TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler on tap at the brewery (Bloomington, IN). Lunch at the brewery while picking up Lambic reservations. Pours a solid dark amber, some copper notes sneaking in with a good tannish head that dies to a thick film, laces well. Aromas are a caramel and toffee base, citrusy and floral hops, a touch of toastiness. Initial is a more inviting beer, caramel and toffee sweet malts, citrusy hop with orange as the driver, so not a real bitter beer, quite easy going. Toffee and toasty biscuits are a malt dominance, citrusy hops that are actually playing second fiddle to the malt base. Finish is sweet and fruity bitterness, as this goes down a little too easy. Not bad at all, but could use a bit more of a hopping.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Crown#6. Pours clear amber/brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is smooth malts and some caramel, bright fruit. Flavor is very smooth and mellowed malts with a slight fruity hop back tone and a slightly over-barring alcohol presence. The alcohol taste really kills this one right now, maybe some age would help as long as the other flavors donít fade. Has potential, but a little off for me.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an average, beige head. Creamy and pillowy. Aroma is of abundant caramel malt and toasty biscuit. Hops become very pronounced as well. Chewy caramel and toffee dominate the first impression of the flavor. Baked break, biscuit and a moderate chocolate presence follow. Some bread crust rounds out the malt profile as well as light alcohol. Complementary hop flavors as well. Full body with low-medium carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Light, warming alcohol on the palate, but no fusel burn. Malt plays a huge role here, but the hops are definitely present and keep the beer balanced. Somewhat sticky finish, although not distracting for a beer this big. Overally a surprisingly delicious and pleasurable beer to drink!
pinion (12) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Deep deep red bordering on brown. Carmel and vanilla notes hit you right away. Sweetness and alcohol are very present in the nose of this. Vanilla is up front on this one. Very tasty and immediately makes me wonder what this aged in oak barrels or even on cask would taste like. A little bit of bitter but not much but some great sweet carmel flavour is present. The alcohol is very present in this one. Just to let you know, alcohol to me is a sweet flavour in my beers. This isnít true for everyone though. Smooth and creamy what else did you expect? Perhaps a little bit of bitterness on the back end but balanced all the same.
mtrain237 (12) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nicely. Has great aroma and wonderful taste. Highly recommended. i like this the more it warms and ages.
alexsdad06 (3043) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma had caramel malts, a larger then usual dose of fruits is slightly earthy. The flavor is more caramel malt, fruits, with a mild bitterness. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky.
Rating #50 for this beer.
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a cloudy golden brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was a bit one note with a pine hop note. Pine the main note on the tongue with a nice grain undertone.
dm9831 (1515) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear copper, fluffy white head, sticky lace. airy nose of sweet, creamy malt. flavor of sweet malt, caramel, with a piney bitternes coming in later. nice alcoholic warming on the backend. creamy mouth feel, lingering bitter finish. quite enjoyable, particularly the warming alcohol hint. and a nice bitter end that lingers. why hide your light? let it shine! single bottle from binnyís orland park.
screigh (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orangey copper color with tons of floaters. Smell is strong with malt and "amberness". Smells very close to Rogue American Amber. No head at all. Taste is very sweet. Syrupy. Alcohol. Would not buy again.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Barrythebear (BA)!
Dark, brownish-amber with a foamy, decent-sized yellow-beige head. Floral nose, light grass, lots of sugary caramel reminiscent of FFF. Flavor has more sugar, some tea, alcohol, and light bitterness. Pleasant creaminess in the palate, but acrid bitterness through the sticky finish. Very odd, overly sweet before giving way to strong bitterness. neither aspect balanced.