j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash, thanks man. Pours a hazed tawny brown with a medium to large beige white head that diminishes rather quickly. Big sweet plum and light banana notes and some light esters. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, light plum and prune. Finishes up with some light banana and yeast and a touch of alcohol. WVHouseofBeer (1068) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Poured a nice hazy amber color with a small white head. Sweet fruity aroma and tasted of banana, cloves and some honey? Creamy palate. An excellent beer. smaynard6000 (1167) - Apopka, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Sweet aroma, very small off-white head. Nice red copper color to this beer. Complex flavor; dominated by sweetness that turns into banana. Smooth crisp finish with no alcohol burn which is good and surprising for a high-ABV beer. Good. AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 17, 2009
I didn’t think that I liked this style very much. But I liked this beer a lot. Nose is heavy bananas with some spice. Refreshing and light on the mouthfeel, with a crisp finish. Definitely one to try, and as a former Clevelander, something that makes me proud. ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle that jcos brought back from Cleveland, 9/11/09
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Aroma: Sweet nose of yeast, berries, and nuts
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-amber color
Flavor: Nice complexity, some sweet fruit, yeast, spice
Palate: Nice medium-full body, no alcohol burn. smooth
This is a pretty nice beer, it really works nicely, and can see why it is so highly rated, quite tasty and enjoyable. A rich, flavorful beer with a nice complexity of flavor. I could see going even higher on this score after a few more samplings, but I’ll rate it here for now. This is a pretty interesting beer.
Drinking this one while watching MJ’s HOF speech, raise a glass to the GOAT!
Raspberry nectar color with small head and little carbonation. Banana nut bread aroma. Pleasantly slow lacing. Banana, and honey appear early in taste, followed by mild bitterness. Radek Kliber (7365) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 8, 2009
bottle 355 ml MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Appearance: copper amber ruby with slight haze and mid lighter rocky fizzy top.
Nose: solid aroma. Sweet peanut feel with paired wheat , yeast ,fruit (berry with cherry) and caramel. Dry alcohol fnishing.7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied. Malty , slightly nutty hints with some of fruity tartness. Neatly composed together. Drinkable with alcohol dryness and warmth.
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 Dark copper pour. aroma is of caramel malts, plums, yeast, banana, and some other spices. Flavor is very sweet with many of the rich flavors from the aroma. Very drinkable. I liked this a lot. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle - Deep amber pour with nary a head. Smells of smooth clove that’s not overbearing, bubble gum, banana, and a bit of alcohol burn. Sweet and a bit syrupy, with just a bit of spice, grapes, a bit of toffee, and a nice warm, boozy finish. Smooth and a bit syrupy...very nice. It’s not exactly sessionable, but I could drink several of these in a sitting. cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 Sampled twice, first a bottle then years later, on tap at the brewpub. Excellent both times and just like I remembered it when I came back to it. Fruity, estery aroma with suggestions of banana and spice, true to the commercial description. Very smooth. Light, given the high alcohol content, and the alcohol is well-masked in the aroma and flavor. I am very impressed; this style of beer is easy to screw up, and it’s not even a style I am very fond of...and as usual, Great Lakes did an outstanding job at brewing a style that I don’t really like in a way that I absolutely love! So, A+++. Heck yeah!