KajII (782) - 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...
DedicatedToFun (2596) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, orange pour white head nose is caramel, taste is strong boozy, some toffee citrus
gripweed57 (707) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Deep orange gold color. Foamy beige head of two fingers high. Nice clinging lace. Aroma is slightly fruity malt with a slight rye grain and baked bread touch. Complex, fruity toasted malt flavor has notes of honey, rye, nuts and citrus hops. A mouthful of complexity. Some alcohol taste in finish.
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour into Belle-Vue snifter. Up front aroma of honey and some floral notes. Bready with a spicy rye flavor. A nice honey sticky sweetness in the finish. It is amazing to think Thomas Jefferson was brewing ale of this quality. Feels like getting a taste of history.
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours an amber-red with a white head. Sweet and tart aroma, of cherries, yeast, apples, malt. Crisp taste, lots of yeast, malt, berries. Lingering crisp yeast. Nice.
nakedwhendrunk (2183) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a semi-dark hazy reddish brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing running around in some clingy rings.
The smell had a light caramel sweet maltiness here and there. A little honey and Rye help to complement.
The taste took those previously mentioned flavors and gave a decent wheat in the flavor.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat there to provide a good rounded edge of bite.
Overall, pretty good American Strong ale I’d have again.
Cuso (4628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with jtclockwork, many thanks James. Dark amber golden color with medium off-white head. Malt, caramel in aroma together with notes of liquor. Taste, sweet malt, caramel, nutty notes, alcohol. Light hoppy bitterness in finish. Good.
decaturstevo (5079) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Sweet caramel malt with light fruity esters. A touch of floral hops on the end. Medium body with food carbonation. A very light bitter finish too. I wish there was more hops here
HighlanderOne (1010) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Sweet malt aroma. Clear amber with lacing. Nice balance of malt and piney hops. Spice and honey notes. Great beer.
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-16-12 -
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a medium amber color with a one finger white head. The head had a decent retention and faded to give a very nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was bready with hints of a buttery toffee and some light citrus and herbal hop aromas.
Taste – The taste was as would have been perceived from the nose. Very malt forward with a light caramel flavor that greets the tongue. The sweetness soon becomes more buttery in nature, almost more of a toffee like flavor while the bready malt flavor remains strong. More towards the middle of the taste a lighter herbal and grassy hop flavor meet the tongue. While the brew is at 8% abv it does not have much of an alcohol presence and in the end one is left with a herbal bread taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker side with the carbonation level rather low. The lower carbonation and thicker more creamy body help accentuate the bready characteristics of the beer and are quite fitting.
Overall – Much easier to drink then I would have expected with a decent flavor profile. Not too shabby.
solidfunk (4029) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little astringent with some flowery hop aroma. Pours amber with good lacing and OK head. Light bitter finish. Some booze in aroma. Comes together decently. Tap at Max’s.