QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Deep golden color with a thin-medium head that disippated quickly. Keeps it carbonation nicely without letting it overpower the beer. Good balance between sweet and bitter, malt and hops. Almost seems too light to be a 7.7 ABV. The bitterness sticks with ya, but it’s a good bitterness. I like farmhouse style ales and I enjoy this a lot. May have to bring one home instead of just drinking it on the job ;)
johnnnniee (1948) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle unearthed by brewandbbq, thank you for the opportunity Jeff!
Pours a lightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of sweet bready malt, lightly spicy with a sugary sweet syrupy aroma going on. The flavor is like the aroma. Sweet and spicy with hints of orange and tangerine and a sugary caramel flavor. Medium body with a bubbly spirited level of carbonation, and a sweet mouthfeel. Nice older brew that I’m glad I got the opportunity to try, thanks again Jeff.
Leighton (9622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Very good beer, which has aged gracefully. Time shows most prominently in the malts. There’s losts of sweet brown sugar, some dark and faintly tangy fruits. Some dark bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Very modest warmth to fin with lots of attenuated sugars, toasty brown sugar, caramel. Good stuff.
jtclockwork (6903) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with many thanks to Sloth. Pours toffee colored brown. Nose of toffee, caramelized apple, brown sugar and figs. Taste of dried figs dipped in caramel, toffee and a dusting of brown sugar.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tepid orange-brown, clumpy white head. Lightly creamy nose, honey and alcohol with a bit of walnut and cream. Light walnut, cream, nut, light oak and alcohol in flavor, dry, light. Very balanced, very drinkable. Of course this was after 30 other beers, so accept this rating for what it is... a reflection of my finely-honed, even when hammered, palate.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange-brown pour. Toasted malt aroma with honey and cereal. Herbal minty notes. Herbal hop flavor with toasted cereal, much stronger than on the nose. Seems a little past its prime.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL courtesy of MrChopin. Pours a muddy brune with a light tan head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is cream of wheat, little diacetyl, licorice, citrus fruits. Taste is spritzy, light citrus, moving to malty, buttery (not offensive diacetyl), licorice. I think this bottle has been very well kept because it is developing little off-character. Still not great.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, I believe courtesy of MrChopin - if so, thanks! Plenty of summer fruits in the aroma, and a slightly sour flavor with a good hop profile. Nice stuff.
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Vintage Bottle thanks to ditmier for sharing. Pours out a cloudy straw with some orange highs topped with a small off white head. Aroma sweetness lots of candy and light hops. Taste more of the sweetness and the hops that have given up a little.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle - Thanks SpringsLicker! - Pours a hazy golden with a medium off white head...aroma is gritty grain and yeast, diacetyl that I thought dissipated but others did not...flavour is yeasty and malty, fruit and caramel, very light bitterness...still prickly with carbonation, def a little over the hill, but interesting none the less...
jake65 (2513) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to Ditmier. Dirty golden orange with a thin white head. Didn’t know what to expect here after an aroma of candied sugar and popcorn butter... Really it came through just fine. Probably a bit past it’s peak, but here goes: Faded hops, caramel, and more butter. Sneaky smooth, yet retains a nice crispness. Cool.