jcwattsrugger (11613) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@RBSG-Minni–growler-thanks Kristen-offwhite-hazy gold. A-caramel-med malt, herbal/orange. T-caramel-med malt, herbal/orange hops, some spice at the end.
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of grass, orange peel, orange into a bit of fruity notes, hints of floral and herbal notes. Taste is a mix of herbal, grassy, earthy notes into a bit of grain, some caramel, toffee, touch of orange, grapefruit, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet. Like this one, pretty nice and very interesting.
BVery (8222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Kristen at RBSG! Deep orange pour with a small soapy head. Floral hops and biscuits. Crisp yet smooth on the palate. Slight bitter finish. Very good!
JK (5129) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Autumn Brew Review, 2012. I was not happy with labeling this as an English Strong Ale, but I think it is the best option. I might have chosen old ale, but the hop character is too strong for that. Good aroma of fruity hops and grass. Sweet malt flavor with fruit. I like this.
badgerben (4652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper color with a large head. Earthy and spicy hop aroma. Pounding bitterness. Solid malt flavor with a hint of caramel, but mostly buried under bitterness. Full body, moderate carbonation. Style-wise, this is probably like a raw American-style Barleywine with English ingredients.
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll agree that English Strong Ale isn’t a great style designation for this beer, because many of those beers are a bit richer, with a darker (more ruby) color and oily mouthfeel. The aroma on this was wonderful--I had rosemary and bubblegum, with maybe a hint of basil, and a lot of floral qualities in amongst the herbal. The first tasting brought a real smack at the finish, but then later my mouth adjusted and there was a reasonably rounded hop finish, though once or twice it felt more purely astringent, esp. after the carbonation had left it. Orange, hazy. Really good stuff. This is a brewery that is at its best when it doesn’t even try to brew to style guidelines...which is the way it should be. I did appreciate hearing that they did treat the water to try to get the Burton qualities. (on tap at brewery)
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler sampled at RBSG. From notes. loads of earthy and floral hops with a little breakfast biscuit. I like this quite a bit.
jcnielsen (2738) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on tap at Pour Decisions. Pours a copper color with white head. Caramel, earthy, bitter, toast flavors. Alright.
Bacterial (2368) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkish amber pour. Some white head. Nose is hoppy, a bit floral. Holy biscuits batman!! Still quite hoppy. A dark fruit bitterness in the finish. Very nice.
portableparty (2169) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at RBSG. Pours clear amber with a thin foamy soapy head that leaves a wispy film. Aroma smells of watery malt faint earthy muted hops and a slight spice in the background. Taste is bitter water that comes off with subtle earthy hops and spice, very mild flavor. Palate is thin watery and dry.