unclemattie (3914) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Red pour, thin tan head. Decent legs. Aroma of incense, dried apple sweetness, maybe some raisin and dark fruit. Very strong. Burns alittle. Flavor of apple fiber (dominate), natural cane sugar (earthy), caramel, plantain, and peppery spice. Lots of booze, I’m gonna sleep well tonight.
Hangover (999) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange/coppery pour with a thin white head. Strong aroma, very sweet with a some dark fruit, caramel, raisin, apple and a bit of yeast. Sweet, sweet flavor, more caramel and candy than the fruity aroma. Little bit of alcohol on the tongue. Lingering sweetness and light hop bitterness. Close to being cloying but the description is right - it is a sipping beer. This is one to sip and drink slowly. Good!
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clouded. sandalwood-hued body with a large, frothing, off-white head.
Smell: Particularly sweet-smelling, with toothsome, Wilford Brimley-rattling notes of caramel, honey, and slowly melting table sugar. Rounded out with a bit of earthy spice, juicy fruits, and booze. At some point, the taste develops a cotton candy flavor, then, when going back to the nose, I start smelling cotton candy in the aroma.
Taste: Starts sweet and downright sugary, with tastes of light caramel sauce stirred up with orange blossom honey and golden syrup. Some spicy phenolic character yields modest hints of clove and whole coriander seeds. Golden raisin and figs for fruitiness, with a lesser touch of ripe banana. Minute bitterness. Culminates at times to a taste of cotton-candy. Peppery alcohol does what it can to cut through the overt sweetness and thin out the body. A little alcoholic heat to the sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Plenty of residual sugars lend for a sticky mouthfeel, though the prickly carbonation keeps it from being cloying.
Drinkability: Diabeetus, indeed! Sweet, mayhaps its ultimately too, too sweet and, with the alcohol, presents something akin to a glass of Buttershots.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Estery, lightly phenolic aroma – apricot, peach, herbal roots, more than a hint of clove and a whisper of banana. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is sweet, fruity and a bit spicy. Sticky-sweet, fruity, mildly bitter finish. The alcohol is almost completely veiled – can’t believe this is 10%. Not my style, but plenty solid.
Edmoe (236) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown-orange pour with thick head and good lacing. Aroma is very sweet with hints of yeast, spice, and citrus. Taste is candy sweet with very little discernible bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Clean finish. Very enjoyable.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Clear golden brown with beige icing. Nose is dough and brown sugar; a swirl coaxes out some raisin. Mediumish body with a tang and a tingle. Taste is woody, yeasty, brown sugar; warming but lacking depth.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. murky orange under a fluffy white head. aroma is floral with light fruits(pear, peach, apple) and some buttery caramel. full bodied. flavor has lots of fruit. mostly of the lighter side and floral notes. hints of and sweet and peppery spices. warming but not boozy. not as dark as i was expecting, but really pretty good.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a almost opaque hazy copper/amber with a very thin head. Aroma: big yeast, fruit, caramel malt & alcohol up front with notes of spice & hops. Taste follows with more of the same - as the beer warms caramel malts make a big push to the front. Medium body. Finish was ok with a mild bitterness and some alcohol burning. Overall a good beer - however, not very complex or balanced (IMO) - with that said, it is big, bold and aggressive with what is there... which I like. This is one I will have to try again - for what ever reason I just didn’t think it worked... too raw maybe, and the alcohol was distracting to me. May have just been too young - a year or two may help smooth the edges out.
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet malts with hint of candied fruit. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with white head that had medium lacing. Flavor is quite strong, more malts and hint of fruit, alcohol in the backend. Nice finish and not too much alcohol in the aftertaste considering the ABV.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured hazy orange with an off-white head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Earthy aroma with a dark fruit background and hints of yeast. The flavor found dark fruits and yeast. Medium body and a very slight metallic background.