potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught from Capital Ale House Downtown Richmond Location amongst good friends. Darker red and copper colors with a lasting head. Caramel, molasses, sweeter grapefruit, and grass/leaves in the nose. Flavor is more malt dominated and but with interesting grassy and floral hops more in the backseat. Brew leaves toasty feeling on tongue. Iím down with this session.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Papago. Pours a murky brown color with a soapy biege head. Smells of earth, bakerís cocoa, and grass. Tastes much the same with added notes of hops, assorted nuts, and bark. Interesting, but kind of limp.
popery (1203) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at San Francisco release party/dinner. The release party casks were dry-hopped in the cask and so differ slightly from the keg version. Sam Calagione described the beer as an "imperial small beer." Itís a relatively dark brown beer, translucent, with a big head. Carbonation was pretty strong for a cask beer. The aroma has a fair dose of citric hops with an underlying nutty/earthy malt tone. The flavor is a bit acrid. Iím a fan of small beers in theory, but this one, like others Iíve had, lacks a certain depth of malt flavor. It was relatively thin and felt smaller than its abv would indicate. The hop flavors are fairly strong but lack complexity, adding not much more than a light bitter grapefruit rind flavor. Thereís also a bitter woodiness to the beer that was also present in its bigger brother but worked better there with a much thicker body.
patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Monkís with James and Dallas. Pours a slight cloudy brown with a thin, off white head. Aroma of raisins, barley, vanilla, brown sugar, sour wort, funk, and malt. Medium slightly dry body with a thin, malty palate. Really good brown.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap @ DFH Rehoboth beer premier event-Clear black cola like pour w/a slight tan head. Slight malt aroma. Weak flavors of floral hops & malt, some caramel, some bread dough...some interest. Considering all the hoopla they put on for this brew, & the fact that it sold out in 28 minutes...it was really just very average. Not bad, just bland. It tasted like a "second runnings" beer made from left over hops; very weak brew. I enjoyed the Licorice Infused Chicory Stout Cask they had on that night a lot more. I hope the Life & Limb is better-it will certainly be stronger @ 10%; lets see if that translates over to better flavor.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crescent Moon. It poured amber with a dirty off white head. Aroma was a sour bread with some resin. Flavor was pretty generic. Kind of earthy with some sweet vanilla. It seems right that this was made with the remains of another. It seems to be lacking a robust flavorful quality I was hoping for.
daleharshman (826) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Blind Lady Ale House for a DFH night during the first annual San Diego Beer Week in November 2009. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a small off-white head. Aroma is on the weak side with caramel malts and some light hops. Flavor was unexpected -- a tea taste. Seriously, this tastes like brewed black tea with lemon. There is also a burnt bitterness which seems to derive from both the hops and the dark roasted malts, but more the latter. The bitterness continues rather harshly into the finish. This is drinkable but very unusual.
jmm635 (805) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting pour. Clear, dark brown in color but a bright-white head. Roasty aroma complemented by citrus hops. Notes of barley, hay, and leather. Tastes like... straw. Dry palate.
Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very opaque with bubbles all over the glass with a thick tan-colored head. Aroma is very nutty with hop undertones and vanilla. Flavor is very chocolatey with bitter coffee notes that is balanced by vanilla bean. Flavor is fabulous and so is the body which is a creamy highly carbonated mix.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is piny, birchy aroma with a little bit of malt. Flavor is piny birchy syrupy flavor with a little bit of citrusy and earthy hops. Not bad.