Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Not my favorite Willibrew beer, but certainly a fine one. This one comes copper colored with almost no head. Aroma is bready, and sweet caramel. Flavor is also bready, with more caramel, and sweet malt. Finish is very well bittered with lightly spicy hops. A very well balanced beer that makes a very good session beer. At any given time, there will be something better on tap though. elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On tap, brewpub. Pours dark ruby-brown with medium lacing, very pretty in the glass. Aroma of yeast, herbs, hops and amber malt. Flavor was hard to place, but very delicious. This was my top beer of the night at Willi. I tasted the Belgian malt in there that lended a rather unique element to what I thought tasted mostly like a Schwarz or perhaps Alt. Beautifully blended and perfectly unique. This beer is Willimantic doing the hybrid-brown styles that I have come to adore them for. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
on tap at brewery, very drinkable, extra points for that, light and malty with a dry crisp hop profile argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Clear light copper body. Aroma is fairly sweet, some maltiness, biscuit, and minimal hops. Front half of the taste is sweet and biscuit, that turns to a healthy bitterness in the back of the mouth, lasting through the aftertaste. It’s a nice beer, but has none of the qualities I would associate with a "winter" beer. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pours a transparent amber brown with a well-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty biscuity malt with a touch of English hops. Body starts soft and semi-sweet with some doughy notes and slightly earthy bittering hops. Has some lightly fruity esters as well. A pretty nicely-balanced and drinkable brew.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark copper with a white head. Sweet malt nose, light spice, biscuit. Sweet malt flavors are followed with a mild nutty bitter. A light, candylike note appears as it warms, a bit like a glazed walnut. Nice. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
My Bottom Line:Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pomegranate fruitiness blends into a toasted maltiness while leafy hops build to offer a noteworthy comment on the finish. This is another well-brewed and quaffable ale from Willimantic, but one which does not exude buoyant life.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam tops the reddish amber.
-The slender body possesses just enough residual sugars to offer something to chew on.
-The hoppy finish creates dryness rather quickly.
-That fruitiness is also redolent of cranberry juice.
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours copper with a white sticky head. Smells earthy with some light appley character. Tastes of biscuity malt with some underlying caramel and a peppery tea like finish. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Has a nice ruby/amber color with little head and a sweet malt smell. Taste is also sweet malted and finishes slightly bitter. Overall a nicely balanced beer, but nothing special. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Clearish amber. Tiny off-white head. Herbal, slightly floral and moderately fruity. All those shy adjectives are not there for nothing. The beer seems to hesitate in taking a stance. Delicate noble hops. A bit cherry-like. Gentle acidity. Smooth and pleasant, but really too diplomatic, easy-going and unfocused to be a winner. I must say my last visit to Willimantic did throw a bucket of water on my love story with the place. Only 5 beers on draught and the 3 novelties were frigid takes on more or less session styles which appeared not to be their specialty.