BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours brown with a medium, frothy light tan head,retention with light retention. Aroma is light roast malt, toast and nutty malt with dates and brown sugar. Flavor is malt dominant with oak notes, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from CBX. Beautiful deep ruby maroon color, fine beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of burnt and slightly dusty caramel. Taste is sweet and sour toasted caramel. Light body. Interesting stuff.
Lupulucid (185) - - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Carbonation is very light. The beer is almost still with little head. The color is very dark walnut but not opaque. Oak has produced pronounced vanilla character. The beer is very light but a chalky mouthfeel adds substance. This is certainly unique and interesting.
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Bottle at Monks. Reddish brown pour. Huge frothy beige head. Funky hop notes off the top. Tastes very unusual. Lots of cocoa. Fuzzy body. Meh.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready and caramel malt, chocolate, oak, dark fruit (cherries), and some spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some nuts, vanilla and dark bread. Also, the chocolate is stronger in the taste than it is compared to the aroma. I thought the taste of this brew got better the longer it warmed up. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s easy to drink and is well carbonated. This is the 2nd Jester King brew I’ve tried, and I’ve liked them both so far. I’d like to try this one again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ RG 20. Brown with light head and light lacing. Smells bourbony and lemony and a little like tea. Tastes earthy. A little watery and dry.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle shared at the 20th Richmond Gathering by someone who attended the 19th Richmond Gathering. Pours a dark caramel color with a head that quickly fades. Aroma of brown malts, caramel, mild fruits, mild wood. The taste is brown malts, spicy hops, peppery wood notes, maybe a little greep pepper. Thin-medium bodied. Nice.
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, slightly hazed. Aroma is bready. Flavor is bready, very light chocolate. Enjoyable sessionable ale shared at the Richmond 20th, after being left behind at the Richmond 19th.
HopTsing (401) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle pourd a hazy brown brew with a tan head. Aromas of malt, hops and hints of sour citrus. Flavors of buttery coffee.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bold nutty Munich malts evocate toast and sourness at the same time, in a phenolic, spicy symphony that goes here and there with little focus. I guess the oak accentuates the toastiness and would probably work fine, but the characterful yeast seems unforgiving on the Munich malt character which I have a hard time appreciating in a sourish environment. Despite being 3.5% and light-bodied, the beer is very tasty, but far from as drinkable as you would expect. The large, sparkling bubbles dry the palate out and contrasts heavily with the darker malt flavours. Spoiled apple and sourish nuts are hardly sessionable. I usually respect what Jester King produces, but it feels here as if they’ve taken the gimmick a bit too far and the ensemble is chaotic on my palate.