JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08: Pours a cloudy amber with a minimal head. Dank aroma of tart fruit and hops. More malt than hop in the flavor and is also pretty tart. Not great.
Suttree (5689) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 It didn’t taste very hoppy. But to be fair, I didn’t detect an otter character, either. Sort of a grassy, toffee-ish, grassy aroma. There is a subtle, woody English note. Not bad, but I bet it’s a lot better on cask...
Sample at the Raleigh WBF
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You gotta love the symmetry of this beer’s name - anyway, this is a pretty interesting ale - looks like your standard british IPA or bitter, but it’s anything but - according to the label, this is also brewed with wheat, oats, rye, and spelt, which explains to interesting eccentricities - the oats are quite apparent in the aroma, along with some earth marris otter character, and a bit of nuttiness - grassy american hops hit the tongue first, but after that the british ale yeast and malts take over, and serve as a base for the added ingredients - rye is most noticeable, and the oats add their presence a bit - some caramel sweetness and nutty character arrive late - interesting herbal, almost tea-like notes in places - a unique and tasty brew - now I need to try some of their other offerings.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a thin off white quickly diminishing head. Aromatics include a strong hop nose, citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. A big citrus start with a stronger lightly fragrant floral nose then light dry earthy bitterness. Citrus and a light etoh to finish. Good brew.
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. great amber pour with no head. malts with a slight hop scent. very malty with a hop bitterness flavor in the finish. easy on the palate and on the way down.
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - $4.99 at Bullock’s in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Bready, caramel-coated malt aroma with some sweetish, fruity hints and supporting hop notes of citrus and spruce tips.
Taste: Malts coming across as sugary sweet, chewy caramel candy with a distinct breadiness to it. Pleasant estery fruitiness. Spicy rye grain tickles the tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for an English beer, with a nice pop of citrusy, sprucy hop character and plenty of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a lingering touch of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A nice surprise! Pleasant, well-balanced, and enjoyable. I cleared through the bottle in record time.
travita (4578) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored with a beige colored head. Smell is caramel, hops, and alcohol. Medium body. Taste is malts, caramel, hops,. ok but nothing special.
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Still looking very thickly bodied amber beer with very little head. The aroma is well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped and slightly floral. Overall a nice well hopped and bitter beer.
nearbeer (4392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. Copper-brown with a medium and lasting head. Earthy spiced marshmallow and toasted pecan aroma. Flavor is earthy wood, slight molasses, toasted nut, slight orange and cocoa. Near medium body is smooth and dry.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is happy and sweet with a caramel malt but it’s papery too. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is bitter and sweet being somewhat disappointing. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it’s not that bad but not great either.