MrTipple (5378) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma: malty, vanilla. Appearance: dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitters. Palate: smokey, grain malts. Overall: OK Ild Ale, but does not make me jump up and down. Pint at Big Brew, Morristown. puboflyons (3446) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle.. It pours medium to dark amber with a long lasting off-white head. The aroma is a straight forward mix of malts and hoops but nothing overdoes the other. Medium body, Medium body. The flavor emphasizes the malts with a subtle hop note. But overall this is nothing extraordinary although it is quite easy to drink. charule (2273) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Craig. Poured dark with light tan. Aroma of caramel malttts. Light carb med bod. Sweet malty taste. Meh Carlisle (767) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown-black color. Toasted malt nose with a touch of licorice. Thin mouthfeel. Toast; touch of caramel; slight hint of licorice. Malty, thin finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-16-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deeper brown color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a film of foam on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a chocolate and a caramel smell. Mixed with these aromas are some other light brown bready smells and some notes of brown sugar. Some nuttiness rounds out the aroma producing an overall sweet and roasty smelling brew.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted brown bread taste mixed with a fair level of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some flavors of cocoa and a little bit of nut comes to the tongue along with the arrival of a cola like flavor. Some lightly hopped flavors of a grassy and earthy nature come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste balancing out some of the sweet. In the end with the bitter coming to the tongue, a rather roasty and lightly hopped cola cocoa flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lighter side for a darker harvest ale of its style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been a bit nicer for the roasted flavors of the brew as the somewhat watery nature of the brew really didn’t support the flavors well.
Overall – Not really the best harvest ales I have even had. The flavors never really complement each other well and the weaker body only further diminishes the impacts of the taste. Nothing too special here.
Lubiere (13994) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light grassy hops, dark fruits, nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light chocolate, plums, licorice, nice. pushkinwow (2827) - Ottawa, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
12oz bottle to kick of the 12K joint milestone tasting (Lubiere gets most of the credit with 10K, I only get 2K). Dark mahogany with light beige head that almost completely disappears. Malty and nutty, some sweet caramelised malts, plum. Moderate carbonation and mild+ body. Semi sweet, somewhat dry, malty, bit of spice, not bad. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Aromas of caramel, nutty, coffee, grassy hops. Hazy brown with decently retaining off-white head. Savory malts, subtle smoke, earthy hops finish the flavor profile. Very smooth. obguthr (6454) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft @ Cuban Burger, Harrisonburg VA: Charcoal nose. Ruby black, medium tan head. Charcoal and cherries flavor, dry. Nutty pecan finish. Medium body. Not overpowering, but still enough flavor, good transitions. Color and body are atypical for the style. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle - Dark cola pour with a bubbly ring of tan head. Nose is dark, rich bready malt, a bit of milkiness, and some nuttiness. Taste is a nice blend of lightly spicy grain, chocolate, dark bread, and a hint of herbal hops. Finishes with a bit of milky sourness. Medium-bodied and slick, with mellow carbonation. Really understated, but man, this beer pretty much epitomizes fall. I’m not a huge fan of the milkiness, but the rest I like quite a bit.