thornecb (4363) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold into a snifter. Bubbly head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet candi upfront turning to an earthy toast in the lasting slightly sweet finish.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale yellow with a one finger white head. Nose is grassy and bready, malty, some caramel, a bit fruity, estery. Flavor is sweet and bready, malty, hay, grassy hops, mild caramelly notes. Palate is sweet with some hay.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to shellebrownies on BA! Nice earthy pour, pale gold, a healthy amount of sediment, and a roiling carbonation that seems fitting. Apple and bread in the nose, again more or less as expected. Palate is a bit underwhelming and the beer is thinner than desired. Also slightly bland to taste, with fairly generic bready malts, light fruit, and just a hint of bitter flavors to the finish. Decent but not much more than that.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught version, sampled at EBF ’06. Authentic amounts of esters and mildly perceptible alcohol notes rise up to greet me, but are quickly lost amid a flurry of sweet, almond and honey covered maltiness. Light bits of vanillin and touches of bubble gum dry things, while a plethora of nectarines, peaches, pears, apples and other fruits finish the aroma. The flavor is quite clean, though the alcohol, through a bit of a sharpness, is notable on end. Chico yeast used for this one, really keeps things fairly clean, though the higher than normal fermentation on this one as well, adds more fruitiness. Thick almondine sugars, vanilla frosting and cakey sweet malts assail the palate, while hop apparency is low, adding light notes of floral bitterness. Fair amount of dough and light white pepper suggestions on the finish. Thick, heavily creamy mouthfeel is broken up by the moderate carbonation.
Caramelized golden raisin addition, cask version. Powerfully sweet, caramelly and certainly very fruity. The raisins are front and center here. Both the nose and flavor get a sweet, sugary, raisiny boost that seemed unncessary in an already heavily malty example. The flavors are done right, but it just dosent work in this situation. Low carbonation on the cask version further exacerbates things. Cloying, unfortunately. Numbers are for the draught version.
sonnycheeba (3496) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Pours clear light amber with fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, caramel, lemon, herbs, and light spice. Flavor is dry malts balanced with subtle citrus and herb notes with faint toast; dry finish with a slight hint of spice. Light body and medium carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, malt, yeast, and yogurt. Flavor is tart, sour, and yogurty. I think this bottle was infected?
beerbill (3377) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle sampled at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a cloudy antique gold with a white head. Aroma of apple and citrus. There is a bit of a tanginess in the nose as well. The flavor is malt along with a bit of tangy fruit. Heavily (excessively) carbonated. This beer seems off a bit.
AirForceHops (3115) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub. Served in a tulip glass. This version is a smooth Farmhouse Ale. Poured a pretty light rose color with a slowly receding white head. Small thin lacing as I drank. Aroma is sweet raisins or white grape with yeasty highlights. Very light on the nose/ Solid, syrupy palate with low carbonation. Random fruit like flavor ( grape or raisins) Very thin, light mouthfeel. Has a fair amount of drinkability. Very smooth, easy drinker.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Cloudy orange pour with a dense off white head. Light acetic notes in the aroma- seems infected. Heavily carbonated- acetic appleish notes (maybe acetaldehyde). Mild bitterness. A bit off.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing! Light gold pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is grassy hops and estery. Flavor is spice, grassy hops, caramel and citrus rind