drfabulous (8483) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Draught at brewpub. Bit of a brown pour with some caramel notes and a bit of amber to it. bellco33 (835) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2014
On tap at the brewery: Pours redish brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, earth, and slight pine. Taste is a little sweet with a lot of toasted malt, caramel, and a tiny amount of hops. Medium body, a little sticky mouth feel, this is a pretty nice alt beer. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A dark orangey amber ale with a thick creamy off white head. A light caramel malt aroma, light saaz hops. In mouth, a light caramel malt taste with honey notes, very thin but still satisfying. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Tap at brewpub. Pours a deep coppery woody amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is mostly lightly burnt and toasted malts, breaty with a burnt nuttiness as well- hops very low. Low hop flavoring as well- dry almost roasty nuttiness hints of dry dark chocolate, and caramel and munich malts. Mouthfeel is a bit off from lack of hops, and becomes a bit harsh. Ok overall but not quite a good altbier. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Draft @ Willi. Pours a clear, medium amber color with orange edges; light tan head with fine-bubbled, scalloped lacing. Kind of light aroma, showing some red fruits and sweet maltiness; reserved. Medium mouthfeel: chewy red fruits, nougat, and caramel upfront; malt-forward, certainly, but there’s also a slight, earthy bitterness and nothing comes off as sticky or overly sweet; quite tasty and drinkable alt; lots of red candied fruits. Medium finish: toasty malts, breadiness, and some lingering red fruits.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Tart, fruity (strawberry, raspberry) aroma. Flavor mixes these notes with some refreshing floral hoppiness. A pleasure to quaff. LilBeerDoctor (4144) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2008
On tap at the brewery. A very pretty beer! Pours a clear dark amber with a nice light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of dark roasted malt, light fruits. Bitter finish. This is a light-bodied beer, super easy to drink, and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Clear amber, light half a centimeter white head. A bit leafy, gently earthy, nutty, slightly toasty nose. Pretty much the usual suspects for an alt, but they’re not too forward in their extraction. It’s a bit subtle and not too focused, vague with hints and mysteries rather than throwing in your glass directly what you anticipate. Not very developed basically. A bit herbal, correct noble hop profile. Clean flavoured. Light-bodied. No exuberance possible. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
In short: Frail Altbier lacking in the malt/flavour departmentMartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
How: Tap at brewpub dec 2007
The look: Clear dark-copper body topped by a little off-white ring of foam
In long: Shy nose. Timid grainy malts and light fruity notes (berries and a touch of orange zest) are held together by a flimsy caramel lick. A little citric. Carbonation is too much and crushes the frail flavour spectrum. A disappointment. Autobland Failed Alt
My Bottom Line:
Faint toast and light fruity caramel lead to a whispering herbal hop finale. This is a cleanly-brewed Altbier, but its malty weaknesses are not what I have come to expect from Willimantic.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the transparent orangey copper.
-The nose is very timid, and thus not alluring.
-Comfortable effervescence increases the quaffable factor, but the lack of crunchy maltiness makes it a forgettable session.
-The overall flavor profile is balanced, but it is way too polite to be engaging.
On tap at the brewpub.