ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Rich and meaty aroma with a discernible hop presence. Dark red body with a thick, lasting tan head. Effervescent carbonation visible. Moderate to strong hops. A tad on the dry side of balanced. Overall an excellent brew. The best I can recall having from Lakefront. islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-20-14. Reddish brown / dark amber. Moderate to large amount of long-lasting, light taupe head. Produces good lacing. Looks good in both liquid and head. Fruity, malty, juicy aroma. Scents of plum, red grape, blueberry muffin, cheap perfume. Strong aroma but not my kind of aroma. Flavor is along the lines of the aroma, but it is drier and deeper. Licorice flavor. Quite malty and fruity with some hops dryness in the finish and aftertaste. Poorly balanced and unsophisticated in taste. Medium body. Smooth in the palate. Mostly forgettable palate effects aside from the smoothness. Unlikable and unenjoyable. Becomes more palatable upon multiple sips, causing me to boost the overall score by a single point. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Soooooo. I bought a 22 ounce bottle of this at Cost Plus World Market in Natomas. It says it is 8.0%, No date on the bottle, although it has a 25th anniversary bottle cap, and the brewery was founded in 1987, which means this is either a 2012 or 2013 vintage. Regardless, this beer has nothing but cardboardy and sherry oxidation present on the nose without much else. Light toffee and caramel sweetness, perhaps. Somewhat transparent dark amber body with a pretty strong yellowish head present. Starts with a little fruity sweetness, before this becomes sherry like and full of oxidation in the middle. Good amounts of cardboard. Finishes with some candi sugars and some good leather and cigar tobacco notes. A little mint, too. This actually doesn’t end up being totally horrible. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma: surprisingly hoppy: More like an APA than an "amber ale". A solid mix of malts is also present.
Flavor: about as hoppy as a typical APA, but with a robust medium- and dark-roasted malt base. Well-balanced and mildly spicy (hops).
Feel: light heat from the higher ABV but relatively smooth and soft. Medium+ body.
O: a well-crafted and tasty BPA (Brown Pale Ale). keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Don't burn bridges I always say but this is worth a try. Malty sweet aroma from a beautiful red pour. The flavor is malty amber like with a nice hop bite.
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mkel07 (6250) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique June 2013. You can really feel the alcohol in this one. Swirling layer of foam over a copper looking beer. rondphoto (4490) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2014
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Clear amber brown color, frothy tan head that stays, mottled curtain of lace. Taste malt and more malt. It cruises without incident through the palate to slight bittering and hidden alcohol that becomes more obvious as the drink is consumed. The finish warms as it extends through the finish. A good big ale, but not enough complexity to make it great. teemoney (95) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Poured from bottle into regular straight sided glass. Dark amber, almost brown color with cream head that sticks around. Nose is sweet maltiness. Tougue is all malt with just a hint of booziness in the finish. Nice, smoothe mouth feel. Pretty solid beer from a cool local friendly brewer. rdixon77 (2948) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Not bad. Dark Reddish brown. Aroma was oddly absent...some malts. Toffee and some cocoa big in the taste, hop bitterness at the end. Overall tasty. jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany red/brown with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma is malty with a touch of raisin and berry. Taste is sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish that offsets the sweet and masks the alcohol.
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