drewbeerme (3807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 on cask at the maproom. pours hazy light amber with soapy white head. aroma of grapefruit, pine, and slightly chemical. flavors is refreshing, grapefruit, citrus, pine, not much malt profile here, watery, medium bitterness coming in on the backend. pretty nice PNW ESB. 3.3.
11/2/09, thanks to bang for this one. pours hazy golden-amber with white head. nose of mild pine, orange citrus, and mildly toasted malts. a lot of perceived bitterness with hop notes of peach and apricot, with a sturdy malt backbone. a crisp and refreshing brew. 3.4.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 [Can, thanks Guerde] Pours dark amber with a decent khaki head. Aroma is not a surprise, as it is big on fresh hops. The description is pretty accurate, with the most noticeable aromas being apricot (strongest) and peach. There are also a good amount of malt in the background. The taste is much more malt dominant Good mouthfeel, smooth and with a lightly citrusy and fairly dry, bitter finish. The taste is somewhat weak, but I wasnít expecting a flavor bomb with this beer anyways. Pretty solid and definitely would be a good session beer. Iíll revisit this rating when I have had more bitters to compare it to.
Re-rate: Just taking it down a tenth of a point. More tea in the taste, but less hoppy than I remembered it overall. Still smells great. Old rating: 8/3/7/4/14 = 3.6
Re-rate: Aroma is huge on lemon iced tea, with a little playdough present as well. Lots of tea in the taste--this beer seems to get more tea dominant each time I have it. Mild bitterness in the taste, with lots of lemon iced tea again, and some peach. I remember this as being better. The taste has grown on me, but the aroma is a little worse than I remember. Overall, this isnít a bad beer by any means, but Iím slightly less impressed each time I have it.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 (can) Pours amber with a white head that settles to a fine film with decent lacing. Aroma is strong with fruit. The noted orange and apricot are the most evident, but also a hint of pine, and an underlying earthiness that occurs near the end of the sniff which intensifies as the beer warms. A really pleasant smell here. Sadly, the taste did not live up to the aroma. The flavor begins with just a very light sweetness, that is almost immediately replaced by a clean and dry lemon/grapefruit rind finish. Medium mouthfeel. I havenít had many bitters, but this one would definitely be a decent session beer.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 This was genius. An absolute highlight of Dark Lord 08. Unbelievable squeezed orange juice flavor in an ESB Are you even kidding me? It barely even tastes like an ESB, but in a good way Surly does it again.
Beerman6686 (3535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a cloudy orange color with hardly any white head. Aroma of was hoppy and fruity. Taste was also kind of fruity and sour. Decent beer, but did not taste like the style.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. I thought this beer was decent and it helped to have a break from the Darklord. Pours a hazy orange. Fruity hoppy aroma. It almost tasted like tea, which was interesting. Not as bold as their other beers but still good.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. Poured a hazy amber color. Has very little aroma to it. Tasted like a weak IPA. Has more water taste to it than anything else. Was not an impressive beer at all.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Cask, DLD 2008. Tasted like a hop tee. Not a ton of hop bitterness, though had a nose of glaciers. Very fruity and light. Nice.
Tap at Kumaís, 6/27/8. Very nice beer with some oaty caramel tastes. Pour is copper with a fluffy head. Compared to the cask version, this has a lot more going on. I suspect the cask we had was still green. This is a damn fine sessionable beer.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Cask. Arborfest 2008. Expressive aroma of apricot and tangerine. Bright, beautiful and delicate. Lighter malt notes hide behind the hops. Pours hazy orange. Flavor is heavy on the malted barley and toasted bread notes. Bread crust and dough with apricots on the finish. Creamy with good carbonation. Decent bitter finish.
Out of the can itís a fantastic Summer Session. Crisp, vibrant and tasty as hell.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Tap at the Nile. Clear orange amber with large head and good lace. The aroma is grassy, piney, orange, and faint malt. The flavor is of clean tasting malt with some sweetness, orange marmalade, and hops. All very mild and bready/fruity. The palate is light and refreshing. Good, but pretty mild and middle of the road for these guys.