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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 01/31/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting

Appearance: clear brown, scant head, drops of lace,
Aroma: light earthy hop aroma on top of lightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts,
Flavor: well balanced flavor with plenty of spicy and earty hops to go with the caramel and chocolate malts, the malt character grows as it warms and picks up a hint of sweetness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2007
Hand-bottle sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of earthy dark caramel malt and a touch of piny hops. Body starts lightly sweet with some floral hoppy bitterness and an earthy, piny, bittersweet finish. A little thin, but with a toasty caramel malty finish, otherwise true to style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Deep reddish brown in color with a nice off white head. Malty caramel aroma. Spicey notes. Hoppy malty flavor. Grainy notes. Cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg notes. Medium bodied. Finish is spicey. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2007
10oz Growler: Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. The aroma had a moderate sweetness with fruity grapey notes. The flavor was fruity with some prunes and a touch of chocolate on the finish. Semi-dry bitter finish. Light to medium body.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Hand bottled from Goldtwins. Thanks Larry. Clearish amber and still had a bit of head but was very thin and flat from its journey. Still had some remnabts of caramely fruit notes but.... I would like to have this one fresh someday.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pours brownish orange with a decent enough sized head. Taste is more malty than hoppy with some flavors of cereal, caramel and dusty hops. Spices abound as well with cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper, especially as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 Draught pint at Hop Devil Grill on 1/12/07
Dull hickory brown with dark beige hues and a bit of light peach. Medium-high to high clarity with plentiful carbonation creating an off-white head that is small, but fairly well-retained, never falling below cover. Little to no lacing produced, however.
Everyone kept saying that the aroma and flavor werejust "there" or "regular". And of course, I love it. Maybe itís because itís balanced and flavorful, but nothing unusual or overly exciting, but I loved it. Sweet bread and gingerbread cookies in the nose, with a strong spiciness from the hops. Peppery and not really in the forefront, but adding balance to the well-extracted caramel malts. It gives the effect of adjunct spicing, though Spencer says there is none in here. Light buttercream and brown bread on the finish with a lighlty earthy, toffeeish nature that soothes the nose and lingers on until next whiff. No alcohol, medium in strength overall with a clean, not apparent yeast.
Medium sweet malts in the flavor fill up the palate with their softness, though the sweetness remains terribly balanced and never gets sugary or syrupy. Dry, spicy/peppery hops conjure images of ginger, white pepper, cardamon and orange peel. What a novel way to make a pseudo spiced christmas beer. Not overly complex in the malt category, with warm, round bready malts and graham cracker-like crunchiness coming on late. Some light fruitiness emerges on the end, as it warms. Lightly sweet malt notes linger on as well. Mostly clean, nothing musty or old to distinguish it as very English. Which is fine with me, as the medium amounts of moderately engaging carbonation leave well enough alone and allow the "regular" and "unexciting" flavors to go down very easy. Not sure what it is I find so attractive about SHs mid-range beers, probably the lack of hard malts and the sessionable nature of them.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Copper coloured beer with a thin off white head. Lean pale malt aroma, light toastiness as well. A bit of UK caramel malts just behind it. Orange peel/marmalade and light toffee. Spicy/earthy hop flavour with a lightly metallic character on the back. Decent, but like many of their English Ales, itís not stellar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Draught at Hop Devil, NYC
Dark amber color; nice lace. Light caramel aroma. Strong caramel taste, with powerful bitterness, but nothing special.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007
On tap at Hop Devil. Didnít like this at all. Smelled like absolutely nothing... I tried so hard to get aroma out of it that I mistakenly dunked my nose in the beer. Hmmm. Light spices in the flavor, cinnamon, carray, thyme, rough malts, harsh, not much complexity. I got very little out of this.


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