ClarkVV (4160) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
I think this beer epitomizes what I like in a beer. For as much sour/bacterial/barrel-aged craziness as I appreciate, I think this is every bit as good. I think Paul (dickinsonbeer) said it best when he had a sip of mine and said, "Itís ok, kind of boring." I couldnít agree more. The sweetness level is balanced leading to no remarkable dryness or sweetness (tends slightly sweet) and even the malt profile itself is balanced between light and dark. Itís got a deep, faded brass color with strong auburn-copper hues. Itís not a dark beer, itís not a light beer. I absolutely love how it has a noticeable chocolate flavor, yet itís not a dark brown beer. The malt is moderately complex, with raisins, chocolate, caramel and some buttercream flavors all being quite soothing. Minor bitterness from the hops, with just a reserved, earthy, herbal flavor. Carbonation is moderate to low and the beer is unfiltered/unpasteurized. Very light fruitiness, I assume from the yeast lends a gentle dryness/acidity on the end. Boring for sure, as in nothing jumps out at you. But everything works in perfect harmony, creating a balanced, flavorful beer. I doubt you could find a bad thing to say about this beer if you drank a whole barrel. Paul is doing some fantastic, authentic stuff up in Burlington, I really miss this place.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at the brewpub. Dirty-hazy red-brown, like dried blood, very little head....lots of caramel and anise in the very sweet, slightly herbal aroma....hugely licorice-candylike initial flavor, also tobacco-tarry character, burnt caramel, quite full....bittersweet cherries come out late, a bit of alcohol warmth going into a quite bitter, biting finish. Nice lower-gravity version of the style.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin white head. Caramel, light oxidization, toast. Toast, malt, and sweetness. Lightly boozy on the finish with more sweet malt and oxidization.
TonyDiUlio (655) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried on Beer Quest 2010 with all the guys. This was number 16. Pours a hazy brown/red. Nice head. Aroma was full of spices and apricot. Flavor was spiced with hints of some fruit.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head. Malty body with dark raisin notes, heather, caramelized fruit tones. Huge pear notes, really its very fruity with a mild spiciness. Mild warming, decent offering.
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours copper with a thin offwhite head. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, spice. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, spice hops, wood.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Sampled at American Flatbread on April 13, 2006. Pours a thin, dissipating beige head atop a deep reddish-brown body. Nose of strong caramel malt. Very oily texture with a burnt caramel flavour, oily roasted malt and some raspberry seeds appear in the finish. Very good.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the blind tiger grand opening night. ruby copper color, watery lager-like aroma. light sweetish malt aroma too. flavor is sweet malt, a little earthy and a light bitter finish. I wouldnít call it boring as much as light in all of itís characteristics. everything is subtle, so have one standalone so it doesnít get obscured by the typical big beers.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brew pub. Copper/amber color with a thin to no head. Very smooth for the style. A nice beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Interesting aroma and flavor of earthy hops, malt and caramel. Well-made.