MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
On tap 4 oz. sample at Pizza Paradiso in DuPont Circle, Washington, DC.
Clear, dense ruby-red with large yellow-tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of mild sweet roasted malt, chocolate, toast, grass and citrus.
Taste of grass, mild spiciness, sweet roasted malt, toast and citrus.
Medium/light body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Draft. Hazy briwn color, beige edge head. Aroma of pumpernickel and cocoa. Taste is similar. Tasty stuff. kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Good nutty taste with malty backbone. Good beer. Would have again. Airport draft
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 8/30/2012: Fresh draft pint at Schlafly Bottleworks in a standard pint glass. It poured a near-opaque dark reddish-brown color with lasting beige foam and LOTS of lace. Great appearance. Toasty and roasty aromas with a great mix of American and English style hops: earthy, citrusy, not too much grapefruit, some evergreen resin. Flavors of dark toasted husky whole grain bread, ever-so-slight residual malt sweetness, tangy with a great grain/hops bitter balance. Hint of chocolate milk and Mexican hot chocolate. Very light char. Mmmm. Medium body and carbonation, lingering toasty, bittersweet aftertaste. Yes, I’m a Schlafly homer, but this is a downright delicious beer.
UPDATE 9/15/2012: sampled again on tap at the 2012 Schlafly Hop In The City festival, and I stand by my high rating. Applying cask-conditioning to this particular beer was a natural choice, and was more expertly done than others that day.
UPDATE 4/6/2013: my rating for this beer just keeps going up. I was lucky enough to taste it again at the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition fest, this time cask-conditioned with Simcoe dry-hops. Most delicious version yet. Mmmm.
musinj6 (510) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 Pours a clear dark brown with one finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves moderate lacing.caramel and toasted malt up front with slight sweet flavor that is followed by pine and resinous hops that is moderately bitter.medium body moderate carbonation.clean palate. Medium finish that is mild to moderate in bitterness.
Had this on tap at Hop in the City on draft for the second time, increasing aroma and taste to 8 each and overall to 14. This beer surprised me yesterday. Very good!
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Draft poured into a shaker. Drank as "John Brown’s Ale" at John Brown’s Pub. Pours a clear nut brown with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma of pine and roasty malt. Taste is about the same. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. I would gladly drink again. Finhead (1848) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
A clear, tea-brown pour with a small off-white head. The bready, malt aroma has a slightly roasted quality. The light to medium body is a little sticky with average carbonation. It has a roasted taste with a mildly bitter, dry finish. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2011
On Cask, with whole hops inside the firkin, at East Nashville Beerfest ’11
Very dry, hoppy spicy rue flavor, roasty bitter body, very drinkable and light on the palate. quite good. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Cask. Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange/grapefruit, some nut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, some nut, light grapefruit. Soft light-medium body, light chalkiness. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
on cask-pours a light tan head and murky brown color. Aroma is pine, chocolate-dark malt. Varies from smell to smell. Taste is pine, chocolate-dark malt. Soft carbonation.