DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013jgb9348 (6187) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Draft sampler, at the brewery. Hazy amber color, with a head that should be lacing up except for these recyclable cornstarch cups. Sweet smell verges on corn-ness, but still pretty good. The malt profile is light, again with a little sweetness and a taste of autolyzed yeast, but leaving an impression of candy made from malt extract. Alcohol is very well hidden, though. Only when I started getting numb did I ask and find out it’s 16% abv to match the 16th Anniversary.
Crystal clear copper and peach coloured body with a nice light amber and bronze tint along with a faint sliver of an off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, honey, pine sap, mellow sugars, peaches and apricots and a touch of very light hops - strong and sweet smelling, for sure. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich and boozey flavour with some honey, grain, bitter malt, earth, medicinal notes and way more alcohol on the finish, without much complexity, depth or balance. Aftertaste is incredibly strong and bitter, almost purely from the alcohol, but also the deep malts. Complexity is not there, and aside from the alcohol warmth and the pungency in the flavour, it’s about all this beer is good for [anymore or perhaps ever?]. Overall, a decent beer to try, and worth saving around for a while due to the high alcohol content, but not because it was tying up valuable real estate for something else. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Binny’s Beverage Depot (South Loop) in Chicago, Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 14-May-2017, for a great deal for ABV on a beer and format, but not due to the actual score, purchased before one of my daughters was born and when the oldest was not even one year old yet - she’s now almost five.
2013 Bottle (16th Anniversary) // Purchased: 21-August-2013 // Sampled: 14-May-2017 djd07 (14355) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
On tap at World of Beer Pensacola. Pours a cloudy yellow with small white head. The aroma is honey, wheat, booze. Thin mouth, sweet honey malt, nice booze finish, good. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at Mash Tun Festival 2013. Hazy amber with a white head. Nose is sweet with fruits, pale malts, toffee, and herbs. Flavor is on the fruity side - spice, caramel, grass, candi sugar. Some subtle spice in the finish, alcohol is masked well. adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle @ Armin’s apartment. Thanks Armin! Pours a bit hazy golden orange appearance with a pretty decent off white head. Light cardboard, big cane sugar, peachy, lemon aroma. Tangy, cloying, white sugar, banana, lemon, apple flavor. Booze is covered actually pretty well but it is quite sweet. Scroll past. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange-yellow pour with white head, lasts fairly decently. Aroma brought notes of big candi sugar, fruity notes, slight spice into big white fruit, caramel, sugary sweet notes, slight grass, hints of grain, straw. Taste is a mix of grass, straw, slight earth into big white fruit, lots of candied orange, lots of biscuit, caramel, finishing sweet, very sugary, really no booze.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Drank more like a saison. Tasty and enjoyable but an interesting brew. Color was slightly cloudy and pale yellow with a nice white head. Smelled of wet grass and faintly hoppy. Tasty but odd. Really earthy and dry. I wasn’t expecting the style to be so much like a saison. camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Crisp fruit nose. More fruit on palate with some citrus and candi sugar sweetness. Good stuff Patrickctenchi (6548) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Dirty, yellow-amber with a thin, white head.
Scent of barn dust, tangy caramel....
Flavour is a little boozy, caramel, yeast, apples and bread.
Very complex.....very big.
Alcohol is noticeable, but really sedate for the ABV... Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bread, earthiness, pear, yeast, light vanilla and light pineapple. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, pineapple and light spice with a smooth lingering fruity finish. Headbanger (3989) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz bottle 8/28/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a clear yellowish golden with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of yeast, candy sugar, citrus, and malt. Taste of the same with yeast and citrus coming through as well as a little alcohol. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth which is a bit troubling for the drinker.