JohnnyJ (3917) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Clear brown/amber pour, beige head. Smells mmm good, maple syrup, smoked bacon, pancakes, a good breakfast. Flavor is less enticing, maple, brown sugar, toasted bread, bitter hops, and a astringent metallic finish. This beer does not finish well.
obguthr (3319) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Butterscotch and charcoal aroma. Clear cola brown, thin yellow head. Bakers’ chocolate, butterscotch, and charcoal flavor. Finishes with maple syrup and charred oak. Neat beer, not necessarily up my alley, but it’s good.
TaktikMTL (5402) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2011 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de raisins. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe d’houblons et de fumée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de figues en arrière goût. (Rating #3804)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big ups to Josh and Jacqui for sharing this in Bloomington! Medium dark brown pour with a nice prickly carbonation. Body doesn’t appear to be quite as thick as I’d anticipated (not syrup, but y’know), but still some nice sticky retention and a modest head. Nose did not come across nearly as smoky to me as I was expecting, just a modest but notable bacon element that went well with the pancakes. Mouthfeel is nice, a little bit on the slick side, especially in the finish. Flavors are pleasant, with only a moderate amount of maple but enough so that it balances out some of the beer’s more aggressive tendencies. Not a bad collab.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is a menagerie of smoked meat, smoked gouda and malty maple. Full-bodied and quite viscous with modest carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty with a load of smoke and a touch of maple. Perfectly balanced. Finishes minerally and smoky. Odd bird, but darn nice. Bottle courtesy of 50belair. Thanks Matt!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, maple, nuts, raisins, brown sugar, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, bread, smoke, earthiness, and toasted grain.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty aroma with molasses and light floral hops. The flavor is well balanced, with lightly roasted malts, toast, molasses, floral hops, toffee, and lighter woody and smokey notes. Good stuff.
BobbyAnalog (289) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Most of the Bruery’s beers taste like Glade essence that is distilled, poured into a stemmed glass, and then served chilled. This little ditty is a little bit more earthy and lacking in floral tones. It’s not going to be top billed on any beer festival, but it does have a potent smokiness that permeates around your senses. A welcomed addition to the resume of these brewers.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle... medium brown with a watery tan head... smells like maple smoke, the smoke is light, but decent, wish it was stronger... the taste is a bit of a mess, smoked lager with a dark fruit backbone and some maple... ok
50belair (1735) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. One of the few truly disappointing ales from the Bruery. I won’t go into long details because everything I would have to say is unflattering.