Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of caramel and very yeasty. Tastes overly sweet with a lot of sugary undertones. Mouthfeel is thick with a finish that reminds me a bit of malt liquor. Not all that exciting.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose of caramel and flowers, alcohol and a hint of brandy, some yeast. Pours a cloudy amber honey. The mostly diminishing off white frothy head leaves no lace. The brew is sweet through and through. Warmth in the middle, sweet grain at the finish. If I was blindfolded I might think this was a dunkel. The medium creamy body is soft, the finish feels slightly alcoholic.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unusual, like a dunkel with a light palate. Malt and apple aroma. Sweet malt flavor, and brown sugar, with some salt. Light red color.
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma is a bit fruity with some malt. Taste is sweet and malty. Fairly thin. Decent finish. Not good, but is drinkable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber taste. No head. Powerful alcohol and caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt body with a dry yeast bite throughout.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy burnished copper color with frothy head that disapears quickly. Nose is full of caramel, malty, but has some earthiness , sweetness, maybe a hint of cooked vegetable, dust, sour. Flavor is a touch on the sour side, with lots of malt, an alcohol note, some bitterness, some citrus and lemon, some fruit (apricot and date) and some other stuff. At first the flavor had some slightly unpleasant notes I couldn’t define and I decided to wait and find them as I worked through the glass. As I waited and sipped, this ale warmed up a bit and I couldn’t find them any longer. Still a little too sweetish malt for me, and the palate on this is kind of flat, sticky and syrupy thick. On the other hand, this one was interesting enough and not nearly as poorly handled as most of the other beers I’ve gotten off this same shelf at Topp’s. I’m almost motivated to go back and find what I haven’t had yet on that same shelf.
nearbeer (4289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 500 ml. Clear, almost darkish copper with a medium head that lasts with a nice tat of lace. Aroma is earthy boiled greens and fall woods, maybe some cedar, and some caramel underneath. The smells and taste are both a confusing mix of alot of stuff; reminds me a bit of some of the Hitachino Nests, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There seems to be mostly British character: fruit-and-nut, twangy sourish malt-forward and a slightly dry-tingly, woody and herby finish. As with the Hitachinos, once I get used to some of the unexpected smells and flavors it’s actually pretty tasty. Post Mortem: Once this reaches room temp, it pretty much smells and tastes like a good Scottish Ale. Once I think about it, a traditional ale was probably always drunk at ambient temp; I recommend that highly for this one.
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Its the color of Iced Tea (not to be confused with Ice-T), with almost no head. Decent aroma - woodsy, a bit tart, a bit citrusy. Kinda remonds me of tonic water. A bit smoky flavored, some caramel, some alcohol. Not that bad, actually.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 mL bottle. Pours dark orange copper with cream colored head. Aroma is lots and lots of caramel and some toast... smells rather sweet, very faint DMS. The flavor is toasty caramel and some grassiness. Some tart notes float around there, but the sweetness still overpowers it. It’s kind of a half-way English barleywine. Personally, I think it is a little underrated, but it does lack a few things that would make it a good beer.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty sweet aroma, thin white head that goes quickly and no lacing on the glass. Dark amber coloring, fairly clear with no trace of sediments. Flavor is all malts with very little bittering from hops, though the malts are decidedly more sweet than roasty. The palate is basically mild sweetness up front, and balanced middle, but a somewhat overly-sweet cloying finish in the back. There is no trace of the 8% alcohol, though if you drank a few of these, I’m sure the 1pt. 0.9oz of this easy drinking brew would kick in with a vengeance.