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. 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.
Roser (43) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance- moderate light mocha tan head. Some lacing (not a lot). Crystal clear mahogany brown.
Smell- clean. Spicy, sweet malts, light ginger notes, clove.
Taste- light biscuits and malt up front, feint sweet spices on the back end. Not too much going on here.
Mouthfeel- very light body. Creamy. Little/light carbonation.
Overall- a nice easy drinker. Decent session ale. Would prefer it with food.
pressboxjoe (263) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured into half pint imperial glass. Thoroughly drinkable get-you-through-the-afternoon type of beer. Malty, malty, malty. All things considered I’d prefer a genuine English bitter to these mild malt bombs that seem to be America’s answer to a question that’s already been answered (what’s the ideal session beer?).
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt orange with a half finger off white head which fades to just a little lacing. Arona is to toasted bready malts, sweet malts, caramel, tofee, light grassy hop, and light spicy hops. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel, and a mostly sweet, medium-finish. Overall, a average but drinkable & sessionable mild.
billtheman (79) - milford, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good tasting beer, that leaves a good after taste too. I bought one bottle at a place that lets you create your own six pack from a selection of about 15 didfferent beers.
60minuteman (942) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby almost brown pour from Roar in Allentown. Aroma of malt, cloves, spice, caramel, bread. Flavor is heavy on the malt, slightly sweet and a bit spicy. Certainly mild. Low ABV but the high malt content prevents it from being a true sessionable ale.
gopherfan99 (700) - 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 (3882) - 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 (229) - 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 (249) - 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 (2615) - 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.