Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma of roast, sweet malts. Flavor is sweet, roast, and a slight hoppy bitter finish. Good body, good brew. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottled on 11/15/05 and consumed on 3/22/06ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Deep burgundy-crimson, with some plum skin tones. Fairly vigorous pour yields a small, off-white head that sits at cover and ring. Smells rather fruity at first; cherries, prunes and a deep roastiness, not too dry, with ample caramel malt. The use of multiple malts seems appropriate and successful here, being able to pick each one out, as they don’t seem to crowd each other out.
The flavor is caramelly at first, with plenty of black licorice, walnuts, roasted malts (light) and a light melanoidin tone in the background. Almost black-currant like, but not as tart or dry as that sounds, thanks to a fair amount of pale/caramel malts. Great lacing all over the glass. A definite black maltiness to it, maybe debittered black malt. Hard, dark pretzel dough, cruncy and with a touch of sourdough-like notes, well aerated by the light, but ample carbonation. Fairly dry, but never lacking for maltiness. Smooth, lightly creamy texture. Playful fruitiness lingers on. No sign of alcohol. Had a bottle of this 2 weeks before and it was nothing like this one.
Dark reddish brown with a thick, bone white head. Brown sugar and toasted malts in the nose, a slight bit of smoke in the aroma as well. Flavor is on the sweet side, with a slight roastiness in the finish. Mildly bitter finish. Lush carbonation, medium bodied. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
12 oz bottle, via rudolf. Poured a dark ruby with a finger sized head, clear. Floral hop aroma with sweet caramel malt, and notes of strawberries as well. Very sweet malty base with a moderately bitter hop finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation, nice overall mouthfeel, slight mouth-coating stickiness. Pretty decent beer, very drinkable and well balanced. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Murky brown pour with a thin head. Slightly sweet and sour aroma of malt, chocolate and some caramel coffee. The taste is a mix of coffee, toffee, malt, hops and some yeast. Not too bad, but a little bitter.
HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Poured deep clear copper with an average beige head. Aroma of chocolate, sour grain, light roast malt. Sort of nasty. Taste is not quite as unpleasant, but it’s still a bit vegetal and harsh - chocolate, grain, malt, not sweet, not really bitter either. Mouthfeel harsh, average body. Obviously better on tap. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Eegad…this like cough syrup. Fairly sweet malty nose with that sour twinge. Thick and syrup red amber with little head despite the aggressive pour. Some chocolate and cherries mix with the watery texture to make this fairly drinkable. An unfortunate attempt by a local to me. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(GABF05) Crystal clear light borwn body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nutty, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, nutty, caramel, some chocolate. Light-medium body. Nice for what it is. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Thanks Santa, another east coast brew to enjoy! Sadly I did not care for the look of this one. Ugly murky brown with no head. Also unfortunate were some rotting vegetable aromas that were faint but noticeable. The aroma also contained some non-descript light malt and crisp greenish hops. The flavor was better. Easy to drink, light to medium pine and citrus hops with lightly malted notes. Finish was hoppy with a light and watery body. Overall this tasted like a drinkable beer. I think this bottle was just a bit messed up. I gave the overall a bump for potential. Boyz2pepsi (7) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
Bottle. I have to wonder if I got a bad batch, because after hearing about how wonderful aviator red was since I started drinking these sorts of beers, mine was bitter and tasted like clover and lemon.