Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
750ml bottle 4/19/15 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-38° in Lager Glass-Pours brown with a gusher as soon as uncapped with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, caramel, and slight juniper. Taste of the same with a bit of sour. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad but also not good. DuffMan (10732) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle, another near gusher, another medium brown beer with a tannic/medicinal character, watery, over carbonated and ultimately disappointing (especially for $20). AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Clear dark cola color with lasting light tan head. Dark berry fruit, dark caramel aromas with earthy molasses. Light bodied with average carbonation. Dark berry fruit, honey, green shrub sweet flavors with a dusty dryness to finish____good. FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled March 2014 Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head; this leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a clear, deeply red stained, gold-highlighted hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply of fruit with berry like notes leading the way (red-blueberries if that makes sense, some ripe currant notes, definite rich raisin aromatics, and some floral, caramelized apple notes as well. As you dig deep into the nose a toasted, whole grain maltiness comes out; this is supported by toasted rich nutty notes, brown cracker like grain character, and even a touch of roasted grain character.
The flavor is quite fruit forward as well, but has a backbone of sap-leaning evergreen that seems to contribute a citrus like character. Other fruit notes of raisins, slightly tart currants, and a bit of gooseberry hints are boosted by the light citrus character and all form the dominant character in the flavor. The body is fairly light, though not watery, as it has just a touch of viscous texture to it, but this is definitely in the vein of a well attenuated Beligian’ish ale. A persistent carbonation adds a nice prickly texture to this beer as well as a bit of a carbonic bite. As the beer warms up the finish takes on more of the “evergreen” character; this is the first I have tasted this, to my knowledge, not really pine, more like spruce tips, but with a wintergreen’ish finish, and a bit of a woody astringency to it as well.
The evergreen is quite subtle in the aroma, and, while it is still soft in the flavor it is at least noticeable. This is a nice beer in the end, and one that I am quite enjoying.
Pours deep brown, minimal off white head.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Smell sweet Christmasy pinecone bag, hers and a bit of oak
Taste sweet, almost no hop present, bit of heat, cinnamon sticks, foresty
Bottle:   Deep red, large foamy sandy head, nice lacing.   Does have an Evergreen sort of aroma, but it also doubles a bit as fancy hair dye.   Call me whacko, but the aroma, despite being a bit woodsy, has a Clairol hair coloring aspect to it.   Reminds me of being a kid and being around my mom when she was changing her hair color.   Can’t say that about any other beer at this point, so its a bit akward.   Its more subtle on the tongue, and thankfully more woodsy, shrubby, with a soft evergreen sort of flair.   Not as bright as some of their other examples.   Definitely unique, but the hair color treatment aroma I could do without.   Its pretty thick, chewy, almost wheaty.   Woodsy on the finish.   Wished it were brighter, more floral, with less Clairol.   My sister thought it smelled and tasted like our Grandmas homemade beer back in Norway, but that was before my time.   Decent, different, but needs to be spicier.