BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is light smoke, tea leaves, straw malt with fruity esters and spices. Flavor is malt forward with dry tea leaves, soft smoke, fruity esters and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy honey golden with a thin ring of white head. The aroma is one of the most style-blending, interesting, and odd beer aromas I’ve experienced in a long time. I find a hefty dose of smokey rauch-malt, earthy herbal spice (tea, from the description I suppose, though I might have guessed cumin and coriander), and dusty barnyard hay. The flavor is nice and medium-full with a pleasant linger and mouthfeel. Lots of flavors going on, including campfire smoke, light cedar, mellow herbal spices ("green tea" comes through nicely on the flavor here), and with a mellow calming malty backbone of wheaty tones, Belgian pale malt, hay, barn funk, and doughy yeast. Confusing, yet intricately delightful.