Dogbrick (13003) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. This beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium light tan head that diminishes slowly to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of peaty malt and hops. Medium to full body with a slightly syrupy feel and flavors of sweet malt, woody hops and molasses. The finish is rich and sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall. bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Birch syrup? Have you ever had that on pancakes? WTF? Anyway this is rating a bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours brilliant clear darkish ruddy copper with a slight beige smear of bubbles. Aroma is sort of woodsy - or moth balls. Or moderate cola. Full bodied, a bit sticky. Flavor? Sweet. But malt? Hop? If my neighbors birch trees hadn’t died I’d go get a piece of bark to suck on for comparison. The flavor is not distressing, but it is so uncommon. Dare one say unique? One does. I’m not even sure this is woody. Well, ranting done, it’s actually enjoyable for an evening with a book. There is a moderately offsetting bitter in the finish - but it’s very far from dry. RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
22 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine SanTan Village, Gilbert, AZ. Pour is amber, somewhat orange if held to a light. Smallish to medium cream colored head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is malty, caramel and honey. Taste is almost too sweet. Syrupy, molasses, some nice birch flavor. Finish is a bit bitter, with birch at the end. Pretty good, but unusual, in that there is just too much sweetness. A bit like liquid candy. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a hazy light brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Aroma and flavor is esters and lightly sweetened malt. The malt sweetness lingers in the finish. medium body. A decent beer. MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Appearance- Dark orange almost crimson coloring. Small tan head. Little lacing.
Smell- A sweet, dull, maple aroma. Accompanied with sweet caramel smell.
Taste- Again with the sweet caramel. Very balanced with a bit of a hop presence at the end. The alcohol is well hidden even though there is a little heat in my stomach.
Mouthfeel- On par for the style
Overall- Good beer. Better than I anticipated. I figured it to be way too sweet, but it was not. This is not something I would cellar.
RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Stem glass at 40°. Color is a deep amber with good carbonation and a small off white head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt with a hint of oak. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor of honey, light oak, a touch of vanilla and some hop spice. After taste is lightly bitter with a bit of citrus coming out and the oak like taste hanging on the end. Overall its a very good brew with mellow yet complex flavors. Bacterial (2995) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Draft at Stub & Herb's. Deep amber pour, thin white head, cloudy, some lacing. Nose is sweet citrus and a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation and a little sticky. Hops, malt and the birch syrup are well balanced. A nice, unusual beer - keep them coming Alaskan!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone marcus (10221) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a sweet cola and molasses flavor with a bitter finish. Strange and interesting. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Chestnut/light mohagany pour with a small eggshell head. Lots of honey, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and slight metallic qualities. The tin, steel, copper taste isn’t enjoyable. Unfortunate! boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Tap @ BeerMongers... Poured burnt orange/amberish with a thin, beige head. Very sweet. A little bit of a throw up taste in the finish. Sappy, syrup, dark sugar sweetness. Candied malt. Low yeast esters with an astringent character too.