ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some juniper berry and a bit of spice and wood.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some juniper berries and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some more bready malt comes through with a bit of wood and some more caramel flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some juniper, spice, and some brown sugar.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. A pretty good example of the style. Balance is pretty nice. Would have liked a bit more juniper flavor.
Pailhead (5276) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet caramel, juniper, some herbal notes, grain, and spice. It pours a transparent dark amber with a two finger cream colored head with pretty good retention and lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with moderate sweet caramel flavors with a touch of grain in the background. The finish has some light juniper, some spicy herbal notes, and a hint of metal. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I can’t say it’s bad, but the caramel and spicy herbal combo isn’t working for me.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a slightly sour/sweet berry with some slight citrus tones. Poured a deep clear mahogany with a good sized off white head. Taste is a nice mix of the aroma with a slight lingering sourness from the berries and a bit of spiciness and pine. Dry finish that kind of hangs out on your tongue for a while.
BVery (7238) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Town Hall Tap. Orange amber pour with a white head. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is juniper, ginger, and cinnamon. Fun brew.
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Gallo’s. Clear copper color with a thin beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with some spice. Malt and ginger flavor with caramel and cinnamon before a spicy, semi-dry finish.
OmegaX (1301) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour ---> Snifter. Nose is very floral, similar to perfume. Raspberries and molasses notes also. Lot’s of intense flowery berry notes. It reminded me of one of those cheap pop-ices that come in the big packs at Wal-Mart. 30 for $2.99. Taste was similar with tons of floral berry notes, grains, caramel, molasses, and carpet cleaner. Body is bronze with an off white head. I liked this one.
mcox90 (1622) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a clear orange/amber with a 1 finger off white head. There’s a small amount of lace. Caramel malt, spice and citrus in the nose. Flavor is malt, citrus, wood and leather. Not really getting any juniper. Nice full mouthfeel with easy drinkabilty. Slight bitterness in the finish.
AirForceHops (3774) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Served in a pint. Light brown color, small head with good retention. Nose is spice and malt. Juniper is really an after thought and really hiding under all the spice and malt. Overall still really easy to drink. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of spice in the finish. Could drink large amounts of this
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - shared by OmegaX
Appearance - Deep orange, silky lacing
Aroma - Molasses, black cherries, thick herbs
Taste - Light hops, candied walnuts, yeast
This one was as good as I expected. Sam Adams is coming along nicely with these recent "small batch" brews. With a fine taste of juniper that gets dryer by the sip, it leaves the palate refreshed indeed.
bhensonb (11805) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Folsom Whole Foods. Pours darkly ruddy with a creamy/foamy beige head. Aromas of light juniper and roasted malt. Med body. Flavor is spicy/juniper. Could use more, but it’s good. Seems to have a hint of butterscotch or diacetyl. It’s a bit malty for my taste, but there’s enough spice and herb to cover that up. Pretty tasty stuff.