generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 4.2% and there is a short description of the beer as well.
Appearance: It has a dark reddish garnet colored body with a small just off white head on top. This head settles quickly leaving a thin film of lacing that just hangs on.
Smell: It is light overall and has some odd earthy and leathery notes with some light toasted bready maltiness.
Taste / Palate: Itís flavor matches the aroma perfectly and both the flavor and palate feels light, subtle and thin. Overall I like whatís here but I would just like a little more.
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught into a growler. Pours a clear brown color with a small light tan head on there. Nose is a bit toasty with a darker caramel note - really quite malt forward. Taste is light and slightly sweet, with just a hint of toast to it. Very drinkable, but nothing remarkable.
chinchill (2145) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Poured dark reddish brown with a good size head that settles to a thin layer but leaves good lacing.
S: Mild, with roasted grains, some caramel, and a hint of coffee.
F: The flavor follows, but with some light hops at the finish. Pretty well balanced.
M: Crisp yet smooth; dry finish; medium-thin body.
O: A good looking brew, with good flavor for style and for a 4.2% ABV.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís a good looking beer, pouring a clear mahogany body with a creamy tan head. Lots of thick lace. The aroma is promising, chocolatey and nutty with a light earthiness. Trouble is, little of this comes across in the flavor, the beer being so watery. It does faithfully reflect the nose, but at so low a level as to disappoint. At least the bottle was brown.
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The style tends to lean toward the lame end. This was surprisingly palatable. Faint aromas of earthy malt and licorice. Amber brown color with a good head. Medium weight to light palate. Malty flavors with roasted and chocolate character. A fruity sourness does make a brief appearance at the end. Would revisit.
trapped (899) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drought. Reddish brown with creamy beige head, vanilla-nuts aroma, low carbonation, fruity taste, thin body, abrupt finish. A bit weak but not bad.
jhp40219 (319) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma is equal parts mildly fruity and mildly toasted malt. Taste is lightly toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and soap. Quick finish of cocoa and toasty malt. Light body, thin and watery palate, light to average carbonation. Weak and disappointing. Possibly a good gateway beer though.
1guywith_aboat (252) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fruity roasted malt, coffee, chocolate; everything is there but is light. Pours black with red highlights in the light. Flavor is licorice, roasted malt, esters. Actually not bad at all. Far better than Newcastle Brown.
ravenwater (7) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Stonefruit esters (peach...), medium-low malt = chocolate, generic pale malt, some darker crystal (toffee). No really detectable hops. Medium-low light tan head drops quickly, disappears; beer medium brown reddish tint, clear. Flavor: Hereís where I was rather disappointed - I was excited to try this, something new from well-known Newcastle, expected something more. Grainy, rough character with medium bitterness that is NOT smooth. Somewhat estery. English yeast character but not complex. Generally clean fermentation. Chocolate that aroma promised present but low & dominated by prominent roast character thatís acrid/harsh (roast barley, perhaps touch black malt) which I find overpowering, unpleasant combined with malt graininess. Low caramel, nuttiness, faint licorice. Hops flavor low - some herbal, earthy. Mouthfeel: well attenuated, bit thin, medium carbonation, low astringency. Overall impression: If roastiness were not so acrid & strong, could be much more drinkable. I wonít repeat purchase - drinking 6 was hard. Fits the "mild" style category, but not highly drinkable - not smooth enough.
felsenpils (117) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with off white foam. The aroma is very British. The taste is dark and roasted, but not nearly as thick and meaty as American micros. A very interesting ale with all the fruit/cork/musty aromas and flavors of an English ale, but with the color of an Irish stout. Great residual sweetness reminiscent of a Bass ale. Nicely done!