hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color, almost brown, with a smaller sized of white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of earthiness, caramel, toffee, toasty, and somewhat nutty. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, doughy, and pine. A little fruitiness in the tastes as well.
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of sloth. Copper color ok initial head. Aroma of sweet dark malts, molasses, some dark fruits, light chocolate, pine. The flavor followed the aroma, brown sugar also in there, the pine and dark malts just not working at all for me, clashing in many ways. I am a huge Troegs homer fan, drinking all their regulars, knowingly over-appreciative of even their Dream Weaver Wheat, but this I couldn’t even try to like more. Mouthfeel was moderate, a little underattenuated, spicey, but finishing with a bit of bitterness (earthy bittering hops). Oh well, this is why it’s a scratch brew. Carry, on, Troegs Bros! Thanks, Bert!
Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coles-Rare Beer Festival
Appearance: amber brown look with mid head , fragmental lace 3+
Nose: Hoppy ,earthy , fruity and clean. Solid nose. 7+
Flavor/Palate :Good clean with full body. Hint of smoke, malty, alcohol on sides.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is very catty to me with some pine and licorice notes. pours a dark amber with an off white head. flavor is big on the molasses which leaves some licorice and cookie type flavors, but that’s only when you get over the hops. The hops really dominate when its cold, much better when it warms a bit. the finishes has some strange alcohols in it, perhaps from the fermetation with the molasses, kind of fussal with a hint of rose. the yeast does leave its mark nicely with the molasses kind of an earthy slightly roasty, anise flavor. medium in body. Overall I thought this beer was a bit overhopped and too catty for me. the malt was enjoyable, but I didn’t care for the fussels in the finish.
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep ruby-caramel color with a thick foamy light tan head. lightly piney aroma with a yeasty sweetness to it. roasted malt in the front followed by an oaky, winey finish but something seems to be missing in the middle and the mouthfeel is a bit thin or watery.
swoopjones (6638) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours cola colored brown. Aromas of sweet malts, piney hops. Taste is malt heavy, hop bitterness, & some wierd plastic taste that lingers on the palate.
Nejhleader (1300) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was okay, I thought the body was a bit thin, bit of a sweet taste to it, had an ending alcohol presence.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery, poured dark brown with no head. Aroma was malty, sweet. The beer had a nice maltiness to it, balanced nicely by hops with rich caramelly notes. Seemed like a naked version of the mad elf to me, no honey and no cherries. Simple, but well brewed, this is a solid beer.
zach8270 (3777) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark ruby color with a thin and quickly fading tan head. Aroma has some hints of pine, honey, earth, dark malts, and some molasses. Flavor is sweetness from the honey and molasses with a bit of bitterness from the hops and pine resin. Finishes dry and slightly metallic. Not great, but not bad.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from brewery. Pours a clear, dark brown with amber hues. Average tan, frothy head with good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is a faint, sweet maltiness. Flavor is a molasses kind of sweetness followed by a piney bitterness. Medium body. Dry, slightly warming finish. A perfect choice as I just finished shoveling snow.