merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013 freeski919 (5) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Everything about this beer was painfully below average. The aroma and palate were bland and featured a malty, almost metallic taste. The mouth feel was flat and unexciting. I was surprised to find this was their "Anniversary" ale, which would have suggested something special. This beer was anything but.
The beer poured decently with a nice reddish brown hue to it (red when backlit) that passes through some light, has a mild off white head that disappates quickly and mild lacing on the glass. The beer smells average with a mild scent of chocolate, caramel malts, and mild sweet fruit (raisins and cherries). The taste is great with a sweet fruit (raisins and taste up front, that gives away to a caramel malt on the back end, somewhat boozy finish (almost a tequila finish). The mouthfeel is great with the beer being properly carbonated and the mouth being very dry (like drinking a shot of good tequila). Overall, this was the best beer I had at the brewpub tonight, properly carbonated, great flavor combinations, and a drying boozy finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
In short: A poorly made sweetness vehiclexproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
How: Tap at brewpub, simply called Anniversary Ale at the pub, I assume it is the 15th Anniversary
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a medium beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is all about sweet malts and strange musty notes. Taste is sweet grainy toasted malts swimming in yeast an then more sweet grainy toasted malts, cooking vegetable oil, sweaty underwear. Hops are cruelly lacking. I really didn’t like the malt bill here, hard to describe, just a wrong mix of excessive sweetness and an annoying oily character. Or maybe the strong yeast presence didn’t work. I was unable to finish my glass. Fail. One day Davidson Brothers are gonna make a beer so good that it will make the beers from other brewpubs seem only excellent.
Ruby amber beer served with a trace of a head. Not much of a detectable aroma. Strength comes through in the mouthfeel and flavor, comes across as an alt style. Very bitter and roasty with a hint of dark fruits. Not my first choice for a pint, but I?ve had worse. On tap at their brewpub. justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Had this at Irish Times in Saratoga Springs, NY on tap. Pours nice amber/deep brown with a light tan head. Malty sweetness with some roast, fruit, burnt biscuit, and cocoa. ABV is apparent, but not overwhelming. Very enjoyable.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pours a deep brown, thin tan head. Taste is malty and very sweet with notes of fruit as well. Goes down relatively smooth with a decent bite on the end. Very good. j12601 (11573) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep caramel ruby brown with a thin white head. Sweet malt, fruit, cocoa, roast and chocolate. Fruity esters, light sweetness, earthy toast and roast. Bitterness shows up, along with roast, and cocoa. Long bitterness and very faint alcohol on the finish.