drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served with nice, tan head that settled after a bit and no lace. Color is clear, I think, and a dark, rich mahoganey.Aroma is malt, cocoa, vanilla, yeast. Flavor’s like nose plus a bit of a tang. Body is a little thin with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor; thinness is a bit of a drag, otherwise, not bad.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark brown toward blackish, even through direct light. The head is one finger, khaki,, and well retained. Nose has cacao, roasty malt, some yeasty and berry notes. Tastes dry, with notes of oak, cacao, funky yeasty malt, blackberry. Complex flavor, dense mouthfeel, and a crisp tart finish. I can’t believe this one is only 3.5% ABV.
Beerenberger (1366) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is earthy with hints of dark fruit. Pours a dark brown with a mostly diminishing white head and no lacing. The taste is earthy, nutty, and a pleasant woodiness. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall, a lot of taste for a low ABV beer. Very drinkable and great with food. Will buy again.
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a small frothy beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a bready malt and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt with some funk. Easy to drink. A good mild ale from Jester King.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Poured dark brown with a medium-sized dense tan head. Aroma was toasty malt, earthy, musty, light smoke. Flavor was moderately malty, some chocolate, quite earthy and musty, strongly vegetal, some light funk. Taste and mouthfeel were rather thin. I really wanted to like this -- the idea intrigued me, and I really like most Jester King stuff. This -- not so much. Didn’t quite work.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. I bought it near Austin. Dark brown with no head. A bit of smoke in the aroma with caramel. Ths is thin. Wood flavor with bark. This is disappointing. Something like mushrooms. Odd.
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sessionable yes but for a farmhouse the carbonation is much too harsh, mouthfeel too abrasive, and overall malt taste is anemic. What started as a promising dark sessionable ale is now nothing more than a glorified Yuengling Black and Tan. I wanted to like this more but there’s no consistent characteristics between the two blended styles.
TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with a chestnut glow. Fragmented grayish head. Muddled nose of smoked sawdust, candle wax, burnt popcorn, candied plums, coconut, cacao. Mild plastic. Sort pinpricks of carbonation. Mildly tart with a Red Delicious apple dullness encased in fluffy, bitter smoke. Caustic smoke character films the palate with an ashy residue and severely clashes with the phenolic char. Limp oakiness evokes thoughts of damp sawdust. Strongly husky, as well, with unremitting burnt popcorn exacerbating the highly unpleasant bitterness from the smoke. No malt depth nor richness due to prevalent unripe-plum slickness and the devitalizing continuation of red apple. Some vegetal notes in here as well, akin to stewed tomatoes. Finishes metallic and tangy with waxy notes preceding stale coffee grounds and wet corn husks. Burnt popcorn and bitter wood linger perpetually. Nausea inducing. Well, I applaud the concept, and was pleased to see the ABV kept to a minimum, but I am sorry to say this beer seemingly lacks any sense of aim. Moreover, it is profoundly unclean (vegetal and husky) all around, and the wood and malt are somehow very dirty, too. One sip was borderline nausea-inducing, so down the drain she goes. Now I will find my tongue-scraper to rid this residue from my mouth. Eck.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted nuts, oak, caramel.
Balanced taste with some sourness. Great flavors of chocolate and nut, and a slight smokiness.
b3shine (5136) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter. Looks solid; an opaque mahogany with thin off-white lacing. Smells doughy and yeasty. Tastes like it smells with a semi-sweet backbone and hints of wood. Good on the palate with a nice, clean finish. Solid for a low-abv beer.