TAR (2598) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 Cask, handpump at Hogshead: Golden orange with a beautifully natural haziness. Fine-bubbled dollop of pristine white froth. Exemplary nose of Maris Otter (piecrust, butter toffee, sugar cookie), peach marmalade, and characterful taffylike yeast. Light note of minerals, as well. Snug and pillowy carbonation. Soft body. Lusciously fat and malty with mouth-filling Maris Otter-derived dextrins and delicate, vividly defined cookielike notions for added depth and contrast. Succulent splash of slick, explosively fruity marmalade esters add lots of brightness and further bolster drinkability. Artfully proportionate hop bitterness is quiet and grassy and provides the gentlest, most refined brush of bitterness. Malt is immaculately clean and light as a feather, yet somehow maintains its deeply beefy and textural dextrinous sturdiness. Perfectly dialed-in leathery yeast astringency deepens the elegant hop coarseness. Closes with a flawless balance of toffee and cookie malt accented with the faintest edge of hop bitterness and slippery marmalade. Across the board, Stephen’s cask beers are a truly special contribution to this world as the conditioning and serving temperatures are always spot-on, as well as having exquisite texture, detail, and balance. As with their Lake Lightning, ending a lengthy session of this is next to impossible.
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Hogshead. poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, fruittiness and orange zest. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and fruittiness with a smooth lightly bitter lingering earthy finish.
3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
firkin at the brewery. hazed copper with finely bubbled soft and natural head. caramel-tinged pale malt honey sweetness on the approach with the same armangac / brined cherries and peat / whiskey (minus the alcohol) character of the Chin Wag. mild diacetyl, brined cherries, orange oil and concrete must with bright, snappy hop vibrance from the Lake Lightning. this is fucking BEER, man. exceptionally soft, creamy, velvety and rich without being heavy or full bodied. mild pepper phenols and baked bread malts late with musty and moldy English ale yeast esters. superb.