IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Thanks to Walt for this beer.FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Poured a cloudy effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma, touch of caramel and sourness. Taste is sweet and slightly vinous with a touch of lemon tartness and smoky dryness. Biting carbonation and alcohol add a burn to the flavor. Not sure if I’d call it smooth, but it’s decent and flavorful enough.
Pours with a frothy amber colored head that sits atop a orange-amber colored beer. The aroma has notes of caramel and a sweet concentrated, fruity maltiness that I associate with strong Lagers and notes of toasted malt. The taste is sweet up front with a rich malty finish that almost has a meatiness to it. I get notes of bergamot in this beer, though it seems to be a mix of the maltiness and perhaps the subtle hopping. This beer has a medium full body to it that coats the mouth with sweet malt notes. The finish has a bit of bitterness as well as an astringency that is a mix of toasted malts and a tannic like drying. Definitely interesting and tasty, though it could use a bit more oomph. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2005
The body is a light ruby with almost no head. The aroam is sweet caramel with a little bit of burnt oak. The taste is sweet and smooth caramel with some brown sugar. The finish makes me think of slightly burnt apples. Overall a nice spring beer. Recieved in a trade, thanks Kevin. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Gold orange color, small fizzy off white head. Grain and grass aromas with a DMS tinge. Woody nose, somewhat sweet malt flavors to follow. Husky astringency joins a muted hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slick but not smooth, with a chemical roughness from DMS. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
Nice caramel amber hue with a initial good fixxy off-white head but little lace and fades to almost nothing. The aroma has notes of biscuity and carmelized malts, vegetables and grainy, a bit of fresh wood as well and hints of phenolic tones. The taste starts with a straight forward sweet malt overtone and finishes with a okay hint of bitters and that woodiness detected on the nose. The feel is just average but the finish has a touch of snap which helps. In the end, this is a forgettable beer, but all things considered, not too shabby for Texas. Thanks Kevin for the bottle.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottle. Amber with no head. Nose is sweet and caramel like. Taste, in one word, is "husky". Reminds me of the way barn floors smell. Not always a bad thing. Other flavors are roasted malts, smoke, caramel, lots of crystal. Not too shabby, but I wouldn’t drink it everyday. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - APR 5, 2005
pours a dark light brown. minimal head that doesn’t stay around. doughy caramel malt aroma that is a bit woody, like mesquite chips but more mellow.light brown sugar and sherry in the first taste. smooth at first, but with some bite at the end, i guess thats the alcohol coming through. something that reminds me of biting into a popsicle stick after the popsicle was good, the sweetness is still there, but there is a woody bitterness. not a bad beer, i will not have a problem finishing the six pack. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pour is light brownish with a thin off white head...smell is sweet and malty...biscuits...taste is much sweeter than last year...chewy maltiness all the way through...thick sour aftertaste... Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Pickly chocolate aroma. Super fruity and sweet. Very little bittering -- woody bitter what’s there. This was just a chore to try to drink. Doughy, parched malt, like a storng oktoberfest that lost it’s way. Abv pushes to the front. Didn’t finish it. 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Draft at Dog & Duck, Austin. Medium light brown color, like a dark amber ale. Nice festive Marzen-like aroma with maple and oak notes. Buttery flavor, like an infection but different, rather a fresh butter and cream flavor. Ultimately disappointing, though I was impressed with the smooth cream-ale qualities it had.