JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Vigorous carbonation on a reddish copper pour, with a prickly head and plenty of lacing. Nose is initially quite boozy and sharp, but quickly turns to faded. Mouthfeel is a bit bleh, with the carbonation striving to overcome a predominant lack of body otherwise. Faded malts indeed, with what I imagine were once-bright floral hops submitting to the ravages of time. Mediocre.
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immense aroma of hops and toffee malts. Brown color with almost no foam. Strong flavor of hops, molassess and thick caramel. Full body and full flavor. Overall, intense hops and thick malts. Very good.
bpreo (1747) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good beer. I am happy to be drinking it. Mad River Brewery is beginning to impress me thoroughly.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Square. Deep amber pour, almost brown with a small pillowy tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, touches of nuttiness, resiny and grassy hops with mild citrus rind. Toasted bread, caramel, hint of cherry and nuts with nice citrus and piney hops in the background and a solid bitter finish. Start to open up as it warms. Not bad.
greenhorn1 (819) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Pours ruby, small head. Awesome malt backbone with citrus notes. Nice strong hoppy aroma. The bitterness in the finish is not overpowering, but definitely lingers a long time. Nicely balanced and very easy to drink. A very good American Strong Ale.
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/light brown pour with a khaki head. Sweet caramel malt, chocolate, toffee, and hints of brown sugar. Some nice grapefruit, tangerine, and orange hops. Big pine character, too. Interesting cherry notes. The flavor is fairly sweet and malty, but also some nice hops. Grapefruit and orange, lots of pine, moderate bitterness, and cherry fruitiness. Sweet caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee.
hfmejias (807) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured a cloudy brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and some spices. Taste of malts and fruit also some caramel very well balanced with hops. Very nice and drinkable beer it is like some sort of sweet IPA.
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy brown with a small tan head.....some sediment.
Scent is slightly sharp caramel malt...cherry.
Rather rough leafy bitter..old coffee and caramel flavour.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark copper with ample floaters. Very malfunctioning beer, lots of caramel. Pine hops in the aroma, but this is a malt-focused beer.
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather thin light tan head of very dense and creamy bubbles. Strong toasted aroma with some smoked malts, dried flowers, some dark fruit and a bit of dry dusty grass. Color is a hazy dark mahagony brown. Lots more roasted flavors along with a bit of cherry cordial, roasted grains, caramel and and bit of mild coffee. Pretty prominent alcohol presence which hits up front and lingers and warms for a while. Long bitter finish with a bit of citrus and more dark fruit. This was a pretty good brew and one that I would have again.