DocJitsu (700) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly murky dull copper-amber with an adequate light tan head. Cream ale and toasted malt nose. Soft, astringent mouthfeel. Mild flavors that approximate the nose. Thereís a a light perfumy quality.
ansermadide (1430) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís dark and looks the part of a syrupy, caramel drink thatís well-carbonated, maintaining a foamy, pasty white head. It looks very much like an English ale, and smells like one too. A nuttiness accompanies a very English yeast aroma thatís slightly decorated by some musky, tavern-like malty sweetness.
Itís sharp in the mouth, with an oxidized bitterness that really controls the flavor at first. Following mouthfulls are not as harsh, but still so strong that I wonder if the bottle went bad. Itís not even the middle of winter yet, and this beer has been at 45 degrees for only a couple of months, so I canít imagine that it was anything that I did to ruin the beer. Surely itís not supposed to be this bad. Yes, I said it. Itís unpleasant, unbalanced, and really a disappointment. A musky earthiness almost starts to show its head through the awkward bitterness, but it never successfully does so, preventing me from really being able to identify the nuances of the beer. Itís frustrating. I can get what they were intending with this beer a little, but that bitterness really ruins it. Itís strange, and the wild, floral, spicy, almost perfume-like characteristics of the hops are way too much for the supporting malts and thin body. If you close your eyes and pretend this is an IPA itís not as disappointing. Unfortunately, Iím not sure Southern Tier meant for this to be an IPA.
BigBenBB (4) - De Pere, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent, but it crosses the line between litter box and a good IPA. Nice to thr nose, but falls short for the epic ale.
tfratzke (43) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color. Light tan head disapates quickly. Aroma of fresh cut wood, floral hops. Taste is straight up bitter. Seems really unbalanced. Different, yet I donít drink many old ales to compare. Not my thing.
raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a different smellósweet leather? Sawdust & caramel, & i donít mean either negatively. The off white head dies quickly, the slightest haze in the amber. lighter on the tongue than expected. Caramel, orange, wheat bread, alcohol. Sweet finish.
northropfrye (1888) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown semi-transparent body with some head and some lacing. Aroma of cocoa and hops, though not a prominent aroma. Taste is quite bitter and roast. A bit unusual for an old ale- certainly not a traditional british style old ale anyway. Abv well masked. Enjoyable but nothing too interesting here really.
Tstamba (199) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper point into snifter. Creamy off white head. Good balance of caramel maltiness with citrus and pine notes. A winter IPA, could use a higher ABV.
EricTeusink (554) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent beer. Nothing memorable. Pours light amber. Pleasant blend of sweet and bitter flavoring. Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Draft - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA
tnkw01 (933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light brown with an amber tint. Small head a some lace. Taste is a spicy with a touch of fruity citrus.
Brandon1989 (228) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear copper color with a thick creamy off white head that leaves lots of lacing. the aroma is floral hops and bread. you can also pick up some mild spices but they are more prevalent in the taste. the taste also consists of floral hops. there is quite a bit of bitterness but not overpowering. i would never guess this beer is 7% abv because it is such an easy drinker.