bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Malleys Pub in Sylva, North Carolina. Very nice dark brown pour with light brown head that stays for a bit. Slightly sweet, somewhat floral aroma. Starts with a sweet,somewhat malty flavor and ends with just a slight bitter, mildly floral(heather) finish. Very nice beer from the mountains of Western North Carolina.
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Lowry Park Wazoo in August 2008. They must be bringing it back. Tasty and smooth.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to my neighbor (who was scared to sample) for this, stored in a wine fridge on its side :( for two plus years. Amber pour with frothy head, way over carbonated. Floral notes on the nose. Slighty oxidized flavor aith caramel malts, toffee, and dried fruit. Slightly dry finish, overall a nice beer considuring its storage conditions.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. I struggled with whether or not to rate this given the age of the bottle (3-4 years old), but it was stored in a fridge the entire time and did hold up remarkably well. The heather must have acted as a preservative because it tastes as fresh as the fresher bottle of Fraoch I sampled alongside this one for comparison.
Enough about the background. Pours brown with a red tint and an off white head. Smells of heather, strong spice, some caramel and slightly nutty. Tastes of sweet caramel, some raisins, some floral notes, in all likelihood coming from the heather used in the beer, some dryness as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a finish that is sweet and lasting. While I enjoyed this beer, I found Fraoch to be superior to it.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This rating is from extremely old notes. I found this to be a very pleasing beer. The nose is quite flowery, with a tremendous amount of earthiness. The Heather emits a really unique perfuminess that is unmistakable. All the flavors kind of play with your senses in different ways, but the finish just drops right off which is kind of disappointing. I was kind of hoping for a little more body. Very drinkable though.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice heather in the aroma. The beer malt base was just right to balance the heather.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at mellow mushroom and also sampled from bottle. The draft was far superior. Interesting substitution of heather for hops. It was smoother than some other heather ales I’ve had, but that’s not saying much. Body was a little weak. It’s drinkable but nothing to crow about.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice heather aroma, a bit thin. Solid brown color. OK, too many other better beers out there.
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with BlueDevil0206, thanks James!) The small, light tan head stands in stark contrast to the very dark ruddy brown body. But for as dark as this beer is, it has surprisingly little body and isn’t all that flavorful either. This beer is quite dry, with only a slight sweetness in the background. Mostly, it’s spicy, herbal, lightly roasty, mildly bitter. The nose is dry, a bit malty, lightly roasty, but I really need to swirl my glass to get much in the way of aroma with this beer. Light-medium body has a somewhat watery mouthfeel, especially in the finish. The head fades to a ring fairly quickly. Not coming close to tickling my fancy.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
the last of the bonus brews from jonathan3584.pours a dark brown(ruby red when held to light)with a nice 1inch creamy head.aroma mostly contains an "earthy malts" type smell.much of the same in the flavor.light mouthfeel as well.nothin fancy here.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Johnathan3584 as a bonus! Thanks Jonathan! Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights with a slight offwhite head that lingers around the edge of the glass and laces a little. Aroma is of roasted carmel malt, some prunes/raisins and just a touch of floral hops. Flavor starts out sweet with notes of plums and sweet malts and ends with a nice roasty peat flavor.. This reminds me a lot of a severely tamed hair of the dog adam. On the palate this is medium bodied but the watery finish kills it. This could definitely benefit from that NC cap being lifted.. A touch more malt would make this one very good. Still a good brew though quite drinkable and a good session brew! This brewer should rock when they get a chance to make the big beers..