TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Has a nice hop tang complimented by a thicker malt body. Has a raw feeling to it, earthy. Not bad. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a light maple syrup color with moderate head. Decent amount of hops in the beginning with a bready malt finish. Nice and bitter with a delicious earthiness. Better than I expected. cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Nice red with a generous white head. Malty and sweet with decent hops. Nice beer. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2005
On draft at Eli Cannons. Malty aroma, amber pour, thin beige head. Faint hop presence, mostly bready malts, lingering. Raw malt flavors, rather unapprealing. Start is decent, the finish leaves something to be desired. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Semi-hazy and amber bronze in color with an icy grey sheet for the head. Big caramel malt waft from the get-go, joining a honeyed hops persona. Other aroma contributors include pistachios, pecans, amaretto and a little earthiness of haystacks and peat. Fuller than expected with an impromptu earthy persona on the palate. Flavor elements revolve around salty pecans, licks of honey, whole wheat bread, bran flakes and brown sugar. Earthiness rejoins us with elemental peat, aromatic pine and sodden autumn leaves. Encompassing bitterness and well-balanced, finishing with caramel and grain. Thanks to tpkenned for this one!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours deep amber with nice off-white head. Aroma is alls weet caramel malt. Initial flavor the same with a big bitter c-hop kick near the end. Decent overall. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. So-so nose, weird. Lite cherry, seltzer, craft paper, wheat bread, little butterscotch. Clean brownish orange color, BIG head, took three pours to get htis into glass, left small head. Same weird flavors as aromas, some grapefruit showed up, a littel dusty/cobweb thing too. Medium bodoed, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Didn’t enjoy this much, odd taste IMO. SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Tap at Luna’s in West Hartford Reddish brown with a small off-white head. Decent lace. Aroma was faint. Hoppy, some caramel and not much else. Flavor was bitter. Wait, let me rephrase that ... the flavor was biiittttter. Too much so. Not balanced at all. I guess there was some molasses in there, too. Next time, they really shouldn’t remind people of the Farmington River when drinking a beer. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2005
12 oz bottle (2005) shared with the scintillating, sensational ClarkVV in his humble abode. Yep, mahogany, that’s the color all right, they got the name down and its got a decent near-white head and more than a touch of yeast in the deep body...fruity cherry, caramel, oak and oregano in the body, I didn’t get as much diacetyl as Clark notes and found it quite pleasant...lightly bitter, dry woody flavor profile, bready yeast light but everpresent..bit too acidic to finish, but nice overall. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2005
2004 bottle. Seems odd to me that this one is rated a full half point higher than the blonde, which appeared a much better beer, IMO. Pour is fantastic though, as usual from Mercury. Deep copper-auburn color, low filtration, unpasteurised with a large off-white, creamy head that lasts and laces. Lots of caramel and diacetyl in the nose, with hints of spiced holiday bread (that’s rather vague, I know). An old, soft, floral hoppiness is lightly present in the nose, as well. Flavor begins with a large amount of buttercream, some light toffee and brown bread dough. Hints of English hops give a moderate bitterness but then the diacetyl-like buttercream flavors make an encore on the finish. Lightly creamy body and though the commercial description claims this as an ESB, after drinking it, it has such a low bitterness that I would have to agree with the bitter classification. A little bit more body than most bottled English bitters, but a well-done if somewhat "too-much-diacetyl-for-my-tastes" effect.