obguthr (3388) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: woody, smoky, almost like barbecue aroma, but it’s hard to tell in this restaurant setting. Clear copper thin head, not all that "pale". Distinct cherry and vanilla flavor. Toffee appears when warm. No transitions at all. As David Byrne might say, "Same as it ever was". The Summer from Newcastle was nice. this was underwhelming, especially for a style replete with stellar examples.
Blairgus (2363) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
7 Nov 2011, bottle. med yellow, clear, occasional bubbles. doesn’t really look dark enough to be a winter beer. could look like a slightly dark british ipa. smells like they added the faintest amount of hops to their standard newcastle brown. caramel and red fruit malt with a beeriness that seems oddly out of place. thin body and fizzy. really odd flavor. i’ve tasted this before. it actually has a strongly american macro lager flavor, i just can’t decide which one. it’s a crisp bitter lager, not a sweet one. and there’s some newky brown caramel flavors floating around in there. i can’t imagine who thought this tasted good enough to bottle and sell.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light brown. Smells like the area after a skunk has walked through, though I don’t find that smell wholly bad. Taste underhwelming. Not very carbonated. Meh.
Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. This is very dissappointing. Weired fruity and mild hops. Not very good. English. very unique flavors, but not really enjoyable flavors.
jeremytoni (2891) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011-09-30. Crisp amber body with a small white head. Grainy English malt aroma, toasty malt. Flavour is similar, grainy English malt character, sweetish light bitterness, touch fruity. Average palate. Meh. Bottle
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, jerc & mabel. Pours a deep orange with a small diminishing bubbly white head. Aroma of diacytl, biscuity malt, caramel and earthy notes. Watery flavour of caramel malt, just a hint of hops and a very light bitter finish. Average bodied. Not very good and like no IPA I’ve tried.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.
Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.
Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.
Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it’s certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.
Dragonfly1 (454) - Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2011
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is one terrible beer. OK, now to the rating. Dark copper, no head at all. Aroma is metallic, taste is a hodge-podge of sweet, sour, bitter, more metallic, and absolutely flat body- i.e., no carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking sweet iced tea that you get at McDonald’s. How disappointing given how much I like the Brown Ale. A 6-pack drain pour- arrgh! Steer clear of this one.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark penny copper colored brew with a quick dissipating off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, some grassy hops and a touch of biscuit. Taste is light to medium bodied, toasted caramel malt with some biscuit character and very light grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with some vegetable notes, then a crisp and clean cut aftertaste with minimal bitterness. This beer style is closer to a light English Pale Ale than an IPA.