JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Wow, what a great beer. Pours the color of a porter and not an ESB. The flavor is mild but rich. Malty with a complement of earthy hops. No one attribute dominates, but is balanced by the others. I will definitely buy this again if I see it. ads135 (4590) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Dark amber brown appearance. Alcohol, dark fruit, burned bread in the flavor. Sweet bread aroma. ccex (1288) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
750ml bottle, labeled 2012, pours a murky brown with small tan head but good lacing. Aroma has dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and floral hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, and body is full. Taste is mostly sweet (thanks to the chocolate and berries) but with a dry finish of nuts and hops. Well-hidden alcohol makes this surprisingly easy to drink Another winner from Grand Teton. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
12oz bottle, sample courtesy of Grand Teton. Appreciated! Pours a murky, amber-brown color with a modestly formed, creamy light-tan head. Aroma shows some rich milk chocolate, red fruits, and an endearing floral / earthy hop character; nicely rendered and rounded, with no alcohol poking through (at least at a relatively cool temperature). Creamy texture, with medium-full body and soft carbonation; loads of rich chocolate malt character, showing through quite nicely, surrounded by ripe red berry notes, a touch of a lactic / milky quality (heightened by the creaminess), and the sweetness remains in check courtesy of a pronounced core bitterness, offering pine and citrus and earthiness. Overall, a damn expressive beer and a pleasure to drink. I didn’t care much for the Raging Badger "Berliner Weisse" (tasted more like a German-style hefeweizen), but everything else I’ve had recently from Grand Teton has been solid. Lasting finish of milk chocolate and roast and earthy bitterness, with perhaps just a touch of acetaldehyde poking out right at the very end; a light amount of green apple that melds well with the other parts. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Thanks to Norm for opening up this waxed swing top liter bottle that poured out deep amber in color with tan head. The aroma has a good load of roasted malts as well as a bit of pine like hops in the background. The taste is both rich and roasty and at the same time smooth and easy drinking somehow. In behind the various roasted malts is a pine hop sense in the background. Interesting brew that is big on roasted malts yet has the right level of malt sweetness and hops to make it insanely drinkable. Unexpectedly good.
madmitch76 (24439) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
3rd October 2009dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle purchased in a Las Vegas liquor store. Opaque dark brown beer with a short lived tan head. Light malt nose. Rich soft palate. Rich malt base with a streak of marmite. Good deep rich hops. Slightly off the beaten track.
Ibrew2or3! Pours a dark caramel color with a tan head. Aroma has caramel, dark fruit and sweet malts. Sweet taste with some roastiness. Dry finish. OK. hallinghansen (3126) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2012
1L bottle shared with a couple of friends. Pours mud brown with a large offwhite head. Aroma is lots of dark fruits with raisins being the dominating part, toffee, alcohol notes. Flavor is dark fruits, light alcohol, caramel, chocolate notes. Soft palate. HopHead7 (28) - - FEB 27, 2012
Pour a deep ruby red with aromas of toffee and dark fruits. Wonderful flavor for an esb, earthy and rich with toffee sweetness and perhaps even some citrus in the hops. Had from the waxed swingtop bottle. dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Waxed liter swing cap bottle purchased somewhere in NY by Jimmie shared on Superbowl Sunday. Poured a good looking muddy darker brown with a smaller foamy biege head. Aroma is nice with lots of syrupy chocolate up front followed by some more typical barley wine sweet malt notes like toffee, molasses, raisin and honey along with some thick grains that reminds me of a raisin bagel. Excellent palate that was medium to fuller with a slight syrupy feel along with lively carbonation that held up well for the age ot this beer. Flavor is just like the aroma with lots of chocolate blending in with sweet malt notes like molassess, honey and toffee along with strong grains. This is a solid beer and reminds me of a chocolatey barley wine, good stuff.