BillKismet (3818) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rubescent and brassy body with an extra poofy and foamy caramel head. Zesty, earthy, mildly floral nose with some soapy esters mixed with sweet caramel. Fruity and luscious, viscous body. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel punctuated by candi sugar. A tad cough syrupy on the aftertaste.
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish color. Taste is pretty hoppy but not too great. Drank while cleaning the car!
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate malt and hop aroma. Hazy brown and red color with a medium tan head. Sweet beginning with a dry bitter finish.
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Cole’s Buffalo. Poured clear and dark with thick white head, pine hop aroma. Tastes hoppy with a bit of a nuttty taste also.
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Matt - another terrible label design by Middle Ages tricked me into expecting the worst. I guess I was pleasantly surprised. Nose is soapy and pine hops. Huge caramel toffee. Raisins. Very dry, pine resins but not that bitter. Touch oxidation. Burnt sugar. Not bad.
reggiedunlop (3649) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a ruby color color with a huge tan head...nice lacing and retention. Smells like turkey hill raspberry iced tea. Tastes much the same with a hint of caramel malt. Finish is like unsweetened tea. This is a horrendous beer.
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Half Time. Pours dark ruddy amber with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of roast caramel. Flavor is floral/fruit with caramel and then some arguably citrus rind bitter. It’s not NW bitter, but the hops are all over the malt. It’s a pretty good drink.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca last weekend.
Pours a tawny color with a single-finger tan head and a good bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good amount of brown sugar plus a nice bit of citrus. Smelling this, I thought this was an ESB. Maybe so, just a very strong one. Probably more properly classified as an English Strong Ale. Flavor brings a slight bit of diacetyl and some malty sweetness. Moderate fruitiness. The hops really don’t come through until the finish, which is fairly bitter. Classic ESB-type profile. Really well done.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, NY
Beautiful dark mahogany color; generous creamy head; sticky lace. The aroma is perfumy, with caramel, creamy, not much hoppy, maybe soapy, a noble touch of yeast. Medium body strength; dark caramel flavor, spicy (pepper); reasonable bitterness, a bit dusty and with a very light soap impression. Quite strong final bitterness. No hop qualities. Unimpressive, somehow boring.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8%. There is no freshness date.
Appearance: The body has a deep coppery amber color with a light haze. Its head rose up tall, thick and clingy. It had a light tan color and great retention. This all made for nice sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: There is a bold mix of floral/citrusy hops and sweet malt with a hint of butterscotch and dark fruit.
Taste/Palate: It has a firm foundation of sweet fruity, bready and caramel maltiness with a slight touch of butterscotch. Blending into this is a firm backing of pungent floral citrus and earthy hop bitterness. It finishes with a sticky hop bitterness clinging to the palate. It feels firm and full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving easily over the tongue.
Notes: This is definitely a well made and very enjoyable beer.