Ratman197 (9960) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and light frruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can @ home. Clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a light brown head and good lacing. Toasty, a touch burnt, caramel malty, somewhat nutty, cherrry fruity aroma. Hazelnutty, a touch woody, quite earthy, a bit herbal, caramel malty, light toffee, a bit husky flavor. Not bad.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can pours a nice amber with copper edges and weak sort of light tan head. The mild aroma offers up earthy hops, spicy hops and a light amount of dark roasted malts. The taste begins moderately sweet with malts and a sweet nuttiness and then it moves toward a light amount of dark roasted malts as well as vague snippets of hop bitterness. This is hitting the spot right now. It is pretty full flavored for the style.
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours a clear deep reddish amber with a near white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a large bread note with a bit of toffee and backing and a touch of biscuit. Flavor is more balanced with toffee, bread and nuttiness as well as just as hint of a grass note.
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can, shared at Eli’s, enjoyed from a tiny styrofoam cup. Dark brown / red color. Little khaki head. Some lace. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Spicy malt, light dark fruit, some caramel malt, light toffee. Light bitter, moderate sweet. Hint of metallic, bit of spice. Lightly sticky in the finish. Fine red ale.
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz can with little no white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, some slight yeast and grassy notes. Taste is bready biscuit, some caramel, yeast, some slightly acidic grain with a pleasant earth, finishing fairly sweet but dried out. Like this, pretty solid for the style.
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber/red.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with light notes of metal, black tea, and diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic.
Meh. Grainy, metallic, buttery, and dull.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned thanks to trukpro, orange pour with malty carrots and caramel aroma and flavor, bit of hops on fin
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby with a thick off-white head, settling to a substantial, soapy lace - nose is medium dry maltiness, cocoa, toasted grains, light toffee, a bit of breadiness - body is farily creamy - low carbonation - flavor is dry, medium bitter, with light acidity - some toasty grains, a light tartness, moderate earthy qualities - very light toffee sweetness before a finish of long lingering toasted bread and leafy hops - pretty solid, really.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An aggressive pour from the can produces a fat-two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated red-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated berry like fruit, rich caramelized malt notes and a backing of lightly herbal hop character. There is a rich toasted maltiness to this beer that has a touch of brown bread character to it, but mostly reminds me of English biscuits, and crushed though clean, crystal malt. There is a backing hop character here that seems to accentuated the fruitiness as well as provides just a touch of herbal character.
Somewhat sweet up front, though it is a rich, malty, and caramelized sweetness rather than being a simplistic sugary sweet note. The beer finishes with a not insubstantial bitterness that has a touch of herbal character to it; in fact the herbal character is noticeable throughout each sip, though it clearly plays a supporting role to the dominant malt character. English biscuit notes, substantial caramelized bread notes, sweet whole grain crackers, and caramelized malt notes play the dominant role here. Having said that though this is not a completely malt dominated beer, there is a fair amount of hop character, including some grapefruit like citrusy hop notes. This beer is quite quaffable and easy drinking, it does have a chewiness to the body though, but it strikes the right balance as it does not seem heavy or cloying.
This is actually a really nice beer, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot to be honest, but this is quite pleasantly enjoyable. I really like the hop character here, it really helps to balance the chewy malt character, that might otherwise be too much. As the beer warms up the citrus character gets quite a bit more noticeable.