ABUSEDGOAT (2734) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 After sampling 4 beers before this one, this one seemed to be a blend of the lighter beers at the brewery. Fairly sweet and bitter, and the alcohol was noticeable. Not really that special.
UPDATE: pouring like a jackass gave this a large head. Poured a thin brown color like Newcastle. Aroma was fruity, alcoholic, and bitter. Finishes nutty and alcoholic. Itís fairly complex, but really the flavor lacks to keep it really interesting. Itís still a good solid brew.(3.3 --> 3.4) JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Re-rate 10-8-06. I donít know what happened. Its almost like they re-worked this beer. Its way too high on the malt side and somewhat syrupy, lacking a hoppy balance to settle things out. I used to love this one as indicated below.
I am extremely biased as I love this beer. It has a coppery caramelly bubble gum finish which makes me want more. The only thing that works against it in my opinion is that it has a bit of a grainy finish which you find on the other CB beers. Maybe Iím a Ringwood or a malt fan. This particular bottle I got from Half Time seemed more on the caramel side than the bottles Iíve purchased directly from the site in the past. I wonder if they have enhanced this brew since it first came out. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Rich ruby gold, next to no head. Malty nose - some chocolate, dark fruits. Nicely h opped. Rich malt up front and then a huge bitter acaramel w. dark fruits - kind of strange. Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Dark gold ale with a light white head. Strong diacetyl whiff in aroma. Sweet butterscotch and fruity taste, with sweet apples and pineapple. Overbearing and difficult to drink. Tap. CNY Brewfest Feb. 5 2005. Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
Spicy yeast lager. Carbonated head. Ringwood yeast, bit of fruit and almond and somewhat bitterness. Like an xmas
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange/red. Tasted a bit on the florally hoppy side but there were also some definite tastes of figs and raisins. Not a bad beer. Iím definitely keeping the bpttles to display on my bar during the baseball season. stephen louis (165) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Flat out great.
Nice looking with a head that will last a week,the beer wonít too good.
Lots of caramel and that distinctive ringwood taste. Fruit and hops in the middle,the finish is sweet but dry.
A good amount of carbonation adds to the body. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle, from Halftime. Ok nose, apples,carmel or butterscotch. Reddish orange color, good size head, but I poured it kinda quick, that faded quickly to a lite hazy cover. Bittersweet flavors, a sour bitter thing, figs, apples, dates, little plasticy. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter, non hoppy, finish. Oh that ringwood. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Looked great when I poured it out, nice dark amber, great smell, almost like apples, but the taste is just pure malt. Nothing very exciting about it. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Amber body with a big fluffy off white head that recedes leaving a still respectable head of foam. Aroma is pleasantly malty with a bit of caramel and butterscotch (perhaps a touch of diacetyl, but I am not sure). Pleasantly sweet with a bit of bitterness to balance it. Something odd but not unpleasant floating about in the finish. Thanks for sharing Ken.