McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2006
On tap at brew pub: Pours cloudy caramel red with small off white head. Aroma thick earthy malty. Big body. Rich and velvety. Alcohol is present but covered up by sweetness. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Cloudy brown body. Sweet caramelly aroma with a cotton candy element. Strong caramel flavor under a light roast malt and spruce hop. A bold malty beer, good stuff. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Was listed as Poor Richard’s Ale. The beer pours to a hazy reddish brown body with a very thin white head. The flavor is very complex. I think there are amarillo hops in this. I also get bananas, caramel malts, interesting spiciness, intersting bill of hops. The aroma has vanilla, bananas, deep caramel malts. The palate is medium bodied, silken, and velvety. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 22, 2006
On tap at the brewpub.muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a hazy, almost opaque dark auburn. Thin white head quickly scambles for the sides of the glass. Lightly tart, pleasantly spicy hop aroma. Big spicy and fruity flavors (apples, pears, raisins) jump out first, and malt sweetness joins in shortly. Medium hop bitterness rounds off the package. Thick, almost sticky palate. Rather fine stuf; easy to see why it earned a spot in Bob Klein’s 365 Bottles of Beer Page-A-Day calendar (2006).
Sample at the brewpub. Opaque, muddy brown with lasting smidgeon of head and thick granular lacing...awesome sweet, complex fruity nose, the multitudes of oranges, apricots, cherries and crabapples are with me yet, all resting on a soft bed of hay and dosed liberally with caramel...the body, spicy-sweet, pungent and hoppy, very full with just the right amount of warming alcohol, prunes, all in a lightly yeasty, thick mouthfeel, juicy and bitter and then nicely dry and bitter, on and on and on.
amberale1 (16) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Tried on tap @ brewery in Rockford. Was recommended to try this one as this beer is the favorite among the mugclubbers. Served in a bowl glass which was very cool. A different flavor and taste, but yet satisfying. Fruity aroma.Reddish brown color. Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2004
Very fruity aroma, some diacetyl, not much alcohol, great firm, chewy mouthfeel, and loaded with malt flavor. Maybe a little more hop flavor and aroma would increase the enjoyment of this already fine beer. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 tap at brewpub-berries/hops in the aroma-very think palate with alcohol not really present in flavor, but in overall mouth feel. reminds me of boulevard nutcracker ale
ReRate-dec 28,2004 This batch is very smiilar to the one i had a year ago. Lots of berries and maple notes this time around. a little more hop presence though. tasty. boosted the ratings up a few notches.