cincyrider (5) - - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
This has everything a fall seasonal should have. Amber, earthy tones with a light fruit aroma. Mild hop hints and a perfect gravity that give it a sessional approach. A Fall favorite. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
12oz bottle. Awesome amber-orange color with lots of fine, floating particles suspended within. Minimal off-white ehad, with plenty of spotty lace. Great, tropical citrus hoppy nose, with some spice. Great tasty malt body to back it up and give it a savory balance, but with some light sweet taste, too. Nice medium body, good texture, easy to drink, mildly refreshing, appropriate soft carbonation. Another great ESB... This style is definitely growing on me danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Served from a 12 oz bottle thanks to Craig. The appearance is a clear golden amber hue. The aromas are sweet malts, caramel, and a nice moderate hop aroma.The flavors follow suit with a nice caramel, moderate estery hops, all with a pleasant bitterness. Well carbonated mouth very refreshing and drinkable. Nicely done. phaleslu (10329) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased at The Party Source for my rehearsal dinner. Pours a clear autumn orange with a small off-white head, creamy, that lingers all the way down. A nice English-style ale, but hoppy, with notes of fresh, grassy, citrusy hops and toasty malts. Light brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Clean, malty, and fresh, with a bit of lingering bitterness. LilBeerDoctor (3989) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear burnt orange with a thick white head. Aroma of pale malts, super caramel malts, floral hops. Flavor again of tons of caramel, some toffee, bitter hops, and a touch of floral notes. Lots and lots of caramel. This is quite good! Maybe could have a more hoppy flavor, but that’s just being nitpicky. Very easy drinking.
matthewjk (1104) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured from 12oz bottle to glass - Well, this complicated matters a little. I was ready to write off Mt. Carmel as a terrible experiment and then I crack this one open. I think it is an IPA, but call it what you will--it’s pretty damn good! Excellent nose, with serious hops to bust your ass. Really nice finish. Capa (3321) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Deep caramel color with a large head. Aroma has nice loyal hop aroma, earth, malt. Medium bodied. Flavor has a nice earthy spice, light floral, light citrus, fruit, and a big of toast. Very nice. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a one finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention and nice lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is very floral with some citrus. a little bit of light caramel as well and some toast. Quite nice.
Flavor has light floral and citrus hop flavor up front transitioning to caramel, toffee, and a little toasted malt. Some nice earth flavors in there really help bring out an autumn character in this beer. Bitterness is moderate and the beer finishes slightly sticky with no alcohol detectable whatsoever.
Overall, a really nice fall beer that I would never guess was 8%. Drinkability is not very high due to the abv but definitely a beer to seek out.
nuplastikk (6313) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12oz bottle. This is really what I like to see in a seasonal beer; someone breaking the mold but still remaining sensible and true to the spirit. Bigger and bolder than the bottle would suggest. Big, rich,malt tones with a pleasant, earthy, fruity, hop balance. Big, full bodied beer for the style, with a nice shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Caramel malt and weedy hay aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter herbal/quinine hay flavor. Good body. Pretty good.