ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2015 satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is much sweeter that the DH version, heavy mollases and closer to the brown ale it is disguised as. appearance is much murkier than the DH, zero head/legs, tiny carb. muddy river water. flavor is spiciness amongst big brown sugar/caramel. excellent milk chocolate comes in time. mouthfeel is dead as low carb predicts. falls flat across palate, unpleasant.
Bottle. The pour is a rich amber color. The aroma has mostly hops. The taste is a little boring overall. Style reflects that of an amber ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Interesting concept: two brewers using the same recipe. Unfortunately, it resulted in a confused outcome that was syrupy, heavy on the palate and pretty boring. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
18th July 2011hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Very hazy red - brown beer. Small off white head. Sourish nose. Light palate, semi dry. Minerals. Cinnamon like spice. Dry bitterish malt. Dry finish. Lacks coherence. Bitter aftertaste. Not for me.
12oz bottle. Poured a brownish color with a small sized off white head. Roast, dark fruits, caramel, and some woodiness. Lighter tart finish. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours amber with a small head. The aroma brings some light sweet malts. The flavor brings some ginger and some spices end up towards the end of the palate, but bland overall in my opinion. The body is a bit thin as well.
crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with a very thin, brief tan head. Aroma is sweet and earthy, with some bitter coffee and an odd astringent quality (turpentine comes to mind). Not entirely sure how to score the aroma: an unpleasant but intriguing curiosity. Flavor is mellower: malty sweetness, a bit of chocolate, toffee, and a nutty finish. The aroma really threw me off, it’s actually an enjoyable beer, although a bit flat and sweet for my taste. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with light tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, toffee, dark malts, and a bit of a citrus hop note. Flavors of dark Carmelo malts and some citrus hop notes. Really lacking in flavor for a bigger beer. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Murky chestnut with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark malt, prunes, coffee, dark roasted malt and faint brown sugar. Taste is acidic for sure with dark malts, coffee, caramel, darker fruits and some nuttiness. jgb9348 (6324) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Muddy deep dark brown coloured body with a ruby glow and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of metal, malt, earth, cherries, grapes and a touch of oak. Medium-bodied; Pungent earthy, caramel and nutty flavours at first with a little sour touch a middle of the way through with some faint pit fruit and prune sweetness on the end with a little maple sugar as well. Aftertaste is a bit complex, but a lot of the flavours are muddied and showing either malt, nuts or earth. Overall, an interesting beer, but not amazing and not too great for the style - a bit off the pace, still nice to try, since it appears to have only a few ratings. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan for US$2.69 on 28-April-2011 sampled at home in Washington on the fourth of July, 2011 just after watching the fireworks. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
bottle...reddish prune body with minimal white head. aroma of coffee beans, brown sugar, grassy hops, toasted grain, and dark fruit. flavor of roasted malt, toast, spice, and baked goods..subtle, yet dense..the better of the two