ClarkVV (6821) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2015 mkgrenwel (621) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with orange highlights. Creamy tan head. Light citrus hops in the nose, with a good bit of nutty toffee malt. FIrst impression is that this is quite watery. A pretty big nose had me expecting much more depth in the flavor and mouthfeel, but its not there. What I do get is just a balanced brown ale. Nutty raisins with a light citrus hop finish. Bitterness maintains balance. Nothing special, nothing offensive. Just a drinkable middle of the road beer.
Draught at Deep Ellum, debut.BeerandBlues2 (13641) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Clear mahogany brown beer with a beige head that is small and slowly recedes to cover.
Light toasted malt sourness almost seems lactic-like in the nose, but some brown sugar-like character, deep, juicy piney-citric hops and light suggestions of cocoa add complexity.
Toasty/roasty notes seem to fade in to a watery body, with hop bitterness being held in check by very lightly sweet bread dough-like malts. Some grainy, nearly metallic character on the end, with a growing spiciness with warming. Again, quite drinkable like the American ale, but just could use a more supple/richer malt character to help counteract this very dry, nearly astringent borderline sourishness.
Bottle from The Wine Store Warehouse. Aroma is toast malt, toffee earthy and spicy rye malt, dates and figs. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Flavor is sweet malt, earthy rye, dates, light earthy and spicy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation. Travlr (25496) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Draft at Track 84. Chestnut brown color, tan head. Aroma of lightly spiced toffee. Taste is toast and light cocoa. Decent enough. Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany color with a finger of gaseous khaki foam. Nose is of rye bread and grapenuts. Palate follows with nice balance of rye toast and a light dose of pine sap. The rye spice and pine bitterness clean out the rustic malt character on the finish nicely. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body under a one finger foamy beige head. The nose is really spicy with lots of rye, some light roasty, almost porter like notes. The flavor is pretty similar, nicely spicy, not a whole lot of depth to it, a little thin maybe. Some lingering earthy rye bread. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation, a little lacking in body really. Easy drinker though, and quite session able at just 4% ABV.
brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Can @ Richard’s Tasting. Tossed by Loineshawn. Dark brownish pour with an off-white head. Smells of roasted malt, toast, and coffee. Some light toffee sweetness and earthy hops. Flavor is reminiscent of pumperknickle bread. Slight roast and coffee bitterness. Sweet toasted malt and toffee, a bit of cocoa, and earthy hop flavor and bitterness. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 can says 4.0 rather than 4.5 listed, just sayin. milk choclately roast. some light toast. subtle grainy rye. pleasant pine hop bite brings this together nicely. quite drinkable. better than expected. BroSpud (2215) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Sampled at Julios New England Craft Beer Fest. Slightly better than their other brew but still slightly more beer than water. Me no likey.