cheers! Now, the beer: Pours a dark amber with ruby edges and a big dense moussy tan head--gorgeous, actually. Mild caramel nose, a little husky, some brown bread, and nice peppery spice from the rye. Another very appropriate milestone beer--awesome that it includes rye, given my proclivities with that particular grain. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, brown bread, toast, and peppery rye on the mid-palate. Mild rye finish. Very nice, approachable, sessionable example of a beer with a grain that can often overpower and puts a fair few people off--kudos to these guys. And dig that Charlie Russell label. Bitbucket has a Charlie Russell drawing that my grandparents brought back years ago from somewhere in MT; Harvest Moon, being from Belt, MT, might not be the most far-flung brewery around, but theyíre certainly a ways from things. Another very appropriate bottle to pop up for a milestone, itís nice to have an obscure beer to suit the moment, since rating is so often partly about recreating the memories of beers you very likely wonít try again, ever. Good stuff.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks bitbucket! Leafy caramel aroma, little poopy when swirled. Little ashy. Dark rosey amber, thick spongy tan head. Iím liking this, but I think itís flawed. Thereís a wild character that works with the dark earthy malt backbone, soft piney hops in the finish. Dig it.
jebert (456) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper gold with a nice sized head that mostly dissipates. Nose is equally of hops and malt. Very creamy on the palate, this beer is full of roasted malt and caramel flavors, nice carbonation and a ltiile touch of hops on the finish. Very enjoyable beer that pairs well with burgers and brats off the grill.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear lighter orange with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up caramel and biscuity maltage with light vanilla accents.. not much hop presence to note.. sweet and non-offensive. The flavor found sweet, lightly-toasty caramel more than anything else, with lesser biscuit and fruit presence.. just a touch of earthy bitterness accenting, along with a little cardboard.. sticky-sweet finish. Lighter-bodied and sweet, but fairly dry on the palate.. tangy on the latter third.. very drinkable, but I wonít need to drink it again.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Foggy red-brown. Thin, patchy head. Pungent aroma, some crystal and amber shine out, but sort of a rotten smell. Says itís an Irish Style Red Ale on the bottle. Medium bodied, a rather unimpressive example of the style. The mild hops add just a touch of soapy bitterness, and are quite one-dimensional. Fruity, red apple and toffee tones. Boring, uninspired beer.
douglas88 (5467) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Toby, thanks man! Pours a somewhat cloudy dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet caramel and earthy malt nose. The flavor is smooth and nice; sweet caramel malts, some light fruit, apricot perhaps, some hops for sure that bring in pine and light citrus. Very easygoing and nice.