BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells tulip (aged much like holdenn, at least one year old): Clean amber hue with some reddish hues, small fading fizzy head and not much lace. The aroma does indeed speak of spiced or mulled apple cider over a layer a rye bread and caramel chews, a hint of oxidization starting to appear but at least on the nose is not troublesome. The taste at first is sort of cool with the twangy spicy caramel apple overtones but alas it quickly becomes a boring one dimensional brew. Additionally the overall malt character is quite flabby and fleshy tone of the apples cause the palate to search for some countering bitterness that is simply not available. Lastly there also is a minerally and sulfur aspect about the finish that stops the tasting dead in itís tracks. The mouth feel is equally flabby, perhaps if there was more acidity provided by the fruit it would be more refreshing. Yet another in a long line of disappointing beers from this brewery. Creativity means nothing if the product is poorly executed.
DocLock (9702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber from Frank Smithís. Pours turbid orangy colored with 1-finger white head and the biggest gusher Iíve ever seen. Nose is apple, spice. Tastes of nutmeg, apple, earthy, with a sticky palate, more apple and some sourness as it warms. This one was a bit off, a bit odd, and I didnít care for it at all.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle thatís been in my fridge for coming up on two years. The problem is that you really have to be in the right mood to drink this one. Since the weather is cooling down, and I donít have to swallow this one alone, I popped it. Orange amber color beige head. Spicy nose but not as strong as it was two years ago. Cinamon maybe coriander and apple cider. Similar flavors with the cider winning out and an odd spicy bitterness. Drinkable. I think two years has improved this one, but because of the sweetness, you donít want too much of this one. 7/3/7/3/13
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from Party Liquors (Steger, IL). A gem picked up and shared with the girlfriend and her mother.. It smelled up their alley. Pours a deep copper, glowing orange with full haziness, a decent offwhite head that dies to a decent layer, laces ok, a bit soapy. Aromas are a heavy spiced cider, golden delicious apples mix with pepper and cinnamon, a touch of spicy yeast really goes the distance on the nose, powerful apple cider with a touch of toffee, biscuits, light florals. Initial is mellower, apple is decent, apple juice, light spice and cakiness, light bitter hops on the backend, a bit earthy. Soapy bitterness almost. Light cider spice, cinnamon, and a touch of pepper. Lighter end of medium bodied, not as sweet as Iíd expected. Not bad, just a bit different than expected. Still, the aroma is powerful and the taste is much more subtle, easier to drink than expected. Still, fairly simple and straightforward, but an interesting spin nonetheless. Not bad.. Would like to try it hot
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish gold with a hugh light brown head with a red hue that dissipated very slowly. Aroma is full of apples with some cinnamon undertones. Flavor has a strong sweet apple note with underlying spices and a slight bit of tartness at the end. Too much apple for me.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: January 09, 2010
Appearance: gusher, clear dark red, huge frothy beige head, gobs of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, nice touch of apple
Flavor: lots of apple flavor, plenty of balancing spices, touch of fruity sweetness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at TJís: Heavily sweet aroma of apple, spices, and a hint of malt. Poured orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Lightly sparkling. Hazy. Flavor is very sweet. Tastes of apples, slight medicine, and nutmeg. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, apple, nutmeg and medicine finish. Drain pour.
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Looked ok, but the bottle did weird oozing that was rather unappetizing. Smells like apples, cinnamon, and vinegar. Very sweet smelling; almost like apple syrup that is served on pancakes. Also very strong smell - I could smell it from several feet away. Tastes like apple cider with some sour notes in it. Not enough beer-yness, and too much like cider.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Poured hazy reddish-amber with a towering cap of sticky beige head. The aroma picked up freshly-cut apples and warmer cider notes, accented by cinnamon and ginger.. dry, papery oxidation and apple juice on the back. The flavor opened with apple juice, with more apples and slightly sour bread rolling onto the middle.. mulling spices and apple cider there as well.. dirty, earthy spices and similar oxidation notes from the nose on the back.. tacky finish with apples around the edges and nothing supporting it. Light-bodied and very heavily carbonated on the palate.. the wrong character stuck at the wrong spots.. not at all enjoyable.
nimbleprop (7201) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled at the DC Local tasting. Bomber pours a transparent amber with a dusty, slightly beige head. Aroma is heavy on apples and spice, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom. Flavor is heavy on the apple, apple skins, some light crystal malts, sweet. Definitely a cider-ale mix.