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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In 1815, Jefferson writes in a letter to Joseph Coppinger (himself a brewer): “I am lately become a brewer for family use, having had the benefit of instruction to one of my people by an English brewer of the first order.”

Large-scale brewing began with the appearance of a British brewer detained in Albemarle County during the War of 1812. Captain Joseph Miller improved upon the quality and quantity of Monticello beer, introducing ale, stronger beer suited to storage. While at Monticello, Joseph Miller trained the enslaved Peter Hemings in the arts of malting and brewing. Hemings – a brother of Sally – carried on the brewing operations, making 100 gallons of ale every spring and fall.

Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had “no receipt for brewing,” doubting “if the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt.” Using ingredients grown on the Monticello plantation, Jefferson’s brews varied based on the grains that were available at any given time, including barley, and larger quantities of corn and wheat. At Monticello, about three-quarters of a pound of hops were used for every bushel of malt.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Tap at Rustico. Pours hazy yellow with a small, fizzy white head, medium-short retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, meal, cereal), corn, wheat, and light fruity esters. Flavor is malt dominant with corn and faint butter. Light body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Sampled on draft at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, then sampled again at Beer Run, just to make sure it could really be this bad. It can. Pours a pale yellow color with a large creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Malty aroma with notes of butter and rotten fruit. The taste is butter, caramel, corn, rotten fruit, banana and faint earthy hops. Medium bodied. Really not a good beer at all.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
750mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear gold with a large, white head. Big webby lace. Sweet apple pie aroma along with mulled apple cider and whipped cream. Very yummy. Taste is suddy with macro lager character- adjuncts, corn, sugar water, lemon. Chalky mouthfeel. Not sure what happened here but it had a great aroma going for it.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Green Leafe Newtown. Poured flat hazy gold with minimal head. Nose was over-fermented fruit, bitter hops. I thought something may have been off with the tap here. The flavor was rather dull, mildly wheaty and hoppy, with some off flavors late.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Found a bottle of this at the Whole Foods in Charlottesville, and we all had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear golden orange. Soft grain, toast and wheat, light citrus hops. Big carbonation, sweet and grainy. Toast, grain, and sweetness. Light grainy bitterness, soft sweetness on the finish. Wasn’t horrible, wasn’t great. Wouldn’t pay $11 for another bomber though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Draft at Taphouse. Quite a light-colored beer for an antique recipe -- clear and golden with a thin white head. The aroma is malty, but the initial taste here has a unique different edge ... it initially comes off with almost an orange essence. This drinks with a clean, smooth, malty character, unoffending, and unique enough to make it fun. Interesting. (#4529, 3/21/2012)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned.Gold pour with a medium, foamy white head. Aroma is soft all around but has corn, grains, sweet malt and yeast notes. Taste is slightly buttered corn, grains, toasted malt, oak notes (is this even barrel aged?), yeast, sweet malt, faint toasted coconut (am I really picking this up?) and candy corn. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finish is more sweet malt, buttery corn notes, candy corn, wheat, soft grains, bread dough, yeast and toasted malt notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2012
750ml bottle, split three ways. Poured a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a small one finger white head. Aroma was sweet fruits, sugar, lemon, caramel. Flavor was sweet malts, sugar notes, fruits (apples in particular), touch of lemons. Not really worth the ~$11 I spent, but I did enjoy it more than the others who have rated it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Keg @ Starr Hill. Hazy straw color with a small head. Looks like a cloudy cider. The nose is full of corn. Cornbread, some sweet marshmallow. Slices deli turkey. Taste of apple butter and more cornbread. Sort of slick and oily. Sweet pear. Medium body, soft carb. Sort of strange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pale golden coloured body with a light soapy white head. Aroma of skunk, coconuts, pale malt, corn, coriander seed and a hint of grass and quite a bit of hay. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong hay flavour with some earth and cardboardie malts noticeable with a hint of alcohol and a definite but hard to notice coconut and odd fruit sweetness that hits hard. Aftertaste shows a skunky flavour with some cardboard and other assertive bitter notes. Overall, an interesting and relatively complex beer, for the style. Not a horrible beer to sample, but not the best value for money, especially from this brewer. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased on 24-November-2012 at Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington, Virginia for US$10.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-December-2012.


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