SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely balanced beer - impressive in its masking of the high ABV. It’s got that ruby pour with nice tan head, great lacing. I am continually impressed by 21st Amendment’s ability to make assertive beers with both malt and hop characters that blend brilliantly. This time it’s a slight fruity undertone that pulls it together. Great beer.
GT2 (9001) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz retro can at Rock N Roll Hotel on H St NE. Pours a clear crystal malt heavy reddish amber topped by a weak beige head. Sugary strawberry aroma. Taste is spicy vegetal and earthy onion atop sticky/sugary strawberry, bitter chocolate, older hop character. Specialty malt overload with odd vegetal character. Feels overall like a sticky sweet DIPA.
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark copper pour with a tall, frothy tan head. Strong spicy hops, citrus, earthy notes and nuttiness in the aroma. Taste is big spicy hops, caramel, nutty notes, soft earthiness and citrus. Body is medium-full and chewy with a strong bubbly but creamy carbonation. Ends with more spicy hops, nutty notes, caramel, earthy notes, light pine and citrus.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruit (dates/figs) and some floral/earthy hops. Flavor is sweetish caramel and dark fruit with a hint of spices. Some balancing hop bitterness that increases towards the finish.
Trev (1968) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown pour with a thin to medium off white head
aroma is sweet dark fruit, raisin, prune, date. Some toffee as well, and brown bread.
Body is a bit on the light side.
More dark fruit and molasses in the flavour though not as sweet as expected. Definitely getting a fruity fig/date quality. Light spice in the finish.
Quite nice actually, my main complaint being the light body.
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Charlie for opening this one! Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Nose is malt, caramel, floral hops, dates, figs, and some winter spices. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dates, some figs, and winter spices. Light to medium in body with lingering spices.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark amber with scarlet highlights, fairly rocky off-white head. earthy, tree sap, light cocoa powder, with a dominating aroma of vanilla extract and hints of piney aromatics. Leaves a fair bit of lacing. Tastes more or less like the dank vegetal flavors of dates (which are usually incredibly sweet, sticky and brown-sugar like).A touch of bubble gum-like esthers. Medium mouthfeel, but a residual finish, carbonation levels elevate the soil-like flavors. 8.5% well hidden.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tin. Dark almost black with a thick off white head. Plums, toffee and something reminiscent of jackfruit in the nose. Full flavour, started out like an ESB and brought in herb and pine flavours. Hop finish.
riversideAK (5697) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hoppy nose on top of tofee and dark fruit. Piney and danky. Pours dark amber reddish, nice lasting head. The flavor is a big blast of danky bitterness up front followed by toffee, caramel, and dark fruity - probably the dates. Lingering hoppy bitterness. No real hint of 8.5%. Good.
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can poured a clear reddish brownwith a smal lingering tan head. Aromas of dates, carmel and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dates and light spice with a smooth lingering toffee finish.