bhensonb (15985) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015 HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Retro Release number 7 of 15. Let me say, for the record, I love that Two Brothers is doing this Retro release thing. It’s kind of like a time machine back through the years of the brewery. I think it’s interesting that they have such a history in milds. Coming to Craft beer in 2007, I missed out on the majority of these. Pours brown with an eggshell colored head. The head dies down to almost nothing. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is mild, notes of chocolate and some yeasty notes. The body is lightish, low carbonation. Very nice. I’d like to see Two Brothers return to making more beers like these.
From file last updated 2010. Bottle. Pours brown. Light chocolate/floral flavor/aroma. Nice. alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes early/mid 07 though I don’t know how old the bottle is. Pours a clear brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have toasted malts, mild chocolate, mild earthy hops, a light nutty character, somewhat watery feel better it is 3.5%. Patrickctenchi (6812) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Cola-brown with a short, oatmeal head.
Slightly metallic, nutty aroma.
Taste is watery, coffee grounds, bark, earthy hops.
Ok, but extremely watered-down. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
5oz sample pour at Oasis. Filtered ruby amber-brown. Thin, oily head. Not unlike a British Mild, but with a soapier, more bitter hop balance. Caramel, nutty, light chocolate, lots of depth. Clean, well brewed offering. A great session beer. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: Not really brown in color. It’s more of a clear copper amber. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Dry toastiness, a bit grainy, cocoa powder, and a touch of caramel. Something along the lines of mineral, but not exactly mineral - something more earthy. Light floral hoppiness. I know this is a session ale, but it’s not putting forth enough quality aroma to do it for me. I’d had enough session beers to know that you can still get a complex, powerful nose from them and this fails at that.
2.75 T: Like the nose, this lacks depth of flavor and complexity. Earthy mineral quality is back again. Light toast, grain, caramel, and quite dry.
2.75 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. It does have a nice creaminess to it, but it’s like creamy water instead of creamy beer. This doesn’t need to have a higher ABV, but it does need more malt.
2.5 D: It’s goes down easy, but I really wish I didn’t have another half of a bomber of this. I can’t wait till this is over and I can pour something more flavorful.
Serving type: bottle
Strykzone (7807) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown semi clear. Light spices in the aroma. Flavor is a little thin. Some spices and fruit. Not a great beerbut I love the low ABV. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
On tap at Firkin. Poured light-medium garnety-brown with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey, lesser bready malts and a touch of toffee at the core, with light herbal hop accents. The flavor found soft nutty notes and toffee at the core, with herbal hoppage and a touch of cocoa around.. quick, fairly sweet finish. Light-bodied and smooth on the palate.. lower carbonation.. overall very drinkable. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours red brown with a little soapy khaki head that leaves a sudsy collar. Aroma has subtle, but noticeable roasted malt and little tootsie roll scents. Taste is just as before. Palate is thin with a drying finish. Light easy drinking beer. fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Garnet brown pour with a 1 finger, beige head. Aroma is full of nutty, toasty and cereal notes, a little caramel, faint toffee and corn and just a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is light, but not lacking in malt depth, lots of toast, a little roast, roasted nuts, some toffee (not overly buttery), bready yeast, light mineral notes and some earthy and herbal hops finish it out. Light bodied (though not nearly as light as I expected at 3.4%abv), creamy to oily on entry, light, but sharp carbonation and off dry, still slightly oily finish. Pretty damn nice session beer other than the bomber packaging. Sell it in packs for a reasonable price and it’s a winner. BeebopToledo (22) - - OCT 7, 2012
Poured from bomber from store.
Pours a khaki or almost white head that mostly dissipates. Taste of rich malts, with a small hint of smokiness like roasted coffee, sweetness of toffee. Hops barely present, just to provide some balance but leave with an overall malty brew.
What a great beer for a session. Surprised the ratings were as low as they were. A great beer to go along with weekend chores. Great full flavor but doesn’t make you stupid drunk.