BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to badnewsbeers. Pours with a hazy but vibrant blood orange juice colored body and a thin off-white head that recedes. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, red wine, pepper, vanilla, esters, yogurt. Taste is citrus, light acidity (not infection or wild bugs), orange, pepper, earth, light cedar in the finish. Finishes pretty dry and sort of earthy. Lasting cigar box flavor. Some bitterness (seems more spiced based tannins than hop bitterness for some reason). A very different beer. Medium amount of tingly bubbles. Very dry for a barley/wheat wine.
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Thanks, BVC! Pours deep muddy brownish orange with a loose ring of grayish bubbles. No lace. Tons of sharp blood oranges hit you on the nose right away. A little sweeter and tangier than Campari, for sure, but you still brace yourself for that bitter jolt that you know is coming. Creamy medium body, and then the onslaught of flavor varieties starts--sweet pepperiness, dark spiciness, earthy notes, black bread, but, most of all, orange zest and that sharp blood orange bitterness that hits you like a wet towel snapping on the back of your legs. Bracing and refreshing, while still being ultra complex and interesting. A real classic for these guys--would be a shame to see it relegated to one-off status.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a very cool rusty blood orange color with a soft, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma continued the blood orange theme, primarily led by the meat.. juicy citrus surrounded, and spicy pepper was more evident as it warmed up.. warm, but the sugars and spices kept it from feeling anywhere near 11.7%. The flavor was considerably less approachable (still good, but not what I hoped for).. orange meat and pale wheaty malts at the core, with tangy orange zest and lesser earth around.. really dried out in the end, and the peppercorns topped grainy sugars and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and kind of slick on the palate.. transitions through the mouth were only decent.. overall a complex and intriguing brew that wasn’t far from being great.
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross.
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a Ruby orange color with a small white head. Aroma was a touch citrus, spice notes, something familiar that I still can’t quite put my finger on - probably just the blood oranges. Beer was certainly not as hot as I would have imagined based on the ABV.
onceblind (7325) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2011. Murky burnt orange, no head. Intriguing aroma of toffee and caramel malt, mild grassy bitterness, and some cream cheese icing. Flavor has some sweet funky toffee, mild grassy herbal bitterness, some light citrus fruit tones, a faint bit of floralness, balanced between sweet and bitter on a big-medium body. Nothing amazing, but well made.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled on 1/2/11 thanks to ryan: Pours a clear amber bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh piny juicy orange nose with some light caramel sweetness. Starts with an interesting fresh orange flavor with some nice light malty sweetness and mild caramel notes with good complex orange flavor throughout. A unique and interesting brew.
Sledutah (7027) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Tim
Appearance: Pours clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Malty, fruity and hot alcohols
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, coriander, orange peel with a bitter finish
This was interesting. lots of orange peel and bitter.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 2. Pours clear amber with a medium tan head. Orange notes with some malt, a good amount of hop and some spice. Spicy and orangy flavor up front with a bitter grapefruit finish.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the GTMW ’10 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice glowing fiery orange hue, a touch of haze but quite striking, glowing with a fiery purpose, a small whitish head dies to bubbles at the edges. Aromas are bigger malts and orange, peel and zest with some juiciness, a touch of spice. Caramel and toffee follow behind, wheat bread and the fruity esters associated with flaked wheat ensue. A medium body, surprised it isn’t bigger. The juiciness seems to make this go down quite easily. Small bitterness, a touch of mellow coriander linger with citrusy orange oils and faint bitterness in the finish. An interesting beer, I like the oranges en masse it offers, and it certainly goes down easy for being a fairly big beer.