Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegman’s Leesburg. It pours a very dark brown with a foamy, dirty tan head. The nose is a mix of roasted wheat, some pine, a touch of molasses, and some dark, fresh bread. The flavor has a mix of bitterness, some coming from the roast, some coming from the lightly piney hops. The malt’s there too, adding notes grain. Interesting brew. The burnt notes come out more as the beer warms. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a lingering, lightly bitter finish.
Travlr (16776) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark maroon color, large beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of fresh pine! Taste is burnt hops, grass, subtle burnt espresso. Very nice, and easy to drink. Great example of the style.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark carmely brown with off-white head. Immediate hop aroma before I even poured the beer. As I move in, it’s fairly herbaceous with nice malt and chocolate milk notes in addition to a bit of nuttiness and roastiness. Medium body, good carbonation. Tastes like a fairly aggressively hopped brown ale. Decent. Fairly one-dimensional. This is becoming the hallmark of NB. Unless it’s in the lips of faith series, one can expect it to be boring.
nittanyjim (79) - - NOV 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a nice beige head. Strong piney hop nose (cascade?) with a slight clean malt undertone. Strong bittering hop start that fades to a weak malt sweetness before it gets lost in the hoppy aftertaste. Hops linger long after sipping. Slight silkiness, but nothing much to speak of.
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark but clear brown with a fantastic fluffy frothy off-white head. Aroma of a light roast, green piney hops, something English, good charge of those Goldings, something a bit nutty. Flavor follows, nice fresh piney and grassy hops, reminds me of the combination in hoptober, light chocolate and roast, really nicely done, hint nutty, and darker caramel, like some of their other hoppy beers it gets a bit of that green vegetable thing, love the wheat.
twindog (267) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor of hops followed by a nice coffee or chocolate sweetness. Balanced and tasty. Another good beer from New Belgium.
Strykzone (5809) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Global Brew. This is dark brown with red and it is clear. An off white head leaves nice lacing. An aroma that is very malty. Some light fruit. The flavor is also malty and a bit musty and earthy. Light fruit from hops that is also lightly bitter. This is pretty decent.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with a creamy head that lasts. American hops in the nose. Moderate hop flavor, citrus hints, light malt & roast. Medium body, light hop bitterness, slight dryness from roasted malt. This beer started strong but finished as just ok. I’d like more malt flavor & hop flavor - this is what held it back.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish black with offwhite head. The aroma is pine and citrus hops with a little bit of an herbal note, a hint of saltwater taffy, and very slight roast and toast notes. The flavor is piney and woody hops with some chalk and nuttiness. Strong peanut shell taste in the finish, but a little bit of fruity bitterness in the aftertaste. Meh.
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a 3 finger, creamy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar, earth and citrus and spicy hops. Flavor is chocolate, grainy malt, sweet dark caramel, some interesting grainy roast notes, citrus, planty and spicy hops. Palate is light to medium bodied, with a nice full, creamy entry, off dry finish and a medium carbonation level. Pretty tasty, very tame. I find the malt notes to be much more interesting and better represented than the hops here.