maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear golden body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and light malt aroma. Sweet caramel, light malt and toast flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10.alobar (3778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
App.: Clear deep amber with white rim.
Aroma: Some tart fruitiness, mainly brown sugar, dark dried fruits, lightly buttery, lightly woodsy and rum-like.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: Some nice molasses/licorice, dark dried fruits, a touch of wood/earth, still a bit buttery, some pine/earth hops, quite fruity (berries); lightly sweet, quite bitter, finishes abruptly.
Meh, not great.
Brown pour with slightly off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. Dark fruit flavor with toffee and a hint of sourness. Decent beer. DYCSoccer17 (3695) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Pours a tranparent amber with a 1.5 cm off-white head with good staying-power. Very pleasant aroma--malts, sweet cherries, honey are noticeable from quite a distance. Lots going on flavorwise. Tastes almost belgian at first with some banana flavor, malty throughout. Smokiness to finish. Roasted malts, cherry hints, banana hints. Hides 7.7% remarkably well. This is a remarkable value at $1.39 a bottle. Did I mention beautiful lacing? If there was a complaint, it would be that it wasn't totally to style. The next time I am strapped for cash and need a quality 6 pack, I will definitely pick this up. Re-rate--this beer just grows on me. It gets better each time. Increased overall from 17 to 18. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick foamy head. Light aroma of malt and yeast. Slight floral flavor, but mostly just bitter, which I didn’t care for all that much. The bitterness moderated around mid-glass as the beer warmed a bit. This beer was worth trying, but I won’t be back for another 6-pack.
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. jb (3248) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
Hefty nose of caramel and tea. Dark amber with minimal head and spotty floaty stuff. Interesting palate with big initial burst of flavor then reduced to that which I smelled initially. The flavor burst is full, a bit hoppy, a bit of wood, toffee. Very interesting and good. Thanks for the trade Ron! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2004
Cloudy amber color with big frothy off white head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. First taste was a bit bitter with a bit of malt and figs. The 7.7% is nicely masked. The body is full and rich. The finish is smooth and clean. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2010
The aroma is decent, caramel, apple. The flavor is sweet molasses, very malt forward, slightly. sour, decent the appearance is a deep amber color. The finish is crackery ok. Not bad at all.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 27-Jun-05 in trade with jah noth, thanks Dan!) Expecting the usual gusher from Cooperstown, I’m pleasantly surprised that there was only a slight rush of carbonation when I popped the cap. And pouring the beer was easy -- no foamy mess. The aroma is fruity, woody, a bit earthy. Good follow-through in the flavor, as I’m getting plenty of sweet, dark fruits, caramely malts, a bit of molasses, some earthiness, finishing with a hint of smoke on the back end. Bitterness is very mild. Medium-bodied, low to medium carbonation, fairly easy to drink. Orange-amber body is fairly hazy, but the filmy, off-white layer dissipates fairly rapidly. Not a great beer, but quite drinkable and one of the better ones I’ve had from this brewery.