frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light-hazed amber body under a two-finger head after an aggressive pour. Balanced aroma, teetering towards sweet caramel malt. Flawless flavor, malt and hops in near-perfect balance (but again, drifting sweetly), alcohol unassuming. You know what? I’m not going to over-analyze this. This is a really good session ale, regardless of ABV. Step up. ~~~~~~~~ Variety 24 pk./12 oz. btls., random bottleshop, Paoli, PA
BenDoshin (16) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Literally my favorite Yards Brew. Often had this one at the Tasting Room on Delaware Avenue. Malt forward, with a slight rye bite, which the honey from the bright tanks mellows so nicely. At 8%, the booze is VERY well hidden. Great beer for just about anytime.
Emeister84 (671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of nutty malts, earthy hops, corn cereal, and hints of spice. Clear, deep gold-amber with a mostly fading off-white head. Dry, malt-forward. Medium bodied, smooth.
nasmith003 (40) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy aroma with nice golden color. Malty front end with a strong hop finish. Hops lingers long after.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a bright red and orange with lots of bubbles pulling upward. Aroma is wort-ish and bready. Tastes a bit green and undercooked. Because it’s a historical beer. I can’t claim with certainty that it is under done. Some baking bread notes but otherwise not tasting good to me.
Ed5388 (1621) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours pale gold color with a small head of foam. Aroma of honey and wheat. Taste of bitter citrus hops, honey, and wheat.
stevoj (1635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap ( beer engine) at the Industry. Dark golden with creamy head, nice hoppy aroma and hops in taste , creamy and smooth. No evidence of the elevated ABV.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Philly’s Tavern. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, dates, earthy and woody hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
iphigeneia5 (2) - - DEC 29, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A fairly hoppy beer with wonderful honey and rye sweetness ro balance the bitterness. Bit of a lingering finish but very light on the palate. Pairs well with rustic red meat based dishes (beef stew, cottage pie, etc).
Theydon_Bois (6541) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Christine and Daves thanks to DLJ, 27/11/13.
Clear golden amber with a moderate off white covering that retains well.
Nose is bready malt, toffee, biscuit, bitter fruit tang, woody, scorched brown sugar.
Taste comprises toffee, faint hop backbone, bitter orange, touch of booze.
Medium bodied with a little oomph, dry, fine carbonation with a lick’o’booze in a sweetish finish.
Ok drinkable affair but lacks depth for the ABV and not one I’d choose to revisit.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish orange copper color with a light white head and good lacing. Aroma yields a bit of a yeasty note mixed with syrup. Taste is orange, vanilla slightly tart finish with a caramel beginning. Mouthfeel is average. After a while I noticed a distinct cherry flavor rounding out the taste.