bwa5879 (639) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from drake party store. Clear medium amber pour with half inch white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass as it went down. Sour,pale, grassy malt aroma with hints of caramel. Smooth full bodied taste of tart bitter pine hops. The bitterness of the taste lingers in the finish and leaves the tongue dry. Not the best from southern tier but a good beer nonetheless.
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Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-26-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance - Pours a mahogany color with a one finger off white head. The head has moderate retention eventually fading to give a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of spices. There are strong aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a bready and caramel nature, which when mixed with the spice give a spice bread aromas.
Taste – The taste starts out roasty and bready with a very light caramel sweetness and a pine hop taste. Upfront there is also some nutmeg spice with more spice flavors come to the tongue as the taste advances. After the initial taste a cinnamon and allspice flavor come to the tongue. In the end the roasted and nutmeg flavors of the brew grow stronger with the caramel fading. A clove, moe pine hop, and light alcohol flavor greet the other tastes in the end to leave a rather roasted bittered spice flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and a slightly lower carbonation may have better accentuated the roasted, pine hop, and spice flavors, although even while said the feel was not too bad.
Overall – A pretty decent winter ale. It was a good blend of spice, roast and hop. Not bad and worth a try.
CH-303 (1386) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: DOB 7/11-2011. Dark redish brown. Clear. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, caramel.
Taste: Nice darkish malt, smooth fruit, caramel, nice balance. Sweet. Warming, which is good on a cold, rainy Swiss "summer" day.
Bought: Erzbierschof, 355 ml, CHF 4.90
Info: 11/7-2014, BB: 31/12-2014
hfmejias (703) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured reddish brown, clear, off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, malts and some caramel. Taste is also malty, some roast, some fruit. Nice, enjoyable beer.
douglas88 (5925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Sweet nose of floral hops and caramel. This is a solid beer: toffee, caramel, rich floral hops, tastes like winter. The kind of grimy dark winter period where you haven’t seen the grass in a long time. Quite robust.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with a tan head. The aroma has some nutmeg and allspice notes as well as a lot of toffee and caramel. The flavor is similar. There is a strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness. I get some brown sugar and nutmeg as well as a hint of grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
gschrade (602) - Collinsville, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste Carmel, toast, sweet. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again.
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jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Red brown in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of malt, raisin, chocolate, toffee. Taste is of raisin, chocolate, malt, and toffee.
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. amber with small head. big caramel malt body. quite a bit of hops. boozier than you’d expect for the abv.
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am not quite sure what I would call this one. As of March 2014, it is classified as an old ale on RateBeer. I’d say it’s more of a big, malt-centric American amber. It pours a nice copper color with a faint whisper of a head that lasts the duration. The predominant flavor and aroma is caramel malts. It is just a bit sweet but that sweetness is balanced by earthy hops in the finish. This is a clean and well-made beer w// nothing off-putting or flavor flaws that I detect but it is really pretty uninteresting and the malt character is really just simple sweetness rather than anything with real depth. The end result is a decent but forgettable beer.
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light raisin, nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, herbal, light raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and moderately sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Old ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.