Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Faint aromas of mixed fruits, malts and hops, orange, slightly cloudy with a mild head and carbonation, taste is like a mild ESB, with some mixed candied fruits, toffee and hops. Palate is light, palate is smooth, clean with a lean toward some lingering spice hoppiness. The first time that I had this I was blown away by it’s complexity, not anymore, it’s still a beer I like and an above average, every now and then quaffer. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Quite suprised that I haven’t reviewed this beer yet. I’ve enjoyed it several times in both bottle and on tap. Each time was a very enjoyable beer, but I think I prefer it out of the bottle a bit more.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2008
The beer pours out a rich amber color with a thin one-finger thick head. An aroma of sweet, undefined malts with just a touch of earthy, floral hops. Flavors had a nice caramel-like sweetness combined with smooth finish and a nice bitter swallow. Always a nice beer to go to when the choices are slim.
22 oz. bottle - pours orange-amber and clear; white head quickly fades; aromas of sweet hops, cotton candy; refreshing and crisp; a little on the thin side, but has a nice texture to it; no carbonation with flavors of hops, caramel and sweet malts; not bitterness and a sweet finish; pretty nice brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Pours thin and golden. Amber in the glass with a average white head. Nose of construction materials, maybe spackle. Malty taste which is quite good, with mininal hops, OK beer, but not good enough. JamesMulvenon (26) - USA - JUL 17, 2008
One of my groomsman bought a case of this beer in 1997 for my bachelor party in Los Angeles, leaving me with fond memories. Until recently, this beer was almost impossible to get on the east coast, but lately it seems to be getting a national distribution. Pours a light copper color with a modest white head, and smells of malt and caramel. I remember the taste being more evocative 10 years ago, but to be fair there is a lot more fuller-bodied craft beer available now. The finish is definitely crisp and clean, almost biting.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Poured clear brown/amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and light fruit. Taste is malty, caramel, and some light hops. Finish was unremarkable, with some light malt and bitterness. Mouth was smooth and lightly carbonated. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Poured from bomber, a clear amber color with a medium head. Aroma of light malt, and fruit. Palate is soft and comforting, and the flavor is mild of fuit, hops, and a soft malty sweetness. Might have tasted some dates in there as well. I would have preferred a more robust flavor, especially for this oft-indescript style. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
On tap. Pours with a smallish, tight, off-white head covering a clear dark amber body. Aroma is amber style malts with some fruity notes and a touch of caramel. Taste is malts and caramel upfront with a bit of card board and maybe hops in the finish (but the hops could just be the Arrogant Bastard I am burping up). Watery to dry mouthfeel with light carbonation. TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Stately copper brown color. Medium size white head that laces and active carbonation in the glass make a good looking beer. Malty sweet aroma with caramel and grape fruit added. Just an inkling of hops to keep it from the sweet side. Malty flavor and a smoky wood / peat like a scotch. Its complexingly sweet with not a hard hop to kill off the yummy taste. Palate is light for such a sweet and smoky ale. I was pleased this beer lives up to its brewers reputation. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel malt. Some mild fruity esters from the ale yeast. Dried banana. Very mild. Pours a brilliantly filtered clear dark copper with a creamy white head leaving light spotty lacing. Flavor is very bland. Dried, toasted malt and grain. Plenty of malt with little hop presence and little of the assumed wood tannin. Thin on the tongue with a grainy, watery and sweet finish. Thanks Todd!