murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Clear amber with a bit of white head. Aroma is light caramel with some spices and a light herbal note. Taste is malty with a light bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking, not very exciting. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amber orange with pretty much white head. Smells of some fruit sweetness, caramel; taste is similar. Nothing particularly great about this, but it’s not bad either. Smooth and easy to drink...not too fizzy. Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Reallly liked this one. Smells of caramel malt and honey. Light hops. White head with a red amber color. Carmel hop flavor with a light bitterness. High Carbonation. Tessic (1159) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
This ale poured a deep orange colour with a awesome, tan coloured, frothy head. Slightly cloudy. To the nose there was scents of corn, hops, sweet malt, caramel and cheese. First sip was slightly watery but the flavour wasn’t. Hopps start off and get stronger in the flavour. Other flavours of caramel and spruce only add to its flavour. ganache (5956) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Toasty malty nose, sweet with some caramel and very prominent sweet English yeast presence. Hazy gradient chestnut pour with rocky beige head. Taste is bittersweet, truly tilting the spectrum to its side, obviously malt-forward but with a legitimate background hop presence for balance. Some nice hay and gritty dark chocolate tones, dries a bit with floral notes poking out the backside. Fullish body, a great warmer, well-made and solid, but not a ton more than a passable ale out of proper season.
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Sourish fizzy cherry and blackberry. Grounded by dry ringwood yeast. Sweet but not too saccharine. Solid in the nose.
The appearance is lava-lamp orange. Head is minor, lacing nonexistent.
The flavor is sweet but a little more cloying. Cherry cough drops with champagne and gin. The yeast does salvage the flavor but doesn’t make it great. Aftertaste is cloying.
Very fizzy feel with a dry finish like a white wine. Less than the sum of its parts overall. Drinkable, not one I’ll seek out again. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Clear amber pour with a frothy, bubbly, topographic white head. The aroma is malt heavy with lots of cereal grain, caramel malt, toast, and some nut. The flavor is quite light- lots of caramel sweetness with more toast notes and tons of graininess. The palate is watery and lack much carbonation. Not all that impressed. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Transparent amber pour with a big, fluffy ivory colored head. Aroma holds cereal grain, caramel, toast, touch of nuttiness. Flavor is much of the same, mostly grain and weak caramel. Palate is thin and underwhelming. Wholly unimpressive brew. WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Brownish amber body with a light brown head. Toasty and slightly floral aroma but rather subdued. Flavor is also very muted, only some small malt toasty notes with a little dough. Finishes out very watery with only a little bitterness. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10.
App.: Clear deep amber with an off-white rim.
Aroma: Quite nutty, earthy and fruity, light dried fruits (apricots, sultanas, etc.), woodsy caramel and toffee, some soapy, earthy hops.
Palate: Medium-ish body, lively carbonation.
Flav.: The dried fruits and darker, some esters, nutty, brown sugar, sweet malts, slightly piney hops, a little soapy; off-dry with moderate bitterness.
Decent, but not rich enough. An upper-middle class Wizard.