KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium brown with a slight orange hue and an average (1-2 finger) off-white creamy head that lasted a decent time, finally reducing to a large puddle with a medium collar and had good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, citrus hops and a doughy yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit (grapes and plums) and possessed a slight alcohol tinge.
The taste very lightly sweet and a bit malty with a hint of toffee from the start, then slowly became exceptionally bitter with a note of dark fruit and a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time after the swallow, with a strong bitterness left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and slightly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a good powerful tasting brew with a nice bitter malty fruitiness...
RedSox2004 (1410) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber with a modest white head and decent lace. Aromas of biscuity malt and floral hops. Sweetness from caramel and biscuit malts up front on the palate, with a touch of offsetting hops bitterness. Light to medium body and carbonation, thin but sticky mouthfeel, and a rich malt sweetness in the finish.
Steasy66 (1053) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz into pint glass
A- Light amber with 3 finger lacy white head.
S- Malty, a bit of ’C’ hops.
T- Really sweet, like high fructose corn syrup sweet. A little bit of citrusy hops.
M- A bit thick, decent carb, but just cant get past the thickness.
O- Really cant get past the sweetness on this one, its not a caramelized malt sweetness, its something else entirely, just doesn’t taste right.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-14-2012 06:17:52
BVery (7598) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mostly clear copper pour with a nice small foamy cream head. Malt, light cherry, and bready yeast on the aroma, and about the same on taste. Nothing too complex, but pretty solid and flavorful.
PhillyCraft (3782) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and tap. Doesnt resemble a golden ale to me, dark copper color, not much head or lacing. Aromas of cherry, barley, sugar, boozey purple grapes. Taste is about the same with a sweet dark cherry, ginger, and a little citrus. I prefer Ben’s recipe to Thomas’ but still a decent american strong ale.
BillKismet (3418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber, nice cream-like top. Crystal malt nose, a bit of spent grain and light tannins. A bit dank with some wet sock flavor. Otherwise, there is caramel, and the uprising of oxidated bits. The body is somewhat watery. Alcohol breathes onto the palate.
jcartamdg (2354) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden amber with a thick fluffy head. Aroma of creamy malts with some hop bitterness. Taste follows, a bit sweet, nice creamy mouthfeel, good beer
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scarletfire65 (1066) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper, fluffy white head. The aroma is subdued, but smells vaguely like bourbon. Complex flavor - sweet and malty underneath with notes of toffee, bourbon, minerals. Overlayed with a citrusy hop edge. Finishes balanced, with a perfect amount of warming alcohol.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean tangerine gold with a finger of sticky white head. Good lacing and steady beading.
The nose boasts an array of harsh caramel/toffee malts and soft citric hop notes. Smells darker than it looks...
It really is awesome to think that beer like this dates back to the time of our founding fathers. Beautiful depth and complexity. I don’t think "English Strong Ale" but more like hoppy Scotch ale. Good stuff.
Complex, approachable, great concept. All 4’s.
Beerathon (1490) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange/gold. Think white head. Nose has malts and slight hops. Nice lingering malts on the tongue, but there is a sweetness in this beer along with a nice hop balance. Does not taste like a strong ale to me, but hey, it’s good, so whatever.