phaleslu (10334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle as part of a tasting at Catskeller. Pours clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, toast, and hops with some booziness. Warming alcohol, bitter hops, and sweet caramel malts make up the flavor of this beer, which has nice balance. Light bodied, and lives up to its "warmer" title. Still, the aroma didn’t do a whole lot and I wasn’t crazy about the taste of this one. KyotoLefty (10329) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 14, 2010
2008 Bottle. Pretty dark brown with orange tints and a low, fine head. Nicely fragrant, with English and American hops still smelling nice after the time. Orange, tobacco, caramel. Appetizing. Flavorful malts, with chocolate and caramel, plus nice hops. Tobacco, grass, earth, plus a very bitter finish. Wow. Tastes fresh. Nice, verging on an old ale by now, though completely un-oxidized. Mellow and smooth, and very bitter. Would like to try it fresh to get those hops.
sebletitje (10095) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2008
Pours ruby/amber with a creamy head.
Aroma is matly/caramel, lightly hoppy and earthly.
Taste is slightly roasted, and a good presence of nutty and caramel malt. Maybe some licorice, reminding me of a sweet sugary cough syrup.
Light yeast, hops giving an enjoyable tingly mouthfeel. JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2007
Good amberish bread over clear red-amber beer. Hops (surprise), cake and hopscake (instead of space-?) grapey, grapefruit, zeste. Bitterish-hoppy flavour imposed upon a rather dull red ale. Quite slick & viscous, (hop)oily. A massive dose of C-hops don’t make for a great beer, please. Thanks to Joss for the series. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
355mL into Sam Adams mad awesome glass. Nothing gives me more pleasure than enjoying almost every beer save for Sam Adams in their kick-ass glass. Pours a deep, orange-tinted amber with a thin, tan head that has little retention and leaves no lacing. Aroma is blueberries, apple pie, peach cobbler. Taste is malty, biscuity, with lots of berries. Major resiny hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Yum.
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
My Bottom Line:DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Candied berries ooze from the luscious caramel maltiness, dancing in unison with the assertive earthy and resinous hoppiness. Not as fragrant as it is flavorful, this friendly muscleman still is a joy to converse with.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucid yet snowy copper.
-The earthy, wooden hop nose is modest and pleasant with its citrusy edges, but it doesn’t announce the entire range of flavors to come.
-The portly maltiness is one of this beer’s best features.
-The expansive carbonation thankfully breaks on the tongue quite easily.
-Whatever style you call it, it’s a great beer.
-The best before date is precocious.
Bottle; best before April ’07.
Mostly clear, deep dark red color, minimal off-white head, some lace. Good spicy bitter taste, with a light sweetness. Very tasty. Some toastiness to the grains here, and the hops come at you in a quick blast. A very balanced beer. Or at least balanced around the center I prefer my brews to be.. Big, a good a good amount of hops, with an even toasty-malty sweetness, that is. Carbonation is a bit sharp, however, and there’s a slight oiliness, but otherwise the mouthfeel is good. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Cask at the Brazen Head. Deep amber beer, very thick sticky white head. A very bright fresh grassy aroma. Soft earthy/fruity bitterness that lingers softly on the back of the palate. Pine and grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit as well. Very soft sweet malts, lightly toasty wit a bit of caramel on the back. Great palate, soft and lightly fruity. Very fresh with lots of soft hoppiness but not a whole lot of real bitterness. Just a bit of bright hop character. A really solid brew. The cask works very well. douglas88 (9422) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12 ounce bottle from a local beer store in WashPA, slim pickings after Christmas, so I picked up a Clipper City variety case. Pours a deep mahogany color with a large white head. A sweet nose of caramel, light hops. The flavor is nice; toasted malts, lots of English fruity hops, loads of caramel. Decent. blipp (9374) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Aroma has toast, caramel and earthy hops. Medium body. The flavor is caramel malt, toasted bread, earthy and citrusy hops. Pretty good.