dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty malty aroma. This has a pretty malty but not too grassy flavor. A bit sweet but not sticky. Strange, not really that good.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 1 pint, .9 ounce/500ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s Cincinnati and tasted on January 28, 2012. Medium amber hue, small tan head that quickly diminished with little lacing, sweet malty aroma, somewhat creamy texture, sweet malty initial mouthfeel followed by bitterness with slight astringency, sweet but somewhat watery finish. WIsh the brewer would make this beer just a little better but still, not bad.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. I was hoping the beer would be as good as the bottle, but I was sadly wrong. It poured beautifully enough. Crystal clear with a decent amount of head, but the aroma and flavors were both one-dimensional. Little to no hop flavor or aroma. Too much dark crystal malt gave this one a harsh aftertaste. This isn’t a bad beer, just all-around mediocre.
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Good size thick head, light amber color, sweet malty aroma and flavor
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish amber in color, clear with a thin head. Easy drinking not much flavor amber ale. Hops are almost non existent. Very below average brew
seymour (1410) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New at Trader Joe’s, about $3.50 for a cool swingtop pint bottle of craft beer from Italy. Based on previous ratings, it would seem some bottles are much better than others, because mine was pretty nice. Poured into a nucleated pint glass, crystal-clear medium reddish amber color with full off-white head, somewhat lasting with lace. Aromas of mild malts, caramelized brown sugar, perhaps a little roasted barley, faint flowery hops, fruity yeast esters. Moderate malt-sweetness, bready and caramelly, slight roastiness again, tangy hops flavor, some tart fruit, slight smooth alchohol, more as it warmed. Not nearly as complex a red ale as Maudite or something, but it’s a step above mass-market "Irish Reds." Light-medium body, but somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel, high carbonation, slightly elevated alcohol percentage, lingering sticky-sweet aftertaste. I’ll admit the appearance of the bottle and the beer itself are its greatest strengths, but it drinks alright too.
DARKSEAS (1) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2012 does not count
1.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I made it through 2 sips and dumped it. Strolling the isles at Trader Joes, thought the bottle looked nice and i had never heard of it so thought I would give it a shot. Pours attractively enough but thats where the positive ends. Im not going to go over various tasting notes for the simple fact that this beer is total shit. It tastes like it has been stored in direct sunlight in a 95 degree garage for a year or so, darkelfs tasting notes pretty much sum up the flavors I experienced as well, harsh grassy yeasty cardboard, save your $2.99.
mattymatty2000 (1) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like everyone else, I found it at Trader Joe’s. The bottle is pretty neat looking, and I’d heard that the Italian beer scene is picking up, so I was curious. Poured down the middle of a British pint glass to reduce the carbonation (that I read about here before opening it). A substantial head developed, but dissipated relatively quickly. There is some lacing on the glass. The flavor is of a typical red ale, malty with a very little hop in the nose. Overall, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but an enjoyable beer.
BroSpud (1679) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Grolsch style ceramic cork bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours a light amber with almost no head. Figured it was worth a try for the cool bottle alone. It’s drinkable but not very good. Comes across very thin with a bit of caramel and not much else going on.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Swingtop pint at TJ’s. Pours clear warm amber with a lacy off-white head. Caramel aroma with just a bit of grassy hops. Watery body, fairly powerful carbonation. A bit of caramel and bread taste, well balanced. Not bad, but I’m also not thinking that I need a lot more of these. I’d rather go with their double dark instead.