BottleTree Red - BottleTree Beer Co.
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3.54/5 rDev +10.3%
The bottle says it is contract brewed for Bottle Tree at Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina. Pours a medium density reddish brown color. Lots of reddish light comes through the glass. A hard pour gives off a medium size light tan head. Head retention is about average. Some thin rings of lacing on the glass.
Standard Red Ale aroma of sweet caramel malt and some balancing bitterness, in this case it is piney hops.
Taste is standard Red Ale fare as well. A nice mixture of caramel malts and piney hops. The maltiness shows up first with a more bitter follow-on.
Mouthfeel is crisp and sweet. The alcohol level is higher than many Red Ales but is not that noticeable. The bitterness is the finish is welcome to keep the beer from being too sweet and cloying
A bit sweet and high abv to be a session beer, but I could still swill a few of these in the evening. Not a bad Red Ale.
06-14-2014 00:56:29 | More by JayQue
2.91/5 rDev -9.3%
A: Pours an almost opaque but clear very dark amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some crimson + garnet red highlights. The beer has a thin (slightly less than a quarter finger tall) slightly fizzy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (cherries and raisins) along with some molasses. Light aromas of generic sweet malts and some hints of alcohol.
T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of cracker malts with dark fruit sweetness (cherries and raisins stand out). There are also some light flavors of molasses and caramel sweetness but the finish of the beer has notes of alcohol and a moderate amount of bitterness (though I do not taste any hop flavors).
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: Kind of interesting/strange - it was boozy and sweet like a barleywine or strong ale and has lingering bitterness but without any hop flavors. Not one of my favorites and I am unlikely to get this one again.
09-27-2013 23:24:39 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +21.5%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Real gorgeous amber. A super dark copper brown, with giant deep ruby reds throughout. Clear. Head is a creamy slightly soapy tan with about four fingers tall, and about a one finger settling puck. Gorgeous looking beer.
Real nice malt presence on this. Creamy toffee, and a little bit of warmth. Big sense of chewy grains and pleasurable malts. Faint chocolate. Maybe even a little bit of brown spiced character too. Very nice.
First sip is a little bit of a let down. Just a hair of light body, but a muted malt sensation only comes in. Hop angle is a bit more obvious with a little bit of herbality and grass bitterness. Slight roast coffee in the aftertaste, with some creamy piping warmth. Lots of ripping grain on the finish. Some toffee and caramel warmth a little but a bit subdued.
Overall a decent brew, but I was expecting a bit more from the wonderful start.
07-02-2013 22:42:40 | More by smakawhat
3.33/5 rDev +3.7%
LOOK: Pours a light amber, with an off white, soapy foam. Leaves lace going down the side of the glass. Good clarity, looks like a solid amber ale.
SMELL: Malty sugars, fusel alcohol, also smells a bit oxidized. Has the smell of European malts, reminds me of an imported Barleywine or dopplebock
TASTE: Nutty, toasted malts upfront with a pleasant savory sweetness. Malt extract comes to mind. There is a mellow earthy hop character with a hint of pine. Well balanced malts provide suggestions of cocoa, and there is enough bittering hops to keep things interesting. This I would consider a malt bomb, and a good one at that. Works well in the American Amber Ale style category.
FEEL: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Very smooth on the palate, and leaves behind a yeasty coating.
OVERALL: A pretty decent ale here from bottle tree. Decadently malty, decent feel, the smell was just a little off. Everything else works here. Glad I got to try it. This was brewed by Thomas Creek brewery.
05-19-2013 19:14:16 | More by Stinkypuss
2.85/5 rDev -11.2%
This is a new-to-me NC brew. I've seen around for a bit, but never grabbed any. My curiosity finally reached its peak, and snagged some last week. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a really dark mahogany, very rusty looking. A small beige head rests on top. The aroma is really sweet with graham cracker, sherry notes, booze, cherries. An odd scent for an Amber Ale. Expected a bit more hops in the nose, but nothing.
The mouth is alright. A bit slick at times, mild warming alcohol noted. The alcohol comes out quite a bit in the flavor. The 7.5% is not hidden at all. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and cherry. Port-like finish. Molasses and crackers on the back end.
This one was odd. The flavors were sort of muddled and all over the place. No real hop presence noted. This is just a boozy fruity beer that I would pass on in the future.
03-11-2013 23:34:50 | More by Onenote81
BottleTree Red from BottleTree Beer Co.
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