auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2008
On tap at the Publick House. Pours mid-copper, with a white rim. Aroma develops in faint brown sugar and smoke. On the tongue, a movement of rich, warm toasted oats, grain sugars, and caramel. Earthy and complex in fruit. Nuanced. Right on for the style. Good levels of malt and yeast characters. However, I can dig only so deep. Nothing really stands out. It’s generally kind of plain, but works well for the style and stays drinkable. Light alcohol and sweetness. Not too shabby. ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draught SPH. Poured amber with a thin off white head. Very little carbonation. Light lacing on the glass. Aroma was mild and earthy. The flavor was very mild. Slight malted hoppiness. Earhty malt notes. The mouthfeel is light and it has a slightly bitter finish. Very average. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Growler filled at SPH. This year’s version is listed at 4.4% abv. Pours a clear medium-to-dark gold with a thin linen white head that faded to a thin film after the first sip. Very mild aroma of malt with just a hint of earthiness to it. The flavor is very similar; very mild malt with an ever so slight amount of peat. Thin to medium bodied. To be honest, I’d have to call this beer weak, which is something I’m not accustomed to with SPH beers. fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Draught at Hop Devil, NYCpuzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Dark amber color. Light aroma of caramel and very light roasted malt. Caramel taste, with a touch of roasted malt. Not bad, if you are fond of this kind of beers, but too simple for me.
On tap at Hop Devil. Almost non-existant aroma. Decent malt flavor, vegetal, very slight peat. Very uninteresting, little character or flair.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
On tap at Barcade. Mostly clear dark amber color with a medium sized off white head. Mild peat smoke aroma with some toasted malt and a bit of straw. Flavor was mild smoke, roasted nuts and some grassiness. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On tap at HDG. Amber in color with no head. Malty caramel aroma. Light smokey notes. Malty and light hoppy flavor. Toffee nutty notes. Thin bodied. Finish is malty. Ok beer. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Pours light amber with a tight but short lived head. Aroma is caramel with just a small amount of somkiness. Tastes is mellow toffee and sweet dough. I get a bit of pecan nuttiness as well. Nicely carbonated and on the thin side in the body. No smokiness noted. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2006
on tap at the publick house. clar amber color, light tan foamy head. lightly peaty malt aroma and grassy sweet too. flavor is earthy bitter malt and hoppy, bitter finish. JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2006
Tap at SPH. Deep amber beer with a light earthy aroma. Yeast is pretty restrained with low esters. Otherwise quite lacking in malt character. The body is very thin and watery. The hopping is nice, earthy flavour but low on bitterness, but it really needs the maltiness kicked up significantly. A rare miss for SPH.