jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a minimum white head and amber color. Aroma is smoke-medium malt. Taste is smoke-sweet medium malt-caramel, some spice hops.
Tmoney99 (9640) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured clear dark copper color with an average light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy smoke and maple aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweetand smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of smoke, caramel, intense floral notes and a spicy finish. The taste is smoke, big lavender notes and pale malts. Medium bodied. Interesting. Nice beer.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. The beer is a clear amber color with a medium off-white head that evaporates steadily. Top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Aroma of maple syrup and sweet spices. Medium body with flavors of sweet maple and honey along with a potpourri of flowers and spices, lavender being at the forefront. The finish is sweet and floral. Overall I was surprised by the lavender presence going on name alone but it kind of makes sense on second thought. Interesting beer but not one I could drink for extended periods.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with tan head and lace. Ginger and peat on the aroma. Peaty, toasted malt, and some smokiness. Medium bodied, good carbonation and the ginger like after taste. Very unusual beer, but good.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/26/11. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma was much more spicy than I thought. I wouldn’t have picked it out as lavender, but rather some more pleasing spice and herb character (like sage and cinnamon). Flavor is malty and spicy with a bit of smoke before a maple honey finish. I’m not a fan of lavender at all, so this was a nice surprise.
DrSilverworm (4100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jackie-Os, served in a pint glass. Light brown-amber hazy color, nice thicker foamy cream-colored head. Great, sheety lace.. Great crisp lighter carbonation, very drinkable, great smoky aftertaste. Lavender note is a perfect accent on the naturally complementary maple syrup and smokiness, it’s delicious. So tasty and drinkable, yet intriguingly complex, that I had to have two
alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ Jackie O’s 8/26. Pours a clear amber color with a medium off white head. I was expecting a smoky aroma and even though there was some smoke, there was a significant floral/herbal presence from the lavender. Some sweet maple syrup notes as well. The flavor had a nice smoky malt backbone with the floral/herbal lavender and maple syrup still coming through. Medium bodied. I thought this was interesting, but not necessarily what I was looking for.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft... Light copper, medium clarity, a nice light tan head... The nose is all lavender on the front, distracting to me, on the back is some nice maple but not enough, no smoke... The taste is mostly lavender again, not a fan of that, smoke comes out with some maple, but they need to be stronger... Try if you like lavender
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at a bottle release. Exactly what it says: a fairly heavy smoke beer with a hint of sweet maple syrup and not joke, some lavender popping through. Interesting. I’m not a huge lavender fan but this was certainly unique.