jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at the beer store. Pours deep amber with a lacy head. Aroma of birch, pumpkin, some spices and fruit, and a good amount of hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Pretty good. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Very seasonal smelling; spice, caramel, but a little medicinal as well. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel, brown sugar, and spice. Spice reminds me of pumpkin pie-ish. Its ok, not my fave. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased a year or so ago at the brewery when it first released. Pours a nice ruddy brown color with two fingers of beige head. Aroma of juniper, sage, lemon verbena, pine forest, sweet potatoes cooked on the camp fire, and additional herbs and spices. Flavor initially of herbs (juniper, medicinal herbs) and lemon verbena, soon followed by notes of burnt cocoa, pepitas, honey, toffee, and bits of roasted yams and pumpkin pie spice. Has a dryish and somewhat bitter finish. I really do think it could use more of the pumpkin/yam element (as well as some sweetness) and less of the herbs. But overall a very unique beer and nicely complex both in the nose and mouth...but not something I would want to drink very often. (296, 733) notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Been curious about this beer for a while - it’s been sitting on the shelves everywhere around here forever, so I figured someone had to buy some of it eventually - the description certainly makes it sound like it could be a train wreck, but the relatively low abv sold me on taking a chance - dark ruby pour - some fine suspended particulate when held up to the light - soapy lace - nose is farily sweet, with notes of molasses and dark fruits - the tanginess of the lemon verbena work surprisingly well with this and the end of a deep inhale reveals earthy notes of the fenugreek and bark that is a little too vegetal and earthy (smells almost like celery) - low carbonation - fairly creamy in the mouth - a bit of sweetness up front, but overall, this is much more dry than the aroma suggests - flavors of earthy wood, light citric tanginess, anise, some mineral notes, dry roastiness - finish is moderately bitter and quite dry - much better than I was expecting. alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours a cola brown color with a creamy off-white head. Lemon aroma with a flavor of birch, lemon, pumpkin, and subtle hop presence. Great lacing. Good beer.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Enjoyed via a bottle from Otto’s in Shorewood, WI. Pours a dark sable brown with a thin tan head. My first impressions on the smell was Deep Woods Off (bug spray) but upon further investigation, it was more the woody/barrel smells and dark fruit. The taste is still, but has a carbonated flavor. Not as thick on the palette as I expected and very bitter/hoppy with a sour fruit note in the background. The finish is of bitter hops with some dryness. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Pours to a dark brown body with a thin tan head that mostly dissipated. The aroma is pumpkin and cocoa powder with some subtle wood. The flavor has a not so subtle birch beer and tangy grassy hop. Sweet, but not sugary. Earthy spice leaves the mouth watering. Almost like a cardamom and tamarind? Palate is dry and mouthwatering. Seems chewy. knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Pours a reddish brown color. Has notes of spices in the aroma. Taste has notes of spices, pumpkin and cinnamon. I noticed more taste in the inital swallow. However, the more i drank, the more taste seemed to dissipate and become watered down. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Pours a reddish brown mahogany color. Aroma of spiced herb, a slight odor of yams and pumpkins. Taste is a slight lemon zest mixed with a spice vegetable mix in the initial swallow. The taste disappears quickly then is refreshing after you’re done. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Cola pour, moderate head. Needs about 10 minutes to open up and warm, and then the spice aromas and flavors begin to emerge. Gently sweet, quaffable at 5% and not the least sticky, minimal hop presence, herbal not as herbal hops but in a spices-added sort of way. Easy to drink and tasty with a subtle bitter close that may be coming from the birch bark. Interesting and enjoyable (and +1 to overall for not making this another 11% abv experiment).