Emeister84 (1982) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of caramel, toast, and citrusy and earthy hops. Clear amber with off-white head foam that has moderate retention. Lightly sweet with fruity and caramel flavors, but dries up with a balanced bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and an off-dry, short finish.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber color with a large creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, floral and earthy hops and mild toffee. The taste is caramel, herbal and earthy hops and, woah, hold on here... chili peppers. Definite chili pepper notes, but there is no way this crossed lines with the ghost chili beer that was on cask, and I tasted this before the chili pepper beer, so maybe this was an improperly cleaned glass? In any case it is what it is. Medium bodied.