vtafro (1862) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange pour with some lighter head. Nutty malt, thorough fruit essence from apple tones to light citrus and pineaaple, some light herbal and grassy hints as well. Unexpected nice lager.
alexsdad06 (3043) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a clear deep amber color with a small beige head. The aroma is fruity, grassy with some toasted malts. The flavor was malt forward with toasted malts and a splash of caramel sweetness. The hops were grassy in nature with a light bitterness. Fairly easy to drink with no sign of 9%. Nothing bad here, just nothing very exciting either.
Rosebud butternuts (2382) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to jjfoodie. poured gold with a white head. aroma was sugary, sweet, caramel, and grain. flavor was pine, sweet, and what i thought to be candi sugar. heavy body with low carbonation.
SpringsLicker (2822) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper pour with a clear tall off-white head.
Sweet juicy malt aroma along with some slight perfumy hops.
Big juicy sweet malts and fruity floral hops.
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Rather nice. Not the best Iíve had in the style, but it is up there near the top. The aroma could have used a little help, but it was that flavor thatís most important and that was good. Very well balance. A very intense beer made even more extreme because of it being a lager. Simply beautiful lacing.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very light brownish orange or light orangey amber with a large, off-white head that slowly diminished and left some of the best lacing Iíve ever seen. The aroma was a bit weak in comparison to the intense flavor. It had moderate, bread, toasted malt, caramel, nutty malt and cracker; moderate to heavy resinous hops; slightly honey; Band-aid, rubber, and a little sour lemon thing at the end of the last pour. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was rather to heavily sweet and rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was lots of malt, caramel malt honey, grassy hops; slight rubber, resinous hops, earthy hops, some metallic hops and toast and jam. The sweetness outweighed the bitterness, but it was still fairly well balanced. The medium body was a bit syrupy and quite sticky by the end with fairly fizzy carbonation and a light to moderately astringent and rather dry finish.
ebmalon (61) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle to glass mug. Pours a clear pale orange with little if any head. Nose of toasted malt and some alcohol. Thin, oily mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Tastes of yeasty bread with some spice. Abrupt finish with warmth. Nothing special here and overall I didnít care for this.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an orange bruin body with an off white head, poor retention light lacing. Fruity with hints of peach and lightly nutty with a hint of purfumy. Light grass and herbal hop tones. Velvet texture mild nutty soft body. Hints of pine and citrus. Nice despite what my Canadian buddy thinks of it.
Glouglouburp (5568) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A very clean and very bland toasted and caramelized beer. Boring.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh, 3 months after the beer release
The look: Clear dark-golden body topped by a persistent small off-white head
In long: Simple nose of toasted cereals. Taste is just as straightforward. Toasted white bread with caramel spread, notes of ground pepper, potatoes (really!), some juicy red apples, fortune cookies (really). Alcohol is apparent. Finish is very short and abrupt, no after-taste except a light alcohol warmth. Iíve listed some flavor elements but it doesnít mean that the beer had depth. To the contrary, it feels very basic. Lifeless carbonation and oily body. I cannot say there was anything offensive about this beer. This is Terrapin, they are professionals. However this was boring as a 9% beer can be. The beer wasnít bad but I did not finish my bomber, because you know, there are two kinds of people, there are those who finish what they start.
decaturstevo (4080) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with creamy tan head and lace. Paper, caramel malt aroma. Light sweet malt, abv, and a light/medium bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
boFNjackson (3580) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting (thanks to Beerlando for sending me a bottle)... Canít believe this is 9%. So clean and so smooth. Poured a copper hue with a white head. Very, very hoppy. Creamy and smooth, with a mild feel on the palate. Biscuit malts meshed with some citrus tones.