nuplastikk (4904) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Unfiltered brown-tan. Interesting beer, the oak and malt go together in an odd way. Not really an improvement on the style, just an odd tweak. Caramel amber, some buttery, fruity offness. Old school feel. The oak gives it a sugary, buttery toffee feel that isn’t so great. Quite underwhelming and not so well made, a disappointment, especially at the pricepoint.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle 10/2/13 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-48° in Stem Glass-Pours an orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, caramel, and sugar. Taste of malt, yeast, grains, and sweetness. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and something I wasn’t expecting. In a good way.
BOSSbrewer (2298) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer. Pours amber with a creamy white head. Dark fruits and caramel and toffee. Medium bodied. A bit sweet on the finish.
pineypower (2660) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Spirits Lacey. Pours out a well carbonated dark brown color with a big off white head. Aroma is of fruity yeast, some earthy/sweet woodsy notes, light cherry. Taste is complex, dried cherries, sweet woodsy notes, caramel, some grainy notes, mild spice and some light fruity yeast that finishes a little dry.
badgerben (4562) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a large head. Strong bready and malt-laden aroma. Massive barley flavor. Plenty of caramel. Light bitterness. Some orange and yeast character. Vanilla after warming.
madmitch76 (17099) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
31st July 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Light haze on this amber beer. Little pale cream coloured head. Light fruity mango nose. Light softish palate, semi dry. Fine carbonation. Fruit follows the nose but unfortunately thinner. Very light touch of spices. Touch of light wood and vanilla. Dry finish. It’s fine but all a bit light and wimpy.
Scopey (8328) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Ken! It pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is orange sponge cake, sugar, candyfloss, bubblegum, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is earthy, sponge cake, light spice, dough, straw, metal, light bitterness and warming alcohol with a dry, clean finish. Medium body and moderate+ carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but pretty tasty and well-integrated flavour.
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Ken for upping the rates on the BDG front, 31/07/13.
Hazed orange amber with a thin off white head.
Nose is dark fruits, woody notes, sugars, yeasty, orange rind.
Taste comprises light booze, oaky, Belgian yeast esters, farmy, straw, bready malt, prunes, tangy dark fruit.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation with a little spritziness, dry fruity finish.
Leighton (13254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Many thanks to Kenny! Pours hazy orange-gold with a creamy white head. Nose has so e ripe fruits, bread, light yeast, some vanilla and toffee. Light to medium sweet flavor, some dried bread, light bubblegum, nectarine, hints of alcohol, soft toffee. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Moderately warming finish, some bread, a bit of peach, subtle hay. Very tasty, drinkable stuff. Nicely balanced.
S_Side_Smitty (550) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a medium off white head. Aroma is molasses and grains. Taste is molaases and malts from beginning to finish. There is a little bitterness that creeps in for the finish. Not super complex, but good.