ACHops (596) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours cloudy amber with thin lingering head. Aroma is thin, faint hop notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt with rich smooth body. A hint of hops on the finish. Pretty good for the style, but lacking in hops for my taste.
Berard (212) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2014
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown with no head. Smells of boozy red wine. Boozy cherry flavor.
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SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick pillow of foamy head while the liquid was a dense golden honey color and showed sign of sediment. I was surprised the aroma wasn’t as bold and aromatic seeing how this was the XS version of the original Younger’s special bitter, but there was a fair amount of sweetened scents of refined sugar cane and a squeeze of light citrus inspired hops. The flavor is bitter with a delicate touch of hops and a background of honey oat bread like malts.
SHIG (3449) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
7oz Bottle: Poured a murky orange with off white head. Aroma is sweet candy. Taste is not very bitter seemed sweet malty to me.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear amber with red highlights. Off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, spice, grass, toasted. grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation. Light lingering bitterness leaving some pine, resin taste. Mostly malty with taste of caramel.
furthur (97) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head cream colored, fine, decent lace. Aroma slightly of bourbon and malt. Flavors of oak and hops and malt, the bourbon is understated. Lightly fruity, nicely complex. Creamy and round on the tongue. Finish is slightly bitter, with a hint of spice.
ineedbeer (548) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7oz nip bottle.
Aroma is somewhat muted, but I pick up caramel, raisin and fig. Hints of toasted bread.
Pours a fairly clear copper color with lots of ruby notes to it. Thin, slightly off white head that quickly recedes to the edges.
Flavor starts slightly sweet with some toasted bread. As the bread note recedes you pick up caramel, raisin, fig and prune. Moderately strong bitterness washes away the sweetness. Bitterness lingers with an earthy, woodsy hop flavor that has a touch of resin and faint citrus. A hint of chocolate and roast as well as some lingering caramel and toffee notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an acceptable beer, but I would like a bit more hop character. The malt could be more prominent in the aroma too. As it warms there is more hops to the aroma but it is still pretty faint. I do like the idea of nip bottles though and wish more breweries used them for their big beers.
bth122 (1141) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
7 OZ Bottle in Omaha, NE. Poured a cloudy brown color with medium head. Aroma of caramel malt and some floral hops. Sediments floating in beer. Very malty flavor with some floral hop backbone. Medium-light bitter. Texture on creamier side. Bitter finish. A hoppy ale with a big malty side. Pine notes too. Not a good score for appearance. Would get again though.
maekchu (1766) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little 7oz. bottle, as an "omake" (freebie) from Asahiya. Sweetened prunes, raisins, some fumes. Thick hazy dark amber color, little head, good lace. Creamy sweet malt / little change in mid/ well-balanced throughout and in finish. Medium body. Quite good, but curiously inert. Has a smooth layer of warming and syrupy sweetness.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Love the tiny bottle this came in. This was one of the more interesting beers I've had. Tons of flavors behind the bitterness, but the bite is a bit too aggressive to enjoy all of those flavors, which is a shame.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1340) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s a bottle I got at Asahiya. I love these tiny 7 oz bottles. Honestly, I’d rather buy a 3-pack of these rather than a 22oz bomber. This size is perfect for sipping high-ABV beers on your own... It pours a great amber brown with a thin beige head and a huge wafting aroma of malty caramel which is mouth watering. The taste is rich, toffee, caramel malt goodness with a crisp bitter finish. Very nice.