Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Strong roasted caramel malt aroma. Red-amber, clear, tan head. Semisweet, dried out malt taste with reasonable contrast. Pretty thick, with some boozy character as might be expected from this type of beer. Good Maine drinking. wlajwl (6875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Aroma is malts, an undercurrent of fruit and a sharp, hard to describe element. The flavor is dark fruit, very nutty/pecans and a hoppy/fruit finish. sneezey (135) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Very good ale, nice flavorful hops without some of the odd citrus flavors that would spoil a strong ale. Could be even stronger, but probably right for the style. Frank (4208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
I was expecting this to be a special bitter based on the name but, while it definitely has an English character, it is way stronger than a special bitter. It pours a clear amber w/ little head. Its nose is fruity w/ a lot of caramel and an herbal hop presence. Full bodied but not too sweet w/ earthy hops to finish. I can’t place my finger on it quite but there is something a touch off in this beer; the balance is just weird or something and there’s nothing especially good about it to make up for it. It’s an OK beer but no more. BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
BOtM selection. Malty toasty nose with hint of hops. Hops play prominent roll in this brew but toasty malts provide good back-up. Hop flavor is a bit cloying reminding you of their recent passing over the tongue. Not overly carbonated so you get a full coating on the tongue.
RobertDale (6560) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12 ounce bottle from by beer of the month club. Pours a clear copper with a decent biege head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee, and a bit of hops. Nice to sip on. matthewjk (1102) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Damn, really surprised I liked this as much as I do! Last shipment of "Beer of the Month Club" and my experience was mostly disappointing; this beer is a rare example of something I actually enjoy. Reminds me of a rye ipa with some spiciness. I like it. Atom (2483) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
12oz bottle pours a bright clear amber with a small khaki head. Aroma is floral, caramel malt, browb and honey. Taste is a stinging spicy caramel biscuit malt, with spicy hops. Not enjoying this one. kerenmk (4802) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s. Murkey honey colour, off white head. Aromas of Bazooka Joe bubblegum and band-aid. Sweet, then weird bitter taste - none was fun. Light body, average carbonation, short finish. Something’s definitely wrong with the bottle. 5/3/5/2/7=2.2
Re-rate 9/7: bottle, beer of the month club. Murky amber, dark white film. Sweet malt caramel, ripe fruit aroma. Tastes medicinal, alcoholic bitterness, acetone. Sleek texture, medium body, a little fizzy, bread roll finish. 7/3/6/3/10=2.9 Scipio (1111) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a copper with an off white head. Aroma is faint, with nuts, grapes, and apple being noticed. The above flavors are present, and has some sour notes, and is a bit salty as well. Medium body. Slight sour aftertaste. Drinkable, but not to impressive.