AWISLguy (1342) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Four Firkins, cellar aged a couple of months. Pours reddish amber - very clear - with an off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma has stone fruits, caramel, and bread. Taste is of sweet fruits, some stone fruits, pine, toast and all solid caramelly malt base. Tangy and sweet. Medium bodied with some alcohol present. Finishes sweetly with some length. Solid, for what it is, and tasty. 13.7
Ericular (659) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice hazy reddish copper with beige head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma is moderately juicy, piney hops with a little malt. Taste is resinous pine hops, with a bit of caramel malts. Scales tip towards the grapefruit hops, though, with a bitter finish. Bready malts try to balance but are firmly in the background. Not bad!
Braudog (5838) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. This may have been the least interesting beer here, but still quality. There’s little aroma to speak of. They drink with a solid caramel malt, perhaps a slight sting. In short: it’s a red ale. (#5658, 8/28/2014)
Stine (1603) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour, clear. Wooden, earthy nose. Toffee, maple, and heavily steeped, pungent black tea. Green, leafy bitterness counters quietly. Dark and firm, with the midrange notes being especially strong, while the normally louder bright hop and deep malt syrup notes are subtler.
Raspberry, red apple skin, earthy malt. It feels like it should taste husky and gruff but it doesn’t. Golden leaves and rustic wooden character. Dry caramel, pears, brown sugar. Medium-full palate, with gentle carbonation and generally dry texture.
The finish is bittersweet, candied grapefruit. This is a lovely little example. It is not outstanding in any regard, but for what it lacks: fruit cocktail sugars, iced tea astringency, and plain doughy malt. A throwback to an outdated model, that always had some merit.
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is copper/amber/orange with a mild haziness, resting under an inch or so of off white head. Aromas include pine, hops, resin, caramel malt, fruity sweetness. A hoppy red ale with bready undertones. mild bitterness in the back with a present, but not overbearing, sweetness. Medium bodied. Nothing terribly exciting, but no obviously flaws either. I had no problems finishing the bomber. Ok.
Clownoisseur (222) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from burgy, thanks!! Pour a deep amber, red hues and nice and fluffy 2 finger head, leaves a nice cap. Aromas of stinky hops, resin, pine, some citrus and and equally as sweet captain crunch cereal notes! Taste is very sweet with a pretty full mouthfeel. The hops come in waves though. Oranges, lemon peel, spruce, sap...they all make for a nice balance to the hearty cereal malts. Really enjoyed this one!
MacBoost (1329) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of Atom. thanks! Pours a deep red color with a small off white head that fade to a ring. Very piney and resinous in the nose. Taste is initially very malt forward with moderate sweetness followed by a lasting piney bitterness. Pretty heave (read:sweet) malty base they have here which is balanced by copious amounts of piney hops. Not next level beats, but pretty solid nonetheless. Sweet and bitter.
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark red with a decent off-white head. Big aroma of pine, citrus, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, malt, and some caramel. Bitter finish. Not your typical Amber Ale.
northropfrye (2249) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice sweetness to this. Better than the typical British style amber. On tap at Steel Toe Minneapolis.
cards04 (1809) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at steel toe. Aromas are some hop and caramel malt. Great hoppy flavors with some nice malt to even it out.