Anvil Porter

On Tap at Taco Mac, Prado, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA, USA. Nice to French Broad bringing out a new product. Requisite black pour but with a somewhat poor head - maybe as a result of some dodgy Taco Mac barstaff, but not sure. Pretty standard fare here. Light roasts sit throughout the nose and tastes and deliver a mild charcoal amongst the sweet malts. Well balanced and somewhat less aggressive than many American versions of the original, this beer delivers a fair bit of sweetness and most...

Gateway Kolsch

$3.99 from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga, TN, USA for the 22 oz bomber and subsequently $4.29 for the bomber at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA; exactly as depicted in the BA db picture. Informative label with ABV, IBU, style, OG and other information included. Poured into the Tücher Weizen glass this has absolute clarity, a decent enough head and some vibrant carbonation. The body is a light yellow. Pretty solid and as predicted. Small head with some lace but not much retention. Bitter notes...

Altbier

22 oz bomber from Riverside Beverage, Chattanooga, TN, USA. If I were to sum this beer up in a simple way, I would say it was authentic or "in style". Orange pour with great clarity. Bone white, frothy head with some good lace. Nose is of the earthy malts that so often define the style. Finishes with te same earthy tastes, a feature of the style. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Without ACTUALLY knowing the ABV, this beer gives the impression of being a sessionable brew with simple drinkability and...

13 Rebels ESB

Picked this one up at Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga, TN, USA. I believe that it may have been a s little as $3.99 for the 22 oz bomber. Shared with some of the usual crowd at The Brick Store on a Friday afternoon. Pour yields a very clear, golden body with an impressive, rocky white head and some nice lace. Head retention is good, too. If I'm honest I would say that the appearance of the beer is probably its strongest suit. The nose and tastes are fine, put simply WAY too hop based for my...

Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale

=== Updated Review 08/09 === Between the first and the second review I have visited French Broad in Asheville! This second experience seems much better in the appearance depratment and although a touch acidic, it tastes and drinks much better than my experience of a year ago. Scores adjusted accordingly. === Original Review 08/08 === 22 oz bomber as part of a sampling at The Brick Store courtesy of Dave. Simple brown body with disappointing head and lace. Malty beer (obvioulsy) but the...