JamesCory (54) - Wheeling, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ar: Very aromatic - strong initial caramel, followed by a roastiness
Ap: Orangish-brown hue, with soapy head that disappears quickly, leaving tracing on the glass.
T: Heavy sweetness. Very slight bitterness at the end. I was hoping for a better hop bite.
P: Almost syrupy, sticky sweet. Average-to-soft carbonation.
O: Iíve had this beer recommended to me a number of times - it didnít meet the high expectations I had for it, but not a bad brew. I bit sweet for my taste - I truly feel this beer would be better balanced with addition of some extra hops.
bkurtz (743) - PERU - AUG 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a smallish, long lasting head. Caramel aroma. Earthy taste mixes with minerals and some sweetness. Interesting, well made beer Iíll be drinking again.
bubblehouse (358) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First 2 brothers I have tried and it was very good. Aroma was a bit lacking but still very tasty.
slowrunner77 (570) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Toasty woodsy caramel is about right. Not a ton going on but pleasant and mellow throughout. Barely enough hops to notice but i liked the malt and yeast character
Jimsal27 (235) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head was frothy whites that fully dissipated. The taste was uncarbonated, sweet malt with the smallest amount of funk. The nose was malty with a caramel and fruity aroma. The palate was smooth and medium bodied.
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby pour with dense white head. Malty aroma. Flavor is generally sweet with lots of caramel malt, a little spicy yeast. Some grass hop and bitterness in the finish. I like it, but the body gets a bit cloying.
chickenflea (332) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is slightly hazy, with a deep amber body and a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The nose is offers a combination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with caramel and slight fruitiness. The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled carbonation. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramel malts upfront, followed by a splash of fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into a rather dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. The beer reminds me of a toastier and drier Irish ale. I loved it.
OsuStu (42) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a pencil thin white head. Roasty caramel aroma. Malty, cereal with a bit corn. Mild hops. Clean finish.
forthebirds (26) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel/amber in color. Caramel, berries, and bread. A bit of hops shine through in the end and bring it around to being pretty well balanced out. A tasty beer, but not my favorite.
ARH (376) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Aromas of toasted caramel and berry sweet are most noticeable with a late, light note of an old damp towel. It pours a clear brown orange color with a soapy white head. It retains nicely with a near solid pillowy surface coverage and an abundant, sticky lace. It tastes of a medium high sweet caramel syrup. This beer has a soft, subtle carbonation with a syrupy texture and a medium - full body. It finishes with primarily a toasty and roasted caramel note with some berries and a muffin character. Thereís also some faint lactose and roasted nut. Thereís a slight grain aftertaste with some caramel, but itís a light and short aftertaste.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2014 bottle drunk 4/17/14
Somehow this one slipped through the cracks, though Iíve had it many times.
Soft amber-cherry body is topped by a small but neatly retained light beige head.
Nose is very toasty, bready, maybe a touch buttery (not diacetyl) and alludes lightly to biere de garde though the specialty malts seem to push most of the yeast nuances to the sidelines. Touches of earthy, lightly spicy hops further detract from what Iíd like to smell in a true BdG; rich, layered malts and some light phenolic notes alongside light to moderate fruitiness. Of course, everyone is welcome to their own interpretation, though in a non-stylistic sense, I just think this thing is too dry, astringent/scratchy.
The flavor fairs a bit better, despite there being a fair amount of breadiness/doughiness, there is some light acidity that is pleasant, perhaps hop driven? Not as scratchy/astringent in terms of the toastiness, but itís certainly still a minor issue in the flavor. More sweetness than expected helps allay some of these scratchier malt notes and the texture is pretty firm throughout.
Overall, Iím just not getting much complexity; toffee and brown bread with some very light earthiness from the hops. The breadiness/toastinesss grows fatiguing, somewhat, by the end.