ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
I think this beer epitomizes what I like in a beer. For as much sour/bacterial/barrel-aged craziness as I appreciate, I think this is every bit as good. I think Paul (dickinsonbeer) said it best when he had a sip of mine and said, "It’s ok, kind of boring." I couldn’t agree more. The sweetness level is balanced leading to no remarkable dryness or sweetness (tends slightly sweet) and even the malt profile itself is balanced between light and dark. It’s got a deep, faded brass color with strong auburn-copper hues. It’s not a dark beer, it’s not a light beer. I absolutely love how it has a noticeable chocolate flavor, yet it’s not a dark brown beer. The malt is moderately complex, with raisins, chocolate, caramel and some buttercream flavors all being quite soothing. Minor bitterness from the hops, with just a reserved, earthy, herbal flavor. Carbonation is moderate to low and the beer is unfiltered/unpasteurized. Very light fruitiness, I assume from the yeast lends a gentle dryness/acidity on the end. Boring for sure, as in nothing jumps out at you. But everything works in perfect harmony, creating a balanced, flavorful beer. I doubt you could find a bad thing to say about this beer if you drank a whole barrel. Paul is doing some fantastic, authentic stuff up in Burlington, I really miss this place.
Draught pint at the brewpub. Dirty-hazy red-brown, like dried blood, very little head....lots of caramel and anise in the very sweet, slightly herbal aroma....hugely licorice-candylike initial flavor, also tobacco-tarry character, burnt caramel, quite full....bittersweet cherries come out late, a bit of alcohol warmth going into a quite bitter, biting finish. Nice lower-gravity version of the style. j12601 (11573) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin white head. Caramel, light oxidization, toast. Toast, malt, and sweetness. Lightly boozy on the finish with more sweet malt and oxidization. fombe89 (3427) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 8, 2016
On Tap. @V Barcelona Beer Festival.Del 04 al 06/03/2016
Color marron transparente, sabor dulce, caramelo notas madera. TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Tried on Beer Quest 2010 with all the guys. This was number 16. Pours a hazy brown/red. Nice head. Aroma was full of spices and apricot. Flavor was spiced with hints of some fruit.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head. Malty body with dark raisin notes, heather, caramelized fruit tones. Huge pear notes, really its very fruity with a mild spiciness. Mild warming, decent offering. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
on tap-pours copper with a thin offwhite head. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, spice. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, spice hops, wood. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2017
On tap at McGillicuddy’s, Five Corners.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark rich orange to brown color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that moderates a sly filmy lace.
The aroma took in rich nutty to caramel to toffee malts freely flowing into some sweet grassy hops. Super low bitterness from the hops.
The flavor yields to the malts, flowing into a rich sweet nutty robust favor. Tickle of the malts sliding on into the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Sly tickle of the malts sliding in the back of the throat. Low carbonation. Sly stickiness.
Overall, pretty good old ale for the most malt, nice and thick maltiness seemed good for the style, but it does lack some of that "tobacco"-ey hops I usually like in this style. Still, I could come back to. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2017
on tap at the source, sweet and sticky. Light ABV and moderate body. This is funny that this is a strong ale. We have different definitions here. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
on tap at the blind tiger grand opening night. ruby copper color, watery lager-like aroma. light sweetish malt aroma too. flavor is sweet malt, a little earthy and a light bitter finish. I wouldn’t call it boring as much as light in all of it’s characteristics. everything is subtle, so have one standalone so it doesn’t get obscured by the typical big beers.