GODiSSOUTHERN (317) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Minimal head. Pours orange brown. Tastes of overripe plum and fig notes. Caramel sweetness. Light carbonation. Would do well sitting for a year or two to develop.
Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Draught House brewpub. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dank fruit, caramel and yeast. Medium body with flavors of ripe fruit, earthy malt, yeast and a touch if spice. The finish is slightly boozy with a fruity malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
kidmartinek (2452) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity and.effervescent smelling for a beer... almost makes your nose tingle. Rich copper color. Decent sized white head. Just light all atone with a sweet fruity malt finish accompanied by a sptrizty mouthfeel. Tastes like 4%. Watch out. You could feel good way sooner than you thought.
dfinney23 (1004) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Porch Swing. Clear amber with some white head. Sweet and malty with a little citrus. Looking forward to cracking open a bottle or two next year. Which is all I have -- two bottles -- thanks to St. Arnoldís lack of production volume of their most interesting beers and my increasing lack of interest in driving all over town in search of what is usually a decent but not exceptional release.
djd07 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a medium creamy white head lasting awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt, honey, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a strong caramel and toffee with honey and sugary finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Will have to re rate after aging.
Rasta420 (13) - - AUG 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 &12 oz.bottle.Orange/amber hue. Very sweet and "boozy". Orange, toffee, carmel and bread flavors. Definitely needs some aging. Will try it again in 6.
rougeau13 (1594) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange-copper-amber with a very slight whitish head. Aroma of caramel, orange, toffee, bread, and wood. Taste is somewhat sweet, a bit boozy, and a little bitter. Medium bodied, a little syrupy. Decent, but Iím sure it definitely could benefit from some age.
ansermadide (1198) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This only spent 2 months fermenting, so with hardly any time to condition in the bottle, I can tell you before I even take a sip that this is going to taste immature. Even though itís been in bottles for just two weeks (barley long enough for it to carbonate), it just isnít enough time. Iíll give another review of this beer in six months, and each August after that.
First, I didnít get hardly any sediment in this beer. Strange, considering that the bombers of this that were released were recalled due to excessive sediment. It glows brightly with an orange hue that shines through a slightly foggy light amber body. The head, barely forming as itís only been in the bottle for two weeks, is an almost bright white color. The lacing looks like it has potential, but it isnít quite sticking to the glass very well. And carbonation: hardly there at all. By appearance alone this beer needs time to condition in the bottle... before it goes in the cellar (note to self).
The aroma is also a little too "straight from the fermenter". It smells of light caramel with a slightly spicy note... and thatís about it. Even the alcohol is hard to pick up in the nose. Once itís in the mouth itís a little more enjoyable. A sweet fruit character shoves its way to the front of the palate immediately, followed by a yeasty grain and hop character that screams, "Iím not done conditioning... let me age!" I really donít want to review this beer at such a young age, but itís important to the process.
There is a slight toastiness to it. That, coupled with the fruitiness and yeast really reminds me of an English ale, especially with its slightly creamy (yet thin) mouth feel. The more of this you get in your system the warmer it gets in the finish. The alcohol is really well hidden for as much as is in it. The sweetness, no doubt, is to thank for that. Some of that sweetness, although it doesnít seem to stick to the glass, sticks to the edges of the lips, making you lick your lips.
Taking a step back and thinking about what an Old Ale usually tastes like, itís actually spot on, or at least has the potential to after a longer amount of time in the bottle. This is one of those beers that will probably be enjoyable after 6 months, taste best at about one, and after two on a classy descent to smoothness. Canít wait for 2013!
jhamp9 (752) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Oak St. Clear dark copper with a nice white head. Aroma is wood, fruit, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. Taste is boozy with some caramel, and raisins. Full and sticky on the palate.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a really pretty ilumnating orange with a very faint, wispy head that fades quickly. Nose is of soft malt, which follows into the flavours. I think this one will age well and the reported 10%abv is very well hidden.