nick76 (4404) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
The aroma is malty with caramel, alcohol, some juniper, wood, and spice. The appearance is dark amber with a nice head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall I like this but it seems more like a regular ale than an old traditional recipe. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pour out of 500 mL bottle is red with thin white head, laces fairly well. Aroma has notes of herbal, mint, slight caramel, biscuit, some tea notes, woody oak, peppermint and slight lemon. Taste is sweet biscuit, vanilla, hints of mint, herbal notes with some coriander, touch of oak, juniper, biscuit, bready yeast notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Interesting for sure. cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark burnt orange appearance with a light brown head. Spicy, sprucey, juniper, somewhat woody, light citrus, spicy aroma. Tangy, woody, orange citrus fruity, herbal, juniper, basil flavor. Not all that bad and kind of interesting. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2012
A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2012
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some juniper berry and a bit of spice and wood.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some juniper berries and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some more bready malt comes through with a bit of wood and some more caramel flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some juniper, spice, and some brown sugar.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. A pretty good example of the style. Balance is pretty nice. Would have liked a bit more juniper flavor.
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet caramel, juniper, some herbal notes, grain, and spice. It pours a transparent dark amber with a two finger cream colored head with pretty good retention and lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with moderate sweet caramel flavors with a touch of grain in the background. The finish has some light juniper, some spicy herbal notes, and a hint of metal. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I can’t say it’s bad, but the caramel and spicy herbal combo isn’t working for me.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Aroma is a slightly sour/sweet berry with some slight citrus tones. Poured a deep clear mahogany with a good sized off white head. Taste is a nice mix of the aroma with a slight lingering sourness from the berries and a bit of spiciness and pine. Dry finish that kind of hangs out on your tongue for a while. BVery (11389) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Tap at Town Hall Tap. Orange amber pour with a white head. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is juniper, ginger, and cinnamon. Fun brew. JaBier (8307) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pint at Gallo’s. Clear copper color with a thin beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with some spice. Malt and ginger flavor with caramel and cinnamon before a spicy, semi-dry finish. OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle pour ---> Snifter. Nose is very floral, similar to perfume. Raspberries and molasses notes also. Lot’s of intense flowery berry notes. It reminded me of one of those cheap pop-ices that come in the big packs at Wal-Mart. 30 for $2.99. Taste was similar with tons of floral berry notes, grains, caramel, molasses, and carpet cleaner. Body is bronze with an off white head. I liked this one. mcox90 (2146) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a clear orange/amber with a 1 finger off white head. There’s a small amount of lace. Caramel malt, spice and citrus in the nose. Flavor is malt, citrus, wood and leather. Not really getting any juniper. Nice full mouthfeel with easy drinkabilty. Slight bitterness in the finish.