kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a deep, dark, but clear amber color (or a very deep bronze); tall, small-bubbled, light-tan head with great retention and lacing; really nice pour on this, per usual (Sierra Nevada has nothing if not good packaging practices...). Very nondescript aroma on this one: just hints of a toasty and roasted maltiness, a basic hop character that seems slightly minty, like spearmint; very quiet, very boring. Medium body; moderate carbonation; light creaminess and no alcohol showing; significantly more character than the aroma, but still not all that much, honestly: that minty hop character plays out much stronger than in the aroma, alongside a mild smoked malt character and relaxed cola notes; honestly, it seems like Sierra Nevada forgot to put the flavor and aroma in this beer: nicely minty hop character in the mouth, but thatís about it. Pleasant mouthfeel, as always from SN packaged beer, but this just doesnít have enough to it to hold my interest; even simple beers donít need to be this resigned. Very quiet. Medium finish of light smokiness, a lingering mintiness, and some nice toasty notes rolling out eventually.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice and thick brown ale with a good bit of nuttiness to it. I didnt like it too much but it wasnt a bad beer. Would like to drink this next to a fire in Autumn not the summer...
Pershing (476) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love this beer! Dark brown with a small tan head. Coffee and roasted barley aroma. Not much mouth feel and a bit on the dry side. Excellent balance with the hop and malt. Clean dry finish.
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany colored beer with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, and chocolate. The taste is this awesome blend of oatmeal, subtle coffee, caramel, and a nutty aftertaste. Very easy drinking. This is one of those beers you really could "drink all day". Highly recommended to dark beer fans.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice deep caramel look with a slightly smokey taste - thankfully not nutty just features the malt
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[A] Watery java and nutty aromas. [A] Pours a very thin, weak, watery looking brown from the bottle; sits a quite clear brown into a pint glass. Some tannish head. [F] A good redeemer here, there are some solid coffee and nutty notes. Still not solid enough to compete with the best of the best. [P] Crisp finish. Mild mouth. Drinkable. [O] A little less than what I was expecting. Much less than phenomenal. Quite pissed, as Iím sure this new seasonal will last for awhile, and it didnít at all impress me.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is dark brown with ruby tints in the light. The head medium large and khaki colored. Theres touches of chocolate, toast, grain, and nuts in the aroma. The flavor is dry and toasty with hints of cocoa and nuts. The body is definitely on the weak side which is disappointing. Very dry with a distinct earthy bitterness in the finish. Finishes quite bitter actually. A very good brown ale, but not rich enough to keep me interested.
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark ruby and mahogany blend. Sturdy beige head. Delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is nutty with caramel, thin dark chocolate, spicy hops and earthy notes. Taste is soft, spicy hops, chocolate covered peanuts, chewy caramel, and mild earthy notes. Body is medium-full and chewy with a creamy carbonation. Finish is more spicy hops, light toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and nuts. Nice brown, though I donít necessarily like the style.
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL. Poured a deep, clear amber with a billowing, grayish tan head that has awesome retention and webby lace. Aroma is poopy toilet water thankfully moving to light caramel, light coconut, Vienna malt. Taste is malt-forward, rather uninteresting, no hoppiness, no roast, touch of crystal malt, mostly Vienna malt husk. Creamy, fairly rich on the palate. Otherwise very boring.
kdern (15) - USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic medium-dark beer. No aftertaste, no bitterness. Very smooth and easy to drink. Texture of a dark hefeweisen.
Winking Lizard in Cleveland. Aug 2010.