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.
closey22 (782) - 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 (5615) - 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 (446) - - 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 (3586) - 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 (37) - 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
ibrubeer (74) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light body. Nice caramel color and a little caramel flavor. Make flavor, with little/no hop flavor. Good summer beer I guess.
zickbeer_ye (237) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light sweet malty aroma some biscuits and light grape. Light off white head and a darker brownish red body. Light dry grape and caramel malt flavor Some other light tart berry flavors. Thin, crisp, and carbonated on the palate
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brawler pours a dark cola shade with a thin head that disappears quickly. There is a sweet but not overly so caramel maltiness in the aroma. That same caramel is quite evident in the taste as well. This is the anti-hop beer. No bitterness at all. Very light and super easy to drink bordering on watery.
Nejhleader (1221) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a bit of a sweet malty aroma. Taste us a bit of a sweet malt, nice crispy finish.
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle tried in Philly. Pours a clear reddish color with a small beige head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavor is very subdued; bready, malty, that’s about it. Sessionable but really mild and unremarkable.