GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar with little lacing to speak of.
The aroma is a cross between a scotch ale and a belgian dark. It’s got some chocolate and banana sweetness with caramel malts. There is only a hint of the smoked peat character that I like in scotch ales.
The taste is a bit maltier with the caramel malts and hints of smoke coming out a little more than in the aroma. The bananas are still present with the Belgian yeast making its presence felt. The finish is dry but still very fruity.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sugary sweet.
This is one of the fruiter scotch ales I’ve tasted which shouldn’t surprise me given the description but still doesn’t match up with the best in the style if you really enjoy the smoke and peat character (which I do). Tasty beer though. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Cola-brown color. This beer doesn’t provide much head. It looks nice, but meh,,, there’s nothing special here. Aroma is of light Belgian yeast, and sugar. Honestly, other than the aforementioned aromas, there isn’t much going on here. Taste is of Belgian yeast and sugar. I’m surprised that the dismissed the Scotch ale element completely...not! This does not remind me of a Scotch ale at all. I am tasting banana, Belgian yeast and sugar, but beyond that nothing. I’m sure if you give this beer time to "mature" it will come out with more defined characteristics. As of now, this beer is kind of lame. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Appearance: Pours a coca cola brown with sparse, tight bubbles for head.JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Aroma: Burnt sugars, belgian candi sugar, perfume and bubble gum.
Taste: Burnt sugar, burnt toast, spicy hops and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Coating, lightly fizzy.
Overall: Very doppel-bockish, fairly sweet, and very drinkable.
On tap at Tylers, Durham. Nice to chat with Dustin of Terrapin while sampling this nice, understated, very fruity brew. Reddish brown pour with moderate carbonation. The nose is soft fruits, lightly sweet malts, and an inviting yeastiness to it. Full mouthfeel, not excessively cloying and sweet, with a nice semi-dry finish. Flavor was quite enjoyable, with the yeast well integrated in ways comparable to French Broad’s take on this style. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Toffee colored beer with a light tan head. malt and yeast aroma with caramel/toffee and light esters. Toffee and earth flavor with yeast and light fruit. Lighter than expected body. Toffee and earth lingers with yeast and light fruit.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Consumed at a special release party held at Barley’s in Greenville, SC. Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of spices, citrus, and a nice sour note. The flavor was of spices, alcohol, fruit, and sweet malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew that was very smooth with a spicy kick. It was very light on the palate but still maintained bold flavoring that were quite nice. Looking forward to the actual release of this one so I can snag up a few bottles.