TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught at the brewpub during Autumn 2010: Rufous golden. Thin but persistent ivory foam. Dull and dirty nose of medicine, plum, overripe apricot, red licorice, caramel and raisin. Light note of Red Delicious apple skin and DMS/cabbage. Flimsy body. Very "unnatural" pointy, seltzery carbonation. Severely unclean with a plasticlike causticity, bitter medicine and overripe plum. Malt does offer a glimpse of its fluff and crispness, though most of it is rendered vapid due to the unbridled overripe fruit characters. Red apple skins further stymie any potential luster that might arise as they lend considerable limpness to the core. Not even a flash of estery brightness to be found. Kiss of floral hops departs just as quickly as it arrives. Continually rough around the edges with a cotton- and leather-like yeasty astringency. Dry flourish of toasty and biscuity malt shyly exudes, though the finish is predominantly medicinal and sweet with notes of rotting fruit. This was a dreadfully poor rendition.
Ratman197 (14076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Equinox poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, nuts, light earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, nuts and light earthiness with a smooth malty finish.
notalush (5802) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewery - dark amber beer - more of a malt-forward, sweety BdG - they clearly used an ale yeast in this, which is an odd choice, but the character is clearly of a dark BdG - semi-sweet notes of caramel at first, with slight diacetyl, which seems to be common in these darker BdGs for some reason - malts become drier and far more biscuity through the middle and finish - not nearly as estery as one would expect, probably due to the choice of yeast, so the semi-dry, biscuity malt and toasted grain character is really center stage here - pretty decent, actually.
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Medium to dark amber appearance. Sweet yeasty aroma. Amber body with a nutty, malty flavor. Not really at all like a Farmhouse ale.