puzzl (3216) - 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.
kmweaver (3200) - 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.
alexanderj (3198) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SDBC. Color was a dark reddish brown. Aroma was sweet with caramel, sugar, citrus, molasses, roasted malt and earth. Flavor was the same; citrus, pine, earthy, cocoa, molasses and earth. Quite piny in the finish, especially for the style. Got better throughout; could taste the DFH head influence.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - 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.
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 (2600) - 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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draft at Capone’s on 11/28/09.
Pours a very dark burgundy/chestnut brown color with bright mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting cap that leaves sheets of lacing behind.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with some sweet apple character. syrup and subtle cinnamon spice.
Very funky(in a foul kind of way) and earthy with a lot of astringent alcohol flavor. When I say earthy I mean that it tastes like freshly toiled earth, soil like with dirt pitched in. This nasty flavor is accompanied by an unpleasant spiciness and the body is very watered down. Pretty gross overall. I hope the Life and Limb is better.
Damico (2211) - 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.