rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown body, tan head. Nose is caramel, alcohol, pine, a bit of mint. Flavor is caramel, minty & piney hops, honey/cotton candy sweetness. Strong bitterness dominates the finish with slightly burnt caramel.
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown/amber colored pour, a lasting 1/4 inch head and a nice nutty and spicy hop aroma. Flavor is heavy caramel, some peppery hops and finshes sweet and a little medicinal. Not bad, like a hopped up version of Boston Lager. I’d buy this again.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown or amber - really nice head. Huge malt and pine aroma - great hops smell. Lots of hop flavor which pleasantly overcomes a lot of the malt flavor until towards the end of the finish where some caramel notes from the malt come through. It’s a good beer.
jmohno (1447) - Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Dark clear red nice creamy head great lacing.
Aroma was initial mineral/metallic/nothing but after the head resided and a few sips it has a really nice aroma mostly pine then some spice and herbal along with some roast light carmel .Taste is really good haveing a great hop flavor along with some roasted carmel malt light sweetness, there is a bit of slickness/also seems somewhat salty. There is a bit of a cardboard like middle but maybe just the roasted malt dryness,a bit of cherry with a salty semi sweet roasty bitter finish leaving herbal/pine/salt lingering.Pretty nice-kinda salty though.
After an aged batch 1: Does not age to well.B-vitamins. Malts come out heavily then your left over with a hoppy jar of b vitamins.Drink it fresh.
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is really inviting with roasted caramel malt and earthy grassy hops. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma but slightly like cardboard. The palate is average. Overall a very decent beer.
zebra (1547) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
stunning ruby color, but interestingly only with incandescent light behind it. fluorescent and LED (computer display) don’t do it. wish the sun were out so i could try it, too, but it’s overcast today.
Palidor19 (3127) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clean tasting. Has a sharp hop bitterness but lacks any real punch. Still it has a bit of astringent at the end but it still drinkable all the way
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep red, very attractive creamy, lasting head with good lace. Aroma is primarily of earthy and piney hops. Flavor is initially of toasty malts and more earth and pine hops. When cold, it is a bit disjointed, but as it warmed somewhat, things really came together for a very nice beer. Strong lingering bitterness. Awesome creamy mouthfeel. Good brew, happy that BBC is doing these.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, Batch No. 1. Pours beautiful deep mahogany with a large eggshell head. Fantastic malt profile along with pine and grapefruit hops. Bitter yet very drinkable with a nice residual malt sweetness.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit pines and resins with some earth up front. Some caramel with a light toast behind the hops. Citruses get a bit more juicy as this warms. Flavor is resiny and earthy grapefruits up front with some pines before a thinner malt backing comes in. Some caramel and toast with some juicier citruses towards the end. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with some citrus resins and a light toasted caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a moderate, soft, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice beer. A bit on the thinner side, but this is well hopped with a lightly toasted malt backing. Fairly resiny and piney with a good amount of juicy citruses. Not bad.