AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 22nd brew of the festival. drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2007
It’s tough to rate a beer that you don’t have anything to compare it to. That’s how I feel about this bitter, but I can’t say I like it too much. Very aromatic, nutty. Dark, chestnut color and cloudy. I really don’t like the taste though; it seems like it can’t decide what it wants to be. Nutty and bitter. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2007
Draft. Clear amber body with small white head. The aroma is herbal, light caramel and bread. The flavor is bread, very light toffee, very dry and grassy. Light body, moderate carbonation. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
Sample at the brewpub: I can’t think of a brewpub that has ever had more than one bitter available at the same time. The beer is a murky brown/orange color with a nil off-white head and spotty lacing. Roasted malt and piney hops aroma. Medium-bodied with a toasted malt character, as well as some nutty and hoppy flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with a mild hops aftertaste. An interesting contrast to the Huxell I tried immediately prior to this, considering they are technically the same style. This one isn’t quite as good but still a decent brew. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2007
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy hazy red color, perhaps almost brown. clear aroma of smoked or roasted malt which is surprising - some hops are hidden beneath the malt. as my nose draws nearer to the liquid in the process of drinking, cascade hops are apparent. this is surprisingly brash beer for a 4.5% bitter! tastes like a scottish-american interpretation of a classically english style - i’m amazed that so much flavor is packed into a beer of its size. yet another surprise is the tannins/acidity throughout (perhaps a byproduct of over-extracted roasted/smoked malt, or possibly a hint of acidulated malt?). definitely a surprise of a beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to jdg0608. Poured a reddish hint color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is very malty with a hint of hops at the finish. Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
Amber colour with turned up turned on roasted malt, lots of malt, and lots of lace. Overall an average beer. There is saaz hop and C hop taste in here. I have had similar tastes, though not quite this combination. Points for it, and it may appeal better to others. Decent mouthfeel. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Sediment-laden hazy blood orange body, thick, puffy beige head that leaves pillowy lacing. Potent caramely, toasty aroma with earthy, piney hops wafting from the glass. Spicy, earthy hops take front stage in the body, paired with toasted caramely malts. Chalky, spicy finish. This is quite good. bgburdman9 (866) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma of mild hops and some nice hops coming through in the end. nice sweet flavor and not to bad for a bitter. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle... Dark, hazy, burnt orange ale with a large, fluffy, khaki head. Terrific retention. The nose is herbal and floral with notes of black tea, carnations and tangerine. The flavor leans a touch on the bitter side of balance and is citrusy and dry. The cascades wash away almost all signs of residual sweetness. Medium-bodied with a harsh mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Bone-dry finish.