ThisWangsChung (836) - 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. It’s 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 didn’t 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, doesn’t have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So I’ll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldn’t buy a 6 pack of it, but I’d love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.
ClarkVV (5859) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, unsure of date, from Chameleon Club on 8/27/16.
Clear amber body is topped by a light beige head of moderate retention.
Soft, light toffee-tinged malts in the nose are joined by leafy, somewhat grassy hops adding spice and mild acidity. Lots of depth to the malt with emerging honey, biscuit and light caramel. Quite clean, not overly sweet and no alcohol.
In the flavor, it has a malty texture providing caramel, light toffee and honey-vanilla notes, with mildly fruity yeast notes and spicy-grassy hops adding modest bitterness and balance. Very nicely balanced, with a graininess that helps keep things dry and crisp on the finish. Clean. No diacetyl whatsoever in this bottle.
MadRobin (2830) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Clear, rusty amber-brown with a small dusty-yellow head and good lacing.
Aroma of toffee, cola and brown sugar.
Taste of toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and off-brand cola.
Medium body and low/medium carbonation.
Sweet and malt. Nothing fancy, but not bad.
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hivemind (891) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Black Horse Tav in Conshy area w PJ after his game. Chill. Pours dark brown w low head.. woody veggie nose and loose skim milky mouthfeel holding a light nutty and leafy palate. Kinda brown. Easy and thin but not robust. Could drink a ton but not great.
Eddiek1977 (7) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2016 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, caramel notes are faint under the the malt and hops however like the advertisements say this is an ale that you can go a few rounds with.
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gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Molly Malloy’s, Philly, on May 2, 2016.
Clear deep copper to brown color, dense teal head. Fruity, grainy, light floral hoppy taste. Light roasted, toasted, grainy aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium to medium low bitterness. Malty, light roasted scent.
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear medium brown with a medium head of tan foam. Fairly thin but smooth with a light taste. Not bad but not great.
Deadpool37 (121) - - JUN 13, 2016
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a dark brown aroma is a light coffee smell flavors are weak not much to taste maybe slight cocoa and caramel.
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy amber with small off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is toasted malt and grain. Medium mouth, light caramel, cocoa, lingering dry finish, good.
tristanlaugher (273) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber. Little head. From a bottle. Malty, not much else going on. Caramel nose.
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
drank from a pint glass poured from a twelve ounce bottle, thank you Dana. A good brew.