taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber. Good head. Good lacing. Straw aroma. Taste of caramel, malt, and hops and then a bitter hoppy finish.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to BA zdk9) Pours clear amber with oily bubbles on top. Nose of chlorine, honey, alcohol, apple and pears. Taste of earth, bitter grapefruit with a creamy finish.
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this beer pours a deep copper with a thin white head that diasipates quickly. the aromas are fruit, malt and nut. the flavors are figs, nut and malty sweetness. I really liked this one! cheers!
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, nearly copper color with a small white head. Sweet malty aroma, with some dried fruit and toffee. Taste is a little bitter but mostly sweet malts. The finish is a little dry, but this is not what I was expecting.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Whole Foods. Dark amber body with a slight tan head (that recedes fairly quickly). Malty, toffee aromas combined with bready goodness. Tastes of toffee, caramel, roasted malts and raisin. Thin to medium mouthfeel with a slight to moderate bitter finish. Not as smooth as I would have hoped.
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copperish color with a white head. The aroma is hops with some toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is earthy hops along with caramel malt and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Another good seasonal beer from Real Ale that was recently released in bottles for the first time.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An amber color beer with a pretty good looking head. The aroma is fruity hops & quite pleasant. The taste was lightly fruity with a slight bitter end that left good lacing on the glass.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a light trans brown with a tan head. aroma is caramel hops malt. flavor much the same. bitter woody finish good esb
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brownish red with nice soapy beige head. Aroma is nice hoppy floral, a little nutty as well. Flavor is packed with hops, nice grapefruit and pine notes are very upfront and also has a light nutty taste once you get past all the hops and ends with a crisp bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, all you really get is hop flavor, I find that the hops are just too overpowering and are not letting the nice malty flavors come through. But it is tasty.
degbert (1486) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2011 Bottle. This is a rerate of the 2011 release. Pours a medium red-brown with a cream head. Might have a little chill haze. Nose is black cherries and toast. Drinks rich and bitter -- notes of black tea and cherry, finishing with a clean hops bite. Finish lingers and turns a little espresso-bitter at the end. I still like this beer.