bytemesis (8537) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Tap. Pours clear deep ruby brown, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is rich malty, caramel, toffee, touch of smoke. Flavor is light sweet, little bitterness, lightly smoky, malty. Light body, high carbonation. Pretty good for the style. JStax (6890) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
750 ml bottle thanks to errl poured into a Jester King Chalice. Pours a darker ruby color with a large froth of beige, velvety foam. Pretty good retention. The aroma is very malt forward with some lighter esters, some grass, a bit of wood, and some notes of vanilla, which I presume is from the oak. The taste is mildly sweet with a drying, near herbal finish lingering on the tongue. Some nutty notes come out as the beer warms a bit. Definitely an interesting take on a Mild. Very enjoyable. I’ll have to pick up some more bottles of this next time I see them. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle share. Small snifters at home. Pours a medium light brown with a thin white head. Aroma of farmhouse funk, bread, yeasts and oak. Taste was fairly mild with the farmhouse funk prominent and then slight sourness on the finish. It was OK. drjay44 (3734) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Batch number 5. Bottled May 20, 2013. Shared with Arlo and Gabe. Pours a medium, we’ll retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a brown (SRM 20) body.......nose is malt forward, with hints of vanilla, hints of light sweetness tending to cola.....taste is malt forward, with hints of nuts, light cocoa, coffee, hints of heavy roast, almost smoky,dry throughout, finishing with light bitter ness......mouth feel light, carbonation low, with a light acid finish. This is quite a good example of this old style, although light, it is complex in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8 brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle @ Bobby’s house. Amber pour with an off-white head. Nutty, toasty aroma. Some seltzer, mineral, and pepper. A bit of coffee and cocoa powder. Flavor is kind of bitter, a little bit tart, and very mildly sweet. Toast, coffee, and lots of nuts. Seltzer water, iron, and some coffee. A bit of cocoa and lemon on the finish.
TaktikMTL (7805) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de fruitée et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel et de céréale grillée avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #5357) GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
750mL thanks to t0rin0. Pours a clear deep red, big foam. Nose is milk chocolate, dusty cocoa, lemon. Taste is weak, watery, thin. Sort of weak overall even given the low abv. Not much to it. xBEERxNOLA (72) - - NOV 23, 2013
Appearance - pours dark dark brown. Finger size head.
Aroma - funky. Like you would expect from a farmhouse.
Mouth - light. Higher carb than most I have drank lately.
Taste - funky like a yeasty biscuit or cracker. Very very mild. Not much punch on any flavors but nice in a way. Dry malt finish but malts are subtle. Slightly toasted. Toasted wheat bread finish but smooth and mild.
Overall - not bad. Not complex at all but enjoyable in its simplicity. KingRao (11) - - NOV 23, 2013
I could drink this all day. These cats at Jester King can definitely magic.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10 superspak (5669) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; and great strength. Taste of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, nuttiness, pepper, clove, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, oak, light vanilla, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding robustness, complexity, and balance of malt, oak, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is an incredible farmhouse mild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt, yeast, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.