Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and almost a light cinnamon and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is smooth, toasted malts, toffee and caramel - eventually warms the belly a little bit but not overly boozy.
CanIHave4Beers (3328) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red with a really big head & some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is like candied apple, certainly booze forward... but more in a refined brandy-like way than harsh or uninviting. A little bit of marmalade is in there as well.
The flavor is rich and has a nice caramel and toffee character while avoiding an overwhelming sweetness. The bitterness is low, but well enough established to provide a nice balance. The fruit character is more towards the red apple end of things. The beer is pretty boozy, but not really harshly so.
The high-ish carbonation seems to carry this beer pretty well despite it being fairly viscous.
pepsican (1448) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark amber with a huge off white head. Aroma is all sorts of toffee, caramel, a bit of rum soaked raisins, and a bit of butterscotch. Flavor has a slightly harsh metallic twang that just seems off, everything else though is here. Rich, hearty, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t boozy too. Slightly peppery in the finish, big carbonation. This almost worked perfect for me, but something just wasn’t right. Easily identifiable NG signature on this one.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of New Glarus. Thanks! Pours a deep, clear orange-amber color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice lacing. Aroma shows a lot of candied sweetness and red fruits, though the sweetness itself is well restrained. Medium body; medium-high carbonation; a modest acidity and lean profile (for what otherwise seems a hefty brew) keep this from being overly hefty; lots of hard candy, toffee, and red fruitiness throughout; again, it never goes cloying, offering pretty pinpoint mouthfeel and composition. The finish offers some ascending bitterness and a candied balance overall.
agent_511 (157) - - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raisin, white grape, and apricot. Flavor also reminiscent of raisin, white grape, and apricot. It is balanced toward sweetness, but has a mild bitterness in the finish. Also has a bready finish. Medium full body with a mouth filling carbonation. Delicious little beer.
jkwood04 (4125) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a thistle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cereal, and toffee notes from the malts plus a little bit of hops. Flavor a nice blend of the malts. Average texture. A pretty good Scotch ale.
ryanfolty (1886) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 23, 2013 bottle shared at Skyviews. Golden orange pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was caramel and alcohol. Taste was consistent with aroma and some spice.
BVery (6838) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orangish pour with a white head. Toffee, boozy, and sweet on the aroma and taste. A little spritzy for the style.
dwm1034 (658) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the beer fridge at lake. Interesting / almost sour initial taste followed by toffee / boozie taste that improves as it warms. Tasty
wlajwl (3999) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is vinous, yeast and a hint of smoke. The flavor is mildly smoky malts, dark fruit and a good, warming alcoholic finish.