BeerandBlues2 (10700) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at 4th Annual Wildland Firefighters Benefit & Festival at the Pumphouse in Longmont CO. Pours caramel nut brown with a frothy tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel, medium roasted malt, toffee hints, alcohol nose, purfume hops and rye. Malty syrup maple and caramel, medium sweetness and bitterness, low acidity, faint chocolate and rye notes. Medium bodied, creamy yet dry finish, a tad spicy.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At the 4th Annual Wildland Firefighters Benefit & Festival, Pumphouse, Longmont, CO. Sample in a pint glass. Beer pours a hazy, medium, brown-red color with a fat, lazy, bubbles that drift to the top in a nitro-settle-lookalike fashion. Very pretty. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of caramel, cookie, toasted grain, toasted bread; Hoppy with moderate amounts of resin/pine, grapefruit; Miscellaneous aromas of moderate strawberry, tea, traces of honey, moderate amounts of peach and pineapple. The flavor is heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, heavily bitter, lightly acidic finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. The finish is lightly astringent. I’d have it again, but I don’t know if I’d seek it out.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium amber; cloudy body; big head; tight bubbles; intricate lace. Creamy-rich texture. Roasty and toasty, with a nice level of noticeable alcohol. Caramel was present, but sweetness was painfully restrained. I kept searching for wafty aromas, but didn’t find any. Thus, lower levels were pretty good, but the lofty, upper reaches remained to be seen.
Ernest (6698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, nuts), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Lots of vitamin B stink in the nose, along with the grating hop varieties made this unpleasant to smell. Rather harsh.