VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle/22oz - A 2010 Christmas present from Sean Lawson himself. - May have "gone by" as there are "Brett-type" aromas here. Pours a quite clear darkish amber in color with a medium, very dense off-white head that just would not fade... 5 minutes, 1.5" tall, still at the top of the glass... now that is what I call a HEAD! Aroma is a bit sour and funky with a bit of hops. Flavor is also a bit funky/barnyard with a hefty amount of hop bitter. I wish that I would have had this when it was fresher... I still appreciate the gift!
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: December 31, 2010
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet hoppy aroma, pale malt sweetness, citrus hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing hops, growing bitterness with a long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Sean for dropping some of this off for me at Lawson’s last weekend.
Poured into a generic tulip glass at a tasting with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather. The color is a ruby with just a tad bit of lace off of a two-finger head. The nose brings some sweet cherry malt and a bit of pine and citrus hops.
The taste is, like the nose, a good dose of sweet malt with some mild dark fruits and a hint of cherry. The hops are fairly light and there is a bit of booze. Medium body with a bit of booze. Overall, this definitely fits within the Strong Ale category. There is a nice hop presence and a bit of earth, though the malt is bit more toward the front.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-11-2010