UDBeernut (1252) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from smith split with the wife. Pours lovely tan amber with a thin tan head. Nose of grapefruit, toffee, and faint caramel. Taste has solid bitterness, but it is not overwhelming. Sweetness mid stream comes from some caramel and toffee. Just a hint of nut. My expectaions were exceeded with this one.
Iphonephan (2215) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle at Jakes on Main. Pours a cola brown with an off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Flavors if caramel and toffee with a big hop kick. The combo works surprisingly well.
AndyW68 (706) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good stuff.brown with white head. Aroma and taste is sweet and bitter.nice balancr.
firefly765 (50) - - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop character in a brown. Small tan head. Very balanced and drinkable. Minor caramel aroma.
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Niko100 (1674) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cider/brown color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted malt, hops, some cocoa, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted malt, caramel, hops, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty solid beer. Infact, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice malty front with caramel and light roasty notes. The sweet front yields to a bright hoppy finish that is really well balanced. A great marriage of styles that is most memorable for its balance
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear darkish brown with a thick one finger light tan head. Amazing head retention and some nice globs of lacing on the glass. A really nice looking beer.
I find the aroma to be a little bit weak. Some mild citrus sneaking through with a little bit of pine along with a touch of coffee and roasted malt. There is a little citric tartness reminiscent of lime.
The taste thankfully has more going on than the aroma. Some cocoa and light roast marries nicely with mild pine and and some light citrus in the way of lemon and lime. Towards the end I can pick up more in the way of darker chocolate and cherries. Bitterness is on the mild side leading to a slightly sticky finish.
Overall, this is a nice beer that is a hoppy brown almost bordering on a light Black IPA. Not overly complex but a good easy-drinking beer.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium sized off white head with fair retention and a spotty lace. Clear, dark amber hued brew. mild nose of malts and faint pine. Body is medium with a kind carbonation. Lightly sweet malts, light hops, caramel. Unofensive and clean.Fairly dry finish, not much bitterness, decent malts. Meh. Bottle from statelineliquors.
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before July of 2013.
Appearance: The body appears black until examined with a light behind it, then a clear garnet body is exposed. The color is beautiful and clarity is perfect. The tan head is tall and dense with great retention. This is a beautiful beer.
Aroma: The nose is complex, but a bit restrained. Aromas of pine, citrus, cocoa, and caramel with cherry esters are present. I wish it were a bit stronger.
Taste: Oh this is nice. The intro and mid-taste focus on the malts providing a semi-sweet cocoa and caramel flavor with light roasted malts. Cherry esters hit at the end of the mid-taste with some pine and citrus while the roasted malts get a bit stronger leading to a dry finish. This is complex and inviting.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I very much enjoy this. I generally don’t like hoppy dark ales, but this is done right. I like the complexity and variety of flavors, very little clashing going on.
DominickMondi (13) - - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark brown with light brown head. Tasty, full of hop bitterness, but not as strong on the nose. Easy to drink, a nice IPA that is not to high in ABV.