vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper / golden with a white head. The aroma is a bit sweet and doesn’t show the high abv. Don’t know if its from reading the bottle, but I taste the green chilis and some oak. The different grains aren’t as easy to pick out, but there is a bit maltiness to it. Don’t notice the prickly pear on the aroma. Really nice. Full body with lots of frothy carbonation. The flavor starts with honey, cotton candy, spicy chilis, light comes and a good deal of complexity. I’m sure some of the complexity comes from things I’m not used to having in beer like corn and wild rice. There are some spicy hops on the finish. Overall an interesting and pleasant beer.
Ernesto987 (4394) - Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle, sweet grainy american strong. Many light flavors but thesweetness is a little too much for me, must need hop balnce
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a one finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light copper / pale amber color that shows a clear, lighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet grassy grain, alcohol, it has an earthy spiciness to it (sort of like coriander), a berry like fruitiness, a concord grape like note, and a sweet caramel like note.
The beer has a bitterness to it up front that mellows a bit as the full / rich beer flows across the palate. The beer has a concentrated malt flavor to it without being overly sweet; quite bread and cracker like with some hay like notes to it as well. The finish has some hot higher alcohol notes to it that doesn’t get too overwhelming, but definitely lingers on the palate with some spicy notes. There is a certain earthy quality to this beer, and this accentuates a full pale grain flavor. There really is a lingering spiciness to this beer, it is quite light, but I can feel a touch of a burn on my lips even.
Interesting, and certainly not bad, but not really my cup of tea. The chile addition was an interesting development considering I wasn’t expecting it coming into this. The beer as a whole just doesn’t seem to complete mesh in an integrated fashion though.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle thanks to Nick3. Cloudy yellowish golden in color with a lasting white head. Interesting aroma with sweet malt, floral notes, chile peppers, and honey. Flavor is a bit strange but not bad really. Rather sweet with honey and wheat, citrus, floral notes, and booze, with some vegetable notes. Medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. A strange brew. Not bad, but I wouldn’t want a lot of it.
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz draft pour at the Martin City Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is haze golden yellow with a smallish white head. Nice lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is light floral hop, natural honey sweetness along with some toasted malt. A touch of vegetal green pepper is present as well. The taste is sweet fruity malt, apricot and honey, turning to a bright hop spice, an almost fruit stripe gum character. The wood barrel shows itself in the lingering finish. The alcohol heat also makes an appearance at that point, though its decently integrated with the texture of the beer. The palate is medium to heavier bodied, lower carbonation level, and a thicker finish. Certainly a unique beer, nice one.
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; poured an amber-orange color; aroma of lemon, caramel, citrus and honey. Flavor had alot of lemon and honey; a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Some touches of bread and caramel. Somewhat of a hybrid and a good stuff.
Terminus (3318) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle at a local high-class restauraunt-pours lightly hazy orane with a small fizzy white head. nose is wack-herbal hops, honey, vanilla, oak, light pepper. flavors of honey, lite hops, lite alcohol lite vanalla and lots of honey sweetness. THe finish has quite a bit of heat-i dont know about hte people saying this is easy drinking. It took me quite a while to finish this 750-definately felt/tasted the alcohol. THe finish is very intereesting-lots of wierd things going on. The cool thing about this beer, you can pretty much pick up all the given ingrediants in this brew in the flavors. Well done by Odell once again.
smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours slightly hazy orangish color with off white head. Doughy aroma with floral hops and tropical fruits. Pineapple and orange flavors with some bread dough, grapes, and a hint of oak. Medium body with lively carbonation. Very saison-like. I’m liking this one. Thanks Craig.
LinusStick (2954) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Courtesy my Secret Santa. Thanks man! Meh...this was a sweet cloying mess. Aroma was huge but a little muddled. Strong honey, vanilla and oak. Pour was a flat cloudy medium gold with no head. Taste was way too sweet and muddled. Honey was the main flavor with the oak and vanilla tanins providing the only other strong flavors. As it warmed, the light fruit (pear and apple) came out but just muddied the waters. There is a slight white wine aftertaste. What really hurt this beer was a lack of carbonation. Being completely flat really hurt. If you look in the ingredients you can see they just threw too much into this beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the AZ Strong Beer Fest. Great concept, slightly better than average beer. Aroma of honey, toffee, and dark fruit. Definitely get the prickly pear in the flavor accompanied by caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Wish the chili and oak was more prominent. Medium bodied.