mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Dark brown pour with a fluffy head, faded in quick fashion. Aroma was some sourness, fruity belgian yeast and a slight funk. Flavors were rich and yeasty, somewhat tart with a slightly sour finish. Very fruity. Lots of carbonation yielded a fizzy mouthfeel. Somewhat harsh in this regard. Some woody notes were thrown throughout. Semi sweet. Quite excellent indeed. Absolutely love the idea of playing the Dead to some active yeast. Kudos. jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Pours murky brown with no head. Looks like lake water. Aroma of vinegar and raisins. Taste of dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty good. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Brown/mahogany pour with tan head and lace. Brown sugar and citrus on the nose. Abv, orange peel, brown sugar, light bitter, and a light subtle sour. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Nice beer off just a tick for me. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
1972 from serenade series-on tap-pours a tight tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-toffee/cocoa, earthy/resin. Taste is dark malt-molasses with some sweetness that’s cut by the resin/herbal hops, dark fruit-raisin, yeast. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Pours a hazy toffee brown color with a tan head. Aroma is toffee,
caramel, toffee, nutty, a touch of smoke, grapefruit, toast, and some
earthy notes. Flavor is caramel, smoke, grapefruit, toffee, toast, and
a bitter citrus alcoholic finish.
aracauna (3682) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This one seemed pretty strong. Thick, rich, alcoholic. A lot of nut brown ale characteristics. Really tasty. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Brown orange, beige head. Dark fruit aroma, candi sugar. Taste is sugary, dark fruits, raisins, with an alcohol bite. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Date: October 29, 2009
Appearance: opaque dark red with ruby highlights, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light spicyness, dark fruits
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, sweet dark fruits, breadyness adds depth, hint of fruity tartness, light spicyness, hintof smokyness in the finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Thanks ChainGangGuy for recomending this. Poured a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Aroma is really fruity - dark fruits, with some spice notes, and other vinous notes. Taste is malty, spiced, and fruity. I thought the fruit notes most resembeled dark grapes and red wine. The spice with hard to pinpoint, but gave a slightly belgian character. There were also some light hops notes, that may have manifested themselves in some of the unique fruit flavors. Overall, a very enjoyable and different ale. Mouth was full and carbonation was average. A beer I’d like to have again when I didn’t have to drive so far after! ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
It’s time again to welcome in a new member to the exclusive Serenade Series, which includes such illustrious brews as Black Beauty, Coltrane Belgian Ale, Dark Star Stout, and the Shakti Saison. At first, I thought this beer had been "serenaded" by the popular track from the Smashing Pumpkin’s album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but, no, that’s 1979, and we’re talking 1972, in reference to the Grateful Dead tour. My bad!
Appearance: Arrived a turbid, medium brown body capped with a 1½ inch high layer of light beige foam.
Smell: Malts smelling of bread, toffee candy, and all-natural unsweetened chocolate powder. The nose is positively jam-packed with strong fruity esters that, along with the lightly spritzed alcohol wafts, impart a smell of fine fruit cordials. Also notes of spice and of a distant background smokiness, but those strong whiffs of fruit are really what draws your attention.
Taste: Rich initial maltiness of bread crusts, sweet toffee, and a light dusting of cocoa powder. Touch of spelt bread dough. All the while, the taste is interspersed with strong, distinctly fruity overtones of everything from grapes to figs to white peaches. The spicy character gives impressions of nutmeg and cardamon. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a restrained bitterness. The hops used have been smoked, a brewing method I honestly don’t recall encountering before. It does indeed impart a slight smokiness, but not so bold as smoked versus non-smoked malts, but more like the subtle, pleasant nuances between paprika and smoked paprika. Touches of warming, peppery alcohol make their way onto the palate, alerting the drinker that this indeed hearty stuff and maybe perhaps you should "slow your roll" as the kids say these days. Finishes spicy and still so fruity.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Tasty! A beer that’s certainly not shy about delivering plenty of flavor (and fruitiness). A pleasure to have had on cask and one I’ll look forward to trying once it arrives as part of the regular lineup.