hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at papago 11/25/2009.
tasted after the life & limb and glad i did. the similarities in the two are amazing (though not really). the big brother was too cloying but tasted great... this has all the same flavor and aroma profiles without all the sticky sugars... and i am a sucker for a decent brown.
pours a paler version of the other with a lasting whitish crown.
the aroma is of vanilla, brown sugar, malt, pine, faint citrus and pleasant grassiness.
the flavor is richer and deeper than the aroma lead me to believe... smoky wood, piney hops, earth, brown sugar-y malt, maple, mild citrus pith and a grassy dry finish.
light to medium bodied, crisp and terribly easy to drink! 7/4/7/4/16/3.8
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger for VSK. Dry bark, birch, wet green hops in the back of the aroma. Very dry and grassy, slightly citrusy. Lightish body, nicely carbonated, with a kind of nutty, chocolate, birch flavor. Fairly light. I was happy to see the birch come through in this one (unlike, say, maple syrup, which never works, ever), however it contrasted in a bit of an odd way with the hopping. Still, not a bad effort. I look forward to trying the big beer behind the this.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
4 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Aroma is spicy with hints of chocolate, leather, and roastiness. Transparent dark copper body with a small light tan head. Spritzy, carbonated start becoming quite roasted and rather woody in the middle. Finishes with a bit of spicy hop flavoring. A bit too much carbonation. Meh.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a deep, clear cola-brown color; huge, textured light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass. Basic tea and light biscuity malts in the aroma; very light, bland. Medium mouthfeel: wet barley, tea, and very light brown sugar / tannic black tea notes upfront; a light, vaguely juicy perimeter of citrus and mienral bitterness; not bad, but the tea-like core is very bland: cardboard and water; it tastes, indeed, like second runnings (or a decently hopped mild). This looks and feels pleasant, like most SN beers, but the core just isn’t quite developed enough. Medium finish: wet grains, basic toastiness.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Deep brown/ruby pour with an off white film of head. Resiny sweet earthy hops in the aroma- some toffeeish note as well. Soapy mouthfeel. The flavor has some hempy and oily resins. A bit earthy and vegetal hoppyness. Long hempy bitter finish. A bit soapy and astringent.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Johnny Brown’s. Pours a deep mocha brown with a small beige ring. The nose reminded me of a German Dunkle Weisse, very roasty and a tad yeasty. Mostly roasty flavor with a touch of yeast.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at tylers in derm,nc. Light amber pour with an off white head and spotty lace. Aroma is pine, and grassy. Flavor follows suit with a blast of caramel earthiness and toasted malts
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Papago. Really solid, sessionable brown ale. Mahogany pour with a fizzy eggshell head that doesn’t leave significant lacing. Aroma is cocoa, brown sugar, and biscuit. Flavor shows honey, chocolate, and a slight coffee finish. Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Good.
Damico (2303) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma. And lighter in appearance - translucent dark brown chestnut. Tastes lighter than its counterpart on all parts.
vtafro (2302) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ Isaac Newton’s. Low gravity beer is dark, has birch and sugar notes but really is less drinkable than the big beer version. Not a fan.