Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12 oz bottle
**Summary** - A gift from Santa this year I cracked this open to celebrate the holidays. After sampling it I look forward to trying the rest of the Utah beers that were in the package. For a state that is not known for its beer they seem to make some interesting stuff.
**Aroma / Appearance** - A one finger eggshell rested delicately above a blood red fluid body. Minimal lacing was to be expected from this midrange ABV release. The smell of warm malts and hops was a change from the spiciness of other Christmas ales. Like a young barleywine it invites more attention.
**Flavor / Palate** - Hoppy and oaky at the start it transitions to a sweet but light aftertaste. Deceptively smooth it was easy to enjoy. Above average and above my expectations the malty taste made this well worthwhile. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle sampled at bockyhorseys place. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of hops and caramel. Flavor is Hops, caramel, bread. Earthy finish and quite sweet. mcox90 (2073) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of Douglas88. Pours a lovely deep amber color with a 1/2" off white head. Aroma is fruity hops and caramel. Nice substantial palate. Flavor is fruity/floral hops with a nice sweet background of caramel & brown sugar. Nice balance of sweet and hop bite. Very enjoyable. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, Caramel aroma hits the nose. Amber body. Carmel thickness and moderately sweet. Good winter warmer berr. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Not the largest fan of the variety, but this beer surprised me. Crisp flavor. Hops nice and smooth to the tongue.
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Nice head and lacing, clear dark amber color. Smells of hops, citrus, ligh malt. Taste is of carmel, malt, hops, citrus. This is a very good session beer. Reminds me of a light Arrogant Bastard. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Date: May 23, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: clear dark red, creamy beige head, drippy streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, toasted malt, earthy and floral hops, light fruity sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, caramel candy sweetness, well balanced hop flavor, light bitterness, nice spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Bottle from Douglas88.Thanks! Tons of caramel malt, toffee, and darker fruits in the aroma. A touch of earthy hops. Pours auburn with a frothy head and some good lace. Mostly full of caramel malt presence, there is also some toffee, light earthy notes, and some fruity sweetness. Malt centric up front, there are some floral, earthy, piney hop resins that dry out the finish and add nice balance to an otherwise straight up malty brew. These hippies on Whale Wars are a bunch of weiners. dwyerpg (6076) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2009
A sweet caramel malt aroma. Nice brown color. Flavor is only okay. Sweet, caramel, but in a strained way. A dry but untasty finish. This beer disappoints the aroma and appearance. Cloying. ryanfolty (2540) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Date: August 7, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Freakin Frog, Las Vegas, NV Appearance: Semi-opaque brown with large head and tons of lacing. Aroma: Sweet, caramel and spice. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, medium bodied, slight bitter finish. Other: Tasty brew, but the lacing was amazing.