NikkTwist (1908) - 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 (1502) - 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 (1141) - 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 (9999) - 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 (3459) - 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 (449) - 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 (6153) - 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.
anders37 (18900) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty spicy weak yeasty and weak woody aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with a large three finger off white foam. The nose is very different tootsie roll, wet wood, root beer herbs and a touch of coffee. The palate follows the nose in a mild sort of way.... Touch of bitterness, kola nut, rootbeer barrels, interesting little beer. Think this would be perfect on a autumn day in New England.
jbeatty (1171) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 05/26/2013. Pours dark brown, some transparency in the light, big white fizzy head, soapy lacing. Aroma is slight chocolate, dark roast, tart musty fruit and yeast, smoky wood. Taste is light chocolate and roasted malts, porter-like, tart berry-like notes, nutty wood. Thin palate, a bit watery. Not necessarily anything wrong, but not sure this is my favorite style at lower ABV, needs a bit more bite and definition.