ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body. The head is a one finger offwhite color. Retention could be better for 4.2%, though the texture is about on par for the style.
S: Earthy malts and hops come through fairly well. Touches of fruitiness, hazelnut, and chocolate give it a decent depth also.
T: Again, earthy flavors and nuttiness abounds. The finish has a light hint of generic fruit esters. Seemingly simple at first, however further sips reveals layers of hazelnut, chocolate, bright fruits, and even some hops. Not a huge amount of flavor here, however it features good complexity.
M: A bit too heavy and overcarbonated for what I want the style to accomplish. The finish is very slick and wet, which makes it a little less drinkable, but allows its depth to shine through. Itís a wash, really.
O: This lives or dies by one fact: would I want multiple servings of this in a single sitting? At first, I didnít think so, but this grows on me the more I drink it. It does drink like a bigger beer at times, but at the same token, doesnít have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So Iíll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldnít buy a 6 pack of it, but Iíd love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.
blutt59 (6264) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap in Harrisburg, golden yellow,with some white foam, creamy nose and flavor , light malt flavors , nice quaffer
Strykzone (5813) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samled at gabf. Many brgore this so we shall see. Very much to style. Soft malts. How to rate this after an amazing imperial stouts?! Ahhh beer fests.
ffaoe (354) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
faint malt aroma. brown and clear in color with light head. light malt flavor, watery finish
MarkSachon (779) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bella Notte in Pittsburgh. Kind of weak despite the dark rich appearance. Disappointing overall.
RedSox2004 (1457) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark brown with a two-finger off-white head and modest lace. Aromas of caramel, earth, and nuts. Mild caramel sweetness offset with gentle earthy hops. Medium body, high carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a dry finish.
OnTheTrail (137) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malty taste, slightly sweet not much hops. Nice dark appearance. Tasted at Buena Onda.
Larry_Duffman (140) - - JUN 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear copper color with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is toast and malt. The taste is toast, malt, and coffee bitterness. The mouth feel is dry and carbonated. This is a pretty good session beer.
Maxbier (706) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown with tan head. Musty malty English ale aroma. Malty up front and creamy. Hint of bitter from the hopping. The musty aroma takes away from this otherwise tasty mild: in that way it is very English. Next time I'll drink it right from the bottle.
HippieFee (174) - - MAY 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Malt forward beer but not a very sweet one. Little hop balance. A rather ho hum, middle of the road ale. With the mild flavor it is something you can drink all day and with the 4.2% alcohol, not get wasted to easily.
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Philly airport on the way back from random NJ trip, killing time between flights. Hadnít had a Yards brew in years, and got this one because it was the one I knew I hadnít tried before. With a name like Brawler, I expected something huge. Instead I got a perfectly sessionable Brit beer. Poured a clear dark amber with some reddish tones, nice head. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavor was caramel malts and some toasty notes. Just enough hops to balance out sweetness, but no flavor from them. Nothing bad here, just not much going on. At the time I thought of it as a bitter without the bitterness, and I guess this is pretty much what it was.