jb (3449) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark red color with a bit of haziness to the body. The head is a one finger offwhite color. Retention could be better for 4.2%, though the texture is about on par for the style.
S: Earthy malts and hops come through fairly well. Touches of fruitiness, hazelnut, and chocolate give it a decent depth also.
T: Again, earthy flavors and nuttiness abounds. The finish has a light hint of generic fruit esters. Seemingly simple at first, however further sips reveals layers of hazelnut, chocolate, bright fruits, and even some hops. Not a huge amount of flavor here, however it features good complexity.
M: A bit too heavy and overcarbonated for what I want the style to accomplish. The finish is very slick and wet, which makes it a little less drinkable, but allows its depth to shine through. It’s a wash, really.
O: This lives or dies by one fact: would I want multiple servings of this in a single sitting? At first, I didn’t think so, but this grows on me the more I drink it. It does drink like a bigger beer at times, but at the same token, doesn’t have a strong enough flavor profile that would allow it to fully get away with it. So I’ll hesitantly say yes, I would drink multiple pints of this at a bar. I probably wouldn’t buy a 6 pack of it, but I’d love to see what cask conditioning transforms it into.
Amber, clear, malt forward and plenty of nice malt-driven notes like caramel, and bread, but some unexpected niceties like some winter spiciness perhaps from the yeast. Clean balanced and very enjoyable. Aggiebob (1388) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2017 Bottle. It poured an amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. He aroma is toasted malt with caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet and light bodied. djmg1017 (3) - - JUL 23, 2017 does not count
I liked it............,................................... via Beer Buddy for iPhone BeerdedDave (2005) - Beckley, USA - MAY 16, 2017
beautiful clear red color; toasted malt aroma with light caramel notes; bready, toasted malt flavor; fair amount of bitterness; light bodied Luvystypotables (2099) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2017
A malt and caramel nose, poured from a bottle a clear copper color with a lasting tan well laced head. Not much of a taste, just a hint of malt and caramel. A watery mouth feel with a light malt finish.
demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Muddy amber color, thin head. No lacing. Aroma and flavor both malt forward. Flavor is timid. Body is very thin and smooth. Very easy drinking but not an overly exciting or interesting beer. john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2010, Parsons Green, London in July 2010 - Ruby/Dark Brown in colour. Malty; mildly roasty malts, caramel. Sweet malty throughout. OK. Easy drinking. Sessionable. (2010-07)
PhillyCraft (8195) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Backlog, Draft at Sugar House, seems like they have the freshest yards outside of the brewery which is a stones throw away. Pours amber with a medium tan head. Smell and taste are caramel bread, fruit, spice, and other malty stuff. Light carbonation on a medium body. Solid ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle, unsure of date, from Chameleon Club on 8/27/16.MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Clear amber body is topped by a light beige head of moderate retention.
Soft, light toffee-tinged malts in the nose are joined by leafy, somewhat grassy hops adding spice and mild acidity. Lots of depth to the malt with emerging honey, biscuit and light caramel. Quite clean, not overly sweet and no alcohol.
In the flavor, it has a malty texture providing caramel, light toffee and honey-vanilla notes, with mildly fruity yeast notes and spicy-grassy hops adding modest bitterness and balance. Very nicely balanced, with a graininess that helps keep things dry and crisp on the finish. Clean. No diacetyl whatsoever in this bottle.
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Clear, rusty amber-brown with a small dusty-yellow head and good lacing.
Aroma of toffee, cola and brown sugar.
Taste of toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and off-brand cola.
Medium body and low/medium carbonation.
Sweet and malt. Nothing fancy, but not bad.
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