robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2012
pours a semi-cloudy copper with a red tint, a small dirty white head, and a little lacing.
smell is of roasted malts, caramel, some hops, a little yeast, and a tad bit of dark fruits.
taste is creamy, maple syrup, caramel, and a few hops. ends thick but the aftertaste is weak. dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Tastes like it was just squeezed out of a tree. A little too sweet and syrupy but the unusual taste makes it work. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle... Clear dark orange lager with no head. The bouquet is a blend of birch syrup and candied dates. Full-bodied and chewy with tingly carbonation. The flavor leans a touch sweet with honey and birch, but is nicely balanced overall. Finishes moderately sweet. Bottle shared with the South Florida crew by newcigarz! maley1 (1258) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Reddish copper pour with medium sized fluffy tan head. Aroma of bread, yeast, maple syrup and birch bark. Taste of caramel, toffeee, maple syrup, bread, yeast and hint of ripe red fruit. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel. This beer is absolutely deliscious, just slightly too sweet but pretty amazing. scooterbub (1064) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUL 29, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Pours a nice red copper with a one inch light tan head that lasts. Taste is of hops, citrus,, caramel, malt, warming alcohol and syrup. Similar aroma. Has a thick body with a warming alcohol finish. Goes down easy and rather enjoyable. Good, but I was expecting much more from this beer.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $4 (special). Tapped from a Non-Labeled Tap Handle into a 16oz Beer Shoppe Pint Glass. Saw this one in a 22oz bottle at the shop so decided to enjoy on-tap instead.
Aroma- Tons of sugar and maple sugar hit the nose first. The sweetest malt you can find as well. Strong and enjoyed it!
Appearance- Received with no head... Tapping issues? Deep amber/light brown body with decent clarity. Leaves a few suds behind.
Flavor- Burnt sugar and caramel comes around very rich and dominant. Awesome! Malty and has a light bitterness at the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, Smooth, and a finish like a dessert beer.
Overall Impression- Wow! Not too traditional for the style but enjoyed GREATLY! Reminded me of an aged Thomas Hardyís Ale. This is a great compliment to this beer! Would love to get a bottle of this but have many others to drink first. Maybe next year. Highly recommend! DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Poured into a mug.
3.0 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but itís possible that thatís due to the birch syrup. No lacing.
4.0 S: Wow, the birch really comes through in this. The strongest aroma is maple nut candies, but with birch instead of maple. Thereís something else thatís really distinct, but I just canít figure out what it is right now. Good bit of toffee with some caramel underneath. An almost tanginess that could come from the syrup or the malts. Light booziness. Candied date fruitiness.
4.0 T: Again lots of birch, toffee, and sugariness. Candied date, currants, and plum fruitiness. Not as tangy as the nose, but thereís still a little bit of it. It tastes like it smells, but itís a bit smoother actually. Booze is well hidden.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is almost spritzy. Good here. Super smooth.
4.0 D: Of the one other birch related beer Iíve had, this is by far the best. Done very well, tasty, and great on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-06-2012 03:50:26 Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, bread and light metallic notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering brown sugar finish. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle: † Deep dark amber, thin light beige head, sparce lacing. † Strong sweet honeycomb like flavors, bready, mealy, with some of that bit o honey candy like aroma. † Interesting flavor profile, some syrup (perhaps the birch?), very bready, mealy, nutty, and even a touch biscuity. † Feels cloying despite not being too heavy. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Heavy biscuit and nuttiness on the finish. † Not bad, but at times its sticky and too syrupy. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2012
My palate is freshly raped by a glass of Hop Stoopid (sorry).
Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass:
Nice looking bock. Looking rather still.
The nose certainly boasts some caramely birch syrup - such a unique ingredient and surprisingly distinguishable from other tree syrups. Nice. A bit of leather and toffee here as well.
A lot of the same notes tend to surface on the tongue with the addition of a pretty distinct mineral type finish. Smells better than it tastes.
The after taste detracts from the feel but the consistency is good.
I always love trying beers that utilize birch syrup.