ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: APR 15, 2015 goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
Location: Draft at the Union Station brewpub (Providence), 3/28/15
Aroma: The aroma is caramel and light toffee, with herbal notes, and some light earth.
Appearance: It has a dark orange/amber pour, with a beige head, and some mid-heavy lace.
Flavor: It has a balanced flavor, somewhat sweet, light bitter, and fairly clean.
Palate: This one is medium bodied with average carbonation, somewhat smooth, lightly dry finish.
This is a solid, drinkable beer. Nice flavor. Overall, this one is enjoyable and well made.
Tap @ Lake Grove: This poured a mostly clear chestnut color. The aroma and flavor were pretty much the same. Decent toasty and caramel malt with some mild fruitiness to it. Mildly sweet on the flavor. Light peaty notes. Light to medium bodied. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a ruby chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet and roasty. The flavor was lightly sweet with a hint of smoke and moderate fruity hops. The finish is long, smooth and tangy. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
@ Framingham location, late march ’06. Ok nose, peaty, woody, earthy, nutty. Clean reddish brownish black color. Good head that faded quickly. Minor lacing. Bittersweet roasty chocolate caramel. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet kind of bitter dull finish. Not bad, I wish I wrote sown the abv beacuase i think it was more than 6% listed scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2006
malty nose, dark chocolate color. spicy, flavor with slight hop taste. very watery but the second best beer of the night.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2005
on tap. ok beer. Malty sweet aroma. poured dark, with a very thin head. Flavor was overly sweet, with notes of carmael and malts. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Draft at the Framingham location: I didn’t care too much for this one. Poured dark brown with a medium tan head and notes of ruby in the body. Light roasted mlt roma with a stale refrigerator smell mixed in with some choclate and licorice. Flavor is lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and licorice. Mild alcohol burn. Slightly porterish. Also available on cask here. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 On tap Framingham loc. 5/13/2005. Near opaque brown-auburn color, with a light beige head, good retention. Light lacing. Smells of toffee, lots of crystal malt and tons of sugar. Flavor gives off notes of caramel and toffee, mainly, while there is a subtle hint of peat and chewy, moist brown bread. Dr Gonzo notes that it is too sweet, and I agree, it is a bit on the sweet side, without much in the way of bitterness (actually, no bitterness). Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, toffee. Good body, though (from all of the malt). Low to moderate carbonation, not watery. Finishes with a hint of grassiness, mostly sugary dough and caramel. More of a scotch ale, IMO, but I can’t back that up.6/4/6/3/11DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2005
On cask. Good cask pour, except that it’s ridiculously cloudy. Aroma of light fruit, lots of sweet butterscotch and cream. Flavor is VERY off. Another beer from Harvard’s that I couldnt finish. Horrible alcohol sharpness, sour notes, sweet table sugar and almost something like spoiled milk. Yikes. Sticky, overly sugary body.5/3/3/2/7
Yet another sample on draught shows this one to be overly sweet, simple, and having problems with some sharpness/acidity and perhaps alcohol.
On tap in Framingham. Dark brown color, medium off-white head. Smells like dark raisin bread, caramel and malt. Very little hops noticeable. First few sips are punishingly sweet, very off-putting. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Has some bitterness in the finish eventually, but like some of John’s other brews, I get some cardboard notes. Overall this is too sweet for me. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2004
Light amber in color with a small white head of foam. Malt aroma with a roasted note. A mellow roasted malt flavor,with a bitter/sweetness, that's dominated by malt and breadiness.