nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours a murky brown color with a soapy biege head. Smells of earth, bakerís cocoa, and grass. Tastes much the same with added notes of hops, assorted nuts, and bark. Interesting, but kind of limp. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, light floral hops, citrus, wood, and light nuts. Taste of caramel, toffee, citrus, and light hops in the finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber pour with a tight creamy white head. The nose is quite hoppy with a lot of lightly fruity piny hops. A fairly distinct grassiness with a kiss of balsam and juniper. Moderate bitterness but the hops come across a little bit soapy, unfortunately. Itís not overly distracting, but itís there. Moderate bitterness with a tiny bit of grapefruit and caramel as well. It has a kiss of astringency on the back, but I donít really mind that either. Itís fairly unusual and itís pleasant enough, but itís not mind-blowing. arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
On tap, pour was brown with white head. Aroma has notes of roast, some earthy hops, touch of grain. Taste is pretty simple, but does the job with roast, hops, some earth and dark fruit, touch of roast. Not bad. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap at Crescent Moon. It poured amber with a dirty off white head. Aroma was a sour bread with some resin. Flavor was pretty generic. Kind of earthy with some sweet vanilla. It seems right that this was made with the remains of another. It seems to be lacking a robust flavorful quality I was hoping for.
DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Aroma is spicy with hints of chocolate, leather, and roastiness. Transparent dark copper body with a small light tan head. Spritzy, carbonated start becoming quite roasted and rather woody in the middle. Finishes with a bit of spicy hop flavoring. A bit too much carbonation. Meh. j12601 (11000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Growler at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Smells like cigarette butts, smoky and acrid. Flavor is similar, just acrid bitterness. This was gross. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Draught @ TFD - Pours a translucent brown with a very small beige head...aroma is floral hops, roast malt and some toast, citrus...flavour is, well, unique...roasted grain and lemon zest, dry malt and some smoke, was hard for me to finish, just a mishmash of conflicting flavours...I dig SN and DFH brews, but they need to stay on their respective coasts moving forward... popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Cask at San Francisco release party/dinner. The release party casks were dry-hopped in the cask and so differ slightly from the keg version. Sam Calagione described the beer as an "imperial small beer." Itís a relatively dark brown beer, translucent, with a big head. Carbonation was pretty strong for a cask beer. The aroma has a fair dose of citric hops with an underlying nutty/earthy malt tone. The flavor is a bit acrid. Iím a fan of small beers in theory, but this one, like others Iíve had, lacks a certain depth of malt flavor. It was relatively thin and felt smaller than its abv would indicate. The hop flavors are fairly strong but lack complexity, adding not much more than a light bitter grapefruit rind flavor. Thereís also a bitter woodiness to the beer that was also present in its bigger brother but worked better there with a much thicker body. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Draft @ Isaac Newtonís. Low gravity beer is dark, has birch and sugar notes but really is less drinkable than the big beer version. Not a fan.