ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottled. Via trade with DocLock. Best by Mar ’06 (so I’m assuming this is the ’05). Pours a clear, garnet color with an ivory head. Fruity aroma- both citrus and some darker fruits, caramel, yeast and honey. Flavor is bitter with a thin mouth feel. A bit of caramel, toffee, and phenols in the flavor. Bitter finish. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Best before March 06, enjoyed on May 06. Pours a clear, dark amber with a medium sized, off-white head that fades to a loose collection of whisps. The aroma is citrus and pine, with a heathy dose of sweet caramels. The flavor is resinous pine, grapefruit, toffee and bready. Medium body with a bitter and soapy finish. Big flavor, relatively low ABV and highly quaffable, great job!! BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Springslicker. Poured a reddish brown with a tan head that quickly diminished. Aroma of spices, citrus, hops, and a light caramel background. The flavor found hops, grass, caramel, and spices. Medium body with a light bitterness. Nice! Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours orange\golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet malts, and hops. Flavor is sweet, malty, carbonated, with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Good body, good brew.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2006
A lovely brew. Well knit flavours reveal plenty of toffee and toast in the malt and a pretty nice dose of ESB bitterness. The colour is rich pretty brown matched with hints of coffee and and peppery spice. yum.
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
12 oz. bottle thanks to slob. Decent head on this dark amber pour. Aromas were very malty. Some spice and caramel. Some breadiness too. Flavors were quite bitter. More bitter than the expected ESB. Must be that USification we do to our beers on this side of the pond. NIce hoppy bite over the very malty middle. Good stuff. Thanks Bert. Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2006
A winner! Thanks Matt. A hoppy porter on steroids, if that makes any sense. Great spicy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus, among other notes. The swett malt takes over and drops off to a lingering grassy followup. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2006
A medium sized frothy, off-white head rests above a slightly hazy red-brown hued beer. The hop aroma is balanced between citric/orange and floral/cedar notes. Caramel, nearly toffee, dark bread malts follow slightly behind. Smaller tones of medium-dark fruits (cherries, and the like). Despite significant malting, a firm, spicy bitterness rests on the front of the tongue. Late palate reveals more of the same, but with perhaps more acidity. Bit of alcohol on the swallow, as well. The body is on the bigger side of medium, has a slick texture, and lively carbonation. Personally, I’d like to see the US hops 86’d so a bit more malt would shine through with less of a ’cutting’ feeling. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Fall 2008: Golden amber. The aroma is earthy with lots of caramelly malt and abundant earthy, woody hops. Sweet, with earthy nuances, lots of earthy, slightly lemony bitterness. Drinks easy, but has intensity, too. Chocolate malt emerges in the finish.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Spring 2006: Orangey-brown colour. The aroma shows earth, chocolate, a little bit of crystal malt and bright orangey hops. The flavour is robust with those orangey hops meeting strong toasty notes with light chocolate in the background. Hefty bitterness and a blast of alcohol round things out. 7-3-7-3-14 = 3.4
Nice brown body with some tan head. Good hops and malts in the aroma, bitterness is very nice. Sweetness from the malts does minimize the bitterness of the hops. Good bitter ending.