ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
gopherfan99 (568) - CROATIA - NOV 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap (Chickie’s and Pete’s Philly Airport); pours a chestnut brown with a beige head; aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of spice; tastes is roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and light spices; finish a light bitter dry; a little thin but still decent
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Levi. Pours orange rusty with a small beige head, aroma of caramel, honey, chocolate, flavor of chocolate, honey and caramel, medium bodied
matty (212) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark caramel color with an off-white head that settles to a film, some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts & some sweetness. Medium body, taste of toasted malt with almost no hop presence. The toasted flavor continues through the finish with a little bitterness. Not crazy about this one, but not bad...average.
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joejames (157) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours amber/red, quick head, little lacing. Aroma of caramel, hazelnuts. Taste is earthy sweet, slightly bitter from the roasted malt, little hop presence. Light bodied, medium carbonation, thin mouth feel. Finishes a little astringent with notes of caramel, molasses and grass. Blah.
asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[on tap at Local, PHI airport]
Toasty toffee and roasted barley aroma with no hops to speak of. Clear bronze under a white patch and collar. Sweet bread crust and light roasted barley flavour that is a bit off balance toward sweet, but fairly complex. Chocolate and vanilla accents come out later in the taste. Nutty notes as well. Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy orange brown pour with light lacing white head. Aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, with hints of toasted malt and caramel. Flavor is light to moderately sweet with thin body and a bit of an oily hop finish. Overall delicious!
redtechnj (219) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- hazy orange/brown with a small off white head. Not long lasting nor much lacing.
Aroma- roasted malts, cocoa, bready.
Flavor- roasted caramel malts, toasted grains, bread, lightly sour.
Shaggy4 (14) - Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown amber pour. Sweet malty aroma. Off white 1/2 inch head fades fast. No lacing to mention. Malty biscuit flavor. Slightly flat finish. Good beer for multiple beers.
Travlr (13040) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the source, I believe. Dark clear amber color, solid cream colored head. Aroma of toasted caramel. Taste is bitter toasted caramel.
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. Lighter but good aroma. Some malts, perhaps a touch of biscuit. The taste is a bit lighter, but pretty good. Caramel malts, but almost no sweetness. A touch of biscuit. A faint bitterness in the finish. A nice session beer!