Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium foamy tan head that recedes slowly. Aroma of sweet malt, cherry and spice. Medium body with a nearly cloying sweet caramel malt character plus notes of fruits and spices. The finish is sweet with a toasty malt and ginger aftertaste. Decent overall.
markwise (4605) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to my awesome trading partner that bonused me this one- I think it was hamilton23. Cheersm Steve! Pours a medium brown with a tan-ish head. Nose is spicy- spruce, nutmeg, and maybe sarsaparilla? I also get some nutty flavors and a feeling that reminds me of the holidays. Flavor starts with spice kick- spruce, nutmeg, maybe some plums, and some sarsaparilla-esque spices and nuts with some yeasty dryness leading to the finish. Finish lingers with spruce and some cola-esque flavors. Interesting.
hayduke (3558) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a can at StrangeBrew in Eureka, CA/ Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose of dark malt and spice. Medium body with a cloying mouthfeel.. Flavor is roasted chocolate malt and odd spices with cinnamon for sure. Odd bitter finish. For sure a strange brew,
sailracer (423) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a dark brown to black. Has a strong roasted flavor with overtones of spice. Very drinkable and decent all around.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark brown pour with a caramel colored head. Aroma is cola, pumpkin spices, nutty malt like a brown ale. Flavor is the same, pretty sweet at first, with some roasted / toasted caramel malt, but the cola and spices create a slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed it.
TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
poured from can, dark brown, almost black after it settled. aroma of spices and roasted malts. hint of nuts in the malt. spices were here and there felt like some sips they were there and others it was a bland malty taste. odd brew
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark brown with a fairly big, somewhat foamy light brown head. Nose is brown sugar, herbs, light hops, and a touch of booze. Flavor is very pumpkin/spice heavy front to back, with a weak malt and hops for ABV. Not a fan.
mrmartin (738) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with big tan head
hmmm nose is sort of metallic with toasty malts buried underneath
Light-Medium body, herbal bitter notes, hint of chocolate and roasted malts. hint of cinnemon/nutmeg? sour grassy hops? Lingering Bitter finish with slight notes of alcohol
this just doesn’t work the way they’d hoped for. I will begrudgingly drink the rest of the 6 pack i bought.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a large dense tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of mincemeat pie and eggnog. Taste is much the same but with more bitterness than I was expecting, it gets a little on the metallic side of things. There is a good amount of toffee sweetness, but overall I think this beer lacks some body to be as spiced as it is. I also get a medicinal alcohol finish.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.
The color is a dark maroon to black with about two fingers of foamy off-white head and some pillowy lacing.
The smell is a bit vegetable flavor, some string-bean and a little sour krout flavor. Some scotch tape aroma and a touch of some sticky butter flavor.
The taste is pungent punch of hops, malt and a watery mix of smelt together character. Some fight is left in the flavor but comes back when left alone.
The feel of this beer is like an old cigar. Well past it’s prime it is not worth wasting the match.