GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013 csaso (2328) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap - not much head, dark amber color, sweet caramel and nutty flavor, not as bitter as I was expecting
Tap at McCoys in KC. Sparkling orange amber pour with medium, off-white foam. Okay soapy lacing. Major tomato nose with V8 juice similar to Bud Light Clamato. Taste is tea tannic bitter, broccoli, dusty unsweetened tea. One of the poorer offerings here. jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2012
It poured a dark copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel and some light apple wood. The taste was lightly bitter toasted nuts with a somewhat dry woody finish. A good ESB. RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Sample at the brewpub. Comes light amber with a small white head. Mild aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is malt, hops, and some fruit. Not too bitter. Decent. unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2010
amber color with limited time only white lacy head. very grainy. yeasty flavors, some carmel and some floral notes. not a huge fan of the style but this was aight. moderately bitter and a bit heavy on the carbonation.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On tap with theisti. Orange color with small white head. Caramel nose with some malts. Flavor is rich malts with some hops. Good biscut flavors as well. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2008
On tap at the St. Louis Park location. Deep copper colored body with a long lasting light khaki head. The aroma is rich caramel with some light apple wood. The taste is lightly bitter toasted walnuts. There is a dry woody finish. A decent ESB. theisti (4179) - Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 23, 2006
++++ RE-RATE 20 December 2011 ++++
Shaker pint draft at the brew pub in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a clear golden with a very small white head that disappeared immediately. Very much looked like a standard pint of Lager (I asked to make sure I had received the correct beer). The aroma is faint cracker malt, with not much else going on. No off aromas, just very light. The taste is sharp cracker malt, some crystal malt notes, along with additional sharpness from fruit sweetness. Finishes a bit unclean. The palate is light to medium bodied, linger with some of the odd fruit sweetness and grass. This beer was radically different from what I had previously.
(6,4,6,3,11 - 3.0).
++++ ORIGINAL RATING 27 February 2008 ++++
Pint draft at the Kansas City brew pub. Pour is slightly hazy orange copper with a smallish white head. Quite a bit of active carbonation bubbles. Aroma is floral sweet caramel. Taste has some nice maltiness, and an almost grainy palate. Bright hop bitterness nicely accents the malt and grain. The biscuit toasty sweetness comes through in a nice layer right below the malt. This was tasty. MUCH better than the regular McCoy lineup. (7,3,8,4,16 - 3.8)
Sampled on draft at McCoys. This bitter pours a faintly cloudy bronze-brown with minimal head and lacing. A rich, caramel aroma and flavor. Slightly bitter. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Would gratly benefit from more hops in the aroma addition. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Provided by Tom and served in a standard English pint glass:
Pours a coppery hue with a small frothy head and left good lace behind.
The aroma has notes of floral and herbal hops, dusty yeast esters, some light apple, and a note of bready and caramel malting.
The taste starts with light sweetness and a bit grainy with a mild but continous bitter background. Some acidic fruit is noticed but fades quickly. The finish has some lasting honey like sweetness.
The mouth feel is rather mundane, it just doesn’t do much. Perhaps a prime example of what a handpull could do for a beer. Fit framework of the style however.
A very drinkable beer, nothing outstanding but no major flaws either.