rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Wonderful head retention.
Aroma is a bouquet of piny hops with a touch of caramel and roasted malt. Very tiny bit of chocolate.
The flavor has lots of hops up front but that transitions nicely into some subdued caramel and toffee. There is some toasted malt along with chocolate/coffee but it is very subtle and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a really good fall seasonal in my opinion. It is something unique and is really quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up.
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark amber with a lasting quarter inch of foam. Nose of dank green herb, char, toffee, citrus and pine. Flavor is the same goodness that the aroma promises. Medium body is watery, has medium carbonation and finishes to the dry side.
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, deep amber under a tall, long lasting sticky head of off-white.
The aroma carries toasted malt and a light pine resin from the hops.
The flavor is well balanced, neither sweet nor bitter with just a touch of dryness in the finish. More hop aroma than flavor.
PourBoyJones (12) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice color and strong head. Sting hop aeroma. Nice flavor of hops, light body, and easy finish.
arkurzynski (1583) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep brown-red. Aroma of dank, woodsy pine and toasted, almost roasted malt. Flavor of bitter pine and, again, that near ashy roast malt character. Dry, bitter finish. Quite blah and not overly well-balanced. Somethings just not right.
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date: Bottle on August 18th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark red.
Aroma: Aroma of red malt, faint hop.
Taste: Medium light hop, caramelt malt. Needed maybe a hint more power.
Palate:Light body, slick, light carbonation.
Summary: I like this beer, I just think it needs a little cleaning up(or an alternate version) with a bit more hop power in the aroma and taste.
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle from Kroger. Deep brown pour with a big white head. Aroma is toasty citrus and a little spice. Taste is burned bread, caramel, ash, and a terrible finish.
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another great offering from New Belgium. Hoppy and citrusy and plenty of malt to back it up. Enjoyable.
ESBob (358) - Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with nice deep red hues. Ample frothy head. Aroma is slight pine with roasty light caramel coming thru. Taste is a nice blend of roast caramel, maybe some toffee with those eldorado hops coming thru in the finish. A nice one for those first cool summer evenings.
Cybercat (3476) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a clear, ruby-tinged copper with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves very generous lacing. Malty aroma has a hoppy hay overtone and a firm earthy note. Malty, earthy flavor has hoppy and clove notes - it’s a little like drinking good mulch, but I mean that in a positive way. Body is only average, but fizz is strong and lively. Finish is woody but not bitter. Another winner from New Belgium.