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.
Shaggy4 (2) - Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
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 (11212) - 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 (1844) - 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!
kerenmk (2300) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Levi. Clear dark brown with beige head. Mat, a little caramel aroma, sweet, mouthful maltiness in the mouth. Medium body, malty finish.
tomer (1678) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
At a tasting, thanks Levi, small bubbly off white head, clear brown with a touch of reddish hues, malty candy aroma, oxidised fruity flavour with some caramel, strong sourness which doesn’t fit in. Quite bad.
closey22 (873) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark Amber brown with thin rimming white head; aroma is mild malt with hint of hops; Flava is mild malty hint if hops; feels light flat; finishes dry hints of caramel and grassy
DSG (5750) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Levi. Clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, a bit of caramel, a bit of biscuit and light fruity notes. Sweetish flavor with malt, caramel, an acidic note, light fruitiness. Medium-bodied. Drinkable.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-12-12-
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep red-brownish color with a lighter just off white head. The head faded rather fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing.
Smell – Roasted and more nutty aromas are heaviest. The darker/nutty smells are accompanied by some sweeter aromas of molasses and brown sugar.
Taste – The taste follows the nose quite well. It starts out quite roasty with some good sweetness. A brown bread flavor with hints of nuts mixed within. The sweetness in the flavor at the start is largely of brown sugar. As the taste advances however the brown sugar transitions to a more bitter chocolate flavor. This overall bitters the flavor a bit, and at the end leaves a more dry/bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – While at only 4.8 % abv it has a rather creamy body, which complements the roasty flavors well. The carbonation of the brew is on the normal side.
Overall – A light abv beer with a roasty flavor. Not the greatest darker brew, but lighter and good for a session beer. One to try.
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinkable and quite malty. Lots of barley, and some crisp bitter finish with dose of sourness. Tap at Irish Pol.
lownote (72) - USA - MAY 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. malty taste. Non distinct ale smell with a reddish color. Easy to drink but unmemorable