PorterPounder (4960) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trade with drowland - thanks! Pours a hazy dark orange with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has a soapy tint to it, a touch of smelly feet. Flavor is a tad better than the aroma with some orange marmalade notes, some caramel, a touch of booziness, a yeasty finish. thick enough mouthfeel. Needs some work.
notalush (4466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very sweet, even for the style - very smooth, though - loads of toffee, as well as caramelized sugars, along with a faint buttery diacetyl flavor around the edges - some roasted nuts, dark fruit, and a hint of tartness on the end - not too bad, just way sweet.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown/red pour with creamy tan head and lace. Toasted malt, abv, and cough syrup. Abv, toasted malt, and a nice sweetness. Medium bodied but a bit fizzy.
kramer (4380) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white head. Clear with no sediment in bottle. Grainy malt aroma with some cooked veggies, borderline offensive really. More grainy malt in the flavor as well, with minimal hops. If thereís a positive to this beer at all, itís that the 8.2% ABV is not detectable at all. Finish seems to indicate some oxidation. Thin mouthfeel with a watery finish and moderate carbonation. Second beer from these guys, and second loser. I wish they would date their bottles so that I would know that this was fresh or not. This was nothing like the commercial description would prepare you for.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thin light beige head. Lightly roasted aroma. Maybe even a touch of cigarette ash. Also toffee and light hop. Lightly roasted flavor otherwise bland. Semi-dry finish. Some butterscotch noticed as it warmed.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of FlacoAlto): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with pretty god retention. Aroma contains lots of sweet roasted malt and toffee. The sweet roasted malt also dominates taste with a light hop presence at the end. Body is a bit too thin for my liking but alcohol is well hidden.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
AFter an Arizona trip filled with pale ales and IPAs and the standard brewery beers, this English Strong is quite a palate-attacking change. A sweet toffee and butterscotch aroma, with a brown color. This is sweet and toffee sticky and a tad lactic/milky. An okay beer, but perhaps would score higher if I hadnít had so many hops already in my system. Quite a bit of butterscotch though. But thereís also some hops at the w2ay end of this. Really hard to get a handle on this beer.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap: Light malty aromas of caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with orange hilights and a small beige head with nice lacing. Flavor is a little weak with watery caramel and chocolate, hints of roasted grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Suprisingly no hints of alcohol with so little other flavors to cover it up. Not enough strong flavors for me. Rather boring.
ChainGangGuy (4234) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.
Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than oneís fair share of alcohol.
Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.
Strykzone (4221) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewpub. I really donít get much of a nose here. Malt and rich fruit. The flavorvis much morebpronounced and vibrant. Lots of fruit. Dark and citrus varieties. Some anise pops in along with cocoa. This is entertaining to try. So much is going on.