blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, dark orange with tall creamy foam, aroma is milkshake malt and herbal, flavor of bitter herb, wood, caramels, malty, finish
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.
Appearance is a clear dark red with a small 1/2 finger head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.
Aroma of caramel and toffee very much like a red ale. I’m not really picking up any piny notes from the juniper like I was expecting. Maybe just a touch of earthiness.
The flavor brings out a lot more of the flavors I was expecting. A pleasant resiny pine comes across immediately much like a freshly cut christmas tree. Some wood in there too. I was almost expecting more of a gin flavor due to the juniper berries but am pleasantly surprised. A light bitterness in the back of the throat finishes things off.
Overall I am quite pleased. I don’t really have anything else to compare it too but the flavors work quite well and add a nice complexity. Something I would definitely have again.
wxman (1610) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish amber with a sizable off white head. Aroma is roasted malt and fern tree. Taste is sweet roasted malt, peat, caramel, as well as both bready and earthy notes. Some mild tartness and bitterness is in there also. Quite good actually.
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a large off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate aroma of berries and spice. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a complex sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting complex brew.
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This really required warming for it to open up, and then there were some notes of juniper when you really reach into it, but the dominant impression I received was of a malty, earthy and reasonably well rounded beer, very drinkable, but without distinction. Slight metallic note. Very little sense of 7% alcohol (I’ve had many strong ales at that level which are far more over the top in the sense of abv). Bottle.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a small tan head. Smells earthy with some pine, juniper, spicy, earthy. Tastes of caramel, earthy, some resiny hints, pine, juniper. A good attempt and an enjoyable beer, but not a sahti.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, clear amber with beige head. Aroma of balanced berry, burnt caramel, woodsy and almost a hint of anise. Flavor is very much the same but stands out more aggressively then aroma, just a touch of light sweetness that ends in a pleasant, well rounded bitterness. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting brew that you start to appreciate after several ounces.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with a 2 finger head tht settles to a single patch of foam. Medicinal, juniper aroma. Flavor is nutty, metallic and notes of spicy juniper
Earlier Rating: 5/20/2012 Total Score: 2.5
Muddy brown pour. Aroma is sprucy juniper. Flavor is vegetal with big spicy notes. This is/was a strange beer to say the least
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice beer and a history lesson too. It pours a dark amber with a good sized creamy head. The aroma is fruity with a bit of what seems to be tea. The flavor is quite Malty but nicely balanced. The finish has a hint of vanilla.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the West Coast Brewfest. Pours copper with a nice beige head and a sweet citrus aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of rye and a hint of juniper.