MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle poured into a bulbous stemmed glass. SHA pours a nice clear burgandy color with a large linen-colored head that persists quite nicely. This beer pours so clean that it almost looks like carbonated scotch. The aroma is hard to place. Parts of it remind me of that after-meal mint stuff that you get by the door of an Indian restaurant. There’s also a nice malty aroma. The flavor is quite mild with autumn leaves, lima beans and maybe horehound. I’m not sure how to classify this beer but it works quite nicely. It’s a nice cross between a saison, Belgian strong ale and barley wine. The finish is unexpectedly dry and clean considering the malt in the nose.
csaso (1443) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - nice size light tan colored foamy head, beautiful clear medium-dark amber color, nice balanced malt aroma and flavor, caramel, toffee, biscuit, all balanced by fair hop notes - this is really good!
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sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 1/3/10. 750ml capped bottle. First pour mildly hazy and lively. orange amber hue. Layer of off-white head. Aromas of mild spices and sweet breads. Strong berry esters in the nose. Hints of strawberries. Faint melon and a touch of brownies. Medium to full bodied with a familiar flavor. Sweet and tangy malts. Tingling effervescence. Great mouthfeel. This hits on all cylinders. Initial flavors are sweet cinnamon bread and berries. Bready notes. Then the astringency hits and totally dominates the rest of the show. Lotta fruity flavors pop up throughout the palate roll. Subtle bubblegum in the middle. Typical Schlafly house yeast. Not a bad thing, just noticeable. Finishes with a kiss of grapefruit bitterness. That, mingled within the myriad of other lingering flavors. This has great complexity and a great palate. You did a great job on this one Drew!
hayduke (3417) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750ml capped bottle courtesy of Strykzone, this poured a hazy amber to orange color with a nice tan head and decent lacing rings. The nose is of caramel malts with aromas of ripe fruits. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth but also lively. The flavor is complex with fruits nuances of all kind…strawberry, melon, some chocolate, and some subtle spices. The finish has a citrus bitterness. This is a difficult beer to describe, but a very easy one to drink. The sad part about getting a beer like this in a trade is that when it is gone, it is gone. A real winner.
Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice-looking pour, rich white head that can get quite tall. Roasted malt, honey, pine, pine nuts, alcohol but not unwelcome, actually a cleansing bite.
Good, not spectacular. If it had a bit more vigorous alcohol taste, I would try to cellar it for a year. As is, not sure where it’s trying to go.
drfabulous (4127) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bought at Bottleworks. Spicy and malty. Sweetness is just right. Amber color with some very nice caramel tones. This is very good.
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy red/orange with a thin head. Aroma is sweet, honey, molasses, orange peel, and slight funk. Flavor is initially bready, a slight metallic note, big grainy center (think barley wine), an alcohol wallop, and a bittersweet finish. A wreck during the transitions, but the overall package works.
JonLaRue (24) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer has light touches of cereals and toasted bread. Fat lace and amber brown shadings. Taste is a light malt wafts of hops, which is something I desire more on my palate. It finishes quickly and asks to be drank more.
Finhead (1200) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 A hazy amber pour with off-white head. It has a malty caramel aroma mixed with some apple and berries. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is moderately sweet and finishes lightly sour.
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very attractive pour. Amber brown with plenty of visible carbonation. A big tan head has strong retention that tries my patience. Aroma is fruit, bread, caramel, and light spices. Alcohol is prominent in the flavor. Chocolate, fruit, red hot candies, soft spices. Licking my lips brings malt flavors. The chocolate stayed throughout and described the finish. Lots of subtleties here. A hint of hop late. Warming throughout. Very enjoyable.