nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl. Clear and red-brown with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Aroma of earthy-spiced caramel apple, dark fruit, and a touch of oak. Flavor is the same blend with more accent on the toffee and woodsiness than the rest. Medium body is a touch to the sweet side, but not sticky, and the wooden finish lingers a bit.. Shows a bit of surprising warmth for 6.5% abv.
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 50cl. Clear deep amber. Buttery with earthy hops throughout. Medium to full bodied. A decent malt accented english strong ale.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, leaves, slight toffee, slight caramel, and a hint of diacetyl. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, loose, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, leaves, slight caramel, Earth, and a slight hint of hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium sweet, malt, slight caramel, Earth finish is dry.
mansquito (2877) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whole Foods, P st, DC 500ml ($5): Fortunately Whole Foods has a high turnover rate and this bottle was fresh enough to not get the white bottle skunk. Pours an amber colour with a cream head. Aroma is pretty nice. Some dark fruits, a little bit of cake, sugar, and another flavor or two that I couldn’t quite finger. The taste is slightly worse than the aroma, but still quite satisfactory. Pretty smooth. Not overly complex at the palatable level, but still plenty nice. Really soft carbonation. Mouthfeel was also much lighter than expected. Mild bitterness.
fidelis83 (1727) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a tall, frothy tan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, planty, toast, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, a touch of skunk and englishy yeast. Flavor is caramel, toffee, toast, a little more skunk than the aroma lets on, a little sulpher, sweet malt, autumn leaves, sweet hay and a slightly boozy, dark fruit and nuts finish. Palate is light to medium bodied and dry, but slick throughout. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this beer at ~$6/500ml bottle, but price aside, it’s pretty average. The clear bottle probably did it no favors.
bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml clear bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, herbal/earthy hops, oak, and a little bit of skunk. The brew tastes like toffee, toasted and caramel malt, nuts, herbal hops, and a bit of tea and fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a decent enough overall brew. I tend to stay away from beers that come in clear bottles, but since it was a new arrival at a local store I hoped that the brew wasn’t too old yet. I think it’s worth a try.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2012
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 Smells like - and I’m not kidding - skunk and spoiled meat. Tastes like stale hops , oak, and astringent bitterness. I don’t know who is the bigger idiot - the brewer for using clear bottles, or me for buying this anyway.
IrishBoy (3685) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is caramel, floral, with light hints of toffee and oak. Clear copper with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, with a small fruity note, and a little toffee.
mile (2444) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber, small to average and and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and wood/vanilla, light fruitiness and faint spiciness, faint alcohol. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and some wood/vanilla, light fruitiness and ligh toffee, faint alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel and light toffee, some wood/vanilla, light fruitiness and faint spiciness, some alcohol. Nice strong ale with oak/vanilla - not too sweet/not too much alcohol in the finish.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (stale apricot), with notes of cotton candy and diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Artificial, candy-ish nose with the usual stale hop smell. Sugary sweet with a dirty sourness. Blech.