kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, via lb4lb. First pour is a nice dark gold to orange body with a slight haze under a fizzy light beige head that faded to a wispy film. The second pour looks like it’s going to be nasty, there’s a huge amount of globby floaties churning about in the bottle. The nose has two big competing aromas, sweet toffee malt and fresh juicy green apples. There’s some mulling spices, a touch of alcohol, and a bit of a graininess. The flavor is very sweet with tons of fruitiness and alcohol. This almost reminds me of Captain Lawrence Golden delicious on the finish. A good amount of yeast influence, crackery malt, and just a little lingering bitterness peeking out. Mouthfeel is full and thick with moderate fizzy carbonation and tons of warmth going down the chest. Overall, this was pretty decent, it grew on me the more of it I had. Really tasted like it was a little higher than 8.5%.
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle thanks to Sam from the Saucer. deep amber pour with a cream head and floaties. right toffee and caramel malts right off the bat. nice on the palate, sweet malts, caramel, figs, and an easy finish.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel aged version on tap at the pub. Clear copper orange pour with a foamy white head. Big sweet malt nose with ripe fruit. Taste is sweet bourbon sting right away. Very warming as it slinks down your throat. Lovely spice and light chocolate. Very good and very well done. I’m thinking this may need to be a new listing as it’s barrel aged.
kidmartinek (3863) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a tiny tulip, dirty beer clean glass. tan 1/2" head lasts 30 seconds. color is deep amber with red tint. Aroma of carmelized sugars and sourdough. Consistency is really nutty. Flavor is nutty fruity, sweet, and taste too much like alcohol. bite starts off strong but smoothens out to a slow burn on the way down. finish is tart and bready. a bit heavy overall.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever cracked this open at crizay’s house. It was a refreshing change of pace though a tad predictable. I’m sure North by Northwest makes some great beers. I wouldn’t consider this one of them. It falls into the ’safe and drinkable’ category.
Aroma / Appearance - A pale white head danced above the bronze body trapping the chocolate dipped peaches and tapioca pudding underneath. Everything was cohesive but hardly exciting. The white bread base did little to make me want to spend more time than needed exploring what was there.
Flavor / Palate - A breakfast buffet of peaches and glazed Krispy Kreme donuts is complimented by bread. A trace of cheap processed ham lurks in the background. This was acceptable but given the circumstances I would probably pass on it in the future. It just doesn’t do enough for me to make it worth further inspection.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Very rich pumpkin, apple cider aroma, pepper and holiday spice. Delicious and complex. The flavor disappoints, though, harsh and pissy, dry, metal, with a totally off finish that at the back becomes bready. Sad after such a great aroma.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Doesn’t keep a head and the aroma is pretty sweet with some spicy cinnamon and apple. Flavor has some honey but its mostly baked apple. Dry, long finish.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by notalush: Pours a muddy, deep orange with and off white head. Fruity aroma of apple skin, musty yeast and some peppery alcohol notes. Mildly carbonated. There’s apparent peppery alcohol along with light toffee sweetness. Some mild fruit skins and crisp apple notes. The finish has a lot of peppery spiciness. Kinda tasty, but nothing memorable.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky, hazed orange with a nice offwhite head and some yeast. Smell is nicely rich, thick tart maltiness with alcohol well hidden. Taste is tart/sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Typical flavors of the style, but nicely made and much better to me than most of the style. Worth a try.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is warm golden with a thin dense off white head...smell is lightly toasty with some grain notes...taste is lightly citrus and bitter in the end but up front some sweet bready and dough notes...fizzy thin body...alcohol incredibly well hidden however...