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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BottleTree Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
bottletree.net

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Earthy hops, English floor malted barley,leading to a very complex malt profile.

Added by thagr81us on 04-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
31.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 57
Photo of Onenote81
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Slightly hazed dark auburn, auburn, and caramel in color with a moderately sized light kahki colored head that leaves lots of irregular, messy, lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty and appropriate.

The aroma isn't particularly appealing, with some vegetable and cinnamon notes leading the way, surprisingly. There's some sweetness and an earthy hop character as well, but this doesn't have the best aroma, by any stretch of the imagination.

The flavor is better than the aroma, with an earthy hop character and some toffee-like sweetness emerging, along with a moderate bitterness, and just a touch of gourd vegetables.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Decent enough, but unexciting. I don't need to revisit this one.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Maudite snifter. Deep coppery amber with a foamy offwhite head of a finger or so. This reduces pretty quickly, but a collar of bubbles remains. Not much in the way of lacing.

Whole lotta carmelized stuff going on in the nose, but also a pronounced earthy hoppiness that seems somehow an odd match. The flavor profile is more rounded and more pleasant in general, although again, something about the hopping seems a bit awkward. Some toasted and even a touch of cocoa malt flavor in there with the carmelized sweeter business. Thickish with a modest carbonation that suits the beer well, and there's a pleasant buttery toffee element to the finish. It almost seems like a different variety of hops is all it would take to bump this up the enjoyment scale a notch or two.

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Photo of raszputini
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a robust, deep reddish brown with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. I'd never heard of this brew or the brewery, just thought I'd take chance. The nose reminds me of a scottish ale, like a "wee-heavy", and the taste matches that for the most part. Caramel, malt, maybe some brown sugar or molasses. Where it makes it's departure is the bitter floral hop finish. I'm a hop head at times, but really just couldn't get behind the hop profile in this brew. It simply unbalances it. Most reds have a similar, but more understated malt character with a bigger hop finish. This one is the opposite of that. To my tastebuds, this is reallly solid scottish ale with misplaced hops that kind of mess it up. It's still not horrible by any means.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Rusty brown color. Almost a finger of head... quickly gone though.
Smells like wood smoke and a little pine tree.
A little soapy taste, solid brunt bitterness, big malt backbone with a little sweetness to it.
A thicker medium body with low carbonation.
It's a good beer, but I'm just not excited about it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle

A - pale, translucent amber; carbonation bubbles rising to the top; no head

S - bready, apples, caramel

T - sugar, caramel, apples

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a rather mediocre beer. It has a strong apple character with an intense, sticky caramel character. I will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust, deep reddish brown with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. I'd never heard of this brew or the brewery, just thought I'd take chance. The nose reminds me of a scottish ale, like a "wee-heavy", and the taste matches that for the most part. Caramel, malt, maybe some brown sugar or molasses. Where it makes it's departure is the bitter floral hop finish. I'm a hop head at times, but really just couldn't get behind the hop profile in this brew. It simply unbalances it. Most reds have a similar, but more understated malt character with a bigger hop finish. This one is the opposite of that. To my tastebuds, this is reallly solid scottish ale with misplaced hops that kind of mess it up. It's still not horrible by any means.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker while at Thomas Creek, so direct from the source. Poured red-orange with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, caramel, earthy hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, earthy hop, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I think having this one fresh on-tap at the source really made the difference on this one. Bottle Tree brews aren’t known for being my favorite by any means, but this one really wasn’t too bad. Lots of nice flavors going on here for the style, but nothing really stood out among the others I’ve had unfortunately. Worth trying fresh, but unfortunately I don’t know how it translates over to the bottle, yet. Tick.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness/coffee, and herbal/floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial red ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This is borderline on being a brown ale; but is still really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that left wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of malty sweetness and clumpy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness along with notes of clumpy yeast and hints of dark fruits and hop bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount
O: This beer reminds me a lot like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale given the maltiness and yeastiness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Pretty much what you expect from a red ale: Hops, caramel, and malt.

T: Tasted of caramel, an average amount of hops, malt, a little citrus, and an earthy quality. A solid, but not spectacular flavor. Easy to drink, though.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a bitter, yet smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A likeable, drinkable beer. Doesn't necessarily wow you, but is pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red with a small white head. Smells of dark grain, slight caramel, and slight molasses. Tastes of roasted grain, grassy hops, and slight molasses. Beer is full bodied but a very drinkable, slightly undercarbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info.

Pours a dark copper and flavor is caramel with some spices. Sort of a mix between a strong ale and a winter warmer. A malt bomb but one that i enjoyed.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +15.9%

$4.99 for a 4 pack of 12oz bottles at BevCo. Priced to move. Wonder why? Per the rather odd website, brewed with Maris Otter, Magnum and EKG, Irish Ale yeast, 7.5% ABV, 83 IBU. Contract brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery out of South Carolina.

Pours out to a very dark red?...really this is dark brown, mahogany, forming a creamy poofy light tan head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. The nose is quite peculiar...there is dark fruits like dates and prunes, with vanilla, and a fruity hop charge. This smells like an extract brewed barleywine that has been sitting around for a while...kinda vinous, know what I mean? Mouthfeel is dense and rich...big bodied owning to the Maris otter. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of dark fruit up front, some nice crystal malts in the middle, some slight roast in the middle with black tea character and a well balanced woodsy bitterness with lingering notes of tea, toast and leather. Very earthy and woody. Finishes quite dry.

An interesting beer, and heck, for the price, it's a good buy. Enjoyable. No problem drinking this up.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has notes of caramel, cloves and horehound. Pours a dark translucent chestnut with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head. Rich flavor has a malty and woody hoppy core with notes of caramel and cloves and some hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a woody, somewhat bitter finish. Drink no evil indeed!

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