Reviews for November 9th, 2012

Review Date: November 2012

Price: $11.04/48 ounces

Flat and woody with a cloying, disturbing sweetness and not much else in way of flavor or aroma. The sweetness could be taken as slightly composty or slightly chocolaty or both. Virtually no acidity; smooth but leanish mouthfeel. The composty sweetness is most intense and unpleasant in the cup, less so in the finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $4.73/11 ounces

Decent structure: tartly brisk, though bitterish acidity, light but silky mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor are muted and mildly unpleasant, however: Faint, faded cedar, overripe fruit that with imagination hints at chocolate. The fruit turns sourish in the finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $3.30/11.3 ounces

Clean, simple, woody. Sweet, mildly charred wood, molasses, caramel in aroma and cup. Soft, muted acidity; medium body, slightly lean mouthfeel. Muted flavor fades quickly in a clean but drying finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $16.80/48 ounces

Heavily scorched wood dominates in aroma and cup, with hints of faded chocolate, clove and molasses. Acidity is folded inside the scorched pungency of the roast; mouthfeel is light and leanish. The finish is bittersweet and drying.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $14.80/40 ounces

Sweet-toned, clean, neutral. Grainy sweetness, faint nut and chocolate hints in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk, muted acidity. Fullish though rather inert mouthfeel. Some chocolaty sweetness persists in a clean though rather empty finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $5.52/12 ounces

Sweet-toned and balanced, though muted. Fresh-cut fir, chocolate, caramel, perhaps an apricot-like fruit, all rather subdued, in aroma and cup. Soft, faintly brisk acidity; leanish but smooth mouthfeel. Flavor fades quickly in a clean, mildly drying finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $11.52/32 ounces

Balanced, quiet, clean. Gently charred cedar, hints of sweet earth, almond, dark chocolate, grapefruity citrus in aroma. Simplifies in the cup to muted almond and dark chocolate. Roast-rounded acidity; light, leanish mouthfeel hints at silkiness. A suggestion of dark chocolate carries into a rather rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: November 2012

Price: $17.60/32 ounces

Richly scorched wood dominates in aroma and cup, with hints of backgrounded chocolate, sweet earth and, faintly, lemon and cardamom-like spice. Acidity is entirely folded into an intense roasty pungency. Light-bodied, lean mouthfeel though with some smoothness. Roast-toned chocolate in the short finish fades to simple drying sweetness in the long.

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