rangerred (899) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.
Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.
The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.
Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I would’ve liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but it’s a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you! Ruby red pour, rich red color, tiny off-white head. Aroma is grainy, with notes of pine. Flavor has a touch of grapefruit, sweet malts.
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Dark and clear ruby color, large beige head. Aroma of light pine and furniture polish, not pleasant. Taste is licorice candy. Not my cup of tea.
eaglefan538 (2865) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SL. Pour was amber with a big off white to faint orange head and good lacing. Aroma of ruch grapefruits, citrus, pine, caramel. Flavor followed with some faint roasted malts in there, reminding me of a revent iron hill brew, the brown haired ipa. Mouthfeel was full and well carbonated. Decent brew.
Goodgrief (1770) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma, fluffy head. Lots of herbal hops, caramel malts and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... bright amber, light tan head... the aroma has tons of caramel, a Killians on steroids, a little hoppy, wet dog and socks... easy to drink nothing wrong, but not something I’d come back, had with The chairman and this was better
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops with hints of caramel. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
decaturstevo (4964) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber/copper pour with nice tan head and lace. Aroma is reniny hops and an odd finishing aroma I can’t place, not unpleasant. Large maltiness with a caramel tone and some prefumy notes followed by an nice resiny bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth carbonation. Odd offering but pretty good.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a huge creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was strong pine, leafy hops, resin and had touches of pineapple and sweet caramel. The flavor was sweetish toasted caramel with moderately strong pine and resin and an light molasses undertone. The beer turned dry dry towards the long piney finish. Thick body. Solid.
SSSteve (3740) - - NOV 24, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pours clear red under a large, frothy, tan head. nose has lots of bready and cookie malt and toast. also lots of piney hops. flavors of bitter hops with not a lot of depth. just bitter. no flavors but some astringent notes. malts could be stronger. not at all sweet. leaves a grassy finish. where are the malts is smelled?