BillKismet (3463) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lustrous amber body with gob-smackingly gorgeous red underpinning. Sweet candi aroma with cotton candy and pink bubblegum fluffing up as well. Cloying body with a multitude of candi variations. Off key saccharine and bitter finish.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is a bit odd, strong sweet somewhat artificial raisin syrup with banana, biscuits, and burnt sugar. flavor is sweet but dry. there’s a lot in here but it just seems a bit off. it’s really very dry and slightly astringent with a long burnt sugar finish and bitter hops.
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear dark copper with some red tint. There was a tall foamy tan head that became more creamy as it reduced to about 1". The aroma had molasses and a bit of a red wine tartness. The beer was lightly on the dry side with a nice hop bite with some citrus notes coming through after the intial tasting. The middle is slightly fruity with a good bit of malt for balance. The finish is on the dry side with a nice mild hops bitterness and a hint of spice.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brownish/red body with a cream colored head. Sweet malty aroma including brown sugar and nuts. This tastes like what I expect from an english ale. More descriptively a toffee, nutty flavor with a mild hoppy finish.
theOptimator (310) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy butterscotch/diacetyl, caramel, biscuit. Appearance is brownish ruby red. Clear with small whitish tan head. Taste is butterscotch forward, some biscuit nutty, caramel. Hint of roast. Also a bit of alcohol. Bitterness present but a malty beer. Palate is medium full. Rich unique butterscotch is heavy and lingers with nutty biscuit. Overall a very nice beer. Pleasant and rich. Rich diacetyl you will only get from this brewer. Maybe could improve with a bit of aging, but still very ready to drink now.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber brown with a big sustained tan head that leaves very nice lacing... Very English malty kinda sweet brown sugar light holiday spice... Lively medium body not nearly as sweet malty as I expected rather it’s spicy peppery with a dry finish perhaps some licorice still quite malty...
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malts and a hint of candied fruits. The taste starts out with the same caramel malt flavor that is present in the aroma along with subtle candied fruit flavors. Pretty decent beer, good for warming up your gut on those cold nights.
rjplumer (641) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sense a nutty almost vinegar like aroma. Pours a clear brown with a tan thin head. Bitter dark fruit taste. Some apple spice and sourness.
wlajwl (4531) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales I’ve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but don’t really get why its like this on so many of their ales.
RedSox2004 (1421) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber, almost brown, with a big three-finger head, poor retention but very nice lace. Toasted malt aromas with hints of molasses, raisin bread and whiskey. Sweet bready malts highlight the flavor profile, with notes of toast, cashews and berries. Medium body, slightly thin mouthfeel, minimum carbonation, and a slight hoppiness in the finish. Extra points for a very nice label in the 2011 edition.