MJU999 (4) - - OCT 7, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoothe but somewhat crisp subtle cocoa flavor. Chocolate tootsie pop scent. Good autumn beer.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
coper/brown color, aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts, flavors of toffee, caramel, grain, roasted nuts, slight berry fruitiness, some off flavors keep me from getting this again
unclemike (2483) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear brown color with aroma of clean malt. A mild malt flavor with a slight bitterness. Overall a decent flavor with a slight sweet note
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a crystal clear medim brown with a tall, soapy kakhi head. Aroma is nutty malt, toffee, odd fruity notes, like someone threw raspberries and strawberries in there even a little acidity in the nose. Flavor is again nutty, some toffee, and weird berry notes, they really must have put some actual fruit in this. Finishes with planty hops, mineral, spicy notes and lingering berry. Palate is light and dry, though a little oily as well, with a light, sharp carbonation. Strange beer overall, the berry notes, while not really unpleasant, don’t fit the beer very well.
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sent for review. I overuse the term "earthy" when describing English ales, but this one fits the description easily. Smell in the glass brings up rye spice, a little bit of phenol, or perhaps just some extra malt going around. Reddish amber color of many harvest ales. Taste pretty much delivers as advertised. Rich and malty. Okay, no "berry" in my opinion, but again, loamy, with a bit of peat and nut brown malt. There are some comfy English hops as well. And the rye does offer a nice spicy character, although it may be contributing to some phenol in the finish as well. Still, it goes down nicely and is worth seeking out as a fall brew. Might be comparable to this year’s version of Goose Harvest.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a ruddy brown with off-white head. Aroma of overripe grapes and cheap champagne. Flavor is of slightly roasted malts and a hint of chocolate, but leaves an unpleasant astringent aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed by this.
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Pour from bottle into a pint glass.
Deep amber color, very slightly reddish and very clear with a very foamy pour. Very dark and malty aroma with a hunt of fruit. Spicy bite at first that fades to a nutty taste (as per New Castle Brown Ale) and leaves you with fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sharp and feeling stays awhile on the roof of the mouth.
Initial pour was warmer than usual, which left a weak taste and mouthfeel. After letting a bottle chill for awhile, the flavors in the beer come out a lot more. Definitely chill before trying.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet grainy malt. Flavor is some sweet malt and lots of grainy notes.
sloth (2607) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium sized tan head with good retention and a sticky lace. Clear, amber hued brew. Nose of malts, lil caramel and a hint dirty. Body is almost medium with a soft carbonation, lil oily. Dry malt flavors, lil grainy with some light fruit notes. Maybe a hint of grass and earth. Dry, quick finish, meh. Bottle from statelineliquors.
queenholly (3370) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Roasty tea and toast aroma. Clear copper with a small ivory head. Roasty malt, toast, and light roasty bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Nothing special, but I wouldn’t mind it with pizza.