gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with decent clarity. The head is a two finger pale orange shade. The retention is quite solid, and the texture is quite creamy. Solid lacing is left behind on the glass.
S: DAT RAISINY NOSE. This starts off strongly with dark fruits, before a slight whiff of hop bitterness comes out after warming up. Caramel notes are nicely restrained but not nonexistent.
T: It starts off with a light hop bitterness redolent of tobacco. Maltiness takes over after the hops fade on the palate, with some unsweetened toffee. The finish is mildly fruity, but not as strong as the nose indicated. Sometimes I even get some wisps of chocolate. While I don’t enjoy all of the flavors (COUGH CRYSTAL MALT COUGH), it’s clear this is a high-quality example of the style, without a hint of alcohol anywhere.
M: This style is usually plagued by intrusive malts and a heavy lingering finish. This one is superbly clean, crisp, and there’s only a slight sweetness on the back end. The carbonation is fairly mild, and yet it’s still quite drinkable.
O: Normally, I’m not a fan of this style, but these guys damn near nailed this. It’s super clean, drinkable, yet nicely complex and savorable. I would definitely buy this again - this is one of those ’hidden gems’ that few people know about but is actually really damn good.
From old tasting notes. Winter of 1990/1991 Vintage. Deep Amber orange color. Bubbly beige head. Malty caramel-like aroma with a hint of yeastiness. Big toasted malt flavor upfront. Plenty of hop flavor right through to the finish. Very much like a Pale Ale, but with more oomph! Very good. Well balanced and full bodied. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Nice brown body with slight head. Nose is faint. Taste malty, bread, some fruits and toffee. Nice floral finish. climberbob (467) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Beer club offering. Mahogany w tan head. Floral pine aroma. Taste has same elements w hints of butterscotch. Hop dominant but not excessive. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Higher alcohol notes in the aftertaste.
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Had as part of a flight in their tiny tap room in Portland Maine. Dark orange with the good old English taste. Ok DiarmaidBHK (5649) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Draft at J's Oyster Bar. Pours copper colored with an inch of brown foam. Leaves trace lacing. Decent malt notes on the nose. Fairly big malt clashes loudly with chunky bitterness on the tongue. It's kind of like licking a penny but it's not bad all things being equal.
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John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Draft. Copper/Amber. Bland with toasted malts and grains. Caramel. Light and watery. Bad.
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Pour is a clear brown with a small white head. Like strykzone said below not much of an aroma comes off the beer. A Smallish dark bready malt is about it. Flavor is much better. A nice dark fruit with some toffee lingering. Finish has a lot of those dry bready almost pumpernickel flavors. Pretty good beer once you give it a chance Strykzone (7556) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. Clear amber with a beige head. Just a little lacing. Not a lot of aroma but it is malty and has just a little fruit. The flavor begins with a big bitter bang with the malt underneath that. It quickly gets gentler and fruit emerges. Mid glass chocolate began to take over and almost did that completely by the finish. At some point alcohol was noticed as harshness. This was a fun beer to try. Despite not expecting to, I liked it. Patrickctenchi (6690) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Clear, orange-red with a foamy tan head.
Fruit and berry aroma....grain.
Taste is bread, fruits, very malty....
Very strong, persistent alcohol bitter...come through a bit on the rocky side for only 7%. Christpuncher (3191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Way over rated. Super malty with a slight roasted nut flavor. Filling flavor and smells alcohol ly. Pours red with a thick head. Another poor pick by my beer of the month peeps.
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