FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a frothy, amply, three-finger thick, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, deep ruby amber color. The aroma has up front notes of crystal malts (caramel, some toffee and some toasted malt notes), lightly herbal hop notes and a bit of alcohol. The aroma is note nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, though it is nice and malty.
The taste is quite sweet up front, but slowly moves to ample malt character that is not all that sweet in the finish. A dry toasted malt note, evocative of biscuits dominates the finish and leaves an almost salty rich malty note that lingers on in the finish. A solid herbal character is also here, there is a bit of an astringent side to the hop character. The hops though are fairly muted, like a lightly hopped, supped up amber ale. In the end this beer is just not that well integrated, it is rich and malty, but needs some ample hop character to help balance things out. The finish has a touch too much hot alcohol, which tends to un-balance things a bit more. Still drinkable, and even a bit enjoyable.
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thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew was sampled at the RateBeer gathering at Dick’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que. It poured a small sized frothy head of mediumly sized light brown colored quickly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy light brown colored body that was nearly opaque and no visible carbonation. The aroma was malty thin and doughy. The mouth feel was vinous and malty from start to finish. There was also a small yeast sediment left in the bottle of our bottle.
Braudog (5582) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My brother-in-law and I split one of these on tap at the brewery, 4/13/06. Wow. Dark red with a nice firm head. Strong bourbon aroma. Very smooth and strong -- but it’s got everything a big beer could ask for. Superb.
Tmoney99 (10445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber pour with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy well balanced sweet aroma. Medium body. Same solid well balanced sweet bitter flavor with a long smooth finish. Solid drinkable brew. Soft for Left Hand.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Small tan head that quickly dissipated, poor lacing, transparent, minimal carbonation, and an orange brown hue. Nose consisted of malt, big on caramel, toffee notes, and clove notes. Tasted malty, big on toffee and caramel and some hops. Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium body.
BBB63 (5961) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Corked bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Little pop when opening the cork, major loss of carbonation noticed but not yet completely still. Is some oily lace on the glassware. The aroma has notes heavy caramel and sugary vapors along with piney and herbal hops, hint of clove and pepper, and a bit of earthy yeast esters.
The taste is mostly candy sweet and underdeveloped. Lot of toffee and caramel flavor with some plum as well. The finish does display as best as possible a hop bite but is far too subdued by the sweetness. Hint of soapy off flavor found as well. The mouth feel is equally unimpressive, sharp upfront but not much else. Could be due to the loss of carbonation but I really don’t think so, a syrupy beer.
Let down in all facets, yet another Left Hand brew that left me wanting more. BUYER BEWARE!
OldGrowth (2610) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, from Julio’s. Enjoyed on 4/8/06. Ok nose, little funky yeasty when I first opened, but that disappeared when poured. Citrusy, pine/evergreen, almond, bit of the ABV. Tad hazy orangy brown color, good head and lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Like aroma though the grapefruitrealy kicks in, little burnt and soapiness too. Meadium body, lite creamy syrupy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Kind of tasty, though didn’t WOW me either.
Ratman197 (9506) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle poured a clearcopper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, cherries, vanilla and raisins. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of toffee, mild fruitiness, and a hint of vanilla with a dry lingering sweet finish.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a light head. Toffee, nutty nose with hints of dough. Slight bitter taste that turns sweet on finish.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Indy tasting Dick’s BBQ 3/31/06 - Aroma is syrupy, toffee, and raisin. Pours hazy brown with no head and little lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is sticky and sweet. A bit too syrupy for me.