FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 Sampled on draft at The Headkeeper this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was somewhat faint with bitter fruity hops, grapefruit and a bit of caramel. The flavor was caramel, wood, bitter fruits, grapefruits, beech and cedar. Long woody and grapefruit finish. Moderately full bodied. Ok. rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy dark amber, bubbly rim head, dots of lace. Taste is bitter malt that bends a little toward sweet in the palate, before adding alcohol and bittering to finish. Like a Barleywine, but less sweet. Dangerously drinkable. BrettTaylor (773) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
On tap @ Blacksburg Taphouse. Served in snifter. Pours a mahogany color with minimal head (glass nearly completely full with beer to rim). Head is khaki colored. Aroma - malty, caramel, citrus and some resin. Taste is initially dominated by malt, then resiny hops come in, leading to a long finish where the hops slowly fade leaving a bit of malt/caramel and a touch of an alcohol burn. Mouth feel is a bit oily. swesson (441) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From a bomber. Pours a medium amber and makes a white head. Some lacing. Not a strong aroma, but a bit of hops and dark fruit. Tastes like an ESB with a bit of malt and a bit of hops. I like this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
750 mL bottle. Different label than the one pictured. I really don’t get a lot from this.Fruit in the nose. Booze in the taste.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-19-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a brown colored brew with a small off white head. The head that was there faded quickly to leave a wisp on the surface of the beer with very light lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was heaviest o f a sweeter caramel, some chocolate and faint aromas of a dark fruit nature. Mixed with these are a herbal and slightly earthy hop flavor as well.
Taste – The taste begins of sweeter dark fruit and caramel with flavors of a nutty and chocolate nature. As the taste advances, hop flavors begin entering the flavor profile. An earthy and floral hop taste begin coming into the taste as some of the caramel sweetness fades. At the end of the taste, the hop flavors, now with a light grapefruit flavor as well, get stronger while the nutty flavor present from the start picks up a tad in intensity to leave a pleasant bittered sweet nut flavor on the tongue. Quite nice.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is above average in terms of creaminess and thickness with the carbonation level rather average. It suits the flavor profile quite nicely and makes for a nice easy drinking brew.
Overall – Fairly nicely hopped brown ale. It starts sweet and finishes more hoppy but does so with a nice smooth transition.
superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine/grassy hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial ESB style. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine/grassy hops and dark/bready malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. Niko100 (2891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, hops, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit, and some spice; Warm finish; Pretty decent actually. kassner (1655) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Got this Bottle in W. Lafayette. Deep amber color, nice head, plenty of Malts but not much hops to balance so Ok for strong ale but not an ESB. Mindwarp (276) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head. The aroma seems to be of dried fruit but not real pungent. Taste of dried fruit going into hops with some bitterness hanging around. Its a good beer I would drink again but probably not buy because of all that’s left untasted.